Neuroscience News

Congratulations to Dr. Braden Purcell!


Dr. Purcell is one of four winners of the 2013-2014 James McKeen Cattell Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Psychology.  The award, in its 43rd year, drew a distinguished pool of candidates. Dr. Purcell’s dissertation is titled Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Decision Making and he was mentored by Dr.Thomas J. Palmeri and Dr.Jeffrey D. Schall.

Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Awards, News


Congratulations to Jon Kaas!

Jon Kaas is the winner of the 2014 George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience awarded by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.  The prize is awarded annually to a neuroscientist who has conducted cutting-edge research that has revolutionized the field.

Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Awards, News


2013 Fine Science Tool Travel Award

Congratulations to Brandon Moore, Keji Li, and Pooja Balaram for being selected to receive the 2013 Fine Science Tool Travel Award. This award provides funds towards the cost of attending the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, CA.

Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Awards, News, Student Relations


Congratulations to Daryl Fougnie and René Marois!

Division 3 of APA recently announced young investigator awards given for outstanding articles by young investigators in the Journal of Experimental Psychology (JEP) journals. Daryl Fougnie, former graduate student in René Marois’s lab, was one of the two winners of the award for JEP: Learning, Memory, and Cognition for an article he published with Rene.

Fougnie, D., & Marois, R. (2011). What limits working memory capacity? Evidence for modality-specific sources to the simultaneous storage of visual and auditory arrays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37, 1329-1341.

Congratulations to both Daryl and Rene!

December 6, 2012

Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Awards, News, Publication


Congratulations to Isabel Gauthier and Steven Hollon!

They won significant awards at the December College Faculty Meeting on December 4, 2012. Isabel Gauthier won the Graduate Mentoring Award and Steve Hollon won the Graduate Teaching Award. Congratulations to Isabel and Steve on these well deserved honors!

December 5, 2012

Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Awards, News


Brain study provides new insight into why haste makes waste

Why do our brains make more mistakes when we act quickly?

A new study demonstrates how the brain follows Ben Franklin’s famous dictum, “Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.”

The research – conducted by Research Assistant Professor Richard Heitz and Jeffrey Schall, Ingram Professor of Neuroscience, at Vanderbilt University – has found that the brain actually switches into a special mode when pushed to make rapid decisions.

The study was published Nov. 7 in the journal Neuron.

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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in News


2012 Fine Science Tool Travel Award

Congratulations to Aaron Nidiffer, Christina Cerkevich and Yaoguang Jiang for being selected to receive the 2012 Fine Science Tool Travel Award. This award provides $500 towards the cost of attending the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Awards, Student Relations


VU Neuroscience Graduate Program recognized as best in the nation for 2012

Vanderbilt University’s Neuroscience Graduate Program has been named the 2012 “Program of the Year” by the Society for Neuroscience.

The award was presented Sunday, Oct. 14, during the society’s annual meeting in New Orleans. With more than 42,000 members, the society is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to advancing understanding of the brain and nervous system.

The Neuroscience Program of the Year Award recognizes excellence and “the most significant and impactful innovations” in educating neuroscientists that can serve as models for training programs worldwide.

“Founded in 1999, the Neuroscience Graduate Program has grown into one of the premier biomedical graduate programs at Vanderbilt and in the nation,” said Mark Wallace, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute (VBI), which administers the program.

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Awards, News


Helpful Tips for Your Presentations

Here is a great article PDF that offers guidelines to make graphics accessible to those with color vision deficiencies. Here is a link with more helpful information! Please consider these options for your next presentation or poster session!

Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Publication, Seminar, Student Relations


Grants help propel glaucoma, macular degeneration research

Three Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty members have been awarded grants from the American Health Assistance Foundation to support their research on glaucoma and macular degeneration — the two leading causes of irreversible blindness in the world.

Vanderbilt Eye Institute researchers received three of the 21 grants given by the organization tasked with funding breakthrough research on age-related vision diseases.

• John Kuchtey, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at VEI, and colleagues are studying ways to detect the genes causing inherited glaucoma in newborns and infants.

• Milam Brantley Jr., M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and director of the Initiative for Ocular Pharmacogenomics at VEI, is studying the environmental risks for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

• Ashwath Jayagopal, Ph.D., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at VEI, and colleagues are working on developing nanotechnology-based approaches for imaging critical biomarkers of early wet AMD.

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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Awards, News