Higher ed — The Dalton Lecture Series continues Feb. 10 with distinguished researcher and lecturer Bill Newsome, to discuss neurons

If you’ve ever wondered where your brain ends and you begin, Stanford neurobiologist Bill Newsome may be able to shed some light on the subject Feb. 10 at George Fox University’s Bauman Auditorium.

Newsome, an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and neurobiology professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will present “Brain, Mind and Free Will: Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?” at 7:30 p.m. in the fourth installment of the GFU department of biology and chemistry’s Dalton Lecture Series.

A George Fox student research poster session and dessert reception will follow.Bill Newsome, Standford University neurobiologist

Newsome, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Stetson University and a doctorate in biology from the California Institute of Technology, is a leading investigator in systems and cognitive neuroscience. He has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and simple forms of decision making.

Neuroscience is increasingly finding clear links between neural mechanisms within the brain and human actions, behavior and thought. In his talk, Newsome will confront questions about what it means to be human and also the nature of religious belief.

Newsome has lectured at a number of prestigious venues, including at the University of Cambridge, McGill University and the Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind at University California at San Diego. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2000 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2011.

For more information, call Paul Chamberlain at 503-554-2702 or visit georgefox. edu/daltonlecture.

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