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Neuroscience and Behavior Program’s graduate students thrill local students

During Brain Awareness Week (week of March 12), a large contingent of graduate students from the Neuroscience and Behavior Program led by Emily Manoogian, as well as undergraduates from NSB labs went  into the local schools (Greenfield High School, Greenfield Middle School) to teach students how the brain works and how neurons communicate.  Reports from the teachers at the Greenfield Middle School indicate that the activities were a great success with the students buzzing about them all day.  Thanks to the students who were involved in this:  Emily Manoogian, Jesse McClure, Lauri Kurdziel, Bryan Olson, Akshata Sonni, Mary Catanese, Amy Ryan, and Amanda Hamel, and undergraduates Alina Bahlavouni, Ryan Bottary, Alina Gusev, Marysa Mezzetti and Lauren Szymula.

Faculty member receives Chancellor's Medal

Jeff Blaustein, Director of the NSB Program presented a Distinguished University Faculty Lecture, entitled "Stress, Puberty, and Mental Health: Remodeling of the Brain’s Response to Hormones," on April 7, 2012.  He received the Chancellor's Medal from Chancellor Robert Holub.

Katherine V. Fite Distinguished Alumn Speaker

I am happy to announce the establishment of the annual Neuroscience and Behavior Program Katherine V. Fite Distinguished  Alumn Speaker to honor Kay’s tireless leadership in creation of our Neuroscience and Behavior Program.  Although there were a number of other individuals involved in its inception, it is fair to say that Kay was the pivotal person, who brought the Program to fruition.  Kay is now retired, but she has always been an indefatigable champion of interdepartmental graduate programs at UMass.  With this speaker, we want to honor Kay and showcase some of our alumns.   Although starting in 2013, we hope to hold the banquet along with the annual recruiting event, in this transitional year, the banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. 

I am also pleased to announce that our first speaker will be Kay’s final doctoral student, Skirmantas Janusonis, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Hava Siegelmann elected to office

Hava Siegelmann was elected a governor of the International Neural Network Society

NSB alumn receives award

Eliza L. Nelson, an alumn of the NSB Program received the Hennessey-Smotherman Best Student Paper Award at the 44th annual meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology in Washington, D.C. in November 2011. Publication:  Nelson, E.L., Emery, M.S., Babcock, S.M., Novak, M.F., Suomi, S.J., & Novak, M.A. (2011). Head orientation and handedness trajectory in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Developmental Psychobiology. 53: 246-255.  The Hennessy-Smotherman Best Student Paper Award is made for the best paper by a student published in Developmental Psychobiology over a one year period. The goals of the award are:  (1) to promote the highest quality of student research in the field of developmental psychobiology, and (2) to encourage students in the field to submit their best work to Developmental Psychobiology. 

Linda Witt to retire

Congratulations and best of luck to Linda Witt on her retirement in January 2012, after 30 years of dedicated service to the University, the last 25 of which have been as Program Manager of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program.

Sandra Petersen receives Distinguished Outreach Research Award

Sandra Petersen, a faculty member in the NSB Program, received the College Distinguished Outreach Research Award.

Jason Breves receives Best Postdoctoral Poster Award

Jason Breves, a postdoc in the lab of Rolf Karlstrom and an associate member of the NSB Program received the Best Postdoctoral Poster Award from the North American Society for Comparative Endocrinology.

Lisa Scott receives Early CAREER Development Award

Lisa Scott, a faculty member in the NSB Program received a prestigious Early CAREER Development Award from the National Science Foundation.

NSB represented at US-Latin American Neuroendocrine Workshop

Nafissa Ismail, postdoc and Associate Member of the NSB Program won a Young Investigator Travel Award, and Jeffrey Blaustein, Director of the NSB Program gave the keynote address at the US-Latin American Neuroendocrine Workshop in Vina del Mar, Chile in August, 2012