It was just 10 years ago that Dominican University created its neuroscience program. That was when the River Forest school built its state-of-the-art Parmer Hall, a science research center.

This summer the school played host to the 2017 Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop, a four-day event, drawing attendees from Harvard, Berkeley, Cornell and many other distinguished universities.

The work of Bob Calin-Jageman, a Dominican professor, was among the presentations. He is working on an open-source software model which allows users to manipulate animated neurons with a goal of crafting a resource beneficial to students from elementary school to the graduate level.

Sometimes we take Dominican for granted. It has been there a long time – 125 years – and its campus always appears lovely and gracious. And it is. But this school has an entrepreneurial bent and a spirit of social justice that are invigorating and soul-stirring.

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