Congratulations to SfN’s Next Generation Award Winner, Nicole Baganz

Nicole Baganz

Nicole Baganz, Ph.D., nominee for SfN Next Generation Award, received the award at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience meeting.

Dr. Nicole Baganz, postdoc with Dr. Randy Blakely (Vanderbilt University) was nominated by the Chapter and was chosen for the SfN Next Generation Award.  Below is a segment from The VUMC Reporter story by Leigh MacMillan.

For her contributions to public communication, outreach and education about neuroscience, Baganz received the 2015 Next Generation Award

from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) at the organization’s annual meeting last month.

“I’m completely honored and thrilled,” Baganz said. “I’m excited that the award gives us the opportunity to provide more outreach efforts through the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and the local SfN chapter.”

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, one of more than 150 local chapters around the world, nominated Baganz for the Next Generation Award.

Only two Next Generation Awards — one at the pre/postdoctoral level and one at the junior faculty level — are presented each year.

“It is quite an achievement to receive this award,” said Kevin Currie, Ph.D., associate professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology and president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter.

The award included an honorarium and travel award for Baganz to attend the annual SfN meeting and $2,000 to the local SfN chapter to continue outreach efforts in the coming year. Baganz will be joining the chapter’s leadership committee as outreach coordinator.

“I’m looking forward to sitting down with the group to brainstorm creative ideas for outreach,” she said.

“With Nicole’s passion and ability to simply get things done, we have high hopes that the Chapter will become a hub for some of these outreach efforts,” Currie wrote in the nomination letter.


We are proud to congratulate Nicole and look forward to future outreach activities through the Chapter. Additional announcements were posted by SfN, the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, and the Blakely lab.