Faculty 101 heads to the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior
Welcome to season 3 of Faculty 101, a podcast that offers a listen into the pursuits and perspectives of Husker faculty.
Hosted by Mary Jane Bruce, these stories explore how our faculty got here, what they’ve learned along the way, and why they do what they do at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Faculty 101’s early-season focus on Memorial Stadium continues with a trip to the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior — CB3 for short — which occupies roughly 30,000 square feet of the stadium’s eastern rim.
Bruce visits CB3 to speak with a cadre of faculty, students and staff led by Cary Savage, the center’s director. Savage walks Bruce through the gamut of interdisciplinary spaces that constitute CB3, from an MRI facility that captures brain activity and architecture to a salivary lab that can identify physiological markers of mindset and disease.
Alongside Nebraska faculty Tierney Lorenz and Maital Neta, Savage also describes the various questions and issues the center’s technology is helping to address: concussion recovery, stroke treatment, canine cognition and the biology of politics, among many others.
The episode wraps with Savage's journey from aspiring petroleum engineer to psychologist, the reasons he runs trails at high altitude in Colorado, and the misconceptions of the brain he dispels in the classroom.
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