Max Joffe and Jennifer Walker, Ph.D. pictured after winning the Data Blitz at the MTNCSfN Annual Meeting for the graduate student and postdoc categories. Photo courtesy of F. Eddie Hickman at the reception for the annual meeting.
Our Annual Chapter Meeting was held on May 14, 2014, and we thank everyone who was able to participate. In between faculty talks from Dr. Brian Nelms (Fisk University), Dr. Akiko Shimamoto (Meharry Medical College), and Dr. Alex Maier (Vanderbilt University), trainees presented their research in 3-minute talks for the fourth annual Data Blitz. Winners of the Data Blitz were chosen by votes of the chapter members in attendance for a $50 prize!
Congratulations to the graduate student winner, Max Joffe from the Grueter lab, and the postdoc winner, Dr. Jennifer Walker from the Harrison lab!
Pooja Balaram, graduate student in the Kaas lab, is the student nominee for the chapter SfN travel award 2014. Photo provided by Pooja Balaram.
Data Blitz participants were eligible to compete as nominees for Chapter for SfN Travel Awards. Congratulations and good luck to our graduate student nominee, Pooja Balaram from the Kaas lab, and our postdoc nominee, Dr. Sarah Baum from the Wallace lab.
Sarah Baum, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the Wallace lab, is a nominee for the chapter SfN travel award 2014. Photo courtesy of Sarah Baum from Brain Awareness Night at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Also at the meeting, chapter president Dr. Kevin Currie announced the SERPENT student (Summer Enrichment Research Program in Education and Neuroscience Training) selected by chapter officers for 2014. Kathryn Hook, from Belmont University, is joins Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin’s lab at Vanderbilt for the summer.
As part of the program, Kathryn will create outreach materials related to her summer research project and participate in the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA). VSSA includes several different programs in which students conduct a research project under supervision of a faculty preceptor, attend weekly seminars, and present a research poster at a concluding symposium. Project resources from previous SERPENT students are posted on our website Resources page. Membership in the chapter and donations help fund this great program, so please check our website for more details about the SERPENT program and joining or renewing your Membership.
Here is a little more about this year’s SERPENT student from the McLaughlin Lab website. “Kathryn says: My name is Kathryn Hook and I am currently a sophomore undergraduate neuroscience major at Belmont University. I’m pretty much obsessed with neuroscience and have a passion for helping people. I am leaning toward pursuing the medical side of a career in neuroscience (possibly neurology with clinical research). At Belmont, I am a member of the Student Activities Programming Board, Psychology club, AED, Pathways STEM Scholarship program, Towering Traditions Leaders, and I am a tutor for the athletic department.
Kathryn Hook from Belmont University was selected to as our SERPENT student for 2014. Photo from the McLaughlin Lab website.
Outside of school, I have been jump roping competitively for the past twelve years. I absolutely love the sport of jump rope! It has led me to many different areas of the world, introducing me to all kinds of people! I’m all for adventures-trying new things, meeting new people, and traveling. I couldn’t be more excited to get to work in the McLaughlin Lab this summer!”