Eric Wiertelak, DeWitt Wallace Professor and Director of Neuroscience Studies at Macalester College, a behavioral neuroscientist, is a Past-President and the Chair of Education of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (the international organization devoted to neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level). His lab has several areas of current focus: 1) The systematic investigation of the effects of natural medicine and alternative therapies and remedies on the nervous system. This work received funding from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. 2) Behavioral and physiological research to investigate how environmental stressors and learning impact on neurophysiological response mechanisms, such as pain modulation. This work received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. 3) Behavioral and electrophysiological research to investigate the neural systems involved in the organization of a variety of motor and cognitive aspects of dance and dance performance (utilizing hip-hop, modern, and ballroom). A fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, he teaches interdisciplinary courses related to neuroscience, sensation, and behavior.