Our work has been featured in media outlets including Faculty of 1000, MSNBC.com, Yahoo News, FoxNews.com, AAAS Eureka Alert, LiveScience.com, LA Times, Alzheimer's Daily News, The Scientist, Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, Jersey Tribune, SpectrumNews, UMass Daily Collegian and Times of India.
Irregularly updated News:
12/20/16: The grant funding good news continues! Dan Vahaba was awarded a UMass Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant for his song learning project. Congratulations Dan!
12/16/16: Tessa Oliver and Daniel Pollak have each been awarded Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowships for the Spring 2017 semester. Congratulations to both Tessa and Dan!
12/16/16: Olivia Li has been awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Grant to support her undergraduate senior honors thesis project on female preference behavior. She will be presenting the results of her project at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference to April 28, 2017. Congratulations Olivia!
11/11-16/16: Amanda, Catherine, Matheus and Luke all presented posters and talks at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, CA.
11/7/2016: Matheus had his first first-authored publication accepted for publication in Brain Behavior and Evolution. Congratulations!
09/23/2016: Luke presented some of the lab's work in a research seminar at Stonehill College.
08/24/2016: Matheus co-authored a recent paper on seasonal plasticity and neurogenesis with Rachel Cohen and Eliot Brenowitz in the Journal of Neuroscience. Congratulations!
08/05/2016: Maaya successfully defended her dissertation today on "The cellular context of estradiol regulation in the zebra finch brain". Congratulations Dr. Ikeda!
06/09/2016: Luke presented some of the lab's work as part of a symposium on the "Neuroendocrine control of vocalization" at the 2016 IBNS meeting in Budapest, Hungary.
05/26/2016: Amanda gave a great talk at the 2016 OSSD meeting in Philadelphia, on her work examining the sex differences in auditory coding the songbird brain.
05/13/2016: Catherine had her dissertation chapter accepted by Hormones and Behavior for her work in quail aromatase. Felicitations!
05/02/2016: Our collaborative study with Karyn Frick and Jen Tuscher on neuroestrogens in the mouse hippocampus just got accepted for publication in Hormones and Behavior!
04/26/2016: The lab welcomed high school student visitors from the Paolo Friere School in Holyoke MA to learn about neuroscience.
04/20/2016: Matheus won the innaugural 'Early Career Award' for acheivement in the first two years of study in the Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program. Congratulations Matheus!
02/29/2016: Amanda found out that she won a travel award for the 2016 OSSD meeting in Philadelphia. Congratulations Amanda!
01/04/2016: Dr. Catherine deBournonville joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Welcome Catherine!
12/11/2015: Vanessa Lee successfully defended her Commonwealth College Senior Honors Thesis for her research project on norepinephrine regulation of audition. Congratulations Vanessa!
11/9/2015: Dan just found out that his major review on "Brain estrogen production and the encoding of recent experience" has been accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
10/16/2015: Maaya, Dan, Amanda, and Vanessa each presented posters at the 2015 Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in Chicago. Dan's poster recieved media attention from the autism news outlet Spectrum!
Vanessa presenting her poster at the 2015 SfN FUN Social in Chicago, IL.
10/12/2015: Luke presented at the October edition of Northampton's Nerd Nite.
9/26/2015: Lab members participated in, and helped to host, the 15th Symposium put on by the UMass Center for Neuroendocrine Studies.
7/11/2015: Matheus and Luke presented some of the lab's work in a poster and a symposium talk at the 9th World Congress for the International Brain Research Organization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
6/12/2015: Amanda and Dan presented some of their latest findings at the Annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA.
5/11/2015: Maaya's major paper on norepinephrine and auditory coding was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroscience! Press coverage included EurekaAlert.
3/11/2015: Vanessa Lee has been accepted to join the Neuroscience Study Abroad Program (NSAP) in Salamanca, Spain for their summer 6-week course.
3/10/2015: Not strictly lab-related but still way cool: Luke's cousin Nora Healey took the gold medal in snowboarding slopestyle the Junior World Championships in Yabuli, China!
2/11/2015: The Endocrine Society has announced that Luke has won this year's Early Investigator Award!
1/20/2015: Amanda has just learned that her major review on "Sex differences and rapid estrogen signaling" was accepted for publication in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology!
12/12/2014: Vanessa Lee was awarded a UMass Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship for 2015. Congratulations Vanessa!
12/10/2014: Luke presented some of the lab's work at a departmental seminar in the Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Wisconsin.
12/08/2014: The lab's work was featured in the monthly gathering for public science enthusiasts at the OEB Science Cafe in Hadley, MA.
10/20/2014: Luke presented some of the lab's work at a departmental seminar in the Biology Department at Boston University.
10/14/2014: Ben had a paper accepted for publication by the IBRO journal Neuroscience on the role of an interface nucleus for neuroestrogen modulation of sensorimotor signals.
9/2/2014: Andrew, Ashley and Luke had a paper accepted for publication by Developmental Neurobiology on neuroestrogen fluctuations in juvenile songbirds.
8/30/2014: Maaya and Luke had a methods paper (co-authored by Michelle Rensel and Barney Schlinger of UCLA) accepted for publication by Cold Spring Harbor Protocols detailing a protocol for neurosteroid micordialysis.
8/25/2014: Matheus Lima joined the lab as a new graduate student in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, supported by the LASPAU program Ciencia sem Fronteiras. Welcome!
5/23/2014: Tom Cao successfully defended his Commonwealth College Senior Honors Thesis for his research conducted in the lab. Congratulations Tom!
04/30/2014: Amanda was awarded a UMass Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant for her cell-signaling project. Congratulations Amanda!
2/26/2014: Luke presented some of the lab's work at a Colloquium for the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at Johns Hopkins University.
1/24/2014: Ify Arinze successfully defended her Senior Honors Thesis at Mount Holyoke College for her research conducted in the lab. Congratulations Ify!
1/23/2014: Our work was highlighted in the Winter edition of the live local arts and culture magazine, Amherst Live, by Oliver Broudy and Kathy Aidala.
11/10/2013: Luke presented some of the lab's work at a press conference associated with the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. The work was featured in outlets including the Los Angeles Times.
11/08/2013: Maaya and Luke presented a poster and a talk, along with collaborators at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, and the Mechanisms of Communication Satellite Conference.
06/24/2013: Ben, Maaya, Dan, and Luke presented their recent results at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.
06/03/2013: Luke, David and Narendra had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology that includes some recording results from their undergraduate projects.
05/08/2013: Maaya was awarded a UMass Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant for her norepinephrine project. Congratulations Maaya!
04/28/2013: David and Narendra each successfully defended their Senior Honors Theses at Amherst College for their research conducted in the lab!
04/18/2013: Laura Bernal-Corzo successfully defended her Commonwealth College Senior Honors Thesis for her research in the lab!
04/12/2013: Joseph "Rudi" has been accepted to the summer research fellowship program at UMass Med in Worcester, and David has been accepted as a summer intern at the American Cancer Society in Illinois. Congratulations!
04/08/2013: Daniel Vahaba won a 2013 Student Travel Award to this year's meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Congrats Dan!
04/02/2013: Ben and his wife Andi welcome their new daughter, Audrey Leah Pawlisch. Congratulations!
02/18/2013: Luke presented some recent findings to the 7th International Congress on Steroids and the Nervous System in Torino, Italy.
12/17/2012: The FABBS press office has highlighted our work in a profile.
11/19/2012: Luke presented a 'Life Sciences Colloquium"at the Biological Sciences Department at Smith College in Northampton, MA.
10/26/2012: David won the best undergraduate poster award at the CNS Symposium 2012. Congrats David!
10/13/2012: Maaya presented her recent findings at the Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in New Orleans.
9/20/2012: Dr. Ben Pawlisch had his final dissertation chapter accepted by General and Comparative Endocrinology. Congratulations Ben!
8/31/2012: The Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology has announced that Luke has won this year's Frank A. Beach Award!
8/23/2012: Luke presented some of the lab's recent findings at his former graduate program, Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University.
6/13/2012: The lab's first major paper got published by the Journal of Neuroscience, and is highlighted in 'This Week in the Journal'.
5/21/2012: We welcomed colleagues from the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin, Madison for a Research Coordination Network meeting on Epigenetics and Behavior, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
3/01/2012: Dr. Ben Pawlisch joined the lab as a postdoc. Please welcome Ben, and feel free to ask him to get anything down from the top shelf.
2/10/2012: Luke presented some of the lab's work at his alma mater, Tufts University Department of Biology.
1/23/2012: Our recently accepted manuscript just got the cover of J Neurophysiol!
1/26/2012: Aaron Karp has won a Commonwealth Honors Research Grant for his project. Congrats Aaron!