Science Meets Music

Dr. Sarah Stern – “Nature, nurture and nutrition: brain circuits underlying obesity and eating disorders”

Apr 5,
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  • Location: The Benjamin Upper School

Lecture: Dr. Sarah Stern

Dr. Stern started her Research Group Leader position at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in January 2021, leading the Integrative Neural Circuits and Behavior research group. Her research focuses on understanding how learning integrates with innate behaviors to produce diverse behavioral outcomes, from a molecular to the circuit level.

Prior to this, Dr. Stern was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rockefeller University where she used her expertise in memory and rodent behavior to study the neural circuitry of how environmental cues lead to non-homeostatic overconsumption. Dr. Stern earned her PhD. in 2014 from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Stern is the recipient of numerous honors including a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, ONE MIND Rising Star Award and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

During her talk she will discuss her research on feeding behavior. Homeostasis is an attractive model for describing feeding behavior – we eat when we are hungry and we stop when satiated. Despite this, obesity and eating disorders are two of the most intractable public health issues that we face in our society today. In this talk, we will update the homeostatic model of feeding and explore the mechanisms by which our environment can shape brain circuits to change how much we eat. By understanding the biology underlying maladaptive feeding behaviors, we can increase awareness, reduce stigma and inform future treatments.

Music: Robin Arrigo, piano

Robin Arrigo received the degrees Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Master of Music Education from Florida State University, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami in Accompanying and Chamber Music. She is currently an Adjunct Professor and Piano/Staff Accompanist at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Dr. Arrigo has also served on the faculty for the annual International Piano Festival at Palm Beach Atlantic University, conducting Master Classes for the participating pianists.

Dr. Arrigo has performed as both soloist and collaborative artist on numerous concerts throughout South Florida, New York and Europe. She has been a guest soloist and duo pianist with Palm Beach Atlantic University Symphony numerous times. Her most recent solo piano concert featured the works of Soler, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. Her concerts venues include the Kravis Center of the Performing Arts, Palm Beach Symphony, Flagler Museum, Bethesda by the Sea, Royal Poinciana’s Seagull Cottage series, and The Juilliard School, just to name a few.

Robin has expanded her classical training to include Yamaha digital piano programming. Her digital piano performances include a wide range of genres from classical to modern music providing a variety of instrumentation and/or sound effects. In addition to these performances, she creates multi-track recordings from her own personal compositions.

Science Meets Music takes place in the 850-seat Benjamin Hall at the Benjamin Upper School located at 4875 Grandiflora Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. Onsite parking is available.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:15 p.m.