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Dr. Alison Preston publishes in Cerebral Cortex

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Dr. Alison Preston and her graduate student Jackson Liang published a paper in Cerebral Cortex entitled “Content Representation in the Human Medial Temporal Lobe”. This research utilized fMRI to investigate how different regions of the medial temporal lobe respond to novel event content (e.g., faces, scenes, spoken words, visual words).

Dr. Kim Raab-Graham featured in In Vivo

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Dr. Raab-Graham’s is profiled on the faculty spotlight feature of the School of Biological Sciences publication In Vivo.  The feature gives an overview of Dr. Raab-Graham’s research on the role of local protein synthesis in neuronal signaling and learning and memory, as well as her involvement in teaching the neuroscience “boot-camp” for incoming graduate students.

Deborah Watson receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

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Deborah Watson, postdoctoral fellow in the Harris Lab, received a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA award from the NIMH for her project entitled  “Dynamic regulation of SER during development and synaptic plasticity”.  The project will investigate how the smooth endoplasmic reticulum (SER) modifies its organization to support dendritic spine and synapse structure during normal development and synaptic plasticity.

Dr. Kristen Harris publishes in Hippocampus

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Dr. Kristen Harris recently published a paper entitled “Differential effects of strain, circadian cycle, and stimulation pattern on LTP and concurrent LTD in the dentate gyrus of freely moving rats” in the journal Hippocampus. This research revealed how these natural and experimental factors regulate granule cell excitability, and differentially affect LTP and concurrent LTD in the dentate […]

Dr. Harris receives RO1 award from NIH

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Dr. Kristen Harris received a RO1 grant from the NIH for her project entitled ” Developmental control of synapse structure with LTP”.  This project combines electron microscopy and long-term potentiation, a synaptic mechanism of learning and memory, to investigate the normal development of synapse structure and function.

Corey White receives a postdocotral NRSA

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Corey White, a postdoctoral fellow in the Podrack Lab, received a postdoctoral NRSA for his research project entitled “Neural correlates of decision bias in anxiety”.  This project seeks to understand why individuals with high levels of anxiety are biased to process threatening information.  fMRI and computational models of decision-making will be used to investigate the […]

Poldrack Lab Nature Methods paper wins Innovation Award

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Dr. Russ Poldrack’s Nature Methods publication was awarded the Innovation Award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society.  The Innovation Award recognizes an article authored by a SAN member and published in a scholarly outlet that makes a contribution likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline […]

Tammy Tran receives Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship and Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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Tammy Tran, an undergraduate student in the Preston Lab, received the Rapaport-King Thesis Scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts.  The Rapaport-King Scholarship is awarded to Honors Program students in the College of Liberal Arts who are conducting research and writing a senior thesis.  Tammy also received an Undergraduate Research Fellowship awarded to students for […]

Dr. Ila Fiete publishes in PNAS

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Dr. Ila Fiete recently published her paper entitled “Fundamental limits on persistent activity in networks of noisy neurons” in PNAS.  The research investigates memory, diffusion and information-diffusion inequality in the brain. Y. Burak and I. R. Fiete. (2012). Fundamental limits on persistent activity in networks of noisy neurons.  PNAS Early Edition (Oct. 9).

Dr. Nishiyama receives R01 Award from NINDS

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Dr. Hiroshi Nishiyama received a R01 grant from the NINDS for his project entitled “CNS Mechanisms of developmental synapse elimination”.  This project investigates how the precision of synaptic circuitry is created in the developing mammalian brain by observing the process in the intact, live animals.