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Five new assistant professors join the Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program

The Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program welcomes five new Assistant Professors. They epitomize the diversity of backgrounds and approaches in the Neurosciences. Two of the faculty members are in Biology, one in Psychological Brain Sciences, one in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and one in Communication Disorders. Each of them is recruiting PhD students for the coming year.

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IONs Director’s Channel – Memory is about the future, not the past.

Paul S. Katz
Director of Neurosciences

The UMass Week of Memory and Forgetting has provided me with fresh ideas about the nature of memory and the nature of society itself. It was fitting to begin the week with a reception at the Institute of Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies that featured an address from the Chancellor, who very movingly reflected on the recent mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, surrounded by pictures of atrocities committed by the Nazis. The Provost reflected on Psalm 137, popularly known through the reggae song, “By the Rivers of Babylon”, and the meaning of how collective memory affects us and how we, in turn, change the meaning of the memory over time. Each of the speakers brought a unique viewpoint on memory and its relevance for our lives. Continue reading

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Renovations of Neuroscience Wing of Morrill IV North Begin

Construction has begun on the 2nd floor of Morrill IV North to accommodate several neuroscience laboratories and faculty offices. This will create a new hub of neuroscience on campus and bring researchers closer together with other researchers in Morrill and the Life Science Laboratory. The lab space is designed in an open configuration with researchers sharing a series of research benches and having dedicated side rooms. Student desks are located at the ends of the lab. Hall ways are brightly colored. There will be a shared conference room, break room and computational facility. The space is slated to be completed Fall of 2019.

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UMass scientists awarded grant NCS-FO: Collaborative Research: Optoelectronic Tools for Closed-Loop Neuron Ensemble Recording and Control during Complex Behaviors

A team of UMass scientists has been awarded a four-year, $953,300 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop miniature, implantable hardware that can record complex brain activity in animals and analyze it in real time. This new technical capability will allow the researchers to trace the origin of complex brain activity down to cellular levels, they say.

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Faculty position opening in Translational Neuroscience: Animal Models of Neurological Disease

Assistant / Associate Professor

Translational Neuroscience: Animal Models of Neurological Disease

Department of Biology
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  The successful candidate will also be a part of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (see IALS), which has the goals of developing translational research programs, fostering interactions with industry, and training a translational life sciences workforce. New faculty members will be able to take full advantage of the substantial investments in campus infrastructure and core facilities made by IALS (see IALS Cores for details).

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Senior Behavioral Neuroscientist position open in Psychological & Brain Sciences

Senior Faculty Position

Behavioral Neuroscience

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://www.umass.edu/pbs) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Associate or Full Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience starting Fall 2019.

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UMass Amherst Neuroscientists See Clues to Brain Maturation in Adolescent Rats

One of the outstanding questions in neurodevelopment research has been identifying how connections in the brain change to improve neural function during childhood and adolescence. Now, results from a study in rats just reported by neuroscientists Heather Richardson, Geng-Lin Li and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that as animals transition into adolescence, specific physical changes to axons speed up neural transmission, which may lead to higher cognitive abilities.

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