Jeffery Blaustein named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
NSB Professor Jeffrey Blaustein has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its application. According to a press release, Dr. Blaustein was recognized for “distinguished research in behavioral neuroendocrinology, with exceptional contributions toward understanding the cellular processes by which steroid hormones act in neurons, particularly with respect to reproductive behavior.” Congratulations to Jeff.
Heather Richardson study suggests teen binge drinking effects may last a lifetime
NSB faculty member Heather Richardson's study on a study that suggests teen binge drinking effects may last a lifetime has been published in the October 29 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. According to a recent UMass press release, Heather Richardson and other researchers from UMass (including current NSB student Wanette Vargas) and Louisiana State University examined myelin at the end of the binge-drinking period and found that it was reduced in the prefrontal cortex of the binge drinking adolescent rats. In a separate experiment, they examined myelin several months later after testing for adult drinking behaviors and found that adolescent alcohol drinking caused significant white matter loss and damage to myelin in the prefrontal cortex.
Agnès Lacreuse receives NIH grant
NSB faculty member Agnès Lacreuse is the recent recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study sex differences in cognitive and brain aging. Congratulations to Agnès!
Eric Bittman receives NIH grant
NSB faculty member Eric Bittman just started a new NIH grant (an R21, which provides 2 years of funding) to examine the role of circadian oscillators in brain regions outside the central hypothalamic pacemaker in the control of ovulation.
This brings together circadian biology and neuroendocrinology. Congratulations to Eric.
Rosie Cowell elected to the MDRS
NSB faculty member Rosie Cowell was elected to the Memory Disorders Research Society (MDRS) this Spring 2014. MDRS is an invitation only society,
for faculty level researchers. Rosie presented a talk to the society in Austin, TX on September 19th.
Mariana Pereira selected for the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation's Research Partners Program
New faculty member in the program (and Psychological and Brain Sciences) Mariana Pereira has received a grant from the Brain and Behavior Foundation. It is especially exciting that it was selected for the the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation's Research Partners Program
Jim Chambers selected for "Young Investigators in Medicinal Chemistry"
NSB faculty member Jim Chambers has been selected to participate in the "Young Investigators in Medicinal Chemistry" at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas (March 2014).
NSB Students Amanda Krentzel, Emily Manoogian and Amy Ryan Awarded 2014 Graduate Dissertation Research Grants
Current NSB students Amanda Kentzel, Emily Manoogian and Amy Ryan are recipients of 2014 Graduate Dissertation Grants awarded by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Graduate School. These funds should assist Amanda, Emily and Amy in their research and progress towards their degrees. Congratulations to Amanda, Emily and Amy!
Annaliese Beery Awarded NSF Grant
NSB faculty member Annaliese Beery received a $470,000 NSF grant to study the neurobiology of seasonal sociality in voles.
Matthew LaClair Recipient of Spring 2014 CRF Research Grant
NSB student Matthew LaClair was awarded a $10,000 pre-dissertation grant from The Center for Research on Families . He will use the CRF grant to complete a project examining how dysfunction within the sex steroid and the dopaminergic systems produce the cognitive and emotional symptoms of schizophrenia. By better understanding the way these two systems interact, it may be possible to discover novel therapeutic treatments for these symptoms. His project will be completed in collaboration with his advisor and NSB faculty member, Dr. Agnès Lacreuse. Congratulations to Matt!