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2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series: ‘The Brain: It’s More Than You Think’ Saturday Feb. 23

on February 9, 2019 - 7:56am
2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series: The Brain: It’s More Than You Think Feb. 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Courtesy/NMMNHS 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the new traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story, which opens Saturday Feb. 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the museum’s 2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series theme is, “The Brain: It’s More Than You Think.”
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability or trauma.
Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the exhibition also showcases modern technologies that researchers use to study the brain. Brain: The Inside Story will be on exhibition Feb. 23 through June 23.
Interactives, puzzles, brain-scan imaging and spectacular models explore senses, emotions, brain development, and even brains in the future. From a real plastinated brain to dazzling art installations revealing our own perceptions, the exhibition comes alive with fascinating discussions of how our minds work.
“Brain: The Inside Story exhibition will be open and runs concurrently with a separate exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration entitled Drugs: Costs and Consequences, Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause,” said Margie Marino, director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. “Each of these two exhibits presents phenomenal learning opportunities. Brain: The Inside Storyinvites visitors to understand how the brain functions and even participate in science-based experiences, while Drugs:Costs and Consequences explores global drug issues that trickle down to the smallest communities. Our objective, as an engaged community partner, is to help each visitor become part of the solution to make changes for the better.”
Drugs: Costs & Consequences is a traveling exhibition from DEA Museum and the DEA Education Foundation. Formerly known as Target America, the exhibition has traveled to 16 cities and has been viewed by more than 22 million visitors. The exhibit is on display daily through fall in Albuquerque.
The Curator’s Coffee series is a café style program with a casual discussion. Seating is limited to 15 people,and includes coffee, light refreshments and museum admission. Cost per person is $8 (10 percent discount for members) Preregistration is required. Register online at
Each lecture is held in the DynaTheater and costs: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Go to Questions:         
Lecture: Peering into the Brain, What do we see?
Elaine L. Bearer, M.D., Ph.D., FAAAS, FCAP
UNM Health Sciences Center
6:30-8 p.m.Feb. 27, 2019
The brain is a highly evolved complex opaque tissue. Join Dr. Bearer as she describes new research on how the brain works and its response to life-threatening fear and stress. Dr. Bearer is a neuropathologist, UNM School of Medicine and the Harvey Family professor in Pathology. She works on the neurobiology of mental health, studying biomarkers of trauma and abuse in children and the cause of Alzheimer Disease. Her research also includes the perception and impact of music on the brain. She is a Fellow of AAAS and the College of American Pathologists.
Lecture: Your Brain after a Concussion
Russell Morton, Ph.D. UNM Health Sciences Center
6:30–8 p.m.March 27, 2019                                                                                                          
What happens to our brains during a concussion? Join Dr. Morton as he discusses some potential therapies and management strategies to help patients with concussions. Dr. Morton is an Assistant Professor at UNM Health Science Center, Department of Neurosciences, and part of the Preclinical Core facility within the Center for Brain Recovery and Repair. He uses electrophysiology and microscopy to investigate the effects of mild traumatic brain injuries
Lecture: The Symphony of Sleep: Sleep and the Brain                                                         
Russell Morton, Ph.D., Lisa Cutchen, M.D., Shanna Diaz, D.O.                        
6:30-8 p.m. • Friday, April 12, 2019
Your brain works hard when you sleep. Join us for this special presentation about the importance of sleep to your brain health. Dr. Morton is a research assist. professor, UNM Dept. of Neurosciences. He is a neuroscientist and electrophysiologist whose research studies how the cells in our brains communicate with one another. Dr. Cutchen is a sleep specialist and assist. professor, UNM School of Medicine. She worked as a mental health counselor and is board certified in Family Practice and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Diaz is also an assist. professor, UNM School of Medicine. She is interested in improving quality of life through the treatment of sleep disorders and is board certified in General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine.
Lecture: Tsunamis in the Brain
Bill Shuttleworth, Ph.D. Director, UNM Center for Brain Recovery and Repair
6:30-8 p.m. • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Brain tsunamis are massive waves that sweep through the brain, disrupt function and are involved in migraine, stroke, trauma and other disorders. Dr. Shuttleworth will discuss brain research and brain tsunamis. Dr. Shuttleworth is Director of the UNM Center for Brain Recovery and Repair, and Regents'Professor, Department of Neurosciences, UNM
Curator’s Coffee: The Emotional Brain: An Analysis of Investor Behavior
David P. Bruner, CFP®, CIMA®                                                                                  
9:30–11 a.m. • Thursday, May 9, 2019
The way the human brain is wired affects the way we process information and how we make choices, including financial decisions. Research has shown that cognitive biases, including self-deception, can contribute to poor decision-making. Join us for this timely discussion about the brain and finance. David Bruner is First Vice President – Wealth Management Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Management Program, UBS Financial Services Inc.
Lecture: Alcohol, Genes, and the Brain: The Latest Science and Dispelling Myths
Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D.  UNM Department of Psychology
6:30-8 p.m.May 22, 2019
Join Dr. Witkiewitz for an overview of the latest science on why humans tend to enjoy alcohol, its effects on the brain and prevention and treatment options for alcohol use disorder. Dr. Witkiewitz is a Regents’Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Witkiewitz has written 5 books, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and has worked extensively on the development of interventions to treat addiction.
Curator’s Coffee: New Concepts in Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Cognitive Impairment                                                                                              
Gary Rosenberg, M.D., Director UNM Center for Memory and Aging                                                                                                                        
9:30-11 a.m.Thursday, June 6, 2019
Dr. Rosenberg is one of the nation’s leading researchers in vascular dementia, researching biomarkers for the early identification of types of dementia in order to assess results of treatment trials. He will discuss the importance of controlling high blood pressure and other vascular risk factors in prevention of dementia, and new treatments that he and others are developing to slow the onset of cognitive decline. Dr. Gary Rosenberg is Professor of Neurology at UNM Health Sciences Center. He is the former chair of the Neurology Department and is currently the Director of the UNM Center for Memory and Aging, which is the only center dedicated to diagnosing, treating and doing research that will impact the growing population, estimated to be over 43,000, of people in New Mexico who have some form of dementia.