2019 Heiligenberg Lecture

Catherine Carr, Ph.D.
Brainstem Codes for Sound Localization

Friday, March 8th, 2019
12–1 p.m.
Fred Kavli Auditorium, Tata Hall

The lectures are open to the public. No RSVP required.

Catherine Carr

About the Lecturer

Distinguished Professor of Biology
University of Maryland, College Park
Grass Foundation President

It is a privilege to welcome Dr. Catherine Carr as this year’s speaker in the Walter F. Heiligenberg Lecture series.

Dr. Carr has made numerous groundbreaking contributions to the field of neuroethology through her studies on the mechanisms of sound localization in brainstem circuits of birds and reptiles. By combining behavioral, neurophysiological, and neuroanatomical approaches her lab has described the mechanisms of how time differences are used by the brain to compute sound localization. This work has been foundational for identifying temporal coding properties that are more generally used for information processing throughout the brain, such as delay lines and coincidence detection. Dr. Carr’s work is therefore exemplary in revealing that studies in model organisms have the power to uncover fundamental principles that are common to all nervous systems.

Dr. Carr has served as co-director of the ‘Neural Systems and Behavior’ course and as Scholar-In-Residence at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. She is president-elect of the Grass Foundation, the recipient of the Humboldt Senior Research Prize, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Carr is an engaging speaker, and we hope that you can join us for this special event.