Westminster College Biology Professor to Present Molecular Approach to Studying Behavior

Monday, March 11, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Katherine Robertson, Westminster College associate professor of biology, will present "Molecules of Attraction: A Molecular Approach to Studying Behavioral Responses" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, March 20, at 11:40 a.m. in Mueller Theater of McKelvey Campus Center.

The human brain contains billions of cells and trillions of connections through which those cells communicate with each other. Exploration of something that complex is similar to exploring the millions of galaxies in our universe. Robertson will explain how her explorations of simpler insect brains may reveal some of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate appropriate responses to different olfactory stimuli.

Robertson, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2005, earned an undergraduate degree from Paddington College, UK, and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of London.

Contact Robertson at (724) 946-7213 or robertkl@westminster.edu for additional information.

The Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Contact Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, faculty development officer, at (724) 946-7189 for more information on the Faires Faculty Forum or view http://www.westminster.edu/acad/faculty_dev/faires_faculty_forum.cfm.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Katherine Robertson, associate professor of biology