Recent Student Achievements

2018 – 2019

Summer Fellows (Summer 2018):

Shelby Carmichael ’19, Title: The Stigmas and Barriers to Mental Health Care and Its Damaging Effects in Communities of Color. Mentor: Dr. Kneia DaCosta

Maria Daly ’19, Title: Long term effects of concussions. Mentor: Dr. Joel Bish

Robert McNamara ’18, Title: The Effect of Diet-Induced Obesity on Cardiac Function During Pregnancy.  Mentor: Dr. Beth Bailey

Student Publications:

Phan, T., Harsch, J., Brodowski, M., Oakes, T., & Boas, R. (2019). Executive control in concussed versus non-concussed individuals. Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, 26, 20-26.

Student Presentations:

International Brain Injury Association’s 13th World Congress on Brain Injury, Toronto, Canada, March 13 – 16, 2019

Daly M. (’19), Kiss S. (’20), Sicher A. (’20), Ballinger D. (’21), & Bish, J. (2019, March.) Increased front lobe beta wave activity required for inhibition and inhibition switching tasks post-concussion. Poster presented at the 13th World Congress on Brain Injury in Toronto, Canada. 

Pastorino, J., Yeagley, N., Cope, S., Taranto, L., Cimino, M. & Bish, J. (2019, March.) Long lasting executive control deficits in young adults with a history of mild traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the 13th World congress on Brain Injury in Toronto, Canada.

Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA. March 23-26, 2019

Daly, M.(’19), Yeagley, N. (’19), Mastrangelo, A. (’19), & Stevenson, J. L. Motor Learning Performance with a Single Modality Preference in Individuals with High and Low Autistic Traits. Poster presentation.

Nicole L. Dalasio (’19), Jenifer Joseph (’20), and Jennifer L. Stevenson: Cartoons, Animals, and Autistic Traits: An Eye Tracking Study. Poster presentation.

Yeagley, N. C. (’19), Wonsidler, S. L. (’19), & Stevenson, J. L. (2019, March). Implicit versus explicit learning assessment of neuroscience concepts in undergraduates. Poster presentation. 

Ursinus CoSA, April 25, 2019

Mentor: Joel Bish

Mikayla Cimino, Noah Yeagley, Lindsay Taranto, Sydney Cope, Jen Pastorino (2019, April). Long Lasting Executive Control Deficits in Young Adults with a History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Maria Daly, Shannon Kiss, Dominique Ballinger, Avery Sicher (2019, April). Increased frontal lobe beta wave activity required for inhibition and inhibition switching tasks post-concussion. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Ellen Dawley

Josef Novacek (2019, April). Serotonergic Expression Mapping in Ambystoma mexicanum Spinal Cord. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Jenna Severa, Linda McIntyre, Ryley Bennett, Autumn Snape (2019, April). An Exploratory Study of SOX2 Expression in Juvenile A. mexicanum. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Carlita Favero

Avery Sicher, Jordene Downer, Lex Lehr, Kevyn Dewees, Deborah Diaz, Rahsaan Sailes (2019, April). Prenatal alcohol exposure does not impact corridor cell number at embryonic day 13.5. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Jennifer Stevenson

Sarah Wonsidler and Noah Yeagley (2019, April). Implicit versus Explicit Learning Assessment of Neuroscience Concepts in Undergraduates. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Nicole Dalasio (2019, April). Cartoons, Animals, and Autistic Traits: An Eye Tracking Study. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Honors Presentations:

Noah C. Yeagley: Implicit versus Explicit Learning Assessment of Neuroscience Concepts in Undergraduates.

Sarah Wonsidler: Implicit versus Explicit Learning Assessment of Neuroscience Concepts in Undergraduates.

Honor Society Inductions:

Nu Rho Psi Inductions (Neuroscience Honors Society):

The following students have been inducted into Nu Rho Psi (Nu Rho Psi – National Honor Society in Neuroscience) on April 25, 2019:

Dominique Ballinger, Nicole Dalasio, Maria Daly, Sabrina Doherty, Shannon Kiss, Alexandra Mastrangelo, Jacob Menzer, Nicole Schmalbach, Avery Sicher, Morgan Sotoloff, Paige Springmann and Sarah Wonsidler

Departmental Awards:

Faculty Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Academics/Scholarship in Neuroscience: Sarah Wonsidler

Senior Prize for Exceptional Contribution to the Neuroscience Program: Noah Yeagley and Katherine (Katie) Madden

Up-and-Coming Neuroscience Major: Karen Herrera

Faculty Achievement in Neuroscience

Dr. Joel Bish

PUBLICATIONS

Phan, T. (’17), Harsch, J. (’17), Brodowski, M. (’17), Oakes, T. (’17), & Boas, R. (’18), Bish, J., (2019). Executive control in concussed versus non-concussed individuals. Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, 26, 20-26.

PRESENTATIONS

International Brain Injury Association’s 13th World Congress on Brain Injury, Toronto, Canada, March 13 – 16, 2019

Daly M. (’19), Kiss S. (’20), Sicher A. (’20), Ballinger D. (’21), & Bish, J. (2019, March.) Increased front lobe beta wave activity required for inhibition and inhibition switching tasks post-concussion. Poster presented at the 13th World Congress on Brain Injury in Toronto, Canada. 

Pastorino, J., Yeagley, N., Cope, S., Taranto, L., Cimino, M. & Bish, J. (2019, March.) Long lasting executive control deficits in young adults with a history of mild traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the 13th World congress on Brain Injury in Toronto, Canada.

Bish, J. (2019, May). Frontal-lobe control network provides a strong predictor of post-concussive syndrome. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C. May 2019.

Dr. Jennifer Round

PRESENTATIONS

Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Research Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA. October 2018

Round, JE. Identification of MAGUK scaffolds as intracellular binding partners of Slitrk2.

Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA. November 2018

Loomis C, Stephens A. Springmann P, Drebushenko L, Janicot R, Baqai U, Round JE. The synaptic adhesion protein Slitrk2 interacts with MAGUK scaffolds via a carboxy-terminal PDZ binding motif.

St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA. March 2019

Round, JE. The sticky synapse: Exploring the roles of synaptic adhesion molecules in building neural circuits. Invited Talk.

Dr. Jennifer Stevenson 

PRESENTATIONS

Dalasio, N. L., Joseph, J., & Stevenson, J. L. (2019, March). Cartoons, animals, and autistic traits: An eye tracking study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Daly, M., Yeagley, N., Mastrangelo, A., & Stevenson, J. L. (2019, March). Motor learning performance with a single modality preference in individuals with high and low autistic traits. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Yeagley, N. C., Wonsidler, S. L., & Stevenson, J. L. (2019, March). Implicit versus explicit learning assessment of neuroscience concepts in undergraduates. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Post-Graduation Acceptances

Drexel College of Medicine Neuroscience PhD Program

University of Virginia Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Psychology

Summer Fellows (Summer 2017):

Jordyn Karliner ’18, Title: Investigating a potential role for Slitrk2 in embryonic neurogenesis. Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Round

Yoonjung Kim ’19, Title: Isolation and characterization of primary microglial cells from mouse cortical tissue to provide insight on HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder and provide novel pathways for therapeutic targets. Mentor: Dr. Jennifer King

Robert McNamara ’18, Title: The Effect of Diet-Induced Obesity on Cardiac Function During Pregnancy.  Mentor: Dr. Beth Bailey

Noah Yeagley ’19, Title: Measuring Acquisition of Neuroscience Concepts Using the Structural Assessment of Knowledge Approach.  Mentor: Dr. Jenifer Stevenson

Student Publications:

Karliner J*, Nagy M*, Sanya J*, Yeagley N*, Barnett-Ohori Z*, D’Ortona L*, Lawrence J*, McNamara RC*, Boas R*, Brubaker H*, Collopy S*, Nolan J*, and Favero C. (2017) Low-Dose Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Modulates weight gain and eliminates fractalkine expression in E14.5 mouse embryos. Impulse – the Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal, accepted with revisions.

Student Presentations:

Haverford College Undergraduate Science Research Symposium, September 23, 2017

Jordyn Karliner (’18), Aliyah Stephens (’21), Laura Drebushenko (“14), Dr. Jennifer Round. Exploring the role of the Slitrk2 protein in neurogenesis. The students presented their laboratory research from the 2017 Ursinus Summer Fellows and FUTURE Research programs.

Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA, March 2018

*Noah Yeagley (’19). Expertise matters in evaluating students’ organization of neuroscience concepts. Oral presentation and poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

* indicates student author or co-author

North American Brain Injury Society Conference, Houston, TX, March 2018

Tatyanna Neumann (’18), Sinead O’Callaghan (’18), Victoria Javes (’18) and Joel Bish. Gender Differences in Long-Term Impulse Control Problems Following Concussion. Poster presented at the North American Brain Injury Society Conference.

The Undergraduate Research Poster Conference in Harrisburg, PA, April 17, 2018

Noah Yeagley (’19) along with chemistry student, Michael Esposito (’18), were selected to present their research at the Pennsylvania state capital building. Noah presented his research on the Structural Assessment of Knowledge (SAK) approach to evaluate implicit learning of neuroscience concepts. The goal of the conference is to connect not only student researchers from across the state, but for institutions to showcase their research to the congressmen and congresswomen of Pennsylvania. At the conference, Noah was able to explain his research to his representative who overseas his hometown of Hanover, PA, Kate Klunk, along with many other representatives.

Stockton University Conference, Galloway, NJ, April 20, 2018

Noah Yeagley (’19), Alexandra Mastrangelo (’19) and Maria Daly (’19). Measuring Motor Learning Differences between High and Low Autistic Trait Individuals Using Single and Double Modality Serial Reaction Time Task via Eye-Tracker.  Poster presented at Stockton University.

The students presented their research on the effects of number of sensory stimulus modalities - visual only or auditory and visual - on motor learning in individuals who fall high and low on the distribution of autistic traits, as measured by the Autism Quotient (AQ).

Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA, May, 2018

Jennifer Pastorino (’19 ), Lindsey Taranto (’19), Noah Yeagley (’19), Sydney Cope (’19), Matthew Cooper (’18), and Joel Bish. Long-Term Neuropsychological and Neurophysiological Deficits of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.  Poster to be presented at the Association for Psychological Science.

Ursinus CoSA, April 19, 2018

Mentor: Joel Bish

Alexander Lehr, (2018, April). Phosphorylation of Neuroligin 1 and Its Implications. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Jennifer Pastorino, Lindsay Taranto, Sydney Cope and Matthew Cooper, (2018, April). Slow Brain Wave Activity Differences Among Concussed and Non-Concussed Individuals. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Stephanie Guzman and Clementine Harvey, (2018, April). Differences in Brain Activity EEG Between Concussed and Non-Concussed Groups in Problem Solving Tasks. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Victoria Javes, Sinead O’Callaghan and Tatyanna Neumann, (2018, April). Gender Differences in Long-term Impulse Control Problems Following Concussion. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mikayla Cimino, Maria Daly, Rachel Dunne, Ashley Secoges, Marisa Waite and Noah Yeagley, (2018, April). Long-term Effects of Executive Function as a Result of Concussions. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Ellen Dawley

Natalie Barbagallo, Andrew Wieczenski and Erin Fowler, (2018, April). The Role of Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein Gene in the Spinal Cord Regeneration of Urodeles. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor:  Carlita Favero

Lauren D’Ortona, Heather Brubaker, Melody Dieckman, Rebecca Kane, Lex Lehr, Theresa Mowad and Krista Schneider, (2018, April). Low-dose prenatal ethanol-exposure in CD-1 mice and prenatal bicuculline-exposure in Swiss-Webster mice induces deviations in exploratory behavior. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Jennifer Stevenson

Jenifer Joseph, (2018, April). Is This a Misprinting? How Textbooks See Me. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Jenifer Joseph and Nicole Dalasio, (2018, April). Cartoons, Realism, and the Broad Autism Phenotype: An Eye-Tracking Study. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Noah Yeagley, Alexandra Mastrangelo and Maria Daly (2018, April). Measuring Motor Learning Differences between High and Low Autistic Trait Individuals Using Single and Double Modality Serial Reaction Time Task via Eye-Tracker.  Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Noah Yeagley, (2018, April). Expertise Matters in Evaluating Students’ Organization of Neuroscience Concepts.  Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Jonathan Guba, (2018, April). Prediction of Inpatient Discharge Disposition Utilizing the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale.  Poster presented at the 13th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Honor Society Inductions:

Nu Rho Psi Inductions (Neuroscience Honors Society):

The following students have been inducted into Nu Rho Psi (Nu Rho Psi – National Honor Society in Neuroscience) on April 19, 2018:

Shani Bame, Lauren Feldman, Yoonjung Kim, Katherine Madden, Cassidy Mazza, Robert Colin McNamara, and Noah Yeagley.

Faculty Achievement in Neuroscience

Dr. Joel Bish

PUBLICATIONS

Alexzandria Luben (’18), Clementine Harvey (’18), Stephanie Guzman (’19), Oluwagbotemi Olafunmiloye, (’18), Dr. Joel Bish. Differences in Brain Activity EEG Between Concussed and Non-Concussed Groups in Problem Solving Tasks. To be published in IMPULSE-the Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal.

Thanh Phan (’17), Jessica Harsch (’17), Mary Brodowski (’17), Tyler Oakes (’17), Rachel Boas (’18), Dr. Joel Bish. Executive Control in Concussed Versus Non-Concussed Individuals. To be published in the Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Carlita Favero

PUBLICATIONS

Jordyn Karliner*, Mark Nagy*, Joyce Sanya*, Noah Yeagley*, Zoe Barnett-Ohori*, Lauren

D’Ortona*, Jill Lawrence*, R. Colin McNamara*, Rachel Boas*, Heather Brubaker*, Spencer Collopy*, Justin Nolan*, and Carlita Favero. (2017) Low-dose prenatal alcohol exposure modulates weight gain and eliminates fractalkine expression in E14.5 mouse embryos. Impulse- the Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal.   

PRESENTATIONS (# = invited presentation)

Carlita Favero, Kate Goddard, Jennifer Round, and Becky Kohn. The SIE Program: Supporting Inclusive Excellence in Biology, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience. 2017 Annual American Society for Cell Biology national meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Veronica Martinez Acosta and Carlita Favero#. A Discussion of Diversity and Inclusivity at the University Level: The need for a strategic plan. Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Education Workshop on Activities, Laboratories, and Best Practices for Developing, Assessing, and Sustaining Inclusive Curricula, Dominican University, River Forest, IL.

Carlita Favero#. Too much and not enough? A guiding hypothesis on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

Dr. Jennifer Round

PRESENTATIONS

Carlita Favero, Kate Goddard, Jennifer Round, and Becky Kohn. The SIE Program: Supporting Inclusive Excellence in Biology, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience. 2017 Annual American Society for Cell Biology national meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Jennifer Stevenson

PUBLICATIONS

Gernsbacher, M. A., Raimond, A., Stevenson, J. L., Boston, J., & Harp, B. (2018). Do puzzle pieces and autism puzzle piece logos evoke negative associations? Autism, 22, 118-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1362361317727125

*Black, E., Stevenson, J. L., & Bish, J. P. (2017). The role of musical experience in hemispheric lateralization of global and local auditory processing. Perception, 46, 956-975. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0301006616685954

Stevenson, J. L., & Hart, K. R. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Autism-Spectrum Quotient for assessing low and high levels of autistic traits in college students. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 1838-1853. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3109-1

*Stevenson, J. L., Lindley, C. E., & Murlo, N. (2017). Retrospectively assessed early motor and current pragmatic language skills in autistic and neurotypical children. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 124, 777-794. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0031512517710379

*undergraduate student co-author underlined

PRESENTATIONS

*Yeagley, N. C., Stevenson, J. L., & Bish, J. P. (2018, March). Expertise matters in evaluating students’ organization of neuroscience concepts. Oral presentation and poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA.

Post-Graduation Acceptances

Brandeis University (MA) - Masters in Global Health

Jefferson University (PA) – College of Biomedical Sciences—Neuroscience

University of Cincinnati (OH) – Criminal Justice

University of the Sciences (PA) – Occupational Therapy

 

Summer Fellows (Summer 2016):

Lisa Grous ’17, Title: Development of a Concussion Education Outreach Program. Mentor: Dr. Joel Bish 

Remi Janicot ’18, Title: Investigating Slitrk2 Binding Partners in Nervous System Development. Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Round

Mark Nagy ’17, Title: Investigating Developmental Milestones and Adult Behaviors in a Mouse Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  Mentor: Dr. Lauren Makuch

Rachel Raucci ’17, Title: Development of Concussion Education Outreach Program.  Mentor: Dr. Joel Bish

Emmatricia Togba ’18, Title:  Exploring the Alterations of Cytoskeletal Proteins Cofilin and LIM Kinase in Microglia Exposed to HIV-1 Tat in Vitro.  Mentor: Dr. Jennifer King

Samantha White ’17, Title: Developing an In Situ Hybridization Protocol to Visualize Ebf1 and Robo1.  Mentor: Dr. Carlita Favero

FUTURE Program Research (Summer 2016)

Jordene Downer ’19, Title: “The Effect of Ethanol Exposure in the Width and Amount of Corridor Cells in Mouse Embryos”. Jordene worked in the Neuroscience lab with Dr. Carlita Favero, and her FUTURE mentor Samantha White.

Student Publications:

*Black, E., Stevenson, J.L., & Bish, J.P. (in press). The role of musical experience in hemispheric lateralization of global and local auditory processing. Perception. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0301006616685954

Stevenson, J.L., *Shah, S., & Bish, J.P. (2016). Use of structural assessment of knowledge for outcomes assessment in the neuroscience classroom. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 15, A38-A43. Retrieved from http://www.funjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/june-15-38.pdf

*Foggo, M., *McFarland, B., *Wiggin, T., *Godfrey, S., & Stevenson, J.L. (2017). Gender and autistic traits minimally influence eye movement patterns during mental rotation and emotional face tasks. The Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, 25, 33-41.

Karliner J*, Nagy M*, Sanya J*, Yeagley N*, Barnett-Ohori Z*, D’Ortona L*, Lawrence J*, McNamara RC*, Boas R*, Brubaker H*, Collopy S*, Nolan J*, and Favero C. (2017) Low-Dose Prenatal Alchol Exposure Modulates weight gain and eliminates fractalkine expression in E14.5 mouse embryos. Impulse – the Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal, accepted with revisions.

Student Presentations: 

Association for Psychological Science Convention, Boston, MA May 25-28, 2017

Rachel Raucci, Jillian Casarella, Lisa Grous and Joel Bish.  “Examination of Neurocorrelates of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Adults”.  Poster presented at the annual convention of Association for Psychological Science.

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA Nov 2017

Jordene Downer, Samantha White, and Carlita Favero. “The Effect of Ethanol Exposure in the Width and Amount of Corridor Cells in Mouse Embryos”. Poster presented at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) poster session.

Ursinus CoSA, April 19, 2017

Mentor: Dr. Joel Bish

Raucci, Rachel (2017, April). The Role of Concussions in Executive Dysfunction……Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Lisa Grous, Jillian Casarella, Rachel Raucci, Mary Brodowski, Spencer Collopy, Rachel Dunne, Samantha Hunt, Tatyanna Neumann, Sinead O’Callaghan, Jennifer Pastorino, Thanh Phan, Gabrielle Simonetti, and Marisa Waite, (2017, April). Examination of Neurocorrelates of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Adults. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Tyler Oakes, (2017, April). The Citicoline Brain Injury Treatment. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Dr. Ellen Dawley

Ammons, Dylan (2017, April). Characterization of the Microglial Cell Population in Ambystoma mexicanum.Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Christine Palazzolo, Adam Dykie, and Hunter Cohen, (2017, April). An exploratory analysis of Sox2 expression in the regenerating spinal cord of Ambystoma mexicanum. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Dylan Ammons, Caroline Buckley, Mel Lee, Amanda Srinivasan, and Andrew Voyack, (2017, April). Spinal Cord Anatomy and Microglia in Ambystoma mexicanum. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Natalie Barbagallo, Min Son, and Andrew Wieczenski , (2017, April). Role of Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein Gene in the Spinal Regeneration of Ambystoma tigrinum. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor:  Dr. Carlita Favero

Jessica Harsch, (2017, April). Resting state functional connectivity patterns serve as a biomarker for Parkinson’s disease patients. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Lauren D’Ortona, Theresa Mowad, and Katrina Raichle, (2017, April). Investigation of cognitive and behavioral deficits resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure in a new strain of outbred mice. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Jordene Downer (2017, April). Learning of the saggital orientation to measure width and amount of corridor cells in the mouse embryo. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Dr. Lauren Makuch

Lawrence, Jill (2017, April). Persistent Neurobehavioral Traits in a Mouse Model of Prenatal Ethanol Exposure. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Justin Nolan, (2017, April). Motor Coordination & Anxiety in a Mammalian Model Prenatally Exposed to Low-Dose Ethanol. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mark Nagy and Heather Brubaker, (2017, April). A mammalian model of prenatal ethanol exposure indicates increased anxiety and improved spatial memory. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Round

Jordyn Karliner, (2017, April) Identifying Suitable Antibodies for Studying the role of Slitrk2 in Neurogenesis. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Vincent Maiorino, (2017, April). Identifying Suitable Antibodies for the Study of Slitrk2 in Synapse Formation. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Remi Janicot, (2017, April). Investigating Slitrk2 binding partners in nervous system development. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Honors Presentations:

Dylan Ammons, (2017, April). A Cellular and Molecular Characterization of the Microglial Cell Population in Ambystoma mexicanum.

Jill Lawrence, (2017, April). Persistent Neurobehavioral Traits in a Mouse Model of Prenatal Ethanol Exposure

Rachel Raucci, (2017, April). The Role of Concussions in Executive Dysfunction.

Samantha White (2017, April). Investigating How Corridor Cell Migration is Influenced by GABA”. 

Honor Society Inductions:

Nu Rho Psi Inductions (Neuroscience Honors Society):

The following students have been inducted into Nu Rho Psi (Nu Rho Psi – National Honor Society in Neuroscience) on April 19, 2017:

Heather Brubaker, Lauren D’Ortona, Chenyu Gao, Clementine Harvey, Remi Janicot, Jordyn Karliner, Jill Lawrence, Theresa Mowad, Sinead O’Callaghan, Ryan Vega, and Samantha White.

Faculty Achievement in Neuroscience:

Dr. Joel Bish

PUBLICATIONS

*Black, E., Stevenson, J.L., & Bish, J.P. (in press). The role of musical experience in hemispheric lateralization of global and local auditory processing. Perception. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0301006616685954

Stevenson, J.L., *Shah, S., & Bish, J.P. (2016). Use of structural assessment of knowledge for outcomes assessment in the neuroscience classroom. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 15, A38-A43. Retrieved from http://www.funjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/june-15-38.pdf

Dr. Ellen Dawley

PUBLICATIONS

Dawley, E.M. (in press).  Comparative Morphology of Plethodontid Olfactory and Vomeronasal

Organs:  How Snouts are Packed.  Herpetological Monographs.  93 pages. 

Dr. Carlita Favero(presenter underlined, * denotes undergraduate co-author, #indicates invited presentation)

PRESENTATIONS

Carlita Favero#. Too much or not enough? A guiding hypothesis on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

Carlita Favero#. Too much and not enough? A guiding hypothesis on sensory processing in

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Consortium, SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, NY.

Carlita Favero#. Too much and not enough? Investigating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders using a mammalian model. St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.

PUBLICATIONS

Karliner J, Nagy M, Sanya J, Yeagley N, Barnett-Ohori Z, D’Ortona L, Lawrence J, McNamara RC, Boas R, Brubaker H, Collopy S, Nolan J, and Favero C. (2017) Low-Dose Prenatal Alchol Exposure Modulates weight gain and eliminates fractalkine expression in E14.5 mouse embryos. Impulse – the Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal, accepted with revisions.

Reekes TH*, Vinyard III HT*, Echols W* Eubank III AJ8, Bouldin MD*, Murray WH*, Brewer S*, Brown BT*, Willis Jr HL*, Tabrani Z*, Favero CB, and Clabough EBD. Moderate chronic fetal alcohol exposure causes a motor learning deficit in adult outbred Swiss-Webster mice [version 1; referees: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. F1000Research 2016, 5:1896. (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.9237.1)

Dr. Jennifer Round

PRESENTATIONS

Drebushenko, L., Triney, A., Karliner, J., Round, J.E.  (2017, November)Using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to investigate a potential role for Slitrk2 in neurogenesis. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuorscience, San Diego, CA

Dr. Jennifer Stevenson

PUBLICATIONS

*Black, E., Stevenson, J.L., & Bish, J.P. (in press). The role of musical experience in hemispheric lateralization of global and local auditory processing. Perception. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0301006616685954

Stevenson, J.L., *Shah, S., & Bish, J.P. (2016). Use of structural assessment of knowledge for outcomes assessment in the neuroscience classroom. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 15, A38-A43. Retrieved from http://www.funjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/june-15-38.pdf

*Foggo, M., *McFarland, B., *Wiggin, T., *Godfrey, S., & Stevenson, J.L. (2017). Gender and autistic traits minimally influence eye movement patterns during mental rotation and emotional face tasks. The Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, 25, 33-41.

Post-Graduation Acceptances

University of Pennsylvania Nursing Program

Drexel University’s College of Medicine for their Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics PhD program

Salus University in Elkins Park, PA (optometry school)

William James College for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Penn State Hershey to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Sciences

 2015 – 2016

Summer Fellows (Summer 2015):

Marisa Gretz ’16, Title: Decreased Executive Function in Concussed Athletes. Mentor: Joel Bish

Zackary Miller ’16, Title: The Habituation of Language: Neural Correlates of Language In Native and Non-Native Arabic Speakers Using EEG and a Language-Specific Phoneme Repetition Task.  Mentor: Joel Bish

Dan Brogan ’16, Title: Concussion Awareness and Educational Outreach through a Website and Mobile Application. Mentor: Joel Bish

Sarah Weggeman ’16, Title: Distribution of microglia in the central nervous system of embryonic and larval salamanders.  Mentor:  Ellen Dawley

Student Presentations:

Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2016 Annual Meeting, April 2 – 5, 2016, New York, NY

Foggo, M.B., McFarland, B.W., Wiggin, T.A., Godfrey, S.H., & Stevenson, J.L.  The relationship between gender, autistic traits, and eye movement patterns during mental rotation and emotional face processing in college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY.

Lehigh Valley Society of Neuroscience Meeting, April 23, 2016, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

Miller, Z., Plyler, L., Lyons, M., Jouas, S. and Ahmed, Y., Bish, J. The Habituation of Language: Neural Correlates of Language In Native and Non-Native Arabic Speakers Using EEG and a Language-Specific Phoneme Repetition Task.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of LVSfN.

Tri Beta Biological Honor Society Northeast Convention, March 19, 2016, Collegeville, PA

Dylan Ammons presented with an oral presentation entitled Analysis of Xenopus laevis microlia Response Following Tail Amputation. 

Sarah Weggeman presented a research poster entitled Describing Distribution and Morphology of Micoglia in Embryonic Ambystoma using Whole-Mount Staining.  (Meghan Later, Susanna Zelaya, and Emma Anderson coauthored this research.) 

28th Annual Convention, Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL, May 26-29, 2016

Miller, Z., Soffer, J., and Snively-Bologna, A, & Bish, J.  The Habituation of Language: Neural Correlates of Language In Native and Non-Native Arabic Speakers Using EEG and a Language-Specific Phoneme Repetition Task.

Gretz, M. & Bish, J.  (2016, May). Decreased Executive Function in Collegiate Athletes 6 Months Post-Concussion. Poster presentation at the 28th Annual Convention, Association for Psychology Science, Chicago, IL.

Ursinus CoSA, April 21, 2016

Mentor: Dr. Joel Bish

Miller, Z., Philbin, M., Snively-Bologna, A., Verso, L., Balog, N., Zorger, H., (2016, April).  Neural Correlates of Language In Native and Non-Native Arabic Speakers Using EEG and a Language-Specific Phoneme Repetition Task. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Gretz, M., Raucci, R., Grous, L., Harvey, C., Harsch, J., Barnett-Ohori, Z., Winay, B., Schwartz, M., Brown, D., (2016, April).  Educational Outreach for Prevention and Treatment of Concussions. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Dr. Ellen Dawley

Ammons, D., Palazzolo, C., and Mowad, T., (2016, April). Analysis of Xenopus laevis microglia response following tail amputation. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor:  Dr. Carlita Favero

White, S. McFarland, B., Crawford, S., (2016, April). The Role of Guidepost Cells and Location of Forebrain Axons in a Voluntary Drinking Mouse Model. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Martin, K., D’Ortona, L., Kane, R., Raichle, K., Dieckman, M., and Crystal Ngoje, (2016, April). The effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on sensorimotor and developmental behaviors in a Swiss Webster mammalian model. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Kohn

McFarland, B., and Kohn, R., (2016, April). Effectiveness of CoQ10 in attenuating oxidative stress caused by overexpression of the LRRK2 gene modeled in Caenorhabditis elegans. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Dr. Lauren Makuch

Monteleone, C., Rosenberger, M., Weggeman, S., Jean, A., Brewer, A., Nolan, J., Makuch, L., (2016, April). The Results that can happen due to FASD via the Drinking in the Dark Study. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Jean, A., Rosenberger, M., Brewer, A., Monteleone, C., Nolan, J., Weggeman, S., Makuch, L., (2016, April). Observing Motor Coordination and Anxious/Depressive Behaviors in FASD Mice. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Round

Baqai, U., Janicot, R., Meixner, S., Round, J. (2016, April). Building a Slitrk2-eGFP fusion protein to investigate Slitrk2 function in synapse formation. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Stevenson

Foggo, M., Wiggin, T. and McFarland, B., (2016, April). How gender and autistic traits influence performance and strategy during mental rotation and emotional face processing tasks. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Foggo, M.,  (2016, April). How gender, autistic traits, and difficulty level affect performance and strategy on emotional face processing and mental rotation tasks. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Honors Presentations:

Foggo, M.,  (2016, April). How gender, autistic traits, and difficulty level affect performance and strategy on emotional face processing and mental rotation tasks. Honors presentation at the 11th Annual Celebration of Student Achievement, Ursinus College.

Honor Society Inductions:

Nu Rho Psi Inductions (Neuroscience Honors Society)

The following students have been inducted into Nu Rho Psi (Nu Rho Psi – National Honor Society in Neuroscience) on April 21, 2016:

Bernieri, Anna, McFarland, Brennan, and Raucci, Rachel

Publications:

White, SA*, Weber, JN*, Howard, CD*, and Favero CB. (2015) Effects of binge ethanol exposure during the first trimester equivalent on corticothalamic neurons in Swiss Webster outbred mice. Neuroreport, 26(18):1083-8.

Margo Randelman*, Alexandra Habecker*, and Carlita Favero. (2015) No effect of prenatal ethanol exposure on number or distribution of islet-1 expressing cells in the lateral ganglionic eminences of Swiss Webster outbred mice. Impulse- the Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal.

*Student co-authors

Post-Graduation Acceptances

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Drexel University for a PhD program in Neuroscience

Drexel University in the Master’s Program for Neuroscience (Focus research on traumatic brain injury, potentially working on recurring concussions)

Pharmacology PhD program at Georgetown University’s Medical Center

Temple University for a teaching residency and accelerated master’s program

Emory University PhD Program