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Neuroscience News

Lycoming College receives $125,000 grant to support renovation of genetics lab

The George I. Alden Trust has awarded Lycoming College a grant of $125,000 in support of the renovation of the genetics teaching lab in the Heim Science Building. The recent addition of majors in astrophysics, neuroscience, and biochemistry have accounted for the College’s most significant growth in enrollment and high performing students, and the renovations will ultimately support and further the education and success of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students. This is the fifth grant awarded to Lycoming by the Alden Trust, the last one supporting the creation of the new biochemistry teaching and research labs.

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Lycoming College students present at Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Conference

On April 25, 2021, three Lycoming College students presented their research at the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Conference. Annabelle Brinkerhoff ‘21, Katie Moon ’21, and Emily Frantz ’21 were among 18 other students selected to present at this year’s virtual conference.

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Lycoming researchers find trend of mixing alcohol and energy drinks leads to increased alcohol consumption

A team of faculty and student researchers at Lycoming College recently set out to address the growing trend of mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol and whether the practice leads to higher intake of alcohol. Their findings on this significant public health concern are detailed in a paper entitled, “Caffeine Increases Alcohol Self-Administration, an Effect that is Independent of Dopamine D2 Receptor Function,” which was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Alcohol.

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Lycoming graduate presented research poster at the Society for Neuroscience

Lycoming College alumna Gillian Barkell ’19 recently attended and presented research at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago. She was awarded the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience travel award to attend this year’s meeting, where she presented her poster, “Caffeine-Induced Increases in the Reinforcing Effects of Alcohol are Independent of Activity at the Dopamine D2 Receptor.”

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Lycoming College professor elected president of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

Lycoming College’s Assistant Professor and Chair of the Biology Department Mary Morrison, Ph.D., was elected as the next president of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN), an organization dedicated to developing and enhancing undergraduate education in neuroscience. She will serve as president-elect for one year, president for the second year, and past president for a third year, during which she will work diligently on raising funds for and distributing travel awards to undergraduates and leading elections for the following year’s officers. She will also collaborate with FUN president Ron Bayline of Washington and Jefferson College on a strategic planning process to guide FUN into the next decade.

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