Congratulations to Dr. Jaekyoon Kim!

Congratulations to Jaekyoon Kim, who successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on August 1!  Jaekyoon’s thesis was entitled, “The effects of G-protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) on cell signaling, dendritic spines, and memory consolidation in the female mouse hippocampus”. His next stop is a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa with Dr. Ted Abel.  Good luck Jaekyoon–we will miss you!!

Dr. Frick is the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year

Dr. Frick was awarded the Office of Undergraduate Research’s 2018 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year.  The award was announced at OUR’s 10th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, featuring presentations by hundreds of UWM undergraduates.  Dr. Frick is very grateful to all of her undergraduate research assistants and to the graduate students and postdocs who work with them every day!

Lisa Taxier wins inaugural 3MT competition

Graduate student Lisa Taxier was named the winner of UWM’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis competition! This competition encourages students to effectively explain their graduate research projects in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The competition drew nearly 100 students and the 14 finalists presented yesterday. Lisa’s 3MT talk explained our Alzheimer’s Association-funded project to study how sex, estrogens, and a particular genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s interact to affect memory. More information on the event can be found here. Lisa’s talk can be found here. Congratulations Lisa!!

Jaekyoon Kim wins 2018 OSSD travel award

Graduate student Jaekyoon Kim has been awarded a 2018 travel award to attend the upcoming Organization for the Study of Sex Differences conference in Atlanta, GA.  Jaekyoon will be presenting his work on the cell signaling mechanisms underlying estrogenic regulation of dendritic spine density.  Congratulations Jaekyoon!

Lisa Taxier and Wendy Koss win 2017 SfN travel awards

Graduate student Lisa Taxier and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Wendy Koss were awarded Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Awards to attend the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC in November, 2017.  Both presented their posters at a special poster session for awardees in addition to the regular poster sessions.  Congratulations Lisa and Wendy!