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Mapping the Human Cerebral Cortex

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY– Click Venue Below for Directions)

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: David C. Van Essen, Ph.D., Alumni Endowed Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis; Fellow and 2007 Peter H. Raven Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Award recipient, The Academy of Science – St. Louis

The human brain is the most complex information processing device in the known universe. Its dominant structure is the cerebral cortex, largely responsible for what makes us uniquely human – our amazing abilities to think, perceive, speak, share emotions, and shape, as well as navigate, our environment.VanEssen_NAS_LabShot_Aug2017 Neuroscientists have studied the cerebral cortex for more than a century, but progress has accelerated in recent years, thanks in part to large-scale endeavors such as the Human Connectome Project. Professor Van Essen provides a guided tour of the human cerebral cortex in health and disease in this fascinating talk on the human brain and what makes us uniquely human.

Mapping the Human Cerebral Cortex, is a Science Seminar Series presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo:

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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