Dr. Kate Lewis, Professor of Biology and Director of the Neuroscience Integrated Learning Major, has been named a James K. Duah-Agyeman Awardee. The James K. Duah-Agyeman Award for Outstanding Faculty — established by the Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development, which houses the McNair Scholars Program, the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, the Student Support Services and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation programs — is given to outstanding faculty and staff in recognition of their commitment to the development, training, and preparation of the next generation of University scholars.
Dr. Sandra Hewett (left) and Regina Catague '18 (right)
Alumnus Dr. John Pollock (Ph.D. Biophysics 1984; M.S. Physics 1983; B.S. Physics 1978) Receives Presidential Award
Associate Professor James Hewett Appointed as Newest Director of Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI)
College of Arts & Sciences Dean Karin Ruhlandt has appointed Associate Professor James Hewett as the new director of the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI). More on Dr. Hewett's new appointment can be found here.
Professor Kate Lewis is Awarded NSF Grant
Dr. Kate Lewis has been awarded an NSF Grant to investigate the functions of several regulatory genes that influence nerve cell and circuit development in a zebrafish model. This grant will also support the lab's work with local high school teachers, developming modules using zebrafish that they can use in their living environment and AP Biology classes. A link to the Lewis laboratory research page can be found here.
Associate Professor Donna Korol Works with Young Scientists
Rachel Elman, a high school student with a research project in Dr. Korol's laboratory, presented her findings on the effects of a high fat diet on the metabolic profile at the CNY Science and Engineering Fair. Her work was highlighted and noted in an interview conducted by WCNY SciTech Now.
Also of note, Dr. Korol gave a professional development interview for Neuronline, the online forum for the Society for Neuroscience. She is a professional development mentor for the society that holds workshops every year at the annual meeting. For advice on how to select and plan for a postdoc please go here.
Drs. Sandra and James Hewett Awarded NIH Grant to Study Origins of Brain Disorders
Neuroscientists Sandra and James Hewett have been awarded an NIH Grant to study the origin and mechanisms underlying brain disorders including epilepsy and stroke. For more on their research please visit their laboratoy web pages: Dr. Sandra Hewett and Dr. James Hewett. Find the full story on their most recent collaborative endeavors here.
Dr. Shikha Nangia is Awarded Tenure
Dr. Nangia has been promoted to associate professors and awarded tenure. Her research focuses on identifying ways to temporarily open the blood-brain barrier to allow disease-fighting medicines to reach the brain in noninvasive ways. More on Dr. Nangia's research can be found here.
Alex Aguirre '20
Alex Aguirre is a Biochemistry and Neuroscience ILM major that participated in a collaboration with neurosurgeon Dr. Edward H. Scheid. The results from this project were presented at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons conference. The research addressed how to adapt motor evoked potentials to lower post-operative deficits during a lateral lumbar fusion. A link to the publication in The Spine Journal summarizing this work can be found here.
Nidia Bernal '20
Nidia Bernal is a Medicinal Chemistry and Neuroscience ILM major that received an internship in London with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children in the Neurosurgical unit this summer.
Sarah Woolf-King, PhD. Member of the Neuroscience Program Faculty
Please join us in congratulating Drs Sarah Woolf-King (a member of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program) and Stephen Maisto, who recently received a grant to study treatment for HIV infected hazardous drinkers. This grant is good news in and of itself, but there is extra special excitement surrounding this application. It received a rare perfect score from the NIH study section that reviewed it! To learn more about this grant and their upcoming research, view the whole story by clicking here.
A photo showing the expression of COX-2 (green) and TIA-1 (red) in neurons. Syracuse researchers think TIA-1 suppresses epilepsy in the brain. (Courtesy of Elsevier)
The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to announce that Assistant professor Carlos Castañeda,PhD is leading studies of the molecular causes of amyotrophic laterlal sclerosis (ALS). To read the full story about the amazing strides that Dr. Castañeda and his team are making towards understanding the mechanism of ALS, click here.
You can also learn more about Dr. Castañeda's research by visiting his lab's research webiste. To do so, click here.
Dr. Brittany Jakubiak (left) and Dr. Sarah Woolf-King (right).
The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Studies Program is pleased to welcome two new faculty members – Drs. Brittany Jakubiak and Sarah Woolf-King.
Dr. Jakubiak’s research interests center on understanding how interpersonal support processes that regulate stress, encourage autonomous goal pursuit, and enhance relationship quality across the lifespan. Her teaching interests relate to basic and advanced social psychology courses as well as statistics and research methods courses. To visit her faculty page, click here.
Dr. Woolf-King is conducting NIH-funded research on the intersection between substance use and HIV/AIDS. The overarching goal of her work is to inform the development of behavioral and psychological interventions that can enhance the well-being of patients and families coping with chronic medical conditions. She is currently supported by a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01AA021671) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to collect intensive longitudinal data on substance use and sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men. To visit her faculty page, click here.
Read her latest news story by clicking here.
Kevin Heffernan, PhD Awarded an R03 Grant from National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Kevin Heffernan, PhD is an associate professor of Exercise Science and neuroscience program faculty member here at Syracuse University. He was awarded an R03 Grant titled, "Race, cerebrovascular function and cognitive function in young adults" from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kevin Heffernan!
Carlos Castañeda, PhD is an assistant professor and Biology & Chemistry and Neuroscience faculty member here at Syracuse University. Recently, he has been awarded two prominent grants!
First, his National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award was recommended for funding, and more recently his Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association Grant was recommended for funding, as well.
Dr. Castañeda's work centers on determining the physiological and pathophysiological function of Ubiquilin-2, a ubiquitin-like protein whose gene is mutated in a proportion of familiar ALS patients.
You can visit the NSF webpage to learn more about their work and their funding by clicking here, and you can also learn more about Dr. Castañeda's work in his Syracuse Univeristy research laboratory, by clicking here.
Please join us in congratulating Dr Carlos Castañeda's recent acchievements!
Jonathon Preston, PhD is an associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a neuroscience program faculty member here at Syracuse University. He has recently been awarded an NIH R15 grant to continue his work on child-hood apraxia, a motor speech disorder. In this study, he will test whether modifications to currently used speech therapy can offer improvement in speech sound production in apraxic school-age children.
To learn more about his research, you can visit his laboratory's website by clicking here.
Please join us in congratuating Dr. Jonathon Preston on this recent accomplishment!
Neuroscience ILM Undergraduate and I-GNC Graduate Student Named as Representatives to SU Board of Trustees
Chizobam Nwagwu, Undergraduate Student Representative
Nwagwu is currently a junior majoring in policy studies with a topical specialization in health, education and human services, and neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School. Since her sophomore year, Chizobam has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the lab of Professor Paul Gold and Associate Professor Donna Korol, allowing her to gain hands-on experience in the neuroscience field. Last summer, she was a summer scholar for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, where she served as the executive vice president in spring 2017. She has also served as a resident advisor and is an alumna of the WellsLink Leadership Program.
Jack Wilson, Graduate Student Representative
Wilson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Program of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and plans to graduate with a concentration in neuroscience. Wilson works in Associate Professor Amy Criss’ Memory Modeling Lab, studying where and how errors occur when trying to recall past events. Before coming to Syracuse, Wilson earned a B.S. in psychology and a B.S. in biology at the College of Charleston. Wilson serves as a senator in the Graduate Student Organization on the Employment Issues Committee and will be president of the GSO in the 2017-18 academic year.
Several of our current and recently former (Class of ’17) Neuroscience students have received honors and awards.
- Amber Barrow ’17, neuroscience and biology, College of Arts and Sciences, was named a Fulbright US Student Scholar. She received a Study/Research Grant to study Public Health in China.
- Kylie Kerker, a neuroscience and biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences was named a 2017-2018 Remembrance Scholar and also was designated the Lynne Parker Scholar in the Renée Crown University Honors Program.
- Anjana Pati, a neuroscience and psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences was named a 2017-2018 Remembrance Scholar.
- Megan Phan, a neuroscience and chemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences was named a 2017-2018 Remembrance Scholar.
- Regina Catague, a neuroscience and biology major, was designated the Beverly Bishop Summer Research Fellow.
Congratulations to our scholars!
Naomi Rivera Robles ’17, a dual major in biochemistry and neuroscience, recently received a Minority Undergraduate Internship Award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The $3,000 award supports Rivera Robles’ research under James Hougland, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.
“I was delighted to recommend Naomi for support by the ADA Minority Undergraduate Internship Award. Her work is part of our research focusing on a potential new avenue for treating diabetes,” says Hougland.
Read more at AS News.
Syracuse University associate professor of biology Katharine Lewis has received a five-year grant of $242,500 from the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board (SCIRB) that will support her lab’s research on spinal cord development in zebrafish. By studying how zebrafish neurons develop their specific identities during development, Lewis hopes to inspire new, regenerative treatments for spinal cord injury in humans.
“To make new neurons from stem cells you need to understand how those neurons are normally made,” Lewis says of her lab’s research focus.
Read more at AS News.
Four Syracuse University professors, led by John Tillotson, associate professor and department chair of science teaching, have received a three-year, $999,719 National Science Foundation grant to support recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The funding will be used to launch a new program called “The Strategic Undergraduate STEM Talent Acceleration Initiative,” as well as research the program’s effectiveness.
To read the entire story, click here.