Core Ideas in Neuroscience

Everybody needs to know something about their brain. But who wants to wade through a tedious textbook that tells you far more than you want to know? This book is organized as modules explaining the basic principles of 75 core ideas. You don’t have to wade through it. You can dance through it, easily getting up to speed on just the few ideas you may need to know about at the moment. More
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About W. R. Klemm

W. R. (Bill) Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience, Texas A&M University
Distinguished Alumnus, Auburn University

Websites: (Improve Learning and Memory blog)

Biographical Listings:
Who’s Who in America + 18 others

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn U., 1958;
Doctor of philosophy, U. Notre Dame, 1963

Professional Activities, as a ...


Research Areas: include brainstem mechanisms of behavior, alcohol, learning/memory, chemical signals, human cognition and EEG, educational research.
Discoveries: (range from model membranes to human cognition)
1) radiation induces an adrenal stress response,
2) at a time when scientists thought ruminants did not sleep, proved that they not only sleep but also dream,
3) ethanol selectively acts on certain neurons,
4) opiates selectively act on certain neurons,
5) rhythmic activity in the hippocampus reflects a widespread activating influence of the brainstem reticular formation that is not necessarily associated with movement.
6) ethanol displaces hydrogen bonded water on membrane lipid,
7) freeze behavior ("animal hypnosis") is a brainstem-mediated reflex,
8) neuronal spike trains contain sequential interval codes in certain clusters of impulses (i.e., they can act like a "byte" processor)
9) acetaldehyde in body fluids is a biochemical marker for estrus and ovulation,
10) sex hormones promote memory consolidation,
11) multiple areas of cerebral cortex become synchronized at various frequencies during memory recall and "eureka" phenomenon.

Editorial Board Member: 11 scholarly journals.
Reviewer of approximately 1,000 scientific papers for over 55 journals.

See list of over 450 publications, which have been formally cited over 2,000 times according to Citation Index. Also, 13 books (Bobbs-Merrill, Academic Press, Wiley, C. C Thomas, Mosby)
Professor: Texas A&M University (1966-present)
o College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M Univ. (1980-present): taught Introductory Neuroscience. a Drug and Substance Abuse Seminar, Science and Technology Practices and Policies, and graduate neuroscience courses.
o College of Science (1966-1980): taught animal physiology, animal behavior, introductory biology, graduate neuroscience courses
o College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University (1963-1966): taught pharmacology and graduate physiology courses.

Writer: 13 books, including Animal Electroencephalography; Applied Electronics in Veterinary Medicine & Animal Physiology; Science, The Brain, and Our Future; Discovery Processes in Modern Biology; Brainstem Mechanisms of Behavior; Understanding Neuroscience; Global Peace Through the Global University System; Thank You, Brain, For All You Remember. What You Forgot Was My Fault ,and 'Dillos. Roadkill on Extinction Highway.

Speaker: hundreds of presentations to clubs, cruise line, workshops, professional meetings.

o Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserves (Ret.) - Research and development planning, Human Systems Division
o Company President - co-founder of Forum Enterprises, Inc., maker of collaboration software (FORUM)
o Consultant - clients have included U.S. Air Force, A. H. Robbins Co., Dow Chemical Company, RCA, The Fielding Institute, U.S. Dept. Agriculture, Vinson & Elkins Attorneys, Int. Flavors & Fragrances Co.
o Project Director for five educational outreach grants (NIH, NSF) to middle schools, community colleges, and post-graduate animal-health professionals.

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