The Neuroscience and Behavior Program at UMass Amherst is an interdepartmental graduate degree-granting academic unit that brings together faculty members from various departments to provide cutting-edge research training.
Sandra Petersen to receive Presidential Award for STEM mentoring
NSB faculty member Sandra Petersen is set to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering. She will receive her award at a White House ceremony later this year. According to a press release, the White House presents the awards "to individuals and organizations to recognize the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying scince and engineering--particularly those who belong to groups underrepresented in these fields." Dr. Petersen is one of only 14 individuals and one organization to receive this award this year. In addition to being honored at the White House, Dr. Petersen will also receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Congratulations to Dr. Petersen!
Adaeze Egwuatu awarded a Millenium Scholars Fellowship
Adaeze Egwuatu, 1st year NSB student working in Jennifer McDermott's lab, was awarded a Millenium Scholars Fellowship through the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) for a recent conference meeting in Philadelphia. The Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholars Program "offers the selected scholars mentorship from advanced graduate students and early career scholars in the field who provide them guidance and support in their pursuit of educational and professional goals." Congratulations to Adaeze!
Lauri Kurdziel receives the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the SRCD
NSB alum Lauri Kurdziel has received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD). Lauri is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in NSB faculty member Rebecca Spencer's lab. Congratulations to Lauri!
Janna Mantua recipient of Sleep Research Society Abstract Merit Based Award
NSB student Janna Mantua (Spencer lab) is a recipient of a Sleep Research Society Abstract Merit Based Award. This award is based on the scientific merit of the abstractthat she submitted for presentation at SLEEP 2015, the 29th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies that will be held June 6-10, 2015 in Seattle, WA. Janna received a Meritorius Award of $500. Congratulations to Janna!
Amanda Cremone received travel award from CRF
NSB student Amanda Cremone (Spencer lab) received a travel award from the University of Massachusetts Center for Research on Families (CRF). CRF provided funding to Amanda to present Influence of a Mid-Day Nap on Response Inhibition in Preschool-Aged Children at the Society for Research in Child Development’s conference in Philadelphia.
Park paper published in Cerebral Cortex
NSB faculty member Joonkoo Park's paper titled "Rapid and Direct Encoding of Numerosity in the Visual Stream" was recently published in Cerebral Cortex.
Ajay Kumar is runner up in Innovation Challenge
Current Neuroscience & Behavior Program student Ajay Kumar (Bittman lab) was a runner up in UMass' Innovation Challenge MinutePitch competition. Ajay (as a member of Team GeneRisk) proposed a software and web database combination that allows clinicians to deposit raw genetic data to obtain a risk score for Autism Spectrum or related disorders. Congratulations to Ajay!
Neuroscience is arguably the most challenging and exciting of all scientific frontiers. All voluntary and involuntary actions, perceptions, feelings, and thoughts are controlled by the brain and nervous system, yet the most fundamental questions about how these events are accomplished remain the most complex puzzle imaginable for us to solve. Read more.