4th Annual WIL Luncheon

Seattle, WA
SPEAKER: DR. Sheri Mizumori


Dr. Sheri Mizumori began her scientific career at the University of Washington, where she received her B.S. in psychology in 1977. She went on to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology at UC Berkeley in the lab of Mark Rosenzweig, followed by a postdoctoral position at the University of Colorado under the joint advisement of Carol A. Barnes and Bruce L. McNaughton. It was here that her prolific and pioneering work on the role of the hippocampus in spatial coding began. Combining in vivo recording with hippocampally-sensitive behavioral tasks, Dr. Mizumori made groundbreaking advances, from elucidating the contribution of regions such as the medial septum to hippocampal processing, to the discovery of pattern completion processing in the hippocampus. Following her postdoctoral training, Dr. Mizumori took a position at the University of Utah as a professor of psychology before returning to the University of Washington, where she runs an ambitious research program investigating the hippocampus and its role in learning and memory.    

Dr. Mizumori currently serves as the chair of the Department of Psychology as well as the co-director of the Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Washington. The ongoing research being conducted by the Mizumori lab continues to push the boundaries of what we know about the neural circuitry underlying spatial navigation by studying how the hippocampus biases decision making circuits and processing during active navigation. We are honored to have her as our guest speaker at the 2014 Women in Learning Luncheon.

More information about the research being conducted in the Mizumori lab and publications can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/mizulab/.

Thank you!

We are happy to report that the event was another wonderful success!! As usual, the luncheon was a perfect mix of good company, food, energy and science! Once again we would like to thank the wonderful Dr. Sheri Mizumori for taking the time to share with us her thoughtful insights on being a woman in science. We would also like to thank everyone at Rock Bottom Brewery and Deluxe Screenprinting (t-shirts) for their contributions to making the event so wonderful. Special thanks to current Pavlovian president Jeansok Kim and to Jeff Wilson for their support of WIL.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who made it out to the WIL luncheon. We had such a wonderful mix of people from across institutions, countries, cultures and sexes. You guys are the ones that make WIL the wonderful group that it is. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you next year in Portland, Oregon!!!

~~Team WIL