Neuroscience News

A new face in the Castro lab

Please stop by Carnegie Science fourth floor to say hello to Dan Paseltiner, a physics major graduate of the class of 2016 and computer programmer who has joined Professor Jason Castro’s lab to assist with computational aspects of Dr. Castro’s five-year NSF grant.

Neurochemist joins the Bates faculty

A hearty welcome to Professor Andrew Kennedy, who began his first year at Bates as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry in September 2016. Dr. Kennedy is a neurochemist who researches epigenetics as a potential mechanism to treat deficits with learning and memory. Professor Kennedy and his students will be testing the efficacy of epigenetically targeted drugs to improve cognitive dysfunction using a mouse model of Pitt Hopkins syndrome. Professor Kennedy teaches courses in organic chemistry, chemical synthesis and reactivity, medical chemistry, and neurochemistry.

Reading ahead at Bates: Exploring the future of neuroscience through fiction

Professor Nancy Koven discusses aliens, cyborgs, robots, clones, uplifted animals, downloaded minds, neural prosthetics, nanotechnology, genetically engineered human hybrids, bodyhacking, virtual reality, collective consciousness, artificial intelligence, and singularity in her new Fall 2016 course Neuroscience Fiction.

Summer 2016 is a hot one for neuroscience majors

Many of our majors used the summer months of 2016 to explore research and clinical work in the realm of neuroscience. Here are some highlights! Alex Brown ’17 of Hanover, New Hampshire joined the Functional Optical Imaging Lab at the University of Texas at Austin to study the depth limit of multi photon microscopy in neural pathways and brain vasculature. Amar Ojha ’17 of Rocky Hill, Connecticut worked in the Relational Cognition Lab at Georgetown University to investigate post-intervention behavioral and neuroanatomical changes in spatial reasoning in high school students. Jade Donaldson ’18 of Wayne, New Jersey participated in the Biomedicine Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at Washington State University to conduct research on mechanisms of cocaine memory reconsolidation in rats. Noel Aubyn Link ’17 of Houston, Texas, with funding from the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center, worked with the Neurodegenerative Consortium to study the role of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease. Rayne Whitten ’18 of North Waterboro, Maine, with funding from the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, served as a research intern examining patient post-neurosurgery outcomes at the Maine Medical Center Neuroscience Institute. With financial support from the NIH, Maria Maza San Vicente ’18 of Dallas, Texas researched the development of white matter in infants with Turner Syndrome at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jason DeFelice ’17 of Salem, New Hampshire conducted psychoendocrinology research on the human behavioral correlates of oxytocin in Professor Nancy Koven’s lab at Bates, with funding from the National Institute of Aging. Sarah Holmes ’17 of Cumberland, Maine and Airel Estrella ’18 of Beach Park, Illinois, receiving funding through fellowships from the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, joined Professor Nancy Kleckner at Bates to study the effect of a Schwann cell inhibitor on the regeneration of the zebrafish caudal fin. With funding from Bates Hoffman Fellowships, several students took their neuroscience learning on the road. Karly Oettgen ’19 of Wellesley, Massachusetts learned electrophysiology at Brandeis University to study the effect of early life experience on the development of visual cortex neurons in ferrets. Alex Gogliettino ’17 of Branford, Connecticut worked in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine in the Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders Research Program to evaluate differences in neural network recruitment between cocaine-dependent patients and healthy controls. Additionally, several neuroscience majors were funded by the Purposeful Work Program at Bates to pursue summer opportunities. For example, Matthew Collie ’17 of Portland, Oregon conducted research with Dr. Gary Westbrook of the Vollum Institute of Oregon Health and Science University investigating the possible activity dependent integration of newborn granule cells into the mature hippocampal circuit. Ryan Chinn ’18 of Wilmington, Delaware and Yutong Li ’18 of Shanghai, China worked with Supportive Living Inc. in Massachusetts as physical fitness interns and research assistants analyzing nutrition and exercise interventions for patients with brain injury. Hanna De Bruyn ’18 of Old Lyme, Connecticut conducted research into consciousness in epilepsy with Dr. Hal Blumenfeld at the Yale University Child Study Center. Gillian Wilcox ’18 of North Conway, New Hampshire worked in the Translational Neuroscience Laboratory of McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts to evaluate differences in chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan clusters in the amygdala between healthy adults and patients with schizophrenia. Nicole Peraica ’17 of East Northport, New York investigated the neural correlates of executive dysfunction in adolescents with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia at the Zucker Hillside Psychiatric Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York. Last but not least: Bates neuroscience even ventured overseas this summer! Julie Self ’18 of Redwood City, California worked at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany to investigate the role of serotonin in the mouse brain using knock-out models. We look forward to hearing about all of your adventures!

Bates neuroscience professor receives five-year NSF Early Career award

In recognition of his outstanding research track record and continued promise as a research leader in his field, Professor Jason Castro was awarded the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious grant for junior faculty scientists, the Faculty Early Career Development Award. He is the first faculty member at Bates to receive this honor from the NSF. This five-year $720,000 grant will not only support Professor Castro’s research investigating the molecular anatomy of the olfactory system but also the creation of new, computationally-oriented teaching modules for our introductory neuroscience course. Moving from classroom to lab, Dr. Castro and his students will statistically mine large image sets that chart gene expression throughout the brain and develop theories of neural circuit organization that can be tested using targeted brain recordings

Neuroscience student awarded prestigious Watson Fellowship to conduct international research on depression

Our congratulations go to Erica “Jaqui” Veazey of Fairbanks, Alaska, who received $30,000 in funding from the Watson Foundation for a year-long investigation into perceptions and treatments of depression in nations with different cultural, medical, and institutional approaches to the illness. Jaqui was among 40 Watson awardees across the nation for 2016. Her research will take her to Sweden, Ethiopia, Armenia, and Australia in 2016-2017.

Neuroscience students inducted into two Bates Honors Societies in 2016

In May 2016, 14 neuroscience seniors were inducted into Sigma Xi, an international scientific honors society that recognizes past research achievements and potential for continued research contributions: Billy Curley of Wilton, Connecticut; Rebecca Dobbin of New Canaan, Connecticut; Matt Gee of Westwood, Massachusetts; Andrew Hoopes of West Hartford, Connecticut; Abigail Leberman of Concord, New Hampshire; Seth Lieberman of West Simsbury, Connecticut; Hannah Loeb of Chicago, Illinois; MacKenzie MacRae of Melrose, Massachusetts; Caitlin O’Toole of Alfred, Maine; Zach Radford of Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire; Sophie Sohval of Ridgewood, New Jersey; Adriane Spiro of Durham, North Carolina; Erica “Jaqui” Veazey of Fairbanks, Alaska; and Katharine Wick of Seabrook Island, South Carolina. Additionally, Seth Lieberman of West Simsbury, Connecticut; Jessica Plotnikov of Brooklyn, New York; Zach Radford of Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire; Adriane Spiro of Durham, North Carolina; and Erica “Jaqui” Veazey of Fairbanks, Alaska were inducted in May 2016 into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society for liberal arts institutions. What superb accomplishments!

Neuroscience senior achieves Honors in 2016 for neuropeptide research

We are delighted to announce that Adriane Spiro ’16 of Durham, North Carolina was awarded the designation of Honors in April 2016 for her thesis entitled “Effect of Endogenous Oxytocin on Psychosocial Adjustment as Moderated by Emotional Receptivity”.

New tenure-track faculty line opening in theoretical neuroscience at Bates

In February 2016, Bates received its largest financial gift ever of $19 million from seven families to create six new professorships. With the help of this generous funding, we are thrilled to announce the creation of a brand new tenure-track line in theoretical neuroscience. During the 2016-2017 academic year, we will be conducting a search for a new faculty member to join us in the Neuroscience Program beginning in the fall of 2017.

Bates researchers explore patterns of cognition-emotion interaction in alexithymia

Sean Colligan ’12 of Goffstown, New Hampshire and Professor Nancy Koven published their research in the Fall 2015 issue of the American Journal of Psychology on processes of emotional working memory in alexithymia. Their findings suggest that, although alexithymia does not influence executive control in working memory for neutral stimuli, alexithymic people demonstrate an idiosyncratic blunted response to positive emotional stimuli.

Neuroscientist and physicist Bates faculty co-author on fluorescent nanoscopy

Professor Jason Castro of the Program of Neuroscience and Professor Travis Gould of the Department of Physics document recent technological advances in nanoscopy that permit greatly enhanced resolution of fluorescent molecules in brain tissue. With diffraction-unlimited techniques, it is now possible to image synaptic events at a scale small enough to aid in precise molecular localization, tracking of morphological changes, and characterization of ionic, membrane, and cytoskeletal dynamics. Their article, entitled “Neuro at the Nanoscale: Diffraction-Unlimited Imaging with STED Nanoscopy”, was published in the November 2015 issue of the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry.

Neuroscience faculty member awarded three-year NIH grant for oxytocin research

In September 2015, Professor Nancy Koven was awarded $300,000 from the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health to study the behavioral correlates of endogenous oxytocin levels in adults in the context of healthy aging. As a potential neurochemical marker of emotional sensitivity and social receptivity, oxytocin may impact behavior in a nonlinear fashion such that both low and high basal levels contribute to suboptimal well-being. A mapping of these relationships in the general population will help guide clinicians who administer pharmaceutical oxytocin as treatment for mental illness.

Seven neuroscience students receive 2015 summer research funding

Summer 2015 was a busy time for neuroscience research on and off campus! MacKenzie MacRae of Melrose, Massachusetts, with support from a Bates Hoffman Fellowship, conducted research with Dr. Jan Blusztajn of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University on the effects of perinatal availability of choline on brain development in experimental animals. Matt Gee of Westwood, Massachusetts, with funding via the Bates Summer Research Fellowship, a Hoffman Research Support Grant, and a Mt. David Research Support Grant, worked with Professor Georgia Nigro to examine the hormonal benefits in young adults of community-engaged practices. With funding from the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, Seth Lieberman of West Simsbury, Connecticut, Abby Leberman of Concord, New Hampshire, and Katharine Wick of Hillsborough, California worked with Professor Jason Castro this summer. Seth developed techniques for whole brain imaging of mice to reconstruct large-scale neuronal circuits. Abby used computational and image-processing techniques to study patterns of gene expression in the mouse olfactory bulb, and Katharine used patch clamp electrophysiology to investigate mechanisms of neuromodulation in the olfactory bulb. Gregg Heller of Walla Walla, Washington also worked with Professor Castro this summer, with support of a Bates Summer Research Fellowship. His research involved imaging neuronal activity in the olfactory bulb with membrane-permeable calcium dyes in order to study network changes that result from long-term odor rearing. Sarah Holmes ’17 of Cumberland, Maine, as part of the Maine Medical Center Summer Student Research Program, worked on a ‘big data’ project predicting neurological outcomes after cardiac arrest when therapeutic hypothermia was used as an intervention.

Bates neuroscience professor challenges statistical model of odor discrimination

Professor Jason Castro, with co-author Professor Richard Gerkin of Arizona State University, published a rebuttal to a recent claim by researchers at Rockefeller University that humans can discriminate over one trillion unique combinations of odorants. Castro’s and Gerkin’s article, published in the July 2015 issue of eLife Neuroscience, challenges this very high mathematical estimate of olfactory discriminability by pointing to problematic assumptions and design flaws of the original paper’s analytical framework. This debate, which was subsequently documented in the July 2015 issue of The Scientist, is key for neuroscientists mapping the structure and function of the olfactory system.

Two neuroscience seniors elected to the 2015 Bates Scholar-Athlete Society

Congratulations to Sarah Bouchard of Annapolis, Maryland and Hannah Weiss of Marietta, Georgia who were inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society in May 2015. The Society recognizes graduating seniors nominated by their coaches who have compiled a 3.5 grade point average or have received a special nomination from faculty and staff for distinguished academic achievement in their junior and senior years.

Six neuroscience students inducted to 2015 Sigma Xi Scientific Honors Society

In May 2015, six neuroscience seniors were inducted into Sigma Xi, an international scientific honors society that recognizes past research achievements and potential for continued research contributions: Sarah Bouchard of Annapolis, Maryland; Kathryn Davis of Atkinson, New Hampshire; Ramya Ghantasala of Westford, Massachusetts; Emily Regan of Milton, Massachusetts; Wesley Warner of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Hannah Weiss of Marietta, Georgia.

Two neuroscience students achieve Honors in 2015 for senior thesis research

Congratulations to Ramya Ghantasala of Westford, Massachusetts and Hannah Weiss of Marietta, Georgia whose senior neuroscience theses were awarded the designation of Honors. Ramya’s project was entitled “Individual and Synergistic Effects of Oxytocin and Dopamine on Fluid Intelligence”, and Hannah’s project was entitled “Decreased Attentional Abilities are related to Dissociation in Undergraduates: An Exploratory Study of Dissociation, Cognition, Sleep, and Mood”.

Bates alumna publishes two scientific articles from senior thesis

Lauren Demers ’13 of Bethesda, Maryland co-authored with Professor Nancy Koven on two articles, each based on data from her senior Honors thesis. The first paper, published in the journal Psychology and Neuroscience in December 2014, documents a relationship between discordant levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and serotonin and enhanced emotional intelligence in men. The second paper, published in the American Journal of Psychology in February 2015, maps the relationship of alexithymic traits to affective theory of mind. Lauren is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the Institute of Child Development of the University of Minnesota.

Neuroscience students travel to present their research

Torben Noto ’13 of San Diego, California co-presented a poster on genome-scale analysis of olfactory bulb spatial heterogeneity with Dr. Castro of Bates and Dr. Tripathy of the University of Pittsburgh at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in November 2014. Also in November and as part of a STEM-funded trip, Will Bronson ’15 of Durham, Connecticut presented his research using a cutting-edge brain imaging technique called CLARITY to members of the Deisseroth Lab at Stanford University.

Bates benefits from new confocal microscope

Professor Nancy Kleckner in Neuroscience, in collaboration with Professors Matt Côté in Chemistry, Larissa Williams in Biology, and Travis Gould in Physics, received funding in Fall 2014 from the National Science Foundation to acquire a white light laser confocal microscope for multidisciplinary research and teaching at Bates.

Bates alumna receives prestigious research scholarship in dental medicine

Sangita Murali ’12 of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts has been selected as a recipient of the 2014-2015 Dean’s Research Honors Scholarship at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, a highly competitive award that supports basic science, clinical, and public health research.

Physics and math courses added to the neuroscience curriculum 

We are pleased to announce two new neuroscience List B electives: Mathematical Models in Biology, taught by Professor Meredith Greer, and Mathematical Models of Physics, taught by Professor Travis Gould.

Comings and goings…

Bates Neuroscience bids a fond farewell to Professor Jesse Bengson, Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology during the 2013-2014 academic year. While at Bates, Dr. Bengson taught Cognitive Neuroscience, Principles of Psychology, and a psychophysiology-based seminar called Rhythms of the Mind. Bates welcomes back Professor Nancy Koven, who returns from her sabbatical in August 2014.

Bates biopsychology alumna takes tenure-track position at Temple University

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Briand, from the class of 2001, who will be joining the faculty at Temple University in Fall 2014. Dr. Briand, who went to the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania for her graduate and postdoctoral work, studies synaptic mechanisms of drug addiction and relapse.

Bates professor awarded half million dollar neuroscience grant

In July 2014, Professor Jason Castro received a highly competitive Maine INBRE Investigator Award, sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, to fund a five-year project to investigate the organization of neural circuits in the mammalian olfactory system. His work, which will use a combination of neuroinformatic, electrophysiological, and anatomical-tracing techniques, will refine research methodologies needed to analyze otherwise hidden substructure in brain regions implicated in psychiatric disorders.

The neuroscience major becomes even more interdisciplinary

We are delighted to report that the neuroscience major has some exciting new electives: Professor Jim Parakilas’ Music and the Mind seminar in the Music Department, Professor Sanford Freedman’s class Literary Imagination and Neuroscience in the English Department, Professor Bill Seeley’s classes Computational Modeling, Intelligence, and Intelligent Systems and Embodied Cognition and the Philosophy of Artificial Life in the Philosophy Department, and Professor Nancy Kleckner’s and Stephanie Richard’s jointly-taught Cellular Biochemistry course in the Biology Department.

Neuroscience team finds that salivary oxytocin level predicts emotional intelligence

Laura Max ’13 of Garrett Park, Maryland publishes research in the June 2014 volume of the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology with co-author Professor Nancy Koven. Their work confirms an association between basal oxytocin level and certain emotional intelligence skills, namely the abilities to recognize emotions in others and to channel emotions to enhance one’s social proficiency.

Student and faculty publish research on a novel Parkinson’s disease treatment approach

The June 2014 issue of the journal Psychopharmacology features research by Caroline Neville ’12 of Center Conway, New Hampshire and Professor John Kelsey. Their report finds that the antibiotic, ceftriaxone, which works by facilitating glutamate removal from the synapse, is an effective alternative to more standard dopaminergic agonists in an animal model of Parkinson’s disease.

Bates awards two neuroscience students grants for summer 2014 research

Will Bronson ’15 of Durham, Connecticut received a STEM Student Research Grant to work with Professor Jason Castro at Bates investigating new imaging techniques for whole-brain analysis of deep brain structures in mice. Ramya Ghantasala ’15 of Westford, Massachusetts received a Bates Summer Research Fellowship to study the cognitive outcomes of sepsis in animals, particularly the long-term effects of brain inflammation on memory and cognitive flexibility. She is conducting her summer research at the University of Michigan under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Singer.

Research on brain-derived neurotrophin factor in human urine makes a big splash

Larisa Collins ’13 of Greenbrae, California has published two papers this year with Professor Nancy Koven, validating urinary BDNF as a peripheral biomarker of human functioning. In one paper, published in the journal Neuroscience Letters in January 2014, Collins and Koven find that urinary BDNF concentration is associated with aerobic fitness in healthy individuals. In a second paper, published in the journal Neuropsychobiology in June 2014, the team used neuropsychological assessment to identify cognitive flexibility as the specific factor of executive functioning associated with in vivo BDNF levels.

Twelve neuroscience students inducted to 2014 Sigma Xi Scientific Honors Society

In May 2014, twelve neuroscience seniors were inducted into Sigma Xi, an international scientific honors society that recognizes past research achievements and potential for continued research contributions: Abby Alexander of Freedom, New Hampshire; Danny Birkhead of Amesbury, Massachusetts; Pete Dixon of Hamden, Connecticut; Destany Franklin of Seattle, Washington; Caleb Glassman of Radnor, Pennsylvania; Carly Hinkle or Arlington, Virginia; Taylor Kniffin of Stamford, Connecticut; Emmaleigh Loyer of Shelburne, Vermont; Jane Mayer of Bronxville, New York; Curt Rheingold of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Jake Sandor of Montclair, New Jersey; and Emily White of Brookline, Massachusetts.

Five neuroscience seniors elected to the 2014 Bates Scholar-Athlete Society

Congratulations to Abby Alexander of Freedom, New Hampshire, Caleb Glassman of Radnor, Pennsylvania, Hope King of Greenwich, Connecticut, Taylor Kniffin of Stamford, Connecticut, and Emily White of Brookline, Massachusetts who were inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society in May 2014. The Society recognizes graduating seniors nominated by their coaches who have compiled a 3.5 grade point average or have received a special nomination from faculty and staff for distinguished academic achievement in their junior and senior years.

Neuroscience and philosophy professors propose an organism-centered account of olfaction

Professors Jason Castro of Psychology and Bill Seeley of Philosophy co-author an article in the April 2014 volume of the journal Frontiers in Psychology on the phenomenology of olfaction.  In their article, they argue that odors engender object-like representations in the brain that are best defined by their biological value to the organism rather than their physicochemical properties.

Neuroscience student presents electrophysiology research at national conference

With funding from a STEM Travel Grant, Abby Alexander ’14 of Freedom, New Hampshire attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky to present findings from her senior thesis. With her mentor, Professor Jason Castro, Alexander investigated the modulating role of the opioidergic system within the intrabulbar recurrent inhibitory circuit.

Bates debuts new course on grant writing

Beginning in Short Term 2014, Dr. Robert Strong, Lecturer in English and Graduate Fellowships Advisor, is offering an interdisciplinary course on grant writing in which students develop individual projects while mastering discipline-specific approaches to publication and the production of scholarship.

Neuroscience professor and colleagues characterize olfactory perceptual space

Dr. Jason Castro teams up with Dr. Arvind Ramanathan of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and Dr. Chakra Chennubhotla of the University of Pittsburgh to publish in the September 2013 issue of PLoS ONE. Their work, which applies non-negative matrix factorization as a statistical approach toodor profiling data, maps a 10-dimensional descriptor space forhuman odor perception.

Neuroscience student tag team studies the neurocognitive impact of vitamin D in multiple sclerosis

Together with thesis advisor, Professor Nancy Koven, and collaborating neurologist, Mitchell Ross, Meg Cadden ’11 of Reading, Massachusetts and Sangita Murali ’12 of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts publish in the journal Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology in September 2013.Their research finds that higher serum vitamin D level is associated with improved nonverbal long-term memory in patients with the relapsing-remitting form of multiple sclerosis.

Neuroscience student receives travel award to learn optogenetic research

Jake Sandor ’14 of Montclair, New Jersey receives a STEM Travel Grant to visit researchers in September 2013 at the University of Colorado to learn optogenetic techniques to supplement his senior thesis research with Professor Jason Castro.

Four neuroscience students receive 2013 summer research funding

With funding from the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Destany Franklin ’14 of Seattle, Washington and Caleb Glassman ’14 of Radnor, Pennsylvania are assisting Professor Nancy Kleckner on research into the signaling mechanisms governing snail feeding behavior, using immunocytochemistry and electrophysiology techniques. Jake Sandor ’14 of Montclair, New Jersey and Abby Alexander ’14 of Freedom, New Hampshire also received INBRE funding to support their summer research with Professor Jason Castro on the role of the opioid system in rodent social memory formation.

Eleven neuroscience students inducted to 2013 Sigma Xi Scientific Honors Society

In May 2013, eleven neuroscience seniors were inducted into Sigma Xi, an international scientific honors society that recognizes past research achievements and potential for continued research contributions: Olivia Coleman of Rockville, Maryland; Larisa Collins of Greenbrae, California; Lauren Demers of Bethesda, Maryland; Samantha Forrest of Bozeman, Montana; Lindsey Gwynne of Boston, Massachusetts; Corey Hill of Keene, New Hampshire; Samantha Landino of Brownsville, Vermont; Laura Max of Garrett Park, Maryland; Olivia Norrmén-Smith of Upper Montclair New Jersey; Phi Nguyen of Methuen, Massachusetts; and Torben Noto of San Diego, California.

Neuroscience student presents genomic analysis data at national conference

With funding from a STEM Travel Grant, Torben Noto ’13 of San Diego, California presents his bioinformatics research in April 2013 at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. Under the mentorship of Professor Jason Castro, Noto used a genomic-scale atlas of gene expression to identify sources of molecular heterogeneity in the anterior and posterior regions of the mouse accessory olfactory bulb.

Research uses neuropsychological assessment to determine the cognitive boundaries of new type of eating disorder

Rina Senbonmatsu ’12 of Tokyo, Japan and Professor Nancy Koven share the results of their neuropsychological investigation of orthorexia nervosa, an eating disorder with characteristics of both anorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Their article appears in the April 2013 issue of the Open Journal of Psychiatry.

Neuroscience student awarded prestigious Watson Fellowship to conduct international research on stroke

Olivia Norrmén-Smith ’13 of Upper Montclair, New Jersey receives $25,000 in funding from the Watson Foundation for a year-long investigation into the sociocultural influences on lay and medical conceptualizations of stroke. Her research, which takes her to Morocco, Madagascar, and Cambodia in 2013-2014 to interact with stroke patients and care providers, involves both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Bates researchers link nicotine exposure to impulsivity

Anzela Niraula ’11 of Nepal and Professor John Kelsey publish their research in the January 2013 issue of the journal Psychopharmacology. Using a reward-based delay discounting paradigm in rodents, Niraula and Kelsey demonstrate that acute and sub-chronic nicotine exposure helps develop and maintain an addiction by increasing impulsivity.