Science Lecture Series

Kristy Townsend, Ph.D.

Remodeling in Our Brain and Nervous System:
Connections to Obesity and Diabetes

Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 pm

Obesity and Diabetes are currently global pandemics.  Obesity, and most cases of diabetes, stem from an energy imbalance whereby we take in more calories than we burn.  This simple energy equation is actually quite complex at the physiological level, and involves brain communication with organs and tissues such as the gut, adipose (fat tissue), muscle, and pancreas.  This talk will explore how our body maintains metabolic health, how our nervous system remodels in order to regulate hunger and energy expenditure, and what the research evidence tells us about healthy fats in our diet and on our bodies.

 

 

Kristy Townsend, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at University of Maine, and an expert on the neuroscience of energy balance.  Dr. Townsend was previously an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Joslin Diabetes Center, and received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Boston University.  The Townsend Lab at UMaine investigates how the brain communicates with adipose (fat) tissue in order to maintain metabolic health, the plasticity and neuropathy of adipose nerves, and how the brain undergoes neural remodeling to regulate energy balance.

Season passes are available for the entire October 2018 – April 2019 Science Lecture Series for $30 for adults, and $20 for children under 12. They can be purchased by calling 581-1341, or by inquiring at the box office.

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Previous Speakers

September 2016
Dr. Elizabeth McGrath
A Walk Among Giants: Building the Largest Galaxies in the Universe

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October 2016
Dr. Caitlin Howell
Unlocking the Secrets of Proteins: The Rise of Cryo Electron Microscopy

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November 2016
Chuck Carter
Art and Science: Visualizing Complex Ideas for Everyone

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December 2016
Dr. Paul Mayewski
Journey Into Climate

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February 2017
Dr. Dean Astumian
How molecular motors work – insights from the machinist’s toolbox

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March 2017
Dr. Ali Abedi
Wireless Leak Detection for International Space Station

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April 2017
Dr. Henning Haack
Meteorites and the Origin of the Solar System

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May 2017
Dr. Karissa Tilbury
From Lightsabers to Tricorders:
Harnessing Light for Biomedical Applications

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September 2017
Dr. Michaela Reagan
Potential Cancer Cures Leveraging 3D Tissue
Engineering and Bone Marrow Models

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December 2017
Dr. Dale Kocevski
The Big Bang and the Origin of Our Universe

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February  2018
Dr. Nicole Rausch
The Science of Wellness:  Why Your Doctor Continues to Insist You Sleep, Exercise, and Be Well

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March 2018
Dr. Bill Davids
Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator and Rusty Old Bridges

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April 2018
Dr. Jennifer Page
Aquatic chemical signaling: How understanding signals in the sea helps us address interdisciplinary challenges

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October 2018                                                                                                  Dr. Justin Lap
A Bright Energy Future: Powering Industry with Solar Heat

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November 2018
Dr. James W. Jarvis
Vaccines: Heroes or Villains (hint: it’s the first one)

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The Science Lecture Series at Emera Astronomy Center will take place the third Thursdays of each month and is a partnership project with the Maine Science Festival and will feature research from a variety of science disciplines from around our state and use the digital planetarium to visualize these discoveries in a new dramatic and immersive way.