Congratulations to NSGP graduate student Alexis Tolliver, who was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and to Belinda Mahama, who was awarded an Honorable Mention! Alexis will use a novel method of neuromodulation – bioluminescent optogenetics (BL-OG) – to understand the mechanisms of homeostatic plasticity during normal development and during hyperexcitable states, using the developing brain of Xenopus tadpoles. Belinda will be dissecting the neuronal circuitry and molecular mechanisms that drive recovery sleep after deprivation in C. elegans.
Backed by the Brown Institute for Brain Science and organized by a neuroscience postdoc, the weeklong series of talks, film screenings, art shows and fairs aims to make brain research fun, educational and accessible.
Many of our Brown Neuroscience Graduate Program students attend and present at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. And, all first year NSGP and Brown-NIH GPP graduate students attend the meeting. Pictured here are speakers from an SfN nanosymopsium on ALS, which included several Brown graduate students in Neuroscience mentors laboratories, along with their collaborators. Pictured from left to right: Joshua Whitt (Bron post-doctoral fellow), Joan Koh (MGH), Aaron Held (Brown MCB), Veronica Ryan (Brown NSGP), Amanda Duffy (Brown NSGP), Saba Baskoylu (Brown NSGP) and Veronica Ryan (Brown NSGP).
Pacific Standard magazine features Neuroscience Graduate Program incoming student Alexis Tolliver as one of their “30-under-30” list of the “year’s most exciting young thinkers and advocates in policy and social justice.” Read the interview at https://psmag.com/magazine/alexis-toliver-30-under-30”
NSGP graduate Justine Allen’s report on cuttlefish fighting appeared in American Naturalist recently (http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/692009) and was highlighted in the New York Times this week.
See the dramatic footage at https://nyti.ms/2pOZZmZ
Faculty and graduate students from the Neuroscience Graduate Program, as well as their friends and families, were enthusiastic participants in the March for Science. The rain didn’t stop us from marching in the Providence, RI or Boston, MA. (Pictured: NSGP graduate students Nate Snell, Valerie Estela, Megan Leyer, Torrey Truskowksi and husband Chris, and Alastair Tulloch.
The post-doctoral work of Tyler Ard, a recent graduate of the Brown-NIH Graduate partnership program, has been highlighted in the blog of Dr. Francis Collins. See the blog entry on Department of Health & Human Services website at https://www.hhs.gov/blog/2017/02/13/cool-videos-starring-wiring-diagram-human-brain.html
NSGP student Torrey Truszkowski describes her research on the neural circuits involved in multisensory integration as part of the Brown Graduate School symposium on November 5th. To view the video of her presentation, click below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUnyV11rKak