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  • 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.


  • 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.

    Congratulations to Amarylis!

  • Luke Remage-Healey Speaks on Role of Estrogen in the Brain at National Neuroscience Meeting

    Recent research shows that estrogens can no longer be thought of as exclusively reproductive hormones, but instead they are made in the brain and play a powerful role in cognition, learning and memory, says neuroscience researcher and current NSB faculty member Luke Remage-Healey. He presented recent findings on the role of estrogens as neuromodulators in a talk at Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego on Nov. 10.

  • NSB faculty member Rebecca Spencer and NSB student Lauri Kurdziel featured in the September 2013 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    Sleep Research Finds Daytime Naps Enhance Learning in Preschool Children
    In the current issue of 
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, research psychologist and NSB faculty member Rebecca Spencer, with student Kasey Duclos and current NSB student Laura Kurdziel, offer the first study results showing that classroom naps support learning in preschool children by enhancing memory. The findings have attracted international attention.

  • Lauri Kurdziel chosen for a Young Investigator Presentation

    Current NSB student Lauri Kurdziel was chosen for a Young Investigator Presentation at the Pediatric Sleep Medicine Conference (November 2013).

  • Rosie Cowell a recipient of the Cermak Award

    This summer, new NSB faculty member Rosie Cowell was awarded the "Cermak Award" by the Memory Disorders Research Society.   This award is for a post-doctoral researcher (which she was at the time of nomination) to travel to the MDRS meeting and give a short lecture. It comes with travel award of $500.  Congratulations to Rosie!

  • Daniel Vahaba paper published in Behavioural Brain Research

    Current NSB student Daniel Vahaba had a paper accepted and published in the September 1st edition of the Behavioural Brain Research journal. 

    Vahaba, DM, Lacey, WH, Tomaszycki ML (2013). "DSP-4, a noradrenergic neurotoxin, produces sex-specific effects on pairing and courtship behavior in zebra finches." Behavioural Brain Research 252C: 164-175.

  • Amarylis Velez-Perez joins Office of Professional Development Advisory Board

    Current NSB student Amarylis Velez-Perez has accepted an invitation to be part of a newly formed Office of Professional Development created by UMass Graduate School Dean John McCarthy.  She is one of the students in the advisory board 'representing' neuroscience graduate student interests and needs.

    The UMass Amherst Graduate School has created the Office of  Professional Development to help train graduate students in portable skills that are essential for success regardless of discipline or line of work. The OPD also introduces students to a broad range of career options, both inside and outside the academy.

  • 3rd annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium 11/22/13

    The 3rd annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 in the Campus Center. Oral  presentations will be held from 9:30am-4pm in Campus Center 101, followed by poster presentations on the 11th floor from 4:30-6pm.

    The symposium showcases the diversity of graduate research in the life sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst. The symposium provides a diverse forum to present new data or to prepare research to be presented to a broader audience.

    Current graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a 15 minute talk or for a poster presentation.

    Awards will be presented for best talk and best poster at the end of the symposium.

    Please submit your abstract (no more than 200 words) to no later than 11:59pm on Monday September 30th.Please include 'ABSTRACT' and note your program affiliation in the subject line of the email and note whether the presentation is a talk 
    or a poster.

    Abstracts will be reviewed by October 7, and decisions emailed on October 8.

  • The 14th annual symposium of the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies will be held Friday, October 25, 2013

    The theme of this year's symposium is:

    The Brain in Transition: Hormone Actions Throughout the Lifespan.

    There is a superb lineup of speakers for this year's symposium, including Drs. Robert Denver, Steve McCormick, Cheryl Sisk, Alexander Kauffman, and Pauline Maki.  See: for more information.

    In addition to speakers, there is a poster session forcontributed abstracts and five Career Development Workshops.  Topics in the past have included: Finding a Graduate Program and Mentor, Navigating the Funding Mechanisms of the NIH and NSF, Work/Life Balance, Jobs Outside the Academy, and Disseminating Your Research.

    Symposium organizers:

    Jason Breves, PhD

    Mary K Holder, PhD

    Ben Pawlisch, PhD

    Luke Remage-Healey, PhD (CNS Faculty advisor)

    To register, visit the web site at

Colloquia Archive

  • 2011

    Circadian Control of Kisspeptin and Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone in the Initiation of Ovulation

    Lance J. Kriegsfeld, Ph.D.

  • 2011

    Thyroid Hormone, Brain Development and Environmental Endocrine

    R. Thomas Zoeller, Ph.D.

  • 2011

    Sex and the Single Neuron: Sexual Differentiation of the C. elegans Nervous System

    Douglas Portman, Ph.D.

  • 2011

    Novel Hypothalamic Peptides and Receptors in a Basal Vertebrate, the Sea Lamprey

    Stacia A. Sower

  • 2011

    Mechanisms of Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making in Corticostriatal Circuits: Multiple Levels of Analysis

    Michael J. Frank, Ph.D.

  • 2011

    A Neural Basis for Learned Vocal Communication

    Jonathan F. Prather, Ph.D.

  • 2011

    Neural Stem Cells are Targets of Alcohol Toxicity

    Michael W. Miller, Ph.D.

  • 2011

    Acyetylation and Su(fu) Modulation of Hedgehog Signaling: A Novel Ci Regulatory Mechanism

    Kent Nybakken, Ph.D.

  • 2011

    Dopaminergic Modulation of Intrinsic and Synaptic Plasticity in the Striatum

    James Surmeier, Ph.D.