NSCS's Fall 2018 Outstanding Senior
Colin Lynch is outstanding in so many ways. He is graduating in December with a degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and minors in Creative Writing and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He is completing two honors theses, one in NSCS and one in EEB, based on his research in the division of labor in social insects. Colin is a Galileo Scholar (2017 & 2018) and an active member of the Nu Rho Psi honorary. He has been heavily involved in research and outreach throughout his undergraduate career while also serving in the Army National Guard. Colin was awarded an NSF fellowship grant and has been accepted to graduate school where he will continue his research on social insects. After earning his PhD, Colin plans to have a career in academia where he can continue to pursue his research interests. He is most deserving of this award.
Congratulations Colin, and thank you for your service and contributions to your community, school, and country!
Nathaniel Gallegos Selected to be Outstanding UAHA Scholar
Nathan Gallegos was one of three students selected from his cohort of 35 University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Scholars to be recognized as an Outstanding UAHA Scholar. He was recognized on the field at a Wildcat Football game, and he will be receiving a monetary award for his academic excellence later this November. Congratulations Nathan!
NSCS Library Now Open
Attention all NSCS students!
Our NSCS Library is now open! We have textbooks, reference books, and a few other useful things like a lab coat and goggles. NSCS Library items will be checked out on a first come, first served basis for academic purposes (class, project, thesis, etc.). Any books remaining after the first week of classes will be available to NSCS students for any reason, academic or just personal interest. Please note: you can check out any book for any reason right now over the summer term. We’ll just need the book back by August 13!
Without further ado, you can see all of the books and place holds on the books you want to borrow by clicking here.
The books are lent out for an entire term (you can turn them in before the term is over, but not after). So, please mark on your calendar that you’ll need to connect with us before the term is over. When your books are ready to be picked up, you’ll receive an email from us letting you know when and where you can pick them up.
Thank you, and enjoy the Library!
Lindsey Chew Represents AZ at Posters on the Hill
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosted its 22nd annual "Posters on the Hill" event, where undergraduate students from around the country were given the opportunity to present their research to federal congressional leaders. NSCS student, Lindsey Chew, was one of 60 students selected to travel to Washington D.C. and present her research on emerging non-opioid medications for pain mitigation. Her work was done in Dr. Rajesh Khanna's lab here at the University of Arizona with the goal of developing alternative drugs that will hopefully slow the progression of the opioid crisis at state, national, and international levels. Lindsey was the only student selected to represent the state of Arizona at this prestigious event. She is pictured here with Arizona's United States Senator, Jeff Flake.
Microscopy Society of America Undergraduate Research Scholarship
MSA, or the Microscopy Society of America, awards scholarships to students from around the nation who intend to pursue microscopy as a career or use it as a research tool. NSCS student, Areen Badwal, was one of seven students selected to receive the scholarship for her work on, "An Alpha-synuclein Overexpression Model of Vocal Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease." Congratulations Areen!
UA College of Medicine's BLAISER Program
BLAISER stands for Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research. This program selects high achieving students from ethnic groups underrepresented in the fields of biomedical and health sciences. The goal of the program is to mentor these students and allow them to develop professionally through travel and research presentation opportunities. Congratulations to NSCS student, Stefano Dicenso, for being accepted into the program!
NSCS's 2018 Outstanding Senior
If you've been around the NSCS program over the past four years, then simply put: you know Briggs Carhart. Whether you've seen him helping other students in class as a preceptor, serving as president for various clubs including Nu Rho Psi National Honor Society, or working in multiple research labs across campus, it's clear that Briggs is a well-respected leader in the NSCS community and beyond. Over the course of his time at the University of Arizona, Briggs was somehow able to complete a triple major in NSCS, Physiology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology, complete two honors theses, and even serve as a Resident Assistant in UA's infamous Coronado Hall. There is simply no end to his list of accomplishments. Even so, knowing about his accomplishments still pales in comparison to knowing him personally and realizing how special it has been to have him as a part of our NSCS community.
So, it was only fitting that he receive this year's Outstanding Senior Award. Congratulations Briggs, and thank you for your immeasurable contributions to the NSCS program and to the University of Arizona. We can't wait to see what other amazing feats you accomplish on the road ahead!
Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
Outside of the lab, Lindsey Chew is well known for being positive, approachable, and easygoing. You may even catch her on a casual stroll enjoying one of her favorite hobbies - training guide dogs with huge smile across her face. She may appear petit and unassuming, but once you truly get to know her you realize very quickly that she is sharp, confident, and a force to be reckoned with. Already she is making a name for herself in the scientific community and has been published as a co-author for her research with UA Pharmacologist, Dr. Rajesh Khanna. In the lab, she is quite simply a most impressive scientist and individual, and so she was the clear choice to receive this year's Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. Congratulations Lindsey! We are excited to see what incredible discoveries you will take part in next!
2018 Undergraduate Galileo Scholars
Congratulations to our 2018 Undergraduate Galileo Scholars!
Shreya Bellampalli, Haley Ciccone, Colin Lynch, Jin Pyon, and Yannick Schreiber
NSCS Student Published in Local Newspaper
Konner Kirwan is an NSCS student who has been doing research in Dr. Lalitha Madhavan's lab about relating autophagy in skin cells to Parkinson's disease. "Autophagy" is the self-degradative process by which cells regulate their own resources and rid themselves of deformities that could be detrimental to their survival and to the survival of the organism. According to their findings, Kirwan says this process of autophagy is abnormal in skin cells affected by Parkinson’s disease, and he hopes these findings will lead to a better overall understanding of the mechanisms that drive Parkinson's as well as methodologies for early diagnosis. Konner's passion for Parkinson's research is fueled by his love of science as well as his love of his family that has a history with the disease.
Read the Arizona Daily Star publication here: https://tucson.com/news/science/skin-cells-a-window-into-the-parkinson-s-disease-brain/article_cc02ec1f-1d8e-5a00-9e59-2125d8dbaff5.html