University expands neuroscience program

first_imgUSC has begun searching for new neuroscience faculty to expand the program, responding to exceptionally high student interest and the increased demand for research in the field.Brain power · Fifth-year neuroscience graduate student Farhan Baluch works on his doctorate project about biomechanics, programming the brain of a locust to be able to use it for other purposes, such as sonar. – Mindy Curtis | Daily Trojan Under Provost Elizabeth Garrett, the university has formed a committee that will not only work to add more classes and research facilities, but will also define what to look for when choosing new faculty in the neurosciences.“Our hope is that these transformational hires will have a kind of multiplying effect on the strengths and quality of the research and education that we have to offer here at USC,” said Pat Levitt, chair of the cell and neurobiology department.Because neuroscience is a diverse field touching on law, psychology, chemistry, cinema and engineering, the initiative will be university-wide, Levitt said.New classes will be added depending on the various specialties of the new faculty. Michael Quick, executive vice provost, said that the committee is looking beyond credentials and into collaborative efforts.“Of course they will have a vigorous research agenda, have a strong history of training the next generation of scientists and be excellent teachers,” Quick wrote. “But they will [have] that extra something that says that when they come to USC they will catalyze a lot of collaboration and activity across all our campuses.”Students will directly benefit from such expansion, as new courses will be added to answer increased demand, Quick said.“We started it only a few years ago and … the major … [now has something like 400 or 500 [students],” Quick wrote.For undergraduates, the initiative means new and more interdisciplinary courses, as well as new research laboratories in which they can perform research.Levitt said that freshmen and sophomores will be able to immediately reap the benefits of hiring new faculty.For graduate students, numbering a little more than 100, the presence of world-class neuroscientists and research facilities is extremely attractive, Quick wrote.Lauren Klosinski, a graduate student in neuroscience, who graduated from USC last May with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, agrees that faculty who are involved in more than just neuroscience is crucial to furthering the program .“As an undergraduate, I felt like we needed fresh faces,” Klosinski said. “USC neuroscience is pretty good at being comprehensive. Because it’s so interdisciplinary, you need to know a lot, but also a little [in your specific field] to be able to translate across many fields.”In addition to new faculty, Garrett is looking specifically for growth in the area of neuroimaging, such as the use of various brain-imaging techniques to image brain structure and function, because it will provide opportunities to do experiments on humans.“We are going to learn a lot about the human brain in the next few years and neuroimaging will lead the way,” Quick wrote.The committee, which has one meeting in January and two more in February, is committed to beginning the hiring process this academic year. Jump starting the process this year will have significant benefits for both current and prospective students.“We’re looking for world-changers,” Levitt said. “We’re looking for faculty who are doing research and educating in a twenty-first century way.”last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Badgers add Ryder Donovan to already strong 2019 recruitment class

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team turned heads in the recruitment world this past week with the addition of Minnesota native Ryder Donovan to play for the Badgers next year.Donovan, a talented center from Duluth East High School, will join other forwards — Alex Turcotte, Cole Caufield and Owen Lindmark — in next season’s talented incoming freshman class. Donovan will also have the opportunity to play with returning players such as Sean Dhooghe and K’Andre Miller.Donovan signed his National Letter of Intent Monday after backing out of his original commitment to North Dakota last fall. After attending Coach Tony Granato’s hockey camp at UW in the summer of 2016, the two built a strong relationship that was enough for Donovan to commit to UW for his journey through college hockey.Men’s hockey: A look back at Mark Johnson’s legendary careerThousands of Wisconsin fans packed the Kohl Center last Saturday night as the University of Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team was Read…Granato was very excited and optimistic about Donovan’s play and how he would fit in with the Badgers next season.“[He has] lots of great potential to be a big impact player similar to the other players we’re are bringing in,” Granato said in a Wisconsin Hockey press release. “They’ll complement each other well.”He also called Donovan “an elite talent and a hard-working kid.”The six-foot-four, 185-pound centreman averaged two points a game last season. He notched 62 points in 31 games for Duluth East High School and captained the team to the third seed in Minnesota’s high school state championship, before losing to the No. 1 seeded Minnetonka.As this season’s playoffs approach, he has 12 goals and 25 assists in 23 games.Men’s hockey: Badger seek late season momentum to raise Big Ten tournament rankingWith only four games remaining, the University of Wisconsin Men’s hockey team’s (10-15-5, 6-9-5 Big Ten) 2018-19 regular season is Read…Donovan ranks 46th in the top 50 of North American skaters for the 2019 draft by NHL Central Scouting.He represented the U.S. on the Under-18 Select Team at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, where he scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Finland to win the U.S. fifth place.Ryder brings the Badgers an impressive amount of speed and his stats show his excellent ability to finish at the net. His advanced hockey sense and vision allow him to benefit his teammates to a momentous extent. Overall Donovan’s game can complement the skills of other incoming freshmen and returning Badgers next season. This skill, along with the many more on his resume, will help him achieve his potential as an elite power forward for Wisconsin.Moving into the 2019-20 season, Granato and the Badgers can look forward to a player who is going to put forth his best effort and also play a major role for Wisconsin in the future.last_img read more


first_imgGAA Bingo Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 22/09/2011 No jackpot winner last week this weeks will rise to €2,180.00 numbers drawn were 9,14,19,21 the €15 consolation prizes went to Shane Doherty Tiernasligo, Roisen McCrossan Tornabrately, Michelle Hands Letter Urris, John Grant Binion House Clonmany, Kathleen McGonigle Clonmany.Next Club Meeting this week Tuesday 27th September 9pm in Straid all members try to attend. Night at The Races – the club is running this event on Friday 7th October at 9pm in the Rusty Nail horses are €10 each on sale from any club member come along and back a winner and help support our club.Used Clothes Collection in aid of disadvantaged families in Africa & Asia, wanted clean usable clothing, shoes, bedding as in sheets pillow cases blankets (no duvets and pillows) and curtains collection bags are available from all Urris Gaa Committee Members and selected retail outlets in the area T.B.A Filled bags can be dropped off at Straid Club House on Saturday 1st October between 10am and 2pm for further information contact John Friel 0860523550 or David Hession 0860538537.Club Merchandise – the club has a range of merchandise available in all sizes polo shirts hoodies jackets and not forgetting the all important urris hat for the coming winter contact Alan on 0879029672.Results:Commiserations to the Seniors who were beaten by Naomh Naille in the Intermediate Championship Semi Final on Sunday in Convoy, thank you to all the supporters who travelled to cheer the lads on. There are a few league games to play yet so good luck lads. Fixtures: Urris v Naomh Mhuire Saturday 1st October in Straid throw in 5.45pm.Any items for the notes please send to [email protected] or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.Club Merchandise – the club has a range of merchandise available in all sizes polo shirts hoodies jackets and not forgetting the all important urris hat for the coming winter contact Alan on 0879029672.Results: Minors 2-12 Malin 0-4, Reserves 0-8 Buncrana 0-8, Seniors 3-12 Buncrana 0-10.Fixtures: No details on the coming weeks fixtures available yet check for information. Any items for the notes email to [email protected] or text to Liz O’Neill 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday.ENDSGAA NOTES: URRIS was last modified: September 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:URRIS GAA noteslast_img read more