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.

Gessel named Berenson Professor of Mathematics

According to BrandeisNOW, Ira Gessel has been named the fourth Theodore W. and Evelyn G. Berenson Professor of Mathematics. A 2013 fellow of the American Mathematical Society, Gessel does research in the area of combinatorics, the science of counting finite structures.

“It is a great honor to be awarded the Berenson Chair,” Gessel says. “The mathematics department has been a wonderful place to teach and do research, and I look forward to continuing my work here for years to come.”

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.


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.

Hall, Rosbash and Young Share Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine

The 10th annual Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine has been awarded jointly to Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall of Brandeis and Michael Young of Rockefeller University. The trio are once again being honored for their discovery of molecular mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms. Hall is Emeritus Professor of Biology at Brandeis, and Rosbash is Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Biology, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

The Shaw Prize, established under the auspices of Mr Run Run Shaw, honours individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. There are three annual prizes: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, each bearing a monetary award of one million US dollars. The presentation ceremony is scheduled for Monday, 23 September 2013.

Update: There a couple of really nice videos on YouTube from the Pearl Report (TVB in Hong Kong) that discuss the science and the history behind this prize.

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