Westminster Prof Addresses Neuroscience Conference

Dr. Deanne Buffalari, assistant professor and chairwoman of the neuroscience program at Westminster College, discussed the high-impact practices in the college’s neuroscience and psychology curriculum at the recent Society for Neuroscience national conference in Chicago. The annual meeting is the largest gathering of neuroscientists in the world and usually attracts more than 30,000 professors, researchers and trainees. Westminster’s approach was provided as a model for how to integrate research more substantially into curriculum in a thoughtful and productive manner, leading to better prepared students with skills critical to success after college. “One of the goals of this talk was to encourage individuals to consider a career in the liberal-arts environment. It’s an excellent way to combine a love of teaching with a love of science and research, and to teach and inspire future generations of scientists,” says Buffalari. She joined the Westminster faculty in 2014, earned her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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