Each year, the Seminars in Neuroscience series are offered to the community that complement the Psychology Department’s CAP (Current Advances in Psychology) Colloquia series and the Biology Department’s Lecture in Life Sciences series. The neuroscience honorary Nu Rho Psi organizes these joint interdisciplinary seminars, while SYNAPSE works with faculty to offer outreach and education programs.
The national Nu Rho Psi newsletter recognized that Lake Forest College won the 2013 “Chapter of the Year” award for their outstanding program. Alumni Emily Hankosky ’09 and Michael Zorniak ’07 received the award at the national meeting in San Diego, California. More »
The Lake Forest College record at the Midwest’s premier pharmacology meeting continued unblemished for the seventh straight year. Charles Alvarado ’16 earned the first prize among undergraduates for his Parkinson’s disease research at the 27th Annual Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics (GLC-ASPET) meeting held at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) on Friday, June 13. More »
Popular theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, will deliver the annual Oppenheimer lecture to start off Homecoming Weekend in the fall. More »
The 2014 scholar list comprises seven rising seniors, six juniors, and three sophomores. Eight scholars are planning majors in biology, seven in neuroscience, and one is undeclared. Six are returning for their second summer/year. Four seniors are planning senior theses.More »
Ashley Reich ’13 is listed as the second author on a paper discussing the research she conducted on the protein Drosha at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). More »
- May 6
The Lake Forest College chapter of the national neuroscience honorary Nu Rho Psi presents the 2014 Evolution, Brain, and Disease Symposium on April 26 (Saturday) from 12:30-5:15 pm at the Johnson Science Center. This public scientific meeting highlights the capstone student research projects from four biology and neuroscience spring courses, features a seminar on memory, and honors alumni, faculty and students inducted as new member into the honorary. More »
- April 8
Only a couple of thousand doctors in the world practice sport psychology. Even then, only a few dozen of them are doing it at an elite level, and Adam O’Neil ’05 is well on his way to becoming one of them. More »
Kayla Ahlstrand ’12 was accepted into four veterinary medicine schools. Which one did she choose? More »
- March 12
The Lake Forest College Neuroscience Program, Nu Rho Psi (the national neuroscience honorary) and SYNAPSE (the college’s neuroscience student organization) invites the public to a lecture entitled “Life in the Fast Lane: Axonal transport, Kinases and Neurodegeneration” by Dr. Scott Brady (University of Illinois at Chicago) on Thursday, March 20, at 4:15 pm, in Meyer Auditorium located in Hotchkiss Hall. A reception will begin at 4:00 pm. More »
Students do hands-on science in Associate Professor of Biology Alex Shingleton’s Evolutionary Biology class. More »
- February 24
Dr. Nina Kraus presented a seminar titled “Music and Language: Reading, Rhythm and Neural Synchrony” on Jan. 29. More »
The Chapter of the Year Award, announced last month during the annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego, recognizes the accomplishments of a Nu Rho Psi chapter for excellence in carrying out the organization’s mission at the local, regional, and/or national level. More »
Cecilia Reyes ’15 was one of only 73 students nationwide to be awarded a 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. She was selected from a pool of more than 750 students from 45 states who were nominated for the honor. More »
Kim Diah ’13, one of the College’s first neuroscience majors, credits her recent job offer at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience to the three years of research experience she gained working alongside her professors and at nearby Rosalind Franklin University, a partner of Lake Forest College. More »
The 11th annual Brain Awareness Week, organized by the biology and psychology departments, the neuroscience program, and the student organizations SYNAPSE and Nu Rho Psi, took place the week of November 11 and featured interdisciplinary talks and activities. Among them was Wednesday’s Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, & Behavior Symposium honoring the late Professor of Psychology and champion of neuroscience. More »
- October 18
Neuroscience Declaration Day on October 7 was about getting to know the program, faculty, and alumni. Seven alumni returned to speak on a panel about how the major prepared them for their careers and/or graduate school: Kayla Ahlstrand ’12, Daniella Brutman ’12, Madhavi Senagolage ’12, Abbey Pipkorn ’10, Natalie Kukulka ’13, Silvia Skripkauskas ’04, and Sydni Cole ’12. Students had the option of declaring a major in neuroscience after learning about the incredible opportunities and diverse range of careers that employ this discipline. View a photo gallery here. More »
Students in the first-year studies class Medical Mysteries of the Mind recently traveled to Northwestern Medical School’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, where they spoke with Forester alumni who work or study there and learned about human brain pathology at the school’s Brain Bank. More »
The Lake Forest College Neuroscience Program, Nu Rho Psi (the national neuroscience honorary) and SYNAPSE (the college’s neuroscience student organization) invites the public to a lecture entitled “CaV1.3-Selective L-Type Calcium Channel Antagonists: Novel Therapeutics to Slow the Progression of Parkinson’s Disease” by Dr. Richard Silverman (Northwestern University) on Wednesday, September 25, at 4:15 pm, in Meyer Auditorium located in Hotchkiss Hall. A reception will begin at 4:00 pm. More »
Many first-year students who begin as Richter Scholars in the sciences continue working in the labs throughout their studies at Lake Forest College and complete their senior theses with the same professor who served as their Richter advisor. More »
Wase Tembo ‘15 earned first prize among undergraduates for her Parkinson’s disease research at the 26th Annual Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics meeting at Rush University Medical Center on Friday, June 14. She joins a growing list of Foresters recognized at the event for their impressive poster presentations over the past six years. More »
Natalie Kukulka ’13 is putting her grant from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation to use this summer as she begins a pioneering study of the role variant forms of the protein alpha-synuclein play in the development of the neurodegeneration disease. More »
Their spatial memory research, in collaboration with Matthew Reysen from the University of Mississippi, will be published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition. More »
Professor of Biology Anne Houde coauthored a study just published in the journal Nature showing sexual selection favoring unusual looking guppies over more run-of-the-mill ones. More »
The National Science Foundation research grant for $326,272 will seek to understand how oxygen levels affect growth and body size in insects, and animals in general. More »
Lake Forest College Professor of Psychology Sergio Guglielmi has received an $83,430 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Research, to fund his research on the academic achievement of Limited English Proficient students. Guglielmi was the only faculty member from a liberal arts college among the 52 awards granted by the Center for fiscal year 2009. More »
Alumni in Neuroscience, Neuroscience Alumni:
Natalie Kukulka ’13, a neuroscience and biology major with a studio art minor, is a research technician scientist at Lurie Children’s Hospital (Chicago) doing urology research. She is currently applying for medical school. She conducted molecular neuroscience research with two different professors at Lake Forest College and studied abroad at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), where she did structural biology and behavioral neuroscience research.
Kayla Ahlstrand ’12, a neuroscience and biology major, is pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at University of Wisconsin Madison. Previously, she was employed as a full-time veterinarian technician at the Greenbay Animal Hospital. She conducted both cognitive and molecular neuroscience reseach with two different professors at Lake Forest College.
Sydni Cole ’12, a neuroscience major with a minor in chemistry, is pursuing an MD/PhD dual degree at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Previously, she was employed as a full-time research technician in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She conducted her senior thesis in cognitive neuroscience at Lake Forest College.
Madhavi Senagolage ’12, a biology major with minors in neuroscience and chemistry, is pursuing a PhD in the Integrated Graduate Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University. Madhavi completed her senior thesis in Parkinson’s Disease biology at Lake Forest College.
Daniella Brutman ’12, a biology and neuroscience double major, is pursuing an MD at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Previously she worked as a Pathologist Associate and applying for medical school this year. Daniella completed her senior thesis in Alzheimer’s Disease biology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Menzi Mhlanga ’11, a neuroscience and psychology double major, is working as a Clinical Trial Assistant in a Chicago-area pharmaceutical company, ICON Research. Menzi completed his senior thesis in behavioral neuroscience at the college. He plans to head for graduate studies in the future.
Derek Atchley ’10, psychology major and neuroscience minor, initially worked as a neuroscience research technician at Wayne State University. He is now pursuing his PhD in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience there. Derek completed an undergraduate senior thesis in emotional stress disorders at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009-10.
Daryn Cass ’10, a biology major, is pursuing her MD at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Previously, she worked as a neuroscience research associate in the department of cell and molecular pharmacology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Daryn completed an undergraduate senior thesis in addiction research at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009-10.
Emily Venheim ’09, a psychology major, is pursuing a PhD in biological psychology at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Emily completed an undergraduate senior thesis in emotional stress disorders at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2008-09.
Brian Kinsman ’09, biology and psychology major, was a research technician at the University of Chicago. He is now pursuing MD/PhD studies at Penn State University since fall 2012. Brian conducted undergraduate research in developmental biology and in learning and memory while at Lake Forest College.
Lokesh Kukreja ’08, biology major, received his PhD in biology at Northwestern University, where he studied the cell and molecular biology of Alzheimer’s disease. Lokesh completed his senior thesis in the molecular biology of Parkinson’s disease at Lake Forest College.
Stephanie Valtierra ’08, biology major, is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience. Stephanie completed her senior thesis in the molecular biology of Parkinson’s disease at lake Forest College. She was also a post-baccalaureate fellow in the BMBCB department at Northwestern University in 2008-09 and a research technician at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009-10.
Jennifer Riddle ’07, a biology and psychology major, is a Senior Research Associate with Eli Lilly Company. Previously, she worked with Covance Inc (a contract research company). She was also a research lab manager in the department of pharmacology at Rush Medical College. While an undergraduate, she did summer research at in the molecular basis of addition at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science.
Michael Zorniak ’07, a biology major, is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the Scripps Research Institute. Previously, he pursued a PhD in neuroscience at University of Wisconsin Madison. While at Lake Forest, he did his senior thesis research in Parkinson’s disease and also did summer research as a drug discovery fellow at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.
Silvia Skripkauskas ’04, a biology and psychology graduate, is currently Clinical Data Manager in the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University. She received her Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University in 2007.
Nijee Sharma ’04, a biology major, completed her PhD in neuroscience at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 2009 and her MD in 2011. She is currently pursuing her neurology residency at University of California-Davis. While at Lake Forest, she conducted Parkinson’s disease research for her senior thesis.
D’Anne Duncan ’04, a biology major, received her PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University in 2011. She is currently pursuing her postdoc at Vanderbilt University. She received an NIH NRSA graduate research fellowship in 2007. While at Lake Forest, she did two summers of research at the University of Chicago and did research in neurogenesis at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science.
Michele McNeeley-Beekman ’03, a biology and psychology major, is Assisant professor of Pediatrics at Childrens Hospital of Illinois -Peoria. She was Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Rush Presbyterian Hospital. She did her MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.