Russ earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of South Dakota, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at Stanford. His research interests center on how stress influences learning and memory, how the brain changes in response to social and environmental cues and how scientists can become better communicators.
In addition to teaching in the PWR program, Russ also works with the Department of Biology as their Writing Specialist, helping students and faculty prepare and deliver dynamic and engaging written texts and oral presentations. As a scientist and teacher, Russ values how students leverage their unique background and experiences to help them become better communicators.
Russ’s current PWR courses include PWR1 “Domestication: How Humans Shape the Natural World” and PWR2 "The Rhetoric of Drugs". These courses are meant to allow students to pursue research projects that are interesting to them personally, and provide a framework for thinking about they ways we interact with the world around us.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Carpenter RE, CH Summers 2009 Learning strategies during fear conditioning Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 91: 415-423
Maruska KP, Carpenter RE and Fernald RD 2012 Neuronal Proliferation and Social Status in a teleost fish. Journal of Comparative Neurology doi: 10.1002/cne.23100
Grone, BP, Carpenter, RE, Maruska, KP and Fernald RD 2012 Food deprivation can explain steroid hormone and mRNA differences seen during mouthbrooding in a cichlid, Astatotilapia burtoni. Hormones and Behavior 62(1):18-26