For our annual spring dinner, the Dartmouth Club of the Pioneer Valley will again meet in the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley. Our event will take place in the Morrison Room, which has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the brook. We will start at 6 pm with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner of tenderloin, salmon filet or vegetable eggplant rollatini at 7 pm.

Our dinner speaker will be Professor David Bucci, who will discuss "Adolescent Brains: Risk taking and risk prevention.” The adolescent brain is designed to take risks. Yet excessive risk taking can lead to harmful behaviors. What are the brain mechanisms that underlie ‘healthy’ risk-taking and maladaptive risk-taking? How can we promote healthy risk-taking and what impact does it have on the brain. Professor Bucci's talk will include research he has done in his Dartmouth lab, highlight the intersection of teaching and research at Dartmouth, and the include opportunities students have to partner with faculty in discovering new knowledge. He may share a few tips on the effects of exercise on the aging brain, too! Professor Bucci is Chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and the Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences. His research is concerned with the brain mechanisms underlying learning, memory, and attention. Current studies utilize modern behavioral, chemogenetic, neuroanatomical, and biochemical techniques in rodent models to examine the role of cortical structures and subcortical neurochemical systems in these processes.

Prices for club members, their guests, and parents of incoming '22s are $47.50 per person. Tickets for young alumni (Classes of 2008 and younger) are $25 per person, and are $57.50 for all others. To reserve your spot or for more information, please visit our website.