Fun Had By All: 3rd Annual Neuroscience Award Ceremony

IMG_2135Congratulations to all our 2015 student award winners! It’s time to update your CVs.

Outstanding Scientific Achievement: Kelly Lohr
Outstanding Early Achievement: Maria Briscione
Scientific Outreach: Carlie Hoffman
University Service: Natty Chalermpalanupap
Leadership: Ashley Sullivan
Excellence in Teaching: Karl Schmidt
Excellence in Mentorship: Zachary Johnson
GIN Faculty of the Year:  Malu Tansey
GIN Service Award: Maylen Perez Diaz
Director’s Impact Award:  Machelle Pardue
Director’s Unsung Hero Award: Don Noble
Excellence in Service: Gary Longstreet
Award winner Carlie Hoffman and her entourage. Chris is obviously Ari Gold.
And the winners for first in food line are… Of course, dominated by program veterans.
Our new Director with his award winning protege.
Our new Director with his award winning protege.
While grad students mingle, Monica Taylor smiles and plots the next GDBBS update for your spam folder.
Tom, as always, demonstrates his superior cheese stacking technique while in perfect cocktail attire.


“There’s the door, Don! What’s stopping you?”
"So a penguin and a farmer walk into a bar..."
“So a penguin and a farmer walk into a bar…”


Fun Had By All: Halloween 2014

By Amielle Moreno

With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, the Emory Neuroscience Program celebrated this fabulous holiday in style. Dr. Gary Miller and his laboratory made an impressive show at Frontiers, representing all the major characters of Game of Thrones.

GIN president, Rachel Clibourn, introduces her PI, Dr. Miller, making multiple Game of Thrones references.
Did you guess who ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’ is? Here’s a hint: like Voldomort, the costume wearer is obsessed with in orphans… orphan g protein receptors, that is.
Dr. Miller’s lab added a fun and festive air to Frontiers.

Program members who just couldn’t get enough Halloween, showed up to the Graduate in Neuroscience costume mixer after lab and before painting the town orange and black.


Oh no! Who left the giant rat cage door open?!
Best Couples Costume!
The GIN mixer heated up with the surprise visit by none other than John Lennon and Yoko Ono!
Can you spot Ron from Parks and Recreation?
Halloween 2013 2013 class kim's party
The class of 2013 does it right at Kim Lang’s annual Halloween Party

GIN Election Results

Originally published Summer 2009.

GIN Election Results
Presidents ………………… Sara Freeman, Catie Capello
Recruitment ……….. Eileen Kessler, Christina Nemeth
Treasurer ………………………………….. Lisa Matragrano
Executive Committee …….Megan Lyle, Laura Mariani
Curriculum Committee ….. Damon Lamb, Steve Ryan
Frontiers …………………….Katie Barrett , Katy Shepard
Webmasters ……………. Nikki Sawyer, Callie McGrath
Newsletter ………………… David Ehrlich, Lucy Guillory
Secretary ……………………………………….Monica Chou

Division Student Advisory Council
Jacob Shreckengost

GSC Reps (everyone is welcome to attend meetings)
Kalynda Gonzales
Chris Makinson
Jeanne McKeon
Yvonne Ogbonmwan

Know Your Student-Body Elections

Originally published February 2008.

Contributed in part by all elected members

The time for elections is approaching and it is not too late for you to decide where you fit in. Give back to the Neurocommunity and make it a better place to study, work and play. We need you! feb102008

GIN Co-Presidents: Term: 2 years (1 election slot/year) Time commitment: ~3-5 hours/week Duties: Organize mixers and parties, attend GSC meetings, defend budget with treasurer, plan Spring speaker with NBB, coordinate seminar series for advanced students and coordinate mentorship program with Nu Rho Psi (undergrad NBB honors organization) .

GIN Secretary: Description: This position is not extremely time intensive and is a good way to get involved with GIN. Term: 1 year (1 election slot) Time Commitment: ~5 hours/semester. Duties: The main responsibilities of the GIN Secretary include maintaining an updated student directory, taking minutes at all GIN meetings, and assigning neurobuddies for the incoming first-year class. Neurobuddies will correspond throughout the summer with their students to assist with choosing a first rotation, preparing to move to Atlanta, and other such issues.

GIN Treasurer: Description: Manage the budget of GIN and file receipts for the co-presidents. You must attend one school-wide treasurer meeting per year. You also help plan and defend the GIN budget at the yearly GDBBS budget meeting. Term: 1-4 years (1 election slot) Time Commitment: ~10 hours/semester Duties: If you are organized and LOVE money this may be the job for you! There is minimal time commitment .

Webmaster: Description: The Emory Neuroscience Graduate Program Webpage serves as the primary resource for information concerning everything associated with our program. The regular maintenance of our webspace is not only critical for keeping our faculty and students up-todate with the program, but also for giving the outside world a representative ac account of what our program is all about. Term: 2 years (3 slots) Time Commitment: < 1 hour a week for general upkeep. Two major updates a year: 1) at the beginning of the fall semester and 2) at the end of the spring semester. Each of these updates necessitate ~ 10 hrs to address. Duties: The webmaster is the primary administrator to the site, making daily changes as are necessary. The other members of the committee participate in bi-annual reviews of the site to ensure the most current information is posted. For more information contact our current webmaster, Vasiliki Michopoulos.

Frontiers Student Coordinator: Description: The Frontiers in Neuroscience seminar series is a platform which allows new Emory faculty and those actively looking for graduate students to present their latest data and receive feedback from the Emory community. Outside speakers also come and give talks on special occasions. Term: 1 year (2 election slots) Time Commitment: ~30 hours/semester to organize line-up + extra 45 minutes each Friday to help set-up/clean-up. Duties: Relay student input about Frontiers lineup and work with faculty to organize schedule. Act as student liaison for speaker and assist with technical setup on day of Frontiers. Order and set-up refreshments each week. It’s a great way to meet faculty, as well as outside speakers, and it is an important skill to learn how to host a speaker.

Admission Committee Student Rep.: Description: The student recruitment chairs help organize and run the two recruitment weekends each year. They also act as student representatives at the admissions committee meeting to provide student-based input on candidate selection. Term: 2 years (1 election slot) Time Commitment: Significant time required Jan-Mar, particularly the time directly around recruitment weekends Duties: The student representatives are expected to review applications and to attend the admission committee meetings for selecting applicants to interview. After each of the interview weekends, they are also expected to participate in the committee meeting for deciding offers of admission. They are also responsible for coordinating current students and faculty helping with various aspects of the recruitment weekend. It should be the goal of these representatives to give the candidates the best impression of Emory and the program and assist in making their visit as enjoyable as possible. For more information, please email one of our current representatives Mike Kelly or Becky Seaman.

Executive Committee Description: The Executive Committee is a collective of several elected faculty members and two graduate student members drawn from various departments within the Neuroscience Program. The EC meets regularly to discuss and decide upon any administrative matters and issues, such as granting faculty appointments within the program, approving curriculum changes, following students’ progress, etc. Term: 2 years (1 election slot/year) Time Commitment: ~2 hours per meeting (2-3 meetings per semester), ~10-20 hours per semester for other duties. Duties: Attendance at all meetings is mandatory for student representatives. The student representatives are expected to be available to all students for correspondence pertaining to any issues that should be relayed to the Executive Committee. Additionally, the student representatives organize surveys at the end of the spring semester for 1st-year students and after oral qualifying exams for 3rdyear students to assess opinions regarding curriculum, qualifying exams, etc. Finally, the representatives are asked to write articles for the Central Sulcus to keep students and faculty informed of important information relevant to the Neuroscience Program. Current EC Student Representatives: Dan Manvich (term ending) and Brittany Copp (term continuing).

Curriculum Committee Member: Description: Serve as a student representative on the curriculum committee. Provide input on the development of new courses and changes in the required curriculum for students in the Neuroscience Program Term: 2 years (2 election slots) Time Commitment: ~7 hours/semester Duties: Attend meetings of the Curriculum Committee (~3-4/per year). Review syllabi of new courses. Provide a voice for student input into the design of the Neuroscience Program curriculum.

GSC Rep.: Description: The GSC is composed of graduate students in all programs at Emory. Its aim is to improve the quality of a life as a graduate student by communicating with higher authorities including the Dean. Term: 1-2 years (1-3 election slots) Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month Duties: Attend monthly meetings to discuss ongoing and new concerns of the council. Vote on matters that need action and attention.

DSAC Rep.: Description: Act as neuroscience representative on division-wide advisory panel. Term: 1 year (1 election slot) Time commitment: ~2-5 hours/month including a monthly meeting. Duties: Disseminate information to Neuroscience students about changes in GDBBS and provide input from students on division wide decisions. Help with planning student research symposium for the division and a student mixer in the spring. In this position, you have direct contact with the GDBBS administration including Dean Wilkinson, which allows you to get the full story on changes planned for the division and also represent the student body regarding these changes. For more information, contact Zoe Donaldson.

ACSFN Rep.: Description: The ACSFN consists of neuroscientists from the Atlanta area that help to promote research and public understanding of the nervous system. Term: ~ 2 years (2 election slots) Time Commitment: Depends on the event. However, there are only a few events scheduled throughout the year. Duties: Help plan annual SFN poster preview and Brain Awareness Week. In addition, you can also organize other events to showcase the research that is currently being conducted by neuroscientists in Atlanta. For more information contact our current ACSFN representatives, Rebecca Rosen and Kim Maguschak.

Central Sulcus Editor: Description: The Central Sulcus is a student run newsletter aimed to serve our Neuroscience community with updated program information and to discuss general Neuroscience topics of interest. Term: 2 years (1 election slot/year) Time Commitment: ~30 hours/sulcus Duties: Produce two newsletters a year by organizing writers, proof-reading drafts and compiling the final product. Also, if you enjoy creative writing, the Central Sulcus is a great avenue to present your work to a knowledge hungry crowd. For more information, contact our current editors, Alex Poplawsky and Amy Mahan.

Our Newly elected GIN Committee

Originally published May 2008.

New officers in italics…


GIN Co-Presidents: Kate O’Toole and Sara Freeman


Executive Committee: Brittany Copp and Megan Lyle


Admissions Committee: Becky Seaman and Eileen Kessler


Curriculum Committee: Stephanie Ritter and Damon Lamb


Secretary: Rachel Stewart


Treasurer: Amy Anderson


Treasurer in Training: Lisa Matragrano


Central Sulcus Editors: Amy Mahan and David Ehrlich


Assistant to the Editors: Lucy Guillory


Webmaster: Santiago Archilla and Nikki Sawyer


Frontiers in Neuroscience: Jeanne McKeon and Debra Cooper



DSAC: Jacob Shreckengost



GSC: Kalynda Gonzales, Lisa Matragrano, Chris Makinson

Results of GIN Election

Originally published September 2007.

GIN Co-Presidents: Jacob Shreckengost & Kate O’Toole
GIN Secretary: Michael Jutras
GIN Treasurer: Amy Anderson
Webmasters: Vasiliki Michopoulos & Santiago Archila
Web Proofer: Erin Hecht
Frontiers Coordinators: Stefanie Ritter & Amanda Caster
Admissions Committee: Michael Kelly & Rebecca Seaman
Executive Committee: Daniel Manvich & Brittany Copp
Curriculum Committee: Meera Modi, Sharon Swanger, & Stefanie Ritter
GSC Representatives: Daniel Manvich, Kalynda Gonzales, Alex Poplawsky
DSAC Representative: Zoe Donaldson
ACSFN Representatives: Kim Maguschak & Rebecca Rosen
Newsletter: Alex Poplawsky & Amy Mahan