The Brain and Behavior Initiative is excited to announce a new virtual seminar series tailor-made for the coming months: BBI QED (Quarantine EDucation) Talks, a "TED"-style seminar series for scholars and non-experts alike that takes place Mondays at 4PM.

QED Talks are meant to bring us together during this time when we are separated physically: a series of short, topically-diverse presentations followed by a Q&A, the QED Talks intend to educate through inquiry and endeavor to apply research about the brain and its behavioral outputs to your everyday life.


Upcoming talks:

BBI QED Talks are on a brief hiatus but are expected to resume September 2020. Please email to join the QED listserv and remain up-to-date on our fall semester schedule.


Recent talks:

Monday, July 13 at 4PM – Cultural and Institutional Factors Affecting COVID-19 Growth and Death Rates

On July 13, Professor Michele Gelfand (University of Maryland) discussed the implications of the cultural factors that affect COVID-19 responses. Dr. Gelfand's work on "tight" and "loose" cultures was featured on NPR's Hidden Brain podcast earlier this year.


Monday, June 29 at 4PMSARS-CoV-2 Therapeutics: Getting from the Bench to the Bedside

On June 29, Dr. Matthew Frieman (University of Maryland School of Medicine) discussed his latest research around therapeutic interventions for the novel coronavirus. Dr. Frieman is the recent recipient of a DARPA grant for COVID research in collaboration with the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.


Monday, June 15 at 4PMPanic! at the Costco: Unmasking COVID-19 Fear and Anxiety – recording forthcoming!


On June 15, BBI welcomed Associate Professor Seth Norrholm (Wayne State University School of Medicine) to discuss the fear and anxiety surrounding COVID-19.


Monday, June 1 at 4PM – COVID Brainstorms: The Neurological Complications of the Novel Coronavirus  recording forthcoming!


On June 1, 2020, BBI welcomes Elizabeth Rutkowski, M.D. (Augusta U) to discuss the different neurological complications of COVID-19. You can find Dr. Rutkowski's recent work on the virus and stroke in Translational Stroke Research.


Monday, May 11 at 4PM – The Enduring Influence of Infant Temperament Across Development

"The Enduring Influence of Infant Temperament Across Development" features Distinguished University Professor Nathan Fox. Please see Prof. Fox's recent publication about this topic in PNAS for a preview of his talk.


Monday, May 4 at 4PM — This Is Your Brain on Green Buildings

In "This Is Your Brain on Green Buildings," Assoc. Prof. Edward Bernat and Asst. Prof. Ming Hu discuss their collaborative research, which uses electroencephalography and virtual reality to assess the human brain's responses to green architecture, seeking to quantify the “soft” benefits of building design in order to intervene in the pre-build stage.


Monday, April 27 at 4PM – Parenting Through a Pandemic

Our first event is "Parenting Through a Pandemic" with Prof. Andrea Chronis-Tuscano and the Chelsea School in Hyattsville, MD. Please see Prof. Chronis-Tuscano's recent piece in Maryland Today for a preview of her talk.