Noam Saper ’15 named Goldwater Scholar

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.

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Noam presenting at a recent ACS national meeting

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 of the Physics Department wins 2013 Ennis Award

photo by Mike Lovett

photo by Mike Lovett

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 elected to Academy of Medicine

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.

DeRosier wins Distinguished Scientist Award from Microscopy Society of America

Professor Emeritus of Biology (and current Turrigiano lab “postdoc”) David DeRosier received the Distinguished Scientist Award (for Biological Science) at this year’s annual meeting of the Microscopy Society of America.

 

Eapen wins HHMI International Student Research Fellowship

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.

 

Marder lab researchers win best paper contest

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.

Rodal named 2013 Pew Scholar

Assistant Professor of Biology Avital Rodal has been named a 2013 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. The program “gives innovative scientists both the freedom to take calculated risks and the resources to pursue the most promising, but untried, avenues for scientific breakthroughs”, according to Rebecca W. Rimel, President and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Rodal has been recognized for her work in understanding the role of membrane deformation and dembrane trafficking in neurons, which evidence is starting to implicate in neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s, ALS).

Marder wins 2013 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience

The Gruber Foundation announced today that Professor Eve Marder  will receive the 2013 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience. The Gruber Neuroscience Prize “honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system”.  Marder is being honored for her studies of  central pattern generation in the stomatogastric ganglion in crustaceans, a model system that has been influential in shaping the understanding of neural circuits in all organisms, and for her work at the intersection of theoretical and experimental neuroscience, with tools such as the dynamic clamp.

eve-sm-crop-2bMarder is Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience at Brandeis and Head of the Division of Science, as well as past president of the Society for Neuroscience. The Gruber Prize, awarded annually, includes a cash award of $500,000. The award ceremony will take place at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in November, 2013.

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