Bhattacharya and Yin receive BIO5 Team Scholars Program Award
Dr. Bhattacharya and Dr. Yin have been granted the BIO5 Team Scholars Program award for collaborating on neuron-glia co-cultures from the Yin lab and infected with a virus built in the Bhattacharya lab. Dr. Bhagyashree Manivannan, Bhattacharya lab, is performing biochemical and proteomic analysis on the separate cell populations.
The BIO5 Team Scholars Program award is granted through the BIO5 Institute, one of the Research Discovery & Innovation (RDI) University Research Institutes/Centers (URICs). The award offers support for scholarships to allow a faculty member release time and other support for full implementation of collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. URICs are intended to be the campus hubs for large scale transdisciplinary work, and yet many faculty are not fully utilizing the resources and connections available at the URICs in their work. The goal of these BIO5 Institute Team awards is to develop, produce and submit a collaborative proposal for external funding, and to enhance the connection of faculty to the BIO5 Institute and other colleagues.
These neurons affect how much you do, or don't, want to eat
UA researchers, in Dr. Haijiang Cai's Lab, have identified a network of neurons that coordinate with other brain regions to influence eating behaviors. These findings could help those suffering from disease-induced appetite loss or over-eating. Cai's co-authors, all of whom were associated with the Department of Neuroscience during the research, are lead author Dr. Yong Wang, JungMin Kim, Matthew B. Schmit, Tiffany S. Cho and Dr. Caohui Fang. The research was partially funded by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
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Gaige Tucker receives John G. Hildebrand Scholarship
Congratulations to Gaige Tucker for being selected to receive the John G. Hildebrand Summer Research Scholarship. Gaige is an undergraduate participating in the Bhattacharya Lab in the Department of Neuroscience.
The John G. Hildebrand Scholarship provides support to pursue summer research for undergraduates who are in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NSCS) Program.
Keating receives Andrew C. Comrie GIDP Doctoral Fellowship
Congratulations to Rebekah Keating (Godfrey) for being selected to receive the Andrew C. Comrie Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP) Doctoral Fellowship. "Keating" is part of the Gronenberg Lab in the Department of Neuroscience, and is the first person to receive this disguished honor.
2019 Andrew C. Comrie Endowment:
This Doctoral Fellowship honors Dr. Comrie’s strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and study as witnessed by the many years Dr. Comrie has dedicated to research as an interdisciplinary climate scientist and geographer. In addition, Dr. Comrie has participated in Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs from the time he first arrived at The University of Arizona and through the years of his university leadership roles as former Provost, Associate Vice-President for Research, and Dean of the Graduate College.
NSCS Students and Neuroscience GIDP Students Awarded Galileo Circle Scholarships
The following Neuroscience & Cognitive Science (NSCS) Undergraduate students and Neuroscience Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) Ph.D. students were awarded 2019 Galileo Circle Scholarships. Galileo Circle Scholars, the University of Arizona's finest undergraduate and graduate science students, represent the tremendous breadth of research interests in the College of Science. These scholars are our future and will be in the forefront of changing and bettering our world. Congratuations!
NSCS Undergraduate Students: Areen Badwal, Tiffany Cho, Haley Ciccone, Ashley Flores, Samantha Jankowski, and Sakthi Kumar
Neuroscience GIDP Ph.D. Students: Sahana Srivathsa and Andrew Tubbs
Jennifer Lawrence Elected Chair of APAC
Jennifer Lawrence has begun her term as Chair of the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council (APAC). Jennifer, who has been with APAC for five years, became secretary in 2015 and was vice chair for the last academic year.
Jennifer, the manager of business and finance in the Department of Neuroscience, was elected chair at the council's May 22 meeting and assumed the role on July 1. She succeeds Sara Knepper, director of academic advising in the College of Education, who served as chair for two years.
Jennifer began working at the UA, as an administrative assistant, in 1987 while pursuing a bachelor's degree in history. She assumed her current position in 2013, the same year she completed a Master of Business Administration from the Eller College of Management.
Among the priorities for the new chair of the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council are representing appointed personnel and professionals amid the University Career Architecture Project and shining a light on the often behind-the-scenes work they do.
Areen Badwal Receives Microscopy Society for America Grant
Congratulations to Areen Badwal, an undergraduate student in the Miller Lab and an NSCS major. Areen has been awarded a grant from the Microscopy Society for America that will help fund her summer work in the Miller lab.
Stefano Dicenso Admitted to Prestigious Summer Program
Congratulations to Stefano Dicenso, an undergraduate student in the Miller Lab and an NSCS major. Stefano was admitted to the prestigious summer program, Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER). The program is administered by the UA College of Medicine and provides Stefano with full funding for 30 hours per week to continue his research in the Miller Lab, in addition to receiving free MCAT workshops.
Rachel Sadler Receives the 2017 Hildebrand Scholarship
Congratulations to Rachel Sadler for receiving the 2017 Hildebrand Scholarship. This scholarship supports and encourages highly-qualified students planning to pursue graduate education and scientific careers in neuroscience or a related field.
Rachel is part of the Gronenberg Lab and has been mentored by Rebekah Keating, an advanced graduate student in the lab. Here's what Keating had to say about Rachel.
"Rachel shows a tenacity and independence rare for such a young scientist. Initially, we sat down together to familiarize her with the literature and hone her research question and, subsequently, Rachel has taken advantage of all the resources at her disposal, from the existing literature and online help with statistical analysis to advice from a behavior-savvy post doc in the lab. She keeps a clear focus on her question and has developed her own long term research schedule to make sure she can gather enough data to adequately answer test this question. Working with undergraduate students is one of the most valuable lessons in mentorship, but working with Rachel is like having a peer in the lab. As a graduate student, I can bounce ideas off of her and share insights about behavior techniques or analysis methods. She is eager to learn and practice new skills, but also seems to gain much knowledge through the process of science itself. In addition to being adept in science, it is clear that Rachel genuinely enjoys what she is doing, a quality I think may be one of the best predictors of success in graduate school and likely academia in general.”
New Clues From Brain Structures of Mantis Shrimp
Taking a close look at the neural systems of mantis shrimp, top arthropod predators of the coral reef, researchers led by Nick Strausfeld at the University of Arizona and Gabriella Wolff, now at the University of Washington, discovered brain structures that — according to textbook wisdom — shouldn't be there.