Dr. Timothy Verstynen. , Photo credit: John Pyles

Dr. Timothy Verstynen ('01 BA), an assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Psychology and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, will present "Of Zombies and Brains: The Life of a Neuroscientist" on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Engineering Auditorium. This is the second Lobo Living Room event sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association.

The UNM alumnus makes neuroscience topics more accessible through exploration of zombie behavior In "Of Zombies and Brains," Verstynen embraces his rebellious educator side by confronting the minds of the walking dead.

Using real neuroscience, he will explain how the behavior of horror-movie zombies can be understood as a series of neurological impairments. His engaging approach to the brain's complexities helps make neuroscience accessible to students and the general public.

Verstynen has produced education videos on TED Education with his research partner, Bradley Voytek, and blogs regularly on neuroscience topics. His first book on neuroscience for high school and college audiences is forthcoming from Princeton University Press this fall.

The Lobo Living Room is a series featuring notable alumni speaking, demonstrating, or performing in their areas of expertise. Alumni cover a variety of newsworthy, popular, and historically significant topics.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP online at Zombie RSVP or by calling (505) 277-5808.