UCONN Neuoscience in Salamanca Spain - Summer Program 2011

Date: 
05/22/2011 - 06/25/2011

The Program

UConn Neuroscience in Salamanca, Spain will introduce students to Neuroscience at an international level. Sponsored by the Honors Program and the Department of Neuroscience, this five week program will be taught by a team of international scientists. It is a joint effort by the University of Connecticut, the Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y Leon, and the University of Salamanca. The program is designed for Honors students, upper class Pre-med, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Audiology Communication Science majors. The program will take place at the University of Salamanca (USAL), founded in 1218. A college town that is both medieval and modern, Salamanca was founded by the Romans in the 4th century, and it teems with cafes, tapas bars, shops, night life, and a rich mix of locals, students, and European tourists. Students will learn about Neuroscience and Spanish culture by becoming immersed in the vibrant life of this truly unique city.

The Academics

This program is open to undergraduate students at the rising junior and senior levels. Students will earn 6 credits by taking one of the following science courses and Spanish 1193.

PNB 3251: Biology of the Brain (3 credits) This course is for upper-level undergraduate physiology and neurobiology majors and is suitable for majors in the neurosciences, biological sciences and other life sciences.  The course provides students with a detailed foundation of cellular neuroscience that includes the ionic basis of resting and action potentials, synaptic transmission, sensory and motor systems neuroscience and plasticity.  The required text for the course is Purves, et all, Neuroscience, 4th Edition. Undergraduates should have already completed course work in Basic Biology, Chemistry and an intermediate level course in Human or animal physiology, or Physiological Psychology. The consent of the instructor is required for admission. Students will be assessed on their classroom participation and three examinations.

MEDS 5377: The Neurobiology of Hearing (3 Credits) A graduate level course on the basis of sound processing.  Become familiar with current research topics in Auditory Neuroscience, including synaptic physiology, neural circuitry, acoustics, physiology, and behavior.  This course is taught by USA and Spanish faculty and will expose you to research in an international context.   For more information see http://neurobiologyhearing.uchc.edu. This course is  open to undergraduate students who have completed enough undergraduate courses in this area. It is intended to be especially beneficial to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students interested in premedical studies or research on the auditory system.  Undergraduates should have already completed introductory coursework in Neuroscience, Physiological Psychology, Auditory Science/Audiology or human/animal anatomy/physiology.

SPAN 1001, 1002, 1193: Spanish for Science and Pre-med Students (USAL staff, 3 Credits) You will be introduced to the Spanish language and elements of Spanish culture. Science and medical terminology will be emphasized in order to maximize language skills that might be useful in the context of medical practice or research. 1001 and 1002 are for students with no previous Spanish or High School Spanish, respectively. 1193 is a Neuroscience special topics course for students fluent in Spanish and is taught by Dr. Saldana in the Neuroscience Faculty.

The Experience

The University of Salamanca offers dormitory accommodations with a meal plan. There will be many opportunities for socializing with Spanish students as the University of Salamanca will be in session during the program. In addition, UConn students will interact with the Ph.D. studeplazants in the Institute for Neuroscience who will act as hosts and guides. As stated above, Salamanca is one of the most exciting cities in Spain! The Plaza Mayor is perhaps the most beautiful in the country and is the site of concerts, public events, and round-the-clock social gatherings. Students can travel easily from Salamanca to the walled city of Avila (home of the Spanish Inquisition), the museums of Madrid, and the narrow streets of Segovia and Toledo. Portugal is approximately a seventy-five mile drive away.  Classes will be held on Mondays through Thursdays for the duration of the five week program, allowing students time to travel, study and socialize dudring three day weekends.

For more information, contact Dr. Douglas Oliver, Professor of Neuroscience, UConn Medical School: (860) 679-2241; email: [email protected]