Posted on August 14th, 2014
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Brian McCool and co-investigators of the Alcohol Research Training Program on the renewal of the WFSM Institutional Alcohol Research Training Program (T32). Additionally, there has been funding of an additional administrative supplement to the T32. Our Alcohol Research Training Program, now in its 21st year of funding by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, supports five pre-doctoral students and three post-doctoral trainees studying the biology of alcohol addiction. The administrative supplement is part of the Collaborative Research on Addiction initiative at NIH (CRAN). This CRAN supplement will fund two graduate students and one postdoc specifically focused on the co-abuse of alcohol with other drugs. With these additions, our training program is now one of the largest in the nation.
See s.graduate.wfu.edu/2014/08/07/wfsm-institutional-alcohol-research-training-program-renewal/ for full announcement.
Posted on August 12th, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Carol Milligan and the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience upon receiving a grant award for the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Distinguished Traveling Scientist Program.
The Society for Neuroscience will partly sponsor a series of seminars, currently being planned, that will be spread across the spring semester. Distinguished speakers will be invited to lecture on topics that will appeal to the neuroscience community and provide opportunities for outreach. Incoming president of the Western North Carolina Chapter, Dr. Christos Constantinidis, outlined the goals of the program: 1) organize an event that allows members of the chapter to interact and discuss research and new potential collaborations and educational endeavors; 2) expose graduate students to cutting-edge research; 3) promote undergraduate student interest and involvement in neuroscience; and 4) initiate interactions with local historically black colleges and universities to engage their faculty and students in Chapter events. To address the last goal, Drs. Constantinidis, Carol Milligan (Neuroscience Program Director) and Ronny Bell (Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity) will work together to develop bridges between the colleges and universities.
Event and seminar information will be posted and circulated as dates are finalized. Advertisements will be posted during the fall semester at Chapter affiliate institutions as well as local HBCUs.
Posted on July 8th, 2014
Congratulations to our Neuroscience faculty and students. Our program has been ranked as one of the top 10 Neuroscience Programs at Graduateprograms.com “according to students enumerating the best graduate programs in the country in a variety of fields based solely on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students.”
reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to April 15, 2014.
Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.
For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., “business and management”. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that program.
The Top 25 Neuroscience Programs are listed below:
- The Ohio State University
- Emory University
- Brandeis University
- University of California, San Diego
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Harvard University
- Georgia State University
- Wake Forest University
- Princeton University
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- Oregon Health & Science University
- Florida State University
- Stanford University
- University of Vermont
- The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- New York University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Maryland, Baltimore
- Johns Hopkins University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of Cincinnati
- Texas A&M University
- University at Buffalo, State University of New York
- Columbia University
Posted on June 27th, 2014
Please join me in congratulating Xin Zhou for being selected for nomination by the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience for SfN’s Graduate Student Travel Award.
Dr. Christos Constantinidis is Xin’s thesis advisor.
Posted on June 27th, 2014
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Terry Stanford on receiving both the 2014 Neuroscience Program Teaching AND Mentor Awards.
The students in the Neuroscience Program solicit nominations for each award and ballots are created. First and second year students vote for the teaching award and senior students vote for the mentor award. Receiving both awards is an indication of the extent of Terry’s service to the students and program.
Congratulations, Dr. Stanford!
Posted on June 9th, 2014
Please join us in congratulating Byron Van Nest for being awarded the Heiligenberg Student Travel Award to attend the International Congress of Neuroethology in Sapporo, Japan next month. Additionally, his poster abstract was selected for a presentation at one of the symposia at the meeting.
Posted on May 29th, 2014
Please join us in congratulating Fadel Zeidan for receiving the Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence at the 9th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research.
The NIH Pain Consortium Symposium is a high impact meeting that takes place on the NIH campus and brings together the best of both intramural and extramural scientists as well as NIH Program Officers.
Posted on May 12th, 2014
Please join me in congratulating Sarah Kromrey. Sarah was one of 30 students chosen nationwide for the Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students at the NIH Clinical Center to be held this summer.
Congratulations to Sarah, and also to her advisors Mike Nader and Paul Czoty!