Understanding the Mind and Brain

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Date/Time:Friday, 20 Sep 2013 at 5:30 pm
Location:Great Hall, Memorial Union
Channel:Lectures Program
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"Understanding the Mind and Brain," George Pollak. Pollak is a professor of neurobiology at the University of Texas, where he studies how the brain controls behavior, specifically, how our auditory systems process sound and the location of its source. He often uses bats as experimental subjects due to their high reliance on hearing.

Dr. George Pollak received his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Maryland in 1970. He then was Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Yale University before joining the faculty of the Zoology Department at the University of Texas in 1973. Dr. Pollak's research concerns the processing of sound in the mammalian auditory system, and he uses bats as experimental subjects due to their high reliance on hearing. Early in his career he was a recipient of a Research Career Research Award from the National Institutes of Health. He served as Chairman of the Hearing Research Study Section of the NIH from 1989-91. In 1990, 1994 and 1997 he received Alexander von Humboldt Awards and during those periods was a visiting professor at the University of Munich. In recognition of his contributions to auditory neuroscience, he received a Claude Pepper Award from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders in 1996. In 1997 he was the recipient of a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas. During the spring and summer of 1999 he was a Virginia Merrill Bloedel Fellow at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Center for Hearing Research, University of Washington Medical School.