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About the Smith Lecture

Established by a generous gift from Mr. Stan and Mrs. Paula Warmath, long-time friends and associates of Dr. James C. Smith, the annual lecture features an invited internationally renowned speaker who is conducting behaviorally oriented research on scientific problems in neuroscience. The Warmaths’ gift, coupled with continuing donations from other friends, former students, and colleagues of Dr. Smith, as well as support from the Department of Psychology and the Program in Neuroscience, provides the opportunity for FSU faculty and students to interact with these distinguished scholars during their visits to campus.


Susan P. Travers, Ph.D.

Professor, Division of Biosciences, College of Dentistry, Ohio State University

Putting the Brakes on Taste: GABA Inhibition in the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract
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Richard D. Mattes, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science and Head of the Department for Public Health, College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University

Individual and Group Efficacy of Low Calorie Sweeteners: What's the Evidence?
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Linda M. Bartoshuk, Ph.D.

Bushnell Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida and Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

The Concept of Flavor and How Specific Odorants Can Enhance Sweetness
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Timothy H. Moran, Ph.D.

Paul R. McHugh Professor of Motivated Behaviors, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Gastrointestinal Feedback and the Control of Meals
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John G. Hildebrand, Ph.D.

Foreign Secretary, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and Regents Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Arizona

Learning from Insect Brains: How Insects Smell and Why We Should Care
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Alan C. Spector, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience, Florida State University

The Neural Basis of Salt Taste: The Interpretive Power of Animal Psychophysics
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Linda Rinaman, Ph.D.

Professor of Neuroscience and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Interoceptive Modulation of Behavioral Responses to Stress: Neural Pathways and Physiological Integration
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Ralph Norgren, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

The Search for Sweet
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Anthony Sclafani, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Gut-Brain Nutrient Signaling: Appetition vs. Satiation
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Harvey J. Grill, Ph.D.

Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania

Hindbrain Neurons: An Essential Hub in the Neuroanatomically Distributed Control of Feeding Behavior

Marilyn Carroll, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota

Avidity for Food, Sweets, Exercise, Novelty: How It Relates to Drug Abuse

Gerard P Smith, M.D.

Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Neuroscience in Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Orosensory Controls of Eating, Meal Size, and Diet-Induced Obesity
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Stephen C. Woods, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Obesity Research Center at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

The Control of Food Intake: Behavioral vs. Molecular Perspectives
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About James C. Smith, Ph. D.

After he earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1959, Dr. Smith joined the faculty, and since that time has received every award that the university has to offer. In 1992 Smith was named a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, the highest award bestowed upon a faculty member by the University. Smith was also the recipient of the University Distinguished Teacher Award based on a lifetime of teaching excellence, and in 2005 the College of Arts and Sciences honored Dr. Smith as their Graduate of Distinction. Dr. Smith has also received international recognition for his scientific achievements including The Distinguished Career Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, a National Sigma Xi Lectureship, and the Mozell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Chemical Senses from the Association for Chemoreception Sciences. After 52 years on the Department of Psychology faculty, Dr. Smith retired but still remains active in research at FSU as Professor Emeritus.