A heartfelt congratulations from the GPN community on your promotion to Professor: Uri Eden, Tarik Haydar, and Jennifer Luebke!
To learn more about their outstanding science visit
The Laboratory of Cellular Neurobiology
Tarik F. Haydar, Ph.D.
Nancy Kopell Receives Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
WASHINGTON, DC — The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will award the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience to Nancy Kopell, PhD, of Boston University. The $25,000 prize, supported by The Swartz Foundation, recognizes an individual who has produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical models or computational methods in neuroscience. The award will be presented during Neuroscience 2016, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.
“Dr. Kopell is deserving of this prize for her pioneering and influential role in the field of computational neuroscience, as well as the strength of her collaborations and mentoring,” SfN President Hollis Cline said. “It gives SfN great pleasure to recognize her achievements as an original, rigorous thinker investigating the patterns of complex brain dynamics.”
Kopell’s background in dynamical systems, a branch of mathematics that describes how one state leads to another over time, has given her a unique perspective on the brain. She has focused her career on understanding rhythmic activity patterns generated by individual neurons and networks of neurons. Kopell has uncovered how these oscillations change under a variety of conditions, such as under the influence of anesthetic drugs and in diseases such as Parkinson’s and schizophrenia. She devoted considerable and thoughtful effort to recognizing and debating the importance of these rhythms in the function of invertebrate, vertebrate and mammalian brains.
Kopell earned her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University before joining the faculty at Boston University, where she is currently a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of nearly 38,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.
Professor Stephen Grossberg, BU’s Wang Professor of Cognitive and Neural Systems and a professor of mathematics, psychology, and biomedical engineering, has received the 2017 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Grossberg won the prize for his work in cognition and brain behavior, and for demonstrating how technology can emulate neural processes. His research has encompassed memory, learning, human speech and motor control, and vision, among other topics.
Come to the hooding ceremony to congratulate your fellow students! Thursday May 12th 2:00 PM Agganis Arena. Stay tuned for information about our first GPN Graduation Reception.
Congratulations to our new PhDs!!
Caitlin (Monaghan), Chelsea (Trengrove), Emily (Stephen), Franne (Kamhi), Jason (Climer), Lissa (Riley), Marie-Pierre (Payen), Nick (James), and Nick (Robinson).
Congratulations to Mariel Seiglie and Cassie Moore (GPN students in the Addiction Specialization) win the ASPET (American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics) student travel awards to the annual meeting this April in San Diego.
A special congratulations from our community to Dr. Marc Howard for his promotion to Full Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences!
Congratulations to you all and remember we are always your family when you need us. You made it!
A huge congratulations to our colleague Stephen Grossberg for the coveted award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists.
The Society of Experimental Psychologists gave its 2015 Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award to Stephen Grossberg, Wang professor of cognitive and neural systems and professor of mathematics and psychology, for his pioneering theoretical research on how brains give rise to minds.
The Society (SEP) is an academic society for experimental psychologists that meets annually to conduct plenary sessions with its members. Their objective is to “advance psychology by arranging informal conferences on experimental psychology.” With only 5-10% of experimental psychologists holding membership, admittance to the SEP is a great honor.
Another great acknowledgment of outstanding accomplishment for our dear colleague Nancy Kopell comes from Israel Brain Technologies. Nancy is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an honorary member of the London Mathematical Society, a distinction given to only one or two mathematicians each year. She is a recipient of a MacArthur genius award and Sloan and Guggenheim fellowships.
GPN students Meredith Cler, Maya Woodbury, and Dante Smith
were recognized at the Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day on May 1, 2015.