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MEDIA CONTACT: Patsy Jones
561-297-1307, patsyj@fau.edu

FAU’s Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series Hosts ‘How Sensory Integration Produces Adaptive Behavior’

BOCA RATON, FL (April 9, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host its final program of   the 2008 Spring Frontiers in Science public lecture series with “How Sensory Integration Produces Adaptive Behavior.”  The presentation will be given by Dr. Barry Stein, chair of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest School of Medicine. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 126 in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center, 777 Glades Road, FAU’s Boca Raton campus.   

“Decoding and interpreting incoming sensory information are among the brain’s most important tasks,” said Stein.   “These are ongoing processes that make it possible for us not only to know the world in which we live, but to plan and initiate behaviors that are appropriate for a particular circumstance.”

Stein will discuss his latest research on determining how information from different senses is pooled in making decisions, and how the brain develops this remarkable capacity.

“Dr. Stein’s much anticipated lecture will bring us to the final program in our 2008 Spring Series of Frontiers in Science,” said Gary W. Perry, dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.   “We have enjoyed remarkable growth in this series since it began seven years ago and look forward to continuing these public lectures.”

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.

 The reception that follows the program is made possible by the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or patsyj@fau.edu.

-FAU-

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10  colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.   

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