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Professor discusses Westminster’s neuroscience, psychology curriculum at national conference

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Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Dr. Deanne Buffalari, assistant professor and chair of the neuroscience program at Westminster College, discussed the high-impact practices in Westminster's neuroscience and psychology curriculum at the recent Society for Neuroscience (SfN) national conference in Chicago.

Westminster's approach in the neuroscience and psychology programs 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.

An article is currently in preparation that will detail Buffalari's talk, along with those of the other members of the panel.

This annual SfN meeting is the largest gathering of neuroscientists in the world and usually attracts more than 30,000 neuroscience professors, researchers and trainees.

“My favorite part of attending the Society for Neuroscience conference is interacting with individuals in the early stages of their career,” said Buffalari. “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.”

Buffalari joined the Westminster faculty in 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information about her work, contact  Buffalari at 724-946-7358 or