Introducing facts and fiction about the origins of hormones at the upcoming UNK Science Café

KEARNEY, Neb. (Nebraska) – The Scientific Research Honor Society and Sigma Xi are hosting a presentation that will cover the facts and even some of the outrageous fictions surrounding the origins and early studies of endocrinology.

The study of hormones as we know them originated in the early 20th century. With their discovery, these “internal secretions” have led to both advances in the treatment of numerous medical conditions and outrageous claims.

This seminar will provide a brief history of the field of endocrinology, including its successes and missteps, and will be held on Monday, February 6 at 5.30pm at The Loft, Cunningham’s Journal, 15 West 23rd Street, Kearney.

The presenter, Nick Hobbs, is an associate professor in the UNK Department of Biology. He received his bachelor’s degree in organismal biology from the University of Kansas in 2004 and completed his doctorate in 2012 from the University of Memphis, where he studied how food availability and quality influence sexual behaviors in voles.

He then earned a postdoctoral position in the Breedlove/Jordan Lab in the neuroscience program at Michigan State University, where he studied how androgens, such as testosterone, affect the brain and behavior of androgen receptor-deficient mice.

His lab is currently investigating the role of androgens in mediating the effects of food availability on olfactory and anxious behaviors in mice.

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