Understanding Human Learning

Boston College faculty members Sara Cordes, Joshua Hartshorne, and Jaclyn Ford of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience have received National Science Foundation grants to support their research projects that focus on different aspects of human learning and memory. •Cordes, an associate professor, was awarded two grants: $870,968 for “The Developmental Emergence and Consequences of Spatial and Math Gender Stereotypes,”…
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Dr. Aiello is Director of The Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center, Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Vice Chair Harvard Department of Ophthalmology for Centers of Excellence, and founding chair of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network. Dr. Aiello’s contributions to understanding mechanisms underlying diabetic retinopathy, development of novel therapeutics such as VEGF and plasma kallikrein inhibitors, clinical trial design…
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The UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center at UMass Medical School has been awarded a $3.75 million, five-year grant renewal from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The center, co-led by Stephenie Lemon, PhD, and Milagros Rosal, PhD, has been part of the nationwide Prevention Research Center consortium since 2009. “Working collaboratively with groups like the Worcester Division of Public Health…
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The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs has named UMass Medical School perinatal depression expert Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, the recipient of the 2020 John C. MacQueen Lecture Award. The award recognizes innovation by individuals who have made exemplary contributions to maternal and child health issues. Past recipients include former U.S. Surgeon General Everett C. Koop and child…
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The American Cancer Society recently presented Eileen Duffey-Lind, MSN, CPNP, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital, with a Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award. The award is the most honored accolade by the Society in New England, and it recognizes Duffey-Lind’s remarkable accomplishments in support of the Society’s mission to celebrate lives, to save lives and…
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The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has selected Sheldon Benjamin, MD, as one of its eight psychiatry directors. Dr. Benjamin, interim chair of psychiatry and professor of psychiatry and neurology, began his four-year, renewable term on Jan. 1. “I consider this one of the most important roles that I’ll have in organized medicine because the deliberations of the board…
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Kephera Diagnostics has been awarded a two-year, $600,000 Phase I SBIR grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to develop a point-of-care test for Neurocysticercosis, the company announced today.  Neurocysticercosis is an infection of the central nervous system with the larval form of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium.  Humans are infected with the tapeworm through the consumption…
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The Whitehead Institute has announced that Brit Jepson d’Arbeloff SM ’61 — a pioneering engineer, advocate for women in science, and philanthropic leader — has made a $10 million gift to support research uncovering the biological consequences of the sex chromosomes on women’s health and disease. The gift, one of the largest contributions ever made to the Whitehead Institute, will…
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Windgap Medical, Inc. and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new device to quickly administer a recently developed antidote for cyanide poisoning. Under the grant, researchers from the University’s Center for Drug Design, College of Pharmacy, and Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company Windgap Medical are collaborating to design an autoinjector. The collaboration’s goal is to develop…
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Two Radiology Faculty Honored by Journal

Two radiology faculty have been recognized by the journal Radiology. Assistant professor Akira Murakami, MD, and professor Priscilla Slanetz, MD, have been awarded the 2019 Editor’s Recognition Award for Special Distinction certificate for outstanding contribution to the peer review of manuscripts. This award is given each year to the top reviewers who provide the highest quality and most timely manuscript reviews…
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