Splash Biography



KATE GIFFIN, Interdisciplinary rising neuroscientist




Major: UNC-CH

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Kate Giffin is graduating in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in neuroscience. She is pursuing a career in research and will be doing neuroscience research in the fall! She is also a poet, a musician, and loves all things marine.



Past Classes

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S308: Other Minds: Perspectives from Animal Behavior and Neuroethology in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Have you ever wondered "What is it like to be a bat"? This class will be an overview of the most interesting findings from the fields of animal behavior and neuroethology (the neuroscience of behavior). We'll explore everything from animal cognition and intelligence to the social lives of animals. We'll also dive into some of the most interesting experiments from the field and you'll learn how creative scientists can be when investigating some of the biggest questions about the world. You'll come away with a newfound appreciation of animal kind and a new perspective on what it truly is to be intelligent!


S311: Hack Your Tastebuds: an Introduction to Gastrophysics and the Interdisciplinary Science of Eating in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Why do people love to order tomato juice on airplanes? Can the shape of your plate change how much you eat? How can you hack your tastebuds? Gastrophysics is an interdisciplinary field about how we perceive what we eat. After learning about the basics of sensory perception, we will go over some of the most creative research going on today– including an Ig Nobel winning experiment! This course will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation about the food you eat and your own perceptions. Finally, if you bring a piece of dark chocolate with you, we will all experience taste hacking together!