Neuroscience & Behavior Program
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.
Dr. R. Thomas Zoeller to Deliver UMass Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Dr. Tom Zoeller, a faculty member in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program and the Biology Department has been selected to receive the UMass Chancellor's Medal and present a prestigious 2012/2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Monday, February 25, 2013. The title of his lecture is "The Brain on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. For more than thirty years, the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series has honored and celebrated outstanding UMass faculty. Congratulations to Dr. Zoeller!
Jesse McClure was a featured speaker at the annual conference of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Jesse McClure (current NSB graduate student) was a featured speaker at the annual conference of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants in Warwick, RI (April, 2012).
Diane Kelly was a speaker at TED Med in Washington, DC (April, 2012)
Senior Research Fellow Diane Kelly spoke at TED MED in Washington, DC in April, 2012. The video of her presentation (available here: http://bit.ly/Lw6hKR) has attracted more than half a million views to date. She also spoke at The Story Collider; a storytelling event focusing on how science affects people's lives.
Duncan Irschick part of team that discovered "GeckskinTM"
NSB faculty member Duncan Irschick was part of a team that discovered “GeckskinTM,” named by CNN Money as one of the five top science breakthroughs of 2012. GeckskinTM is a super-strong adhesive that was Inspired by the footpads of geckos and is able to fasten a 700 pound weight to a smooth wall.
Dan Vahaba and Mary Holder awarded travel awards
We are happy to report that Dan Vahaba, a first year graduate student in the NSB Program and Mary Holder, a postdoc in Jeff Blaustein’s lab each were awarded a travel award for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology in Atlanta this June.
Jason Breves awarded a "Research Recognition Award" from the American Physiological Society
Jason Breves, postdoc and associate member of the NSB program, recently received word that he was awarded a "Research Recognition Award" from the American Physiological Society.
The Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section Research Recognition Award recognizes meritorious research by young investigators who participate in the Experimental Biology Meeting. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. within the past 10 years, be a member of APS, and must present a talk or poster at the 2013 EB Meeting. The subject matter can be any topic that deals with comparative and evolutionary physiology. Jason will receive a $500 award plus reimbursement of the advanced registration fee for attending the 2013 Experimental Biology meeting in Boston. He will also be a guest of honor at the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section Dinner on Monday, April 22 in Boston.
Congratulations to Jason!
Professor Jeffrey D. Blaustein a recipient of a 2013-2014 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award
Jeffrey Blaustein, NSB Director and Professor in NSB and Psychology, is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award. The University of Massachusetts Amherst Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards consist of a cash award of $3,500 and a year's leave of absence to enable award recipients to concentrate on research, and scholarly or creative activity. Selection of the awardees was based on demonstrably outstanding accomplishments and potential for continued excellence in research and scholarly or creative activity. Congratulations to Jeff!
Congratulations to Amanda Hamel and Patrick Taylor, winners of the 2013 NSB Vincent Dethier Award
Amanda Hamel and Patrick Taylor were announced as this year's co-recipients of the NSB Vincent Dethier Award. Congratulations Amanda and Patrick!
NSB Students Amanda Hamel and Yi-Ling Lu awarded 2013 Graduate Dissertation Research Grants
Amanda Hamel and Yi-Ling Lu are recipients of 2013 Graduate Dissertation Grants awarded by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Graduate School. These funds should assist Amanda and Yi-Ling in their research and progress towards their degrees. Congratulations to Amanda and Yi-Ling!