Biology Professor Matt Carter Explores How the Brain Makes Us Feel Hungry and Full

Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 22, 2021—Matt Carter, associate professor of biology, will present the first of six talks in the 2021 Faculty Lecture Series at Williams College. Titled “The Food Network: How your brain makes you feel hungry and full,” Carter will explore how neural populations and neural networks in the brain play an important role in maintaining homeostasis and how their activity affect animal physiology and behavior. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be presented online via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

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With an interest in neuroscience, Carter’s research aims to shine light on how factors such as sleep, food and water produce sensations in the brain that we describe as “tired/awake,” “hungry/full” and “thirsty/quenched.” Carter received his B.A. in biology from Whitman College in 2000 and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University in 2010.

This talk is presented as part of the spring 2021 Faculty Lecture Series. The series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” From these humble and lighthearted beginnings, the Faculty Lecture Series has grown to become an important forum for tenured professors to share their latest research with the larger intellectual community of the college.

The Faculty Lecture Series is organized by the faculty members of the Lecture Committee. The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The next lectures in the series will be offered on March 4, 11, 25 and April 1, all beginning at 4:15 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public.

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Published February 22, 2021