The road to fame and fortune… (okay maybe not fortune) Neuroscience students have been busy.

Originally published February 2006.

Neuroscience students have been up to their usual. Publishing, presenting award winning research, getting married, having babies, and getting ready to conquer the world. Okay maybe we were just kidding about that last one. Here are some highlights:

Fellowships and Grants:
Jenn Felger—ARCS fellowships.
James Olzman—Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)

Travel Awards:
Rayna Bauzo—Experimental Biology meeting in San Francisco
Jamie Hatcher – Society of Toxicology Meeting in San Diego
James Olzman – American Society of Cell Biology MAC travel award
Liz Kirk – received one of 7 ASCB/ Worthington Pre-doctoral travel awards for the 45th annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco

Other Awards:
Kim Dougherty—Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
James Olzman—First Place Poster Presentation, Emory University Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Symposium
Rayna Bauzo—will become member of ASPET’s minority committee

Career Announcements:
Eric Backes has been hired by the biotech company Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA as a Senior Medical Writer.

Student Publications:
Schank JR, Ventura R, Puglisi-Allegra S, Alcaro A, Cole CD, Liles LC, Seeman P, Weinshenker D (2005) Dopamine beta-Hydroxylase Knockout Mice have Alterations in Dopamine Signaling and are Hypersensitive to Cocaine. Neuropsychopharmacology, 2005 Dec 14 [E-pub ahead of print]

Schank JR, Liles LC, Weinshenker D (2005) Reduced anticonvulsant efficacy of valproic acid in dopamine betahydroxylase knockout mice. Epilepsy Research, 65: 23-31

Ahern TH, Javors MA, Eagles DA, Martillotti J, Michell HA, Liles LC, Weinshenker D. (2005) The Effects of Chronic Norepinephrine Transporter Inactivation on Seizure Susceptibility in Mice. Neuropsychopharmacology. Jul 27 [Epub ahead of print]

Hemanth P. Nair, Alisa R. Gutman, Michael Davis, and Larry J. Young. Central Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Receptor Densities in the Basal Forebrain Predict Isolation Potentiated Startle in Rats. J. Neurosci. 2005;25 11479-11488

Dougherty KJ, Sawchuk MA, and Hochman S. Properties of mouse spinal lamina I GABAergic interneurons. J Neurophysiol. 2005 Nov; 94(5): 3221-7.

Munoz JR, Stoutenger BR, Robinson AP, Spees JL, Prockop DJ. Human stem/progenitor cells from bone marrow promote neurogenesis of endogenous neural stem cells in the hippocampus of mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Dec 13;102(50):18171-6.

On a personal note:

sulcus25Seth Jones married Abbie Dement on July 16 at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta. They honeymooned in Breckinridge, Colorado. Abbie is a Professional Engineer in Atlanta.

Nicola Hanson got married in October to Justin Ducote. Kristen Sager married her fiance, Mike, at Logan Ridge Winery in Ithaca, NY.

Lily Iskhakova and Dinesh Raju were also married in 2005 to their respective fiances.

Jesse Schank got engaged in May and is getting married later this year.

Liz Degoursac is happily engaged to Greg Ward with a wedding planned for later this year.

Brooke Stoutenger got engaged on Dec 22 to Dave Snyder.

sulcus26Kelly Watts and her husband had a son, Sullivan, on May 23, 2005. He weighed 8 lbs 3 oz. There are pictures on

Todd Ahern and his wife also welcomed a daughter, Miriam Gianna Ahern, into the world June 28th, 2005, 10lbs. 7oz.

Jesse Schank, Randy Hall, Dave Weinshenker, Meier Friedman (genetics program), Nick Menzies (RSPH) and sulcus27Cliff Micheals ran in the 15th annual 30k Ekiden Relay as the Emory Neuroscience team on Sept 25th, winning the corporate division and finishing 11th overall.

Multiple Neuroscience members also participated in the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) walk, generating over $5000 on two teams. The genetics team that included NS members Elyse Katz, Liz Degoursac, Lizabeth Martin, Kroshona Tabb, and David Wienshenker raised $2965 and the CBN cares team including NS members Jill Bordelon, Jenn Felger, Alisa Gutman, Andrea Liatis, Juhn Pulliam, and Rebecca Rosen raised $2426. Elyse Katz and Alisa Gutman were the top earners for each team and were awarded a Bread-for-a-Year card from Panera for their efforts. In addition, one of our own students, Liz Degoursac is on the board for NAMI. Please contact her ( if you wish to volunteer.

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