Heard on Campus: Jesse Ballenger on Alzheimer's and memory loss

April 23, 2008

On Alzheimer’s disease and memory: “We tend to think about memory loss simply as a failure of recall, but I think we need to understand memory as connecting our past with our present and future. This is so important because memory is a challenge for all of us, regardless of whether we experience dementia or not.” – Jesse Ballenger, assistant professor of science, technology, and society in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering.

Ballenger hosted the final Research Unplugged conversation of the spring season on Wednesday, April 23. He discussed “Alzheimer's Revisited: Questioning the Medical Model” with community members in the gallery of Penn State’s Downtown Theatre. A full podcast of the event will be available on iTunesU and the Research|Penn State Web site http://www.rps.psu.edu/ on Monday, April 28.

Research Unplugged is an informal lecture series hosted by Penn State's Office of Research Publications and held at noon Wednesdays in Penn State's Downtown Theatre Center. The afternoon begins with a brief introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions, comments and discussion.

For more information, visit http://www.rps.psu.edu/unplugged/.

  • IMAGE: Jesse Ballenger

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