Cierra Abellera awarded Yale Ciencia Academy Fellowship

Cierra Abellera
Cierra Abellera

Cierra Abellera, first-year social psychology PhD student, is one of 40 fellows to participate in the Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Career Development. This week, these young science leaders will kick off their year as fellows at an in-person meeting held to coincide with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA (February 13-17, 2020). 

Is jetlag making you feel out of sych? Bacteria in the brain may play a role

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Washington State, UMass Amherst Researchers Receive Keck Grant to Study Effects of Bacteria on Brain

With a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, neuroscience researchers at Washington State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will explore whether variations in brain levels of bacterial fragments can account for life’s sleep/wake and 24-hour cycles, known as circadian rhythms.

Winter 2020 Newsletter

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Catch up with the latest PBS news in our Winter 2020 Newsletter, including spotlights on our talented students, faculty, and alumni!

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Features include:

  • New views into the hearts and minds of preschoolers
  • DDHS Program celebrates 20 years
  • PBS Welcomes New Associate Professor
  • Behavioral Neuroscience labs move to Morrill IV
  • Deanna Ferrante '20 honored with Kaitlin A. Geraghty Memorial Prize for excellence in disability inclusion
  • Introducing our Undergraduate Spotlight on Alumni

PBS welcomes new Associate Professor

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Overuse of electronic devices, stress, and a lack of sleep can take a toll on our health and well-being. Ilia Karatsoreos, associate professor of behavioral neuroscience, studies how the body's biological clock and stress response systems help maintain mental and physical health. His lab aims to uncover the fundamental mechanisms of, and potential interventions to, some of the negative health outcomes associated with our fast-paced modern society.

Behavioral Neuroscience labs move to newly designed collaborative space in Morrill IV

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Members of the Healey Lab setup their new lab space

The brand new neuroscience wing in Morrill IV, housing many of our behavioral neuroscience labs, features a modern open lab plan, lots of natural light, and energy efficiency. The space will house the labs and offices of David Moorman, Mariana Pereira, Luke Remage-Healey, and Heather Richardson, as well as the office of Agnès Lacreuse.

‘A new era in education’

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The interdisciplinary field of learning sciences is on what Robert Feldman says is the “cusp of a new era in education.” When pieced together, research from social and hard sciences provide invaluable information on how we learn. Feldman recently edited a book on learning science published by McGraw-Hill, where he serves as the chair of their Learning Science Advisory Board.

Effect of visualization on students’ understanding of probability concepts

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Improving the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate education in STEM fields is crucial for preparing both a diverse workforce and a STEM-literate public that is ready to acknowledge and benefit from the advancement of science. STEM sectors of the economy are showing steady growth and careers in these fields are in demand.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently awarded a $300,000 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) grant to Associate Professors Jeffrey Starns, Andrew Cohen (psychological and brain sciences) and Darrell Earnest (teacher education and curriculum studies). This team will develop and test an instructional program in probabilistic reasoning that is designed to help students overcome math challenges by linking mathematical concepts to an intuitive visualization.