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Jonathan Cohen to receive APS William James Award

The William James Award honors individuals for their lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology and international recognition for their outstanding contributions to scientific psychology.

Michele Basso, UCLA

Director, Fuster Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Neurobiology, UCLA
Supported by the Amy C. Kern and John M. Goldsmith ‘85 Fund for Neuroscience

Surya Ganguli, Stanford University

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University
Supported by the Margaret Bellamy Langfitt ’83 Fund for Discourse in Neuroscience

Jennifer Raymond, Stanford University

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Physics
Supported by the Margaret Bellamy Langfitt ’83 Fund for Discourse in Neuroscience

Krishan Shenoy, Stanford University

Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology
Supported by the John A. ’72 and Raluca V. Allison Fund for Discourse in Neuroscience

Ilana Witten receives the 2017 Daniel X. Freedman Award

The 2017 Freedman Prize for Exceptional Basic Research was awarded to Ilana B. Witten, Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, whose lab works on interrogating the neural circuitry that supports reward learning and decision making. 

Kastner opens frontiers for young minds

Sabine Kastner, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, helps explain neuroscience to curious young minds through an academic journal for children and outreach activities on campus.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awarded to PNI graduate student Weston Fleming

Weston Fleming, a second-year graduate student in Ilana Witten’s group, has been selected to receive the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. The fellowship includes an annual stipend of $34,000 and an annual cost of education allowance of $12,000 for three years. Awardees are also encouraged to participate in world-wide professional development opportunities offered through the GRFP.

New Rutgers-Princeton center uses computational models to understand psychiatric conditions

A new center is bringing together researchers from Princeton and Rutgers universities to apply computational modeling to the understanding of psychiatric diseases. The Rutgers-Princeton Center for Computational Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, which will open its doors this month, aims to improve the diagnosis of mental disorders, better predict their progression and eventually aid in developing treatments.