Letter from Carl W. Cotman and Earl Usdin to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Usdin thanks Nirenberg for agreeing to give one of the Distinguished Lecture Series in Basic and Medical Neuroscience at the
University of California, Irvine, and provides guidance on addressing the audience.
On behalf of the Department of Psychiatry and the Neuroscience Association of the University of California, Irvine, we should
like to thank you for agreeing to give one of the Distinguished Lecture Series in Basic and Medical Neuroscience. These Lectures
are given on Wednesday evenings in the Science Lecture Hall of the UCI campus from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and attract a good-sized
cap and gown audience. Some are quite knowledgeable in the neurosciences; quite a few are psychiatrists; almost all are at
least at the "Scientific American level". In general, we ask our speakers to include some material for this later
group, but also to include considerable material at the forefront of the field to whet the appetite of the experts present.
A typical Distinguished Lecturer travel program has included arriving here on Tuesday. The local airport is named Orange
County or Santa Ana or John Wayne - depending on where you look. If the Lecturer wishes to see some of the really spectacular
local scenery (e.g. Laguna Beach), he/she arrives early Tuesday afternoon; if not, Tuesday evening. If the Lecturer is willing,
we arrange a luncheon-rap session with graduate students and psychiatry residents on Wednesday. Often the Lecturer wishes
to meet on a one-to-one basis with Neuroscience and Psychiatry faculty in the afternoon: just let us know who you would like
to see. Dinner with a few distinguished members of the community is shortly after the end of the Lecture. Just before the
Lecture, there is an informal wine-and-cheese on campus.
In addition to your travel expenses (air coach) and local expenses, you will receive an honorarium of $700.00. Please let
us know your travel schedule so that we can make local arrangements. Also let us know if you would prefer to stay in a hotel
or if you would like to stay with Dr. Usdin and his wife. Please send Dr. Usdin a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (primarily
so that you may be given a proper introduction), your social security number (so that you may receive a check), and your home
address (same reason).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call, write or ESP. Also let us know if you need any audio-visual materials
besides a 35 mm slide projector and a chalk board.
Carl W. Cotman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychobiology
Earl Usdin, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
P.S.: We have listed your February 1, 1984 talk as "Synapse Formation by Neuroblastoma Cells". It would be most
helpful if you would send some words on your words, for us to use in preparing promotional announcements.