Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center DEARC logo


News & Events

Special Issue of Physiology & Behavior highlights developmental effects of alcohol.

A Closer Look at
Dave Werner's Research

DEARC Call for Pilot Proposals
Letter of Intent due: January 15, 2016
Proposals due: February 15, 2016
More information

Research Society on Alcoholism
39th Annual Meeting
June 25 – 29, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana
More information

Research Highlights

Click images to see larger image

microscope comparison

microscope comparison

microscope comparison

microscope comparison

Festschrift in Honor of Dr. Norman “Skip” Spear

Dr. Norman “Skip” Spear

Thursday, May 29
6 p.m. - ?
Some of Skip's former trainees have indicated an interest in convening for beer and wings at The Deacon's Bench (227 Oakdale Road, Johnson City, NY 13790). Anyone who would like to join them is welcome!

Friday, May 30, 2014
Scientific Symposium—open to all
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Binghamton University
Center of Excellence, Symposium Hall, Room 1011

4 - 5 p.m. Wine and cheese reception in the Grand Corridor of the Fine Arts Building
(near the Art museum) - open to all

Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Binghamton Club – By invitation only

Dr. Norman Spear's background

Norman Spear, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, will be honored Friday, May 30, 2014, for his contributions to the discipline and whose work has shaped the thinking of generations of scientists. During his career, he has trained dozens of PhDs in the area of learning and memory across early development, and in the latter half of his career examining early developmental consequences of alcohol exposure. Dr. Spear has had continuous grant support from the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation since receiving his PhD, and R01 support from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism since 1979. He has served in a leadership role as president of five national research societies, chair of an NIH Review Committee (NIMH 1992-4), chair of the Binghamton University Psychology Department and director of a Binghamton University Organized Research Center: the Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience. With over 340 publications to his credit, he has authored or co-authored 10 books and 32 invited book chapters, and has presented more than 450 papers at meetings of professional societies. He has also served as co-editor of the American Journal of Psychology; as associate editor for Animal Learning & Behavior, Hormones and Behavior and Learning and Motivation; on the editorial board of 10 prestigious journals; and as an ad hoc consultant for no fewer than 17 journals.

Scientific Symposium

The Festschrift will begin with a day-long scientific symposium celebrating Dr. Spear’s scholarship and will be held at the Center of Excellence, Symposium Hall, Room 1011 on the Binghamton University Campus. A tentative schedule for the day’s events is linked below, though this is subject to change:

Scientific Symposium Schedule (.pdf, 55kb)

*For practical purposes, invitations to dinner at the Binghamton Club will be reserved for out-of-town guests, former students, family and close collaborators.

Special Issue of Physiology and Behavior

In addition to the scientific symposium to be held at the Binghamton University campus, we have arranged a special issue of the journal Physiology & Behavior that will be thematically aligned with the work of Dr. Spear. The provisional title for the special issue will be:

“Early ontogeny as a unique developmental epoch for learning, memory and consequences of alcohol exposure: a Festschrift to honor the work of Norman E. Spear

Either primary research articles or path-breaking reviews will be eligible for publication in the Special Issue. Key dates for publication of the Special Issue are as follows:

  • May 1, 2014: Manuscript submission period opens
  • July 31, 2014: Last day to submit an original submission to the Special Issue
  • December 1, 2014: Final day for articles to be accepted for publication by Editor (NOTE: revised manuscripts will have to be submitted well in advance of this date!)
  • February 1, 2015: Anticipated publication date for Special Issue

We have reserved a block of rooms at two local hotels for Thursday, May 29th and Friday, May 30th. Rooms may be reserved at a rate of $97.00/night from now until April 29th, while rooms are available. After that, regular room rates will apply.

Hampton Inn & Suites Binghamton/Vestal
3708 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal NY 13850

To make reservations by phone: 1-607-797-5000 Ask for a room for the “Spear Celebration.”
To make reservations on-line:

DoubleTree by Hilton
225 Water Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

To make reservations by phone: 1-707-722-7575. Ask for a room for the “Spear Celebration.” To make reservations on-line: Enter Group Code: BU5. A shuttle is available from the DoubleTree to Binghamton University.

Organizing Committee

Dr. Terrence Deak
Scientific Symposium and Special Issue

Teri Tanenhaus

Amy MacDonald
Travel Information

Last Updated: 11/3/11