Geneticist Frederick Alt ’71 will be awarded the 44th Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Biomedical Science by Brandeis University for his pioneering research exploring the mechanisms of genomic instability and its implications for the immune system and cancer cells. Alt is the second alumnus to win the Rosenstiel Award; the first, Rod McKinnon ’78, won the Rosenstiel in 1999 and went onto win the Nobel Prize in 2003. Learn more on Brandeis Now …
Michael Kosowsky ’14, who majored in both physics and mathematics at Brandeis, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in astronomy and astrophysics. The fellowships, which are awarded based on a national competition, provide three full years of support for Ph.D. research and are highly valued by students and institutions. Kosowsky worked with Prof. David Roberts in the Physics Department on analyzing the polarization of the X-ray binary SS 433 with the purpose of figuring out the magnetic field structure of the source. He will be pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard University starting this fall.
Other 2014 NSF Fellowship recipients from Brandeis include:
Alex Dainis (BS ’11, Biology, Film, Television, Interactive Media), Stanford University
Abby Finkelstein (BS ’13, Neuroscience), Arizona State University
Lamia Harper (BS ’12, Biology), NYU
Ariel Hyre (BS ’13, Chemistry), Boston University
Anatoly Rinberg (BS ’11, Physics, Mathematics), Stanford University
Seth Werfel (BA ’10, Economics), Stanford University
Noam Saper ’15, a Brandeis Chemistry major, has been named a Goldwater Scholar by The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. An exceptional student, Noam has been doing research with Christine Thomas and also with Barry Snider, seeking out experience in both organic and inorganic synthetic chemistry, with publication in press already from each lab. Noam was a 2013 recipient of a Division of Science Summer Research Fellowship and a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry Lab. He is also a Lerman-Neubauer Fellow, an Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Chemistry, and an active member in the Brandeis Orthodox Organization, In short, Noam is a hard-working and engaged member of the Brandeis community, and very deserving of this distinctive honor.
The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 117 Marshall Awards, 112 Churchill Scholarships, and numerous other distinguished fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.
Matthew McNeely, an electrical engineer who has worked in the Physics Department for thirty-two years, was recently presented with the Ennis Award. The Ennis Award recognizes an administrative employee who “has a history of consistent contributions to the well-being of the university” and “treats all members of the community with dignity and respect.” Matt will have his name engraved on a plaque, which remains in the Physics Department over the next year and will receive a $500 check. Matt and the other award winners were recognized for their contributions to the university at the 2013 Employee Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 22.
Eve Marder, Victor and Gwendolyn Professor of Neuroscience and Head of the Division of Science at Brandeis, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine during its annual meeting this year, according to a recent press release. Marder is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of many previous awards and honors, most recently the 2013 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience
To learn more about the research in the Marder lab, you can visit the Marber Lab blog on this website.
Vinay Eapen from the Haber Lab in Biology has been awarded an HHMI International Student Research Fellowship. These fellowships, highly sought-after, are among the few available to international students studying at major research universities in the US – there were only 42 recipients nationwide. Eapen is a graduate student entering his fourth year in the Molecular and Cell Biology PhD program at Brandeis, and already has 4 publications from Brandeis to his credit resulting from his studies of the DNA damage checkpoint and autophagy in yeast.
Alex Williams and Timothy O’Leary from the Marder Lab have won first place in the 2012 Brain Corporation Prize Competition in Computational Neuroscience for their Scholarpedia article Homeostatic Regulation of Neuronal Excitability. Williams, a Bowdoin College graduate currently working as post-baccalaureate research technician at Brandeis, and O’Leary, a postdoctoral fellow, won the worldwide competition to write the most popular review in the area of computational neuroscience, and gained a $5,000 prize, a feat that required not only superb writing but also mobilizing the audience to vote for paper. The award ceremony is today at the Computational Neuroscience (CNS’13) meeting in Paris.
Check out the winning entry online.