Over the past century, many scientists have tried to understand the ways that stress may alter health. Within this history are many interesting stories that demonstrate how many key scientific discoveries occur unexpectedly, and often accidentally. Professor Jom Hammack recounts some of these stories as they relate to his own research, and describe how an unexpected collaboration at UVM has contributed to a larger understanding of how stress can cause anxiety.
Hammack's presentation "The Anxious Palindrome: Stories from the Study of Stress" is March 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Waterman's Memorial Lounge. His talk is the latest event in the The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series, which celebrates CAS faculty members who are acclaimed scholars or artists and who translate that knowledge into stimulating teaching.
Hammack is a professor of psychological science at UVM and co-director of the undergraduate neuroscience program. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2001, and was a Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University prior to joining the faculty at the University of Vermont in 2006. His research group is generally interested in understanding the neuroscience of emotion.