Kristen Harris

Professor & Fellow, Center for Learning & Memory & Institute for Neuroscience, UT Austin

Kristen M. Harris received her PhD (1982) at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Kent State and then completed postdoctoral training (1982-84) at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She was on the Neuroscience faculty of Harvard Medical School (1984-99) and Boston University (1999-02). She was Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Director of the Synapses and Cognitive Neuroscience Center at the Medical College of Georgia (2002-2006). Currently, she is Professor of Neuroscience and Fellow in the Center for Learning and Memory and Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin (since 2006). She is renowned for her work on synapse structure and function in the central nervous system having pioneered work in three-dimensional reconstruction from serial section electron microscopy. She has received prestigious awards, including the Sloan Research Fellowship, Javits Merit Award, and a Brain Research Foundation Fellowship and is widely sought as a national and international speaker. She has had continuous independent funding for her research since she was a graduate student and has participated on numerous study sections for the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere. She is known for innovative teaching in her laboratory and writing course for undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, she serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards for The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt Germany, and The Allen Institute for Brain Research. Scientific data and tools provided by her lab (synapseweb.clm.utexas.edu) are widely used resources that are being upgraded and implemented in the TACC portal.


Understanding Synapses in the Brain
Friday, April 5, 2019, 9:00 – 9:45 am
The science questions of the atmospheric and related science communities continue to be a demanding driver of cyberinfrastructure.  A high level summary of these science drivers coupled with a number of use cases highlight a few of the future directions the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are focused on. It is an exciting time with lots of data, could ecosystems and changes in hardware architecture that promise to be disruptive but point to many new capabilities.

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