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Kastner opens frontiers for young minds

Princeton professor Sabine Kastner is helping explain neuroscience to curious young minds through an academic journal for children and outreach activities on campus. Read the full story here.

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.

CV Starr Fellow Alexander Nectow receives NARSAD Young Investigator Award

Alex will investigate the role of a brain area called the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN), in both depression and feeding-related behaviors. The dorsal raphe is a remarkably complex structure, comprised of numerous cell types, and Dr. Nectow plans to functionally dissect the role of the DRN’s component cell types in the healthy and depressed states. His goal is to elucidate the neural circuit mechanism underlying depression, which may ultimately aid in the development of novel therapies.

Charlie Gross to receive the 2016 Karl Spencer Lashley Award

The American Philosophical Society will present Professor Emeritus Charlie Gross with the 2016 Karl Spencer Lashley Award "in recognition of his pioneering studies of the neurophysiology of higher visual funcitons and the neural basis of face recognition and object perception." The award will be presented to Dr. Gross on November 11, 2016 at the American Philosophical Society annual Autumn General Meeting.

Alan Urban, Group Leader, NERF - Belgium

Development of efficient brain imaging technologies combining a high resolution with a large field of depth is a key step for a better understanding of brain neurocircuits. Functional ultrasound imaging (fUSi) is an innovative modality based on microDoppler ultrasound that can record brain activity at good spatial resolution (up to 10µm pixel size) and in real-time.