News & Announcements

Past news and announcements are shown below. Current news is shown on our homepage.

Annaliese Beery Awarded NSF Grant

NSB faculty member Annaliese Beery received a $470,000 NSF grant to study the neurobiology of seasonal sociality in voles. 

Yi-Ling Lu presents at Amygdala in Health and Disease Gordon Conference

Current NSB student Yi-Ling Lu presented her work on the effect of predator stress on the stress peptide corticotropin releasing factor at the Amygdala in Health and Disease Gordon Conference in July 2013.

Heather Richardson at International Behavioral Neuroscience Society Meeting

Drs. Heather Richardson (current NSB faculty member) and Trevor Robbins chaired a symposium on "Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction" at the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society meeting in Dublin, Ireland in June 2013.

Jesse McClure is the recipient of the 2014 NSB Vincent Dethier Award

Congratulations to Jesse McClure - winner of the NSB Vincent Dethier Award!  This prestigous award is given annually to a doctoral student who shows the highest academic and research acheivement, and has signficantly contributed to the NSB program.

NSB faculty members Jerry Meyer and Andy Barto in the news

Using a computational model of addiction, a literature review and an in silico experiment, theoretical computer scientist Yariv Levy (UMass doctoral student in Computer Science) and colleagues suggest in a new paper this week that rehabilitation strategies coupling meditation-like practices with drug and behavior therapies are more helpful than drug-plus-talk therapy alone when helping people overcome addiction.  The paper is featured in the current issue (December 2013) of the open access journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.  Yariv Levy conducted the investigation with NSB faculty members Jerrold Meyer and Andrew Barto.

http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/addiction-meditation-helpful-whe...

Amarylis Velez-Perez is a FLARE Application Award Winner

Current NSB Ph.D. student Amarylis Velez-Perez has been selected to attend The Endocrine Society's FLARE (Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology) Workshop on February 7-8, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.

https://www.endocrine.org/advocacy-and-outreach/flare/flare-workshop

Congratulations to Amarylis!

Luke Remage-Healey Speaks on Role of Estrogen in the Brain at National Neuroscience Meeting

Recent research shows that estrogens can no longer be thought of as exclusively reproductive hormones, but instead they are made in the brain and play a powerful role in cognition, learning and memory, says neuroscience researcher and current NSB faculty member Luke Remage-Healey. He presented recent findings on the role of estrogens as neuromodulators in a talk at Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego on Nov. 10.

Amarylis Velez-Perez joins Office of Professional Development Advisory Board

Current NSB student Amarylis Velez-Perez has accepted an invitation to be part of a newly formed Office of Professional Development created by UMass Graduate School Dean John McCarthy.  She is one of the students in the advisory board 'representing' neuroscience graduate student interests and needs.

The UMass Amherst Graduate School has created the Office of  Professional Development to help train graduate students in portable skills that are essential for success regardless of discipline or line of work. The OPD also introduces students to a broad range of career options, both inside and outside the academy.

Daniel Vahaba paper published in Behavioural Brain Research

Current NSB student Daniel Vahaba had a paper accepted and published in the September 1st edition of the Behavioural Brain Research journal. 

Vahaba, DM, Lacey, WH, Tomaszycki ML (2013). "DSP-4, a noradrenergic neurotoxin, produces sex-specific effects on pairing and courtship behavior in zebra finches." Behavioural Brain Research 252C: 164-175.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23747610

Rosie Cowell a recipient of the Cermak Award

This summer, new NSB faculty member Rosie Cowell was awarded the "Cermak Award" by the Memory Disorders Research Society.   This award is for a post-doctoral researcher (which she was at the time of nomination) to travel to the MDRS meeting and give a short lecture. It comes with travel award of $500.  Congratulations to Rosie!

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