Doctor Nancy Michael is currently a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Neuroscience and Behavior Major at the University of Notre Dame. She has dedicated her professional life to the scientific community, having studied pharmacogenetics, molecular biology, and neuropsychology, all while publishing multiple research papers. Join us as we discuss human tendencies and connections surrounding life transitions and the COVID-19 pandemic from a neurological point of view. We begin by discussing the transition from collegiate life into post-graduation life, which many students struggle through, and what advice Dr. Michael provides her students with. Then, we dive into the pandemic and its neurological impacts on students and communities. If you’re curious how we try to reestablish socialization as an everyday necessity and how we must unlearn the anxiety and guilt that accompanied the pandemic, listen now!Thank you to Doctor Nancy Michael for her insight, time, and continuous dedication to education. Don't forget to share your thoughts on the @learn.2.listen Instagram and subscribe to our podcast!
Travel for many people means many things: New places, new adventures, food, etc.In this episode, Nancy and I talk all about the cultural aspects of travel: What it's like to travel to distant lands, transact in a different language and currency, and especially how we adapt to vastly (or not) different cultures; and the challenge and joy of that.Maya Angelou and Anthony Bourdain are also mentioned.
Neuroscience and Behavior for the Common Good ft. Nancy Michael, Ph.D.
The Signs of the Times Podcast
What does neuroscience and behavior have to do with community-engaged work? According to our guest, Nancy Michael, everything. Neuroscience and the understanding of how the environment impacts brain development and behavior is a missing link that makes many of the social issues we see in our community make sense. Nancy is the Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Neuroscience and Behavior major at Notre Dame. In her courses she has partnered with the Robinson Community Learning Center, the Juvenile Justice Center, and the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Her recent work has been with Beacon Health System and creating trauma informed communities. Nancy shared that persistence in communication, the demonstration of trustworthiness, and being invested in community outcomes are crucial to this type of university-community partnership.