Whitmire and Stanley win BME graduate awards

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In the inaugural BME graduate student awards held April 24th to honor exceptional graduates students Clarissa Whitmire was nominated in 3 of the 6 categories. While she didn’t win any of the three awards for which she was nominated, her outstanding participation and leadership caused the committee to create a 7th category, lovingly called “The Overacheiver” award. Clarissa was very honored to have won this award and truly deserves it.

To close out the awards, the Graduate Student Advisory Board turned around and nominated professors who are outstanding advisors for a “Best BME Advisor” category. These nominations were made by students and selected by the student board. After reading several moving nomination letters, Garrett Stanley was ultimately selected to receive this award.


Ferguson Elementary outreach


Alex Ortiz visited Ferguson Elementary in Gwinnett County for their Kindergarten scienceday. Kids rotated classrooms doing or observing various scientific experiments. Alex taught the children about optical illusions and how the brain and eyes work together. Here’s hoping we inspired some future scientists.


Zheng wins best paper award

He Zheng wins the Bioengineering program outstanding paper award for her paper titled The adaptive trade-off between detection and discrimination in cortical representations and behavior published in Neuron.


D. R. Ollerenshaw, H. J. V. Zheng, Q. Wang, and G. B. Stanley, The adaptive trade-off between detection and discrimination in cortical representations and behavior, Neuron., Mar 5;81(5):1152-64, 2014.PDF

Ortiz and Borden visit Allen Institute for Brain Science

Peter Borden and Alex Ortiz visit the Allen Institute for Brain Science. There they met with former Stanley lab member Douglas Ollerenshaw now part of Shawn Olsen’s group studying the neural basis of behavior and cognition using the mouse as a model system.

Waiblinger joins Stanley lab

We are please to welcome Christian Waiblinger as a new Post-doctoral researcher in the Neural Coding Lab. Chris joins us from the Cornelius Schwarz lab at The Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen Germany