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Prof. Peter Balsam: Timing is Everything

psychology Timing is everything, according to Peter Balsam. The professor of psychology and Samuel L. Milbank Chair spoke to a packed crowd at Barnard Hall on January 26 as he delivered the Faculty Research Lecture about his life’s work: studying the profound relationship between time and all of our actions and perceptions.

According to Balsam, thought and behavior are organized in relation to time. “Time is a fundamental part of our perceptions and experiences,” he said. Everything we do—from picking up a glass of water to the daily rhythms of eating and sleeping—relies on timed signals from the body and brain that convey information about the right time to do it. The brain allows us to organize the temporal structure of our actions and physiology on scales ranging from milliseconds to days.

Like the air we breathe, we are not often aware of time, but it is the infrastructure for all of our everyday functions. When these mechanisms become disordered or fail to offer temporal information to guide our behavior, they can contribute to the symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, and substance abuse. For example, a depressed person can’t anticipate that something good will eventually happen. A schizophrenic person may experience time as standing still or speeding up. 

One research area Balsam highlighted was his work on dopamine D2 receptors in the brain. Patients with schizophrenia have a variant of these receptors, resulting in a lack of “anticipatory motivation” and willingness to expend effort. He studied this variant in animal models, examining mice’s ability to anticipate future rewards, which is key to healthy everyday function. The motivational system “cranks up the willingness to engage in goal-directed activity,” Balsam said. This work showed how studying timing and anticipation in animal models can be harnessed to suggest new treatment strategies. 

Balsam arrived at Barnard in 1975 and since then has published over 100 journal articles. Beloved as a teacher, mentor, and passionate researcher, he has worked with dozens of graduate students and 150 Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. He is a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Society and is a past president of the Pavlovian Society.

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Is There Jet Lag On the Moon? Columbia Astronomer Connects Elementary Science with Real World Research

How does the study of weather help us to find life on on other planets? A visitor from Columbia University’s astronomy department helped fourth graders make connections between the principles they’re studying in science and the sophisticated research happening at a university in our own backyard.

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Trailblazers

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York celebrates Union’s Black Alumni/ae Trailblazers

Join us as we celebrate Union’s Black Alumni/ae Trailblazers who have come before us.
Incorporating the Rev. Dr. Henry H. Mitchell ’44
Thursday, February 2, 7:00 p.m.: “Black Worship as Resistance,” worship service organized by the Black Women’s Caucus, Black Caucus, and Fierce/Black Queer Caucus
From the call of the iman, to the rock of the ringshout, the grit of salt to the sweet wash of water, Black worship has long been a foundation on which resistance is built. Join us for a celebration of Black resilience through praise, imagination, and Divine collaboration.
Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.:  “Black Joy in Times of Crisis,” 6:30 p.m. panel and reception
Panelists include:
Michael W. Elam ’07, Lecturer and educator on SGL Theology
Rev. Dr. Renee Hill ’90 & ’96, Columbia University Community Scholar Researching Religion in Harlem
Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes, Former President of United Theological Seminary of Twin Cities and author of “Joy UnSpeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church”
Jamall Calloway ’14, Union Ph.D. Candidate
Monday, February 27, 12 noon:  Trailblazers worship service, led by the Union Alumni/ae Council’s Trailblazers working group; Rev. Kymberly McNair ’08, ’09 preaching
All events will be held in James Memorial Chaple
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway (at 121st Street)
New York, New York 10027
All events are free, but you must RSVP below. 

https://utsnyc.edu/trailblazers2017/

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Photo – The Grabscheid Voice and Swallowing Center of Mount Sinai helps thousands of performers each year care for their #voice and #airway. For more information on our team of experts and to schedule an appointment, please visit: http://mshs.co/EaZy307WZYS. #ForYouForLife

The Grabscheid Voice and Swallowing Center of Mount Sinai helps thousands of performers each year care for their #voice and #airway. For more information on our team of experts and to schedule an appointment, please visit: http://mshs.co/EaZy307WZYS. #ForYouForLife

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The #thyroid gland got its name from the Greek word for “shield,” due to its physical appearance in the neck. The thyroid gland has multiple functions, most importantly it produces and releases thyroid hormone, which regulates our #metabolism. Hypothyroidism is the term used to describe an underactive thyroid. Learn about #diseases of the thyroid on our #healthbytes blog: http://mshs.co/vZEz307XAuN #ForYouForLife #ThyroidAwareness

Understanding Your Thyroid Gland, aka “the Shield” – Health Bytes

learn about the thyroid gland and its disorders, including symptoms, causes and treatments for hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer

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In 1896 following the decision to build @StJohnDivineNYC in #MorningsideHeights St. Luke's relocated next door! https://t.co/Vj9nmswYvM #TBT https://t.co/M5DTAXlxHR

St. Luke’s Hospital (@MSStLukesNYC) posted a photo on Twitter

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Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli recently announced that he will be staying in the race for GOP nomination for governor while being treated for oropharyngeal #cancer. After doctors discovered the #cancer, lymph nodes on both sides of his neck were removed in November. While campaigning and meeting with GOP leaders and voters throughout the state, Ciattarelli has been receiving #radiation therapy treatments five days per week. Ciattarelli lauds his medical team, including Adrianna M. Hekiert, of ENT and Allergy Associates and his #surgeon, Dr. Eric M. Genden, Professor and Chairman of #Otolaryngology-Head and Neck #Surgery and Professor of #Neurosurgery, and Immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: http://mshs.co/YVkd307YJcH #ForYouForLife

Ciattarelli: Cancer won’t stop his gubernatorial run

Republican candidate for governor says he is undergoing treatment for cancer in his neck and is scaling back his campaign.

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MSSL President & @BrownUniversity alumnus @Artgianelli talks career planning & goal setting w students at todays @BrownConnect_ Conversation https://t.co/5QUSWJgEqy

St. Luke’s Hospital (@MSStLukesNYC) posted a photo on Twitter

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#Acne, known by #dermatologists as an inflammatory condition of the #skin, and the single most common skin disorder they treat, can manifest in several ways. Acne is linked to changes in the circulation of #hormones and increased oil production. Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West, Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Director of The Skin of Color Center at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West discusses the various treatments used to care for acne in his newest New York Daily News piece: http://mshs.co/mwVp307YYbD #ForYouForLife

What you need to know about acne and its treatments

Many think of acne as the scourge of our teenage years, but there are several types of acne that affect people throughout their lives.

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Photo – Mount Sinai Doctors want to see your amazing New York City photography! Enter our #MSDNYC photo contest today! Official rules: mshs.co/z6mu306Ebfl #ForYouForLife

Mount Sinai Doctors want to see your amazing New York City photography! Enter our #MSDNYC photo contest today! Official rules: mshs.co/z6mu306Ebfl #ForYouForLife

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Video – In this week's Mount Sinai Spotlight, Peter Shearer, MD, medical director of the Emergency Department at The Mount Sinai Hospital, reviews how to stay #healthy this #flu season and the importance of annual vaccination. While, Michael Silverman, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discusses his recent research that shows a link between gestational #diabetes and postpartum #depression in first-time mothers.

In this week’s Mount Sinai Spotlight, Peter Shearer, MD, medical director of the Emergency Department at The Mount Sinai Hospital, reviews how to stay #healthy this #flu season and the importance of annual vaccination. While, Michael Silverman, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discusses his recent research that shows a link between gestational #diabetes and postpartum #depression in first-time mothers.

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#Kidneys are an important part of your body as they assist in removing waste, regulating your body’s salt, acid and potassium levels. A common ailment of this organ are #KidneyStones, an accumulation of mineral deposits that form into a stone which are often misdiagnosed as #appendicitis. Mantu Gupta, MD, Professor of #Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chair of Urology at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Director of Endourology and Stone Disease for the Mount Sinai Health System, sits down with Metro New York to discuss the risks, treatment and prevention of kidney stones: http://mshs.co/NGBJ307QmtQ #ForYouForLife

Ask Mount Sinai: Kidney Stones

Kidneys are a part of your body that you don’t think about often, if ever; they are inside, doing their job of, among other things, removing waste and regulating your body’s salt, acid and potassium levels.

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Everyone knows that hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the passing of #germs and getting sick. While there are many benefits of using soap, Maida P. Galvez, MD, Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine, Public Health & Pediatrics warns against the use of “antibacterial” #soap in her newest The Huffington Post article. So what makes #antibacterial soap dangerous? Find out here: http://mshs.co/CDYv307Prod #ForYouForLife

Why You Should Avoid Antibacterial Soap

THE BLOG Why You Should Avoid Antibacterial Soap 01/09/2017 01:14 am ET Mount Sinai Health System Maida P. Galvez, MD Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health Associate Professor of Pediatrics Director of the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Icahn School…

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Have you ever woken up with a bad #stomach ache and wondered if eating #breakfast was a good idea? It's best not to start your morning with an empty stomach, but make sure to hold off on that greasy egg sandwich. David Greenwald, MD, Professor of #Gastroenterology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai​ and Director of Clinical #Gastroenterology and Endoscopy at The Mount Sinai Hospital​ offers helpful tips in this Reader's Digest​ article to guide you through soothing the pain: http://mshs.co/aKAd3086vFG #ForYouForLife

How to Deal With Morning Stomach Pain | Reader’s Digest

Pinpointing the cause of a morning stomachache can be tough, but these basic steps will help you know what to do when you wake up with stomach pain.

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Video – January is Thyroid Awareness Month and our doctors are educating the public on #thyroid disease and performing self-exams. Brett Miles, MD, Co-Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, shows you how to perform these exams properly, and explains the symptoms you need to be aware of and shouldn’t ignore.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month and our doctors are educating the public on #thyroid disease and performing self-exams. Brett Miles, MD, Co-Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, shows you how to perform these exams properly, and explains the symptoms you need to be aware of and shouldn’t ignore.

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