May 2019 

Congratulations to the 2019 SPURA Students on their selection for this competitive program:
Brittany Bamberg (Medical Biology) with Dr. William Mayhan
Carly Cooper (Medical Biology) with Dr. Lee Baugh
Phil Dohn (Medical Biology) with Dr. Lisa McFadden
Demi Erikson (Medical Biology) with Dr. Brian Burrell
Callie Wersal (Biology) with Dr. Jewel Shepherd
Noel Tolvanen (Medical Biology) with Dr. Hongmin Wang
Dylan Stahly (Biology) with Dr. Douglas Peterson
Trevor Allen (Health Sciences) with Dr. Cliff Summers
Madeleine Nelson (Medical Biology) with Dr. Douglas Martin

April 2019

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make the CBBRe Bullying forum a success! View a recording of the forum. Special thanks to the panel participants: Dr. Matthew Krell, Dr. Dan DeCino, Chief Deputy Sheriff Paul Pederson and Dr. William Gammeter for their excellent talks and discussion with the audience.

March 2019

Congratulations to Brian Burrell, Ph.D., and Lisa McFadden, Ph.D., on the funding of the SPURA Grant for another five years. The SPURA program provides support for undergraduate students to participate in research focused on the neurobiological basis of drug abuse, addiction and underlying mental health issues.

Congratulations to Dr. Victor Huber and his colleagues for having their work published in Viral Immunology cited in a press release earlier this month. The title of their paper is: “New mechanism identified for influenza-induced bacterial superinfections.”

Congratulations! Neeraj Kumar Tiwari received the 2019 Graduate Research and Creative Scholarship Grant (spring) at USD for his project, Molecular mechanism of CEPO improves cognition. He has been working with his principal mentor Dr. Samuel Sathyanesan on this project.

February 2019

Congratulations to Riley Paulsen who was selected to participate in the NIH’s Graduate Summer Opportunities to Advance Research (G-SOAR), a 10 week internship in translational research conducted at NIH laboratories ( Riley is only one of 18 graduate students from across the country to be selected to this program. Congratulations Riley!
Congratulations to Dr. Kelene Fercho for winning the USD business plan competition for her submission involving the development of novel neuromodulation techniques to improve cognitive performance. This award includes a cash prize to further improve her business plan for submission to the Governor’s Giant Vision Competition (

January 2019

Congratulations to Lee Baugh, Ph.D., who was appointed the Donald S. MacKay Distinguished Professor of Research, effective December 12, 2018.

Congratulations to the 2019 Travel Award Recipients!

2019 CBBRE Spring Awardees
Emily Kalantar
Elle Anderson

2019 N3 Spring Awardees
Parvathi Jampani
Mariah Hoffman
Bethany Freel

2019 CBBRe Staff Awardees
Kelene Fercho
Jordan Sheets
Jamie Scholl

Congratulations to Neeraj Tiwari! Neeraj was the 2019 recipient of the CGSO Honorary Award for Excellence in Research, Service, and Leadership.

Congratulations to Rachel Rucker! Rachel is a SPURA 2018 Alum, and was just awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Rachel’s application emphasized her past and continuing neuroscience research. Rachel remains active in CBBRe and she has plans to continue with neuroscience in grad school.

December 2018

  • Congratulations to Dr. Lisa McFadden, BBS and Dr. Z. Rick Wang, Chemistry on being awarded a CBBRe Research Enhancement Pilot Grant titled "Harnessing nanoscale supercontainers to mitigate psychostimulant toxicity!"
  • Congratulations to the 2018 CBBRe Trainee Research Grant Awardees!
  • Preston Long (Psychology) for his project: "Oxytocin Effects on Social Capital and Pain Behaviors."
  • Sam Critzer (BBS) for his project: "Body Fluid Balance and Implications for Brain Function."

November 2018

  • Congratulations to the CBBRe and N3 Travel Awardees. Thank you to all of the applicants and reviewers for your hard work.
  • USDN3 Travel Awards
  • Yifeng Huo, Department of Chemistry; Development of Novel Anti-Counterfeiting Tags using Plasmonic Gold Nanostars
  • Balaranian Selvaratnam, Department of Chemistry; Optimizing the particle size and geometry of Cu2O Nanoparticles for Water Splitting Using DFT Trained Neural Network
  • Theepan Thanabalasingham, Department of Chemistry; Visible light driven photocatalytic water splitting using CdS-TiO2 coupled semiconductor dispersed on mesoporous SBA-15
  • CBBRe Travel Awards:
  • Kevin Krupp, Department of Biology; Carbamoylated erythropoietin (cEPo) reduces anxiety during social interaction in the stress-alternatives model
  • Danielle Hertel, Counseling and Psychology in Education; Children’s Preference for Print Versus Digital Books: Prediction of Engagement and Comprehension
  • Tyler Johnson, Pediatrics and Rare Disease; Characterization of a novel porcine model of CLN3-Batten disease CLN3-Batten disease is an autosomal-recessive disorder that results from mutations in CLN3.
  • Staff Travel Award:
  • Kelene Fercho (Basic Biomedical Sciences) ‘ERNing Performance Improvements: Error related negativity (ERN) is associated with errors in lifting performance during an object manipulation task.’
  • Congratulations to the following CBBRe students for receiving the 2018 Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards from the USD Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  • Danielle Mack (née Brown): 'The Effects of Acute Stress on Repsonses to Nociceptive and Non-nociceptive Stimuli'
  • Rebecca Cordie: 'Metal-Organic Supercontainers to Reduce Methamphetamine Toxicity.'

October 2018

  • USD Researcher Patents Potential Universal Influenza Vaccine. Victor C. Huber, Ph.D., a researcher in the University of South Dakota’s Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, is the lead inventor of a novel vaccine that can achieve broad immunity against influenza A viruses. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted this vaccine a patent, which allows Huber and his research group to advance the vaccine to the next stage of product development.
  • CBBRe hosted a demonstration at the Washington Pavilion Spooky Science Booth in Sioux Falls.
    We had a great turnout, 1454 people attended Spooky Science this year, and we went through 34 Jell-O brains, 4 bags of candy and 9 hours of fun!
  • Thanks again to Lee Baugh, Kelene Fercho, Tim Hanna, Riley Paulson, Avery Franzen, Danielle Hertel, Preston Long, Logan Welker, Marc Niamba, Jessica Hoynoski, Rebecca Sistad, Rachel Rucker, Rachel Bock, Rhiannon Sears, Reece Andonov, Eric Graack, Ali Vogelsang, Emily Kalantar, Autumn Eirinberg, and the Vermillion Police Department for making the event a success!

September 2018

  • Congratulations to Dr. William Mayhan, BBS Dean & Professor, on successfully being awarded a $1.32 million R01 grant funded by the National Institutes of Health, titled “Dysfunction of the Cerebral Microcirculation by In Utero Exposure to Alcohol.”
  • Taylor Bosch, BA, BBS, Dr. Lee Baugh’s lab, was first author on a manuscript accepted for publication in Scientific Reports, titled “Behavioral performance and visual strategies during skill acquisition using a novel tool use motor learning task.”

August 2018

  • Congratulations to Dr. Kelene Fercho!
    Dr. Fercho received a competitive travel award to attend the OSA Fall Vision Meeting’s electroencephalography workshop entitled "EEG Frequency-tagging in Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience: Conceptual & Technical advances, " led by Bruno Rossion (Nancy), Tony Norcia (Stanford) Ramesh Srinivasan (UC Irvine), Jan Atkinson (Oxford), and Oliver Braddick (Oxford). This award covers all travel costs and registration for this exciting event.
  • The Division provided the funding for the Imaging Core to update our Inverted Microscope Imaging System. The new system includes a new AXIOCAM 305 color camera, ZEN 2.3 PRO image acquisition and analysis software, and a top of the line computer workstation and monitor.
  • Taylor Bosch, BA, BBS, was awarded first place in the graduate student division of the poster competition for his research into sensorimotor control of object manipulation at the annual CBBRe Research Symposium.

July 2018

  • Shaydie Engel, BA, BBS, successfully defended her thesis, entitled, "Mechanisms Promoting Enhanced Drug Responses Following Adolescent Social Stress."
  • Matthew Weber, BA, BBS, successfully defended his dissertation, entitled, “Adolescent social defeat disrupts prefrontal cortex dopamine and cognitive function in adulthood.”

June 2018

  • The USD Credit Hour Podcast, interviewing the brightest minds at the University, featured Dr. Lee Baugh, BBS and Dr. Lindsey Jorgenson, Communication Disorders on the topic 'PTSD and the Brain' Parts 1 and 2.
    Plug in and listen at
  • Matthew Weber, MA, BBS, Dr. Michael Watt’s lab, was first author on a manuscript accepted for publication in the European Journal of Neuroscience, titled “Enhanced dopamine D2 autoreceptor function in the adult prefrontal cortex contributes to dopamine hypoactivity following adolescent social stress.”

May 2018

  • Congratulations to CBBRe Alum Sharleen Yuan, MD, for receiving the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Awards 2016 Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award.
  • Congratulations to David Christianson, MD (Dr. Sathyanesan’s lab) on receiving the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award, and the Satish Konera Award for Excellence in Physiology.
  • Congratulations to Robert Morecraft, PhD, Professor, Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, on receiving the Class of 1958 Basic Science Faculty Award.

April 2018

  • Congratulations to Jon Brudvig and The Weimer Lab on their recently published manuscript in Molecular Neurobiology describing a novel interaction between the protein MARCKS and the Netrin signaling complex. This work uncovers a novel role of MARCKS signaling in mediating axonal pathfinding in the developing cerebral cortex. “MARCKS is necessary for Netrin-DCC signaling and corpus callosum formation”.
  • Congratulations to the 2018 SPURA Students on their selection for this competitive program.
  • Quinci Herll (Medical Biology) with Dr. Lisa McFadden (BBS)
  • Santina Lokonobei (Biology) with Dr. Hong Zheng (BBS)
  • Lauren Mattison (Mathematics) with Dr. Cliff Summers (Biology)
  • Conrad Mohr-Eymer (Chemistry) with Dr. Lee Baugh (BBS)
  • Rachel Rucker (Medical Biology) with Dr. Brian Burrell (BBS)
  • Craig Stanton (Psychology & Addiction Studies) with Dr. Christopher Berghoff (Psychology)
  • Lane Suing (Medical Biology) with Dr. Samuel Sathyanesan (BBS)
  • Danielle Wilson (Psychology) with Dr. Lisa McFadden and Jessica Freeling (BBS)
  • Congratulations to Riley Paulsen, a BBS graduate student and USD-N3 fellow, who has just been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GFRP). Riley was one of 2,000 awardees out of a pool of over 12,000 applicants to receive this award that provides three years of graduate stipend and tuition support. The GRFP reviewers recognized Riley’s potential as a researcher as well as her commitment to activities in promoting STEM education, especially to women looking to enter the STEM fields.
  • Katie Grausam, BS, MS, successfully defended her dissertation, entitled, “Leptomeningeal dissemination and metastasis of ATOH1-driven SHH medulloblastomas.”
  • Taylor Bosch, BA, BBS, successfully defended his dissertation, entitled, “Neural and behavioral mechanisms underlying tool use motor resonance.”
  • Jon Brudvig, BS, successfully defended his dissertation, entitled, “Molecular roles of myristolyoated alanine-rich C kinase substrate (MARCKS) in neurite dynamics.”

March 2018

  • Congratulations to former SPURA fellow Kami Pearson for being selected to represent USD and presented her undergraduate research to the state legislators in Pierre last week. Kami's research with Drs. Brown-Rice (CPE) and Gina Forster (BBS) aims for a better understanding of the early life, biological and psychological risk factors for problem alcohol use in young adults.
  • Congratulations to Jonathan Brudvig on being honored with CGSO’s Award for Excellence in Research, Service, and Leadership. Jonathan was awarded with $500 based on his research, contributions to the field, service contributions to the CGSO and CBBRe, and overall leadership potential.
  • Congratulations to Riley Paulsen and Dr. Etienne Gnimpieba!
    Riley and Dr. Gnimpieba were part of a team that was recently awarded a grant from the NSF I-Corps program. The title of their successful application was "Analytic Tool Discovery System for Interdisciplinary Data Analysis". 
  • Congratulations to the Recipients of USD-N3 and CBBRe Travel Awards!
    Miyuraj Harishchandra (Biology), Hongbo Gao (BBS) were recipients of the USD-N3 travel awards, while the CBBRe travel award recipients were Logan Welker (Psychology) and Rebecca Sistad (Psychology). All were selected for competitive travel awards to present their research.
  • Congratulations to CBBRe alum Dr. Sharleen Yuan (PhD & soon to be MD) who successfully matched for an MEDC/EM residency at the University of Maryland Medical System.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Raluca Simons and Jamie Scholl on being awarded competitive pilot grants from the NIH-supported Great Plains Center for Transitional Research (CTR):
    Dr. Raluca Simons (Psychology) "An Experience Sampling Study of Sleep, PTSD, and Alcohol"
    Jamie Scholl (BBS) "Gut Microbiota and Immune Markers in Psychological Health."
  • Congratulations to the Recipients of USD-N3 Student Research Awards.
    These competitive field research awards were made to Miyuraj Harishchandra (Biology), Yifeng Huo (Chemistry), and Tayler Hoekstra (Biomedical Engineering).

February 2018

  • Congratulations to CBBRe Alum Flora Wang!Her recently published article ”Endocannabinoid-Mediated Potentiation of Non-Nociceptive Synapses Contributes to Behavioral Sensitization" was selected by the Journal of Neurophysiology to be highlighted on social media.
  • Dr. Soonhee Roh (Social Work) and the Director of CBBRe Dr. Brian Burrell (BBS) were honored as Professors of the Game at the USD vs. SDSU women's basketball game last week.

January 2018

  • On January 2, 2017, Dr. Gabrielle Strouse appeared on SDPB's In The Moment to discuss the details of her recent publication on toddlers and how screen time impacts learning. We applaud Dr. Strouse in sharing her research in an effort to improve the cognitive growth of children in South Dakota.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Strouse on an article accepted for publication in Frontiers in Psychology.
    The role of book features in young children’s transfer of information from picture books to real-world contexts.
  • Pedro N. and Tom H. from the Weimer team co-presented today as a part of the Sanford Research Data Club. They discussed their work on ataxia telangiectasia and traumatic brain injury (respectively) and the exploration of whether mesenchymal stem cells could be used as a possible treatment for these disorders.

December 2017

  • Congratulations to the 2017 CBBRe Pilot Grant Awardees!
  • Drs. Samuel Sathyanesan (BBS) and Jason Petersen (VA) “Antidepressant Activity of a Recombinant Neurotrophin”
  • Drs. Yi-Fan Li (BBS) and Chaoyang Jiang (Chemistry) “Development of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Study of UCHL1 Protein-Protein Interactions”
  • Congratulations to the 2017 CBBRe Trainee Research Grant Awardees!
  • Brandon Gray (Psychology) for his project: "The Role of Emotional Granularity in Attentional Biases"
  • Elise Hocking (Psychology) for her project: "Insecure Attachment, Hazardous Alcohol Use, and Intimate Partner Violence: A Dyadic Analysis"
  • Ruthellen Anderson (BBS) for her project: "Dynamic Regulation of Vesicular Trafficking by Altered Sterol Homeostasis in Neural Cell Types
  • The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized three University of South Dakota student organizations for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work. Congratulations to Riley Paulsen, President of Women in STEM, which won the "Award for Organizational Leadership". WiSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) provides resources, networking, support, and encouragement to women in STEM fields. Efforts to dispel negative stereotypes and discrimination are also emphasized. The group seeks to advance gender equity while helping its members to emerge as the next generation of leaders in a variety of STEM fields.
  • Gabrielle Strouse, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education in the School of Education, will publish research new research from USD School of Education showing that children learn best from screen time with parent involvement in the February 2018 issue of the “Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.”

November 2017

  • Congratulations to Alex Hanson & Aaron Fleischer, who were awarded travel grants from CURCS at USD to present their research at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience Conference in Washington, DC, November 2017.
  • Congratulations to the Nebraska Physiology Society (NPS) Award Winners. At the annual conference held in Omaha, Hanming Zhang from Dr. XJ Wang’s lab won the first place poster award in graduate student category. Dr. Rajeshwary Ghosh from Dr. Scott Pattison’s lab won the first place poster award in postdoctoral category. Dr. Peng Xiao and Dr. Penglong Wu respectively won the second and fourth places in postdoctoral category.
  • Brenna Bray from Dr. Gina Forster’s lab attended the Nebraska Physiology Society (NPS) debate on graduate education and her team was the winner of the debate! This year NPS conference drew over 121 attendees and 62 poster presentations. Nineteen graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members from the BBS attended the conference. Congratulations to all the winners.
  • Congratulations to McKayla Poppens from Augustana University and Dr. Jill Weimer’s lab at Sanford Research for winning the best poster award at the annual MidBrains meeting, for her presentation titled “A potential combinatorial therapy for CLCN6 Batten disease”.
    Jessica Hanson, PhD, recently published a commentary in Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research highlighting the importance of community-based participatory research approaches to inform alcohol-related interventions with American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
  • Congratulations to Drs. Amy Putthoff Schweinle and Kari Oyen for being awarded a NExT Common Metrics Research Mini-Grant! The project entitled, "Factors that Help New Teachers Persist to Teaching in Rural Settings" will support efforts to explore data collected by the Entry, Exit, Transition to Teaching, and Supervisor Surveys that were conducted by the NExT Common Metrics project which aims to increase teacher effectiveness.

October 2017

  • Nathan Vinzant, BBS, from Dr. Gina Forster’s lab, was first author on a manuscript accepted for publication in Frontiers in Neuroscience, titled “Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Delivery of Peptides to the Brain: Reversal of Anxiety During Drug Withdrawal.”
  • Congratulations to the CBBRe/N3 Graduate Student Travel Award winners - Clarissa Staton, biology, for the Society for Neuroscience Conference; Casey Finnicum, basic biomedical sciences, for the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting; Pasan Fernando, biology, to attend the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine.

September 2017

  • Congratulations to USDN3 director and basic biomedical sciences associate professor Brian Burrell, Ph.D., on receiving the USD President’s Award for Research Excellence - Established Faculty.
  • Congratulations to basic biomedical sciences professor Samuel Sathyanesan, Ph.D., on receiving the USD President’s Award for Research Excellence - Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Congratulations to Human Functional Imaging Core director Kelene Fercho, Ph.D., on being accepted into the neuromodulation training course with the National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation, a very prestigious and competitive training program.

August 2017

  • Congratulations to Lee Baugh, Ph.D., and Kelene Fercho, Ph.D., on their travel awards to attend the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Clinical Neurostimulation Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico this October. The field of neurostimulation and neuromodulation offers exciting promises for improving human behavior and reducing symptoms of brain and mental illness.
  • Congratulations to Gina Forster, Ph.D., and Lee Baugh, Ph.D., on their award for their project “MRI: Acquisition of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Instrumentation to Advance Understanding of the Brain.” The $150,000 major research instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation will support the purchase of new equipment for the Human Functional Imaging Core.
  • Congratulations to Jill Weimer, Ph.D., and Robin Miskimins, Ph.D., on their training grant, which will fund the Developmental Research Program for Medical Students (DRPMS). The program is designed to meet the future needs of health-related research by developing physicians who use evidence-based medicine in practice and contribute to translational research. Six students per year will be accepted into the DRPMS.
  • After a close competition with many excellent presentations, four students emerged as the winners of the poster competition at the CBBRe Research Symposium. This year's winners in each division were:
    • First place, undergraduate division – Megan Jorgensen, presenting "The Role of Endocannabinoid Signaling in Producing Injury-Induced Sensitization."
    • Second place, undergraduate division – Joshua McWhirt, presenting "Stress Induced Changes in Hippocampal Gene Expression."
    • First place, graduate/postdoctorate/staff division – Kelene Fercho, presenting "Addition of Pupil Diameter Measurements Increases Brain Computer Interface Performance."
    • Second place, graduate/postdoctorate/staff division – Hanming Zhang, presenting "Inhibition of Phosphodiesterase 1 Confers Striking Therapeutic Benefit to HFpEF in Mice."

July 2017

  • The Center for Genetics & Behavioral Health, led by USD Professor Gina Forster, Ph.D., has been awarded a five-year grant for $3.4 million to study genetic and environmental influences in post-traumatic stress disorder, placing South Dakota at the forefront of personalized treatment for trauma-related illness.
  • USD has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as part of their Inclusive Excellence Initiative to enhance the participation and retention of underrepresented minorities in the natural sciences. Brian Burrell, associate professor of basic biomedical sciences, led the faculty team behind the effort, which included members from five schools and programs across the university.
  • Brenna Bray, a graduate student in basic biomedical sciences, has been invited to join a team of graduate students and faculty from the tri-state region to debate issues in science training and advocacy at the Nebraska Physiological Society meeting in October.
  • Congratulations to basic biomedical sciences professor Doug Martin, Ph.D., who was awarded the 2017 Sanford School of Medicine Class of 1958 Basic Biomedical Science Award.

June 2017

  • Sara Lowmaster, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Psychology, received a travel award from the Great Plains Institutional Development Award Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research to develop clinical and translational research-related collaborations.
  • Amy Elliott, Ph.D., Sanford Research, was named co-chair of the National Institutes of Health Biospecimens Working Group for the ECHO Study, which studies how environmental exposures affect child health and development.
  • Brandon Gray, a graduate student in clinical psychology, is completing a summer internship with the Mental Health and Substance Use Evidence Research Department at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He is assisting with projects related to mental health in emergencies.

May 2017

  • 2016 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction students Kami Pearson and Aaron Fleischer were named UDiscover Scholars for the summer of 2017.
  • Basic biomedical sciences graduate student Katie Grausam, of the Zhao lab, is the first author on a paper which was accepted for publication at Cancer Research for her article entitled: "Atonal homolog 1 promotes leptomeningeal dissemination and metastasis of the Sonic Hedgehog subgroup medulloblastoma."

April 2017

  • The CBBRe Spring 2017 Graduate Student Travel Award winners include Rebecca Sistad of the Department of Psychology. Sistad is presenting at the National American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C. from August 3-6, 2017. The other winner, basic biomedical sciences graduate student Brenna Bray, presented at the Ninth International Meeting on Steroids and the Nervous System in Torino, Italy from February 11-17, 2017.
  • fMRI specialist and Human Functional Imaging Core manager Kelene Fercho, Ph.D., has been selected to participate in the highly competitive National Institutes of Health-sponsored Summer School in Adaptive Neurotechnologies.
  • Congratulations to Kathleen Brown-Rice, Ph.D. Her manuscript, "Counselor Educators and Students with Problems of Professional Competence: A Survey and Discussion" won the 2016 Outstanding Scholar Award in Research by The Professional Counselor.
  • Sharleen Yuan, a third-year medical student who is also in the basic biomedical sciences Ph.D. program, won the Young Achiever's National Abstract Competition in the medical student basic research category at the 2017 American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Annual Conference in San Diego. Her presentation was titled "The Mechanisms of NMDAR-Dependent Long-Term Potentiation in Nociceptive Synapses."

March 2017

  • Mick Watt, Ph.D., was appointed the Donald S. MacKay Distinguished Professor of Research, effective July 1, 2017. This professorship was established by Ms. Mercedes MacKay, who was the librarian for the state of South Dakota from 1939 to 1973 and credited with increasing literacy in the state.
  • Sarah Wollersheim Shervey, Ph.D. was accepted into the School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC) for Early Career Scholars. It is an opportunity for emerging scholars in the field to work with top researchers, as well as with other early emerging scholars, in the field of school psychology.
  • Brenna Bray, a basic biomedical sciences graduate student, was awarded a USD Graduate Research and Creative Scholarship Grant for her research "Corticosterone in the ventral hippocampus differentially affects accumbal dopamine output in drug-naïve and amphetamine-withdrawn rats."

February 2017

  • Brenna Bray, a BBS graduate student, was awarded a fellowship from the International Meeting on Steroids and Nervous System to present her research in Torino, Italy in February 2017.
  • Rebecca Sistad, a current undergraduate Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction student, was awarded the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institute on Drug Abuse travel award to present her research at the 2016 American Psychological Association Convention in Denver, Colorado in August 2016. Her research examines cognitive and behavioral factors that contribute to alcohol problems in college students.
  • Brenna Bray, a graduate student in basic biomedical sciences, was awarded a fellowship from the International Meeting on Steroids and Nervous System to present her research in Torino, Italy.
  • Doug Martin, Ph.D. was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study “Cardiac sympathetic afferent reflex control of venous function.”

January 2017

  • Jon Brudvig, a second year Ph.D. student in the basic biomedical sciences program, was the recipient of a 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellowship. The NDSEG is a highly competitive pre-doctoral fellowship funded by the Department of Defense. It supports individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Brudvig's research examines development of the brain and how it is altered to result in Batton’s disease, a neurological disorder in children.
  • Katie Grausman, a basic biomedical sciences and Sanford Research graduate student, was awarded the Gary N. Piquette Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a doctoral student in the cell biology area within basic biomedical sciences.

November 2016

  • Brenna Bray, a basic biomedical sciences graduate student, was awarded first place in the graduate student division of the poster competition at the Nebraska Physiological Society's annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. Her poster was titled "Corticosterone in the ventral hippocampus differentially affects accumbal dopamine release in drug-naïve and amphetamine-withdrawn rats."

October 2016

  • Research enhancement pilot grant awards were given to Harry Freeman, Ph.D., and Etienne Gnimpieba for their research proposal "Oxytoccin and Attachment Preference Among Young Adults." Awards were also given to Gabrielle Strouse, Ph.D., Lisa Newland, Ph.D. and Dan Mourlam, Ph.D., for their research proposal "Should I Flip or Should I Click? Parent and Child Conceptualizations and Usage of Print and Digital Media Formats: Links to Children's Learning."
  • Jon Brudvig was awarded a CBBRe trainee research grant for his research proposal "Novel Roles for MARCKS in Cortical Development and Midline Ason Crossing," under the mentorship of Jill Weimer, Ph.D.
  • Congratulations to 2016 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction student Kami Pearson and undergraduate researcher Eric Graack, who were both awarded travel grants by the Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship to present at and attend the Society of Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego, California, in November 2016.
  • Congratulations to Aaron Fleischer, a 2016 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction (SPURA) student, who received a USD undergraduate travel award from the Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship. The travel award will allow him to present his research in the faculty for undergraduate neuroscience poster session at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, California. He will be presenting "The effects of mild traumatic brain injury on brain-derived neurotrophic factor expression in the limbic system."
  • John Fanta, a 2015 SPURA alum, attended the annual meeting of the Sioux Valley chapter of the American Chemical Society. His poster “Modulating Effective Acetylcholine Concentration Using Metal Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs)” won third place.