News & Announcements

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

Jim Chambers selected for "Young Investigators in Medicinal Chemistry"

NSB faculty member Jim Chambers has been selected to participate in the "Young Investigators in Medicinal Chemistry" at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas (March 2014). 

Yi-Ling Lu Wins Best Poster Award

NSB student Yi-Ling Lu won the best poster award at the 2013 Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium.  Congratulations to Yi-Ling!

Daniel Vahaba and John Hernandez Receive Honorable Mentions

NSB student Daniel Vahaba received honorable mention in his application for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  Fellow NSB student John Hernandez also received honorable mention on his application for a Ford Foundation Fellowship.  These fellowships are highly competitive so it is a fantastic achievement.  Congratulations to Dan and John!

Matthew LaClair Recipient of Spring 2014 CRF Research Grant

NSB student Matthew LaClair was awarded a $10,000 pre-dissertation grant from The Center for Research on Families. He will use the CRF grant to complete a project examining how dysfunction within the sex steroid and the dopaminergic systems produce the cognitive and emotional symptoms of schizophrenia.  By better understanding the way these two systems interact, it may be possible to discover novel therapeutic treatments for these symptoms.  His project will be completed in collaboration with his advisor and NSB faculty member, Dr. Agnès Lacreuse.  Congratulations to Matt!

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!

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