Pictured below is the Chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences Diane Mackie, along with award winners Angela Dominguez and Ben Sturgess, June 2014. The students were awarded the Marjorie Rose and Abdullah (Al) Nasser scholarship, which provides support to Psychology and Biopsychology graduating seniors on the basis of compelling family and personal circumstances and academic achievement. Scholarships were given to those who have succeeded academically in the face of unique and challenging obligations.
We’ve all heard the term “addictive personality,” and many of us know individuals who are consistently more likely to take the extra drink or pill that puts them over the edge. But the specific balance of neurochemicals in the brain that spurs him or her to overdo it is still something of a mystery.
“There’s not really a lot we know about specific molecules that are linked to vulnerability to addiction,” said Tod Kippin, a neuroscientist at UC Santa Barbara who studies cocaine addiction.
UCSB researcher shows that New Caledonian crows can perform as well as 7- to 10-year-olds on cause-and-effect water displacement tasks.
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — In Aesop’s fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the water level out of his reach. Not strong enough to knock over the pitcher, the bird drops pebbles into it — one at a time — until the water level rises enough for him to drink his fill.
Each year, on Commencement and Reunion weekends, Gettysburg College and its Alumni Association recognizes exemplary graduates for their personal and professional accomplishments. Gettysburg College’s Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have achieved outstanding professional or civic accomplishments as Gettysburg alumni.
The 2014 newsletter is here with articles about our department as the hub for intellectual life on campus, a partnership of the Brain Imaging Center with the NFL and GE, research in the Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory run by Aaron Ettenberg, an article on Daphne Bugental's contributions to science, society, and UCSB, and many other news worthy items.
Cassandra Olivia Nielsen, recipient of the Jeremy D. Friedman Award, transferred to UCSB in fall 2012 and quickly became a champion for students in recovery from addictive behaviors. With passion, initiative and long-term vision, she embarked on the challenging task of creating the Gauchos for Recovery program, and she was the first recovery peer intern.