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SigmaXi Pizza Luncheon: Drug Addiction- From the Brain to Society and Back

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SigmaXi and STEM in the Park

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The Frontier | 800 Park Offices Drive | RTP, NC 27709 Apr 30 12:00 pm - Apr 30 1:00 pm

Join us for some pizza and a great talk about science! We are continuing our talks at The Frontier, thanks to a new partnership with STEM in the Park!

This time we'll be speaking with Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Assistant Professor of the Practice and Chief Operating Officer of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

Drug Addiction: From the Brain to Society and Back

Many people experiment with drugs and alcohol, and many consume these substances regularly. However, a small percentage of users become addicted to these substances. What is the difference between a casual user and someone who develops addiction? This talk will examine the biological, psychological, and social factors that make some drug users vulnerable to addiction, while others can stop at recreational use. We will also briefly discuss treatments and solutions from these perspectives.

Bio: Dr. Nicole Schramm-Sapyta earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from N.C. State University in 1994 and her doctoral degree in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in 2000. She is currently an Assistant Professor of the Practice and Chief Operating Officer of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Her area of expertise is the neuropharmacology of drug addiction. Her undergraduate course offerings at Duke include “Drugs and the Law,” and “Reward and Addiction.” Her research has explored the underlying causes of adolescent vulnerability to drug addiction using rodent models. Her current interests include raising public awareness about addiction in efforts to help create effective public policy. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

BEFORE THE TALK BEGINS: Sigma Xi will be hosting a 15-minute "speed networking" meet and greet session for our pizza lunch attendees, with the help of STEM in the Park. Many of our attendees have asked for more opportunities to get to know their fellow members, rather than just sitting down with their pizza. We hope this short engagement will help increase our community connection.

RSVPs are required (for the slice count) by registering for a free ticket to this event by Monday, April 29, at 2PM. (If you decide to come after this time, you're welcome to attend, but we might not have pizza for you.)

Thanks to a grant from the N.C. Biotechnology Center and funding from the RTP chapter of Sigma Xi and STEM in the Park, American Scientist's noontime Pizza Lunch speaker series is free and open to science journalists and science communicators of all stripes, as well as any interested member of the public. Feel free to extend this invitation to anyone who might want to attend.

Did you miss some past pizza lunch talks? Check out our videos and podcasts of previous speakers:

Talks are co-organized with Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). The RTP chapter of Sigma Xi is a co-organizer and co-sponsor, and encourages any interested scientists to get involved with the chapter and its upcoming events. We thank RTP HQ for providing space.

Please RSVP to this event using your own personal email (not a listserv email, etc.), which will be used solely to send reminders for the event. We will not keep your email unless you have requested to be added to the pizza lunch list (a button to be added is available on the registration page).

PLEASE RSVP ONLY ONCE. We've found that Eventbrite will let you sign up multiple times even if you have already RSVP'd.