Brains & Behavior

B&B Says ‘Farewell but Not Goodbye’ to IDC Chair Andrea Scarantino

Posted On June 20, 2017

As we wrap up the 2017 Fiscal Year, we say goodbye to Andrea Scarantino, Ph.D. as long-standing Brains & Behavior’s Interdisciplinary Committee Chair (pictured left at the 2017 Retreat). Andrea stepped off the IDC early this summer after 9 years of faithful and productive service to the B&B community. Andrea’s hard work, enthusiasm, and leadership… more »

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2017 Seed Grants Awarded

Posted On May 24, 2017

This year’s Seed Grant competition is complete and notification letters have now gone out. We were excited by the caliber of grants submitted and happy to announce the 2017 Seed Grant Awardees below (they can also be found online here).

This is the third year the B&B Seed Grant Review Process was different than in… more »

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B&B Scholar Alum Jenna Harris Awarded Genetics Society of America Honors

Jenna M. Harris (Neuroscience/Psych major) in the Cox lab, has been selected for two prestigious honors from the Genetics Society of America (GSA) for her undergraduate research on Drosophila.

Jenna was selected for the Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Award sponsored by GSA, and is 1 of only 6 undergraduates selected for the special session “Spotlight on… more »

Neuroscience Faculty Anne Murphy Receives Grant to Study Pain

Neuroscience Institute’s own Dr. Anne Murphy received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to investigate pain management therapies for people aged 65 or older.

The late Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick, and actress Bette Davis agree: old age demands some toughness; it “isn’t for sissies”. Among other reasons is this: “Pain… more »

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B&B Psychology Faculty Sarah Brosnan Publishes Essay on Morality & Evolution

Professor Sarah Brosnan published an essay entitled “A primatological perspective on evolution and morality” on the Center for Humans and Nature website. The essay was in response to a recent question series: “What can evolution tell us about morality?”

Morality is distinctly human, but how did it arise?  In this essay, Brosnan uses a comparative approach… more »

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Arianna Tamvacakis Wins Best Student Presentation at SICB

Congratulations to Neuroscience B&B graduate student, Arianna Tamvacakis!

Arianna’s presentation, “Differential expression of serotonin receptor genes in homologous neurons underlies species-typical swimming behaviors in Nudipleura sea slugs” was awarded the best student oral presentation for the Division of Neurobiology, Neuroethology, and Sensory Biology at the Society for Integrated and Comparative Biology (SICB) meeting in New… more »