Dr. Frances Champagne, Columbia University (Keynote Speaker)
Dr. Champagne completed her undergraduate degree in the Department of Psychology at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, in 1995. After completing a M.Sc. in Psychiatry in 1999, she obtained her PhD in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal under the supervision of Michael Meaney. From 2004-2006, she conducted postdoctoral research at the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour at the University of Cambridge, UK. In July 2006 she was appointed the position of assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University in New York City.
Dr. John Godwin, North Carolina State University (Satellite Symposium Keynote Speaker)
Dr. Godwin obtained his PhD in Zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992. After lecturing at the University of Texas at Austin, he joined the faculty of North Carolina State University in 1996. In 2000, he was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NCSU, and in 2009 he was honored by the National Academy of Sciences as an Education Fellow in the Life Sciences. Dr. Godwin's research focuses on molecular endocrinology, neurobiology, neurogenomics, and behavior, with a primary focus on the mechanisms and evolution of animal behavior and sexuality.
Dr. Kimberly Rosvall, Indiana University
Dr. Rosvall earned her PhD in Biology from Duke University in 2009 studying the evolution of same-sex aggression in female birds. She initially came to Indiana University as an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow, and she continues on as a research-rank faculty member in the Biology Department. Dr. Rosvall's research applies techniques and perspectives from behavioral ecology, neuroendocrinology, and functional genomics to answer fundamental questions about the evolution of behavior and to identify the mechanistic basis of behavioral adaptation and acclimation.
Dr. Dale Sengelaub, Indiana University
Dr. Sengelaub completed his PhD in Biopsychology at Cornell University in 1983. He has served on the faculty of the IU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences for over twenty years, earning such distinctions as the CISAB Exemplar Award (2004), the Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award (2007, 2008, and 2009), and the Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching (2010). Dr. Sengelaub studies the processes that regulate the structure and organization of both the developing and adult nervous system. Using a variety of species, neural systems, anatomical, and electrophysiological techniques, he addresses the factors which regulate neuron number, distribution, morphology, and connectivity in the brain and spinal cord.