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Large science and technology centers provide a unique opportunity for scientists to conduct research and outreach on sizeable, long-term scales. One National Science foundation (NSF)-funded center, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) in Atlanta, Georgia, is making great strides in improving how undergraduates view science. It provides a unique resource that helps transfer relevant discoveries from the laboratory to the public. CBN is an award-winning, interdisciplinary research consortium composed of more than 100 neuroscientists spanning seven institutions in the metro Atlanta area. These are Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University, with Georgia State University as the lead institution.

CBN hosts a BioBusiness Seminar Series, a collaborative effort between the center and the Georgia Biomedical Partnership. The partnership is a private, nonprofit organization whose members include 280 pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, universities, research institutes, government groups, and other bioscience-related businesses and organizations.

The Seminar series brings together undergraduate science and business students to learn how their two disciplines merge in companies that commercialize bioscience products. Senior executives of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies serve as faculty for the series. The goal is to educate the science and business students who will be the entrepreneurs and senior bioscience company executives of the future. Teaching undergraduates how science and business work together in bioscience companies gives them an advantage over most students whose introduction to this unique interaction occurs when they first join a company. The Seminar makes students aware of job opportunities and fosters development of applied technology and business-oriented culture in the universities while training potential management-level employees. It also educates new generations of research scientists and students in innovative, interdisciplinary ways of investigating brain mechanisms of social behavior, and will transmit the excitement of behavioral neuroscience to the general public.

Partners: Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Biomedical Partnership

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