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CompNet News

  • Congrats to Sam Ling for being awarded the Peter Paul Professorship

    September 23, 2015

    The Peter Paul Professorship is awarded annually to promising junior educators emerging as leaders in their fields. Sam has been commended for his important research and his teaching.

    “Our lab is trying to understand the mechanistic underpinnings that give rise to this enhancement.” That includes research into how the brain transforms light into interpretable meaning and how we can assign relative importance to many objects that enter our field of vision.

    With this award, Sam will be able to explore topics and pursue more ideas in his lab that would not have been possible otherwise.

    You can read more about Sam and the other recipients of the award on BU Today.

  • Stephen Grossberg Featured as Lead Article in BU Research

    September 2, 2015

    In Barbara Moran's article entitled "Stephen Grossberg's Long Walk Towards the Light", we learn about his past, his work with the Adaptive Resonance Theory (ART), the establishment of Neural Systems, and his collaboration with his wife Gail Carpenter. The full article can be found here.

  • Byron Galbraith on the Frontiers Homepage

    August 24, 2015

    Congratulations to Byron Galbraith! His paper "A neural network-based exploratory learning and motor planning system for co-robots" was a featured on the Frontiers homepage earlier this month. Each Frontiers article strives for the highest quality, thanks to genuinely collaborative interactions between authors, editors and reviewers, who include many of the world's top scientists and scholars.

    To read the full paper, continue to the Frontiers website.

  • Professor Tim Gardner Honored with Career Development Professorship Award

    September 8, 2014

    CompNet faculty member Tim Gardner has been honored with the 2014-2015 Boston University Innovation Career Development Professorship Award. The Innovation Career Development Professorships are endowed with proceeds from our Office of Technology Development to support Assistant Professors whose translational research is likely to lead to future licensed technology.

    As this year's only Innovation Career Professorship recipient, Tim Gardner is recognized for his outstanding research track record, the interdisciplinary and highly translational nature of his work, and his exciting vision for future exploration.

    For more information on the award check out the full announcement on the Boston University Provost website.

  • Sam Ling, Tyler Perrachione and Xue Han Share their cutting-edge research with NPR

    August 26, 2014

    Boston's National Public Radio (NPR) news station WBUR 90.9 highlights the work of boston area neuroscientists. Focusing specifically on young faculty, the article "11 Young Neuroscientists Share Their Cutting-Edge Research," includes the ground breaking work of three CompNet faculty members Sam Ling, Tyler Perrachione and Xue Han.

    The full article features video interviews with each of the eleven neuroscientists and can be viewed on the WBUR website.

  • Using Light to Diagnose Parkinson’s

    July 29, 2014

    Biomedical engineer and CompNet member Xue Han talks about her work in the new field of optogenetics in a recent interview with BU Today.

    The young field of optogenetics, in which scientists reengineer nerve cells, or neurons, to respond to light, using molecules called opsins. Like ice cream, opsins come in many flavors—there’s rhodopsin in the human eye and halorhodopsin in bacteria, for instance—but they all share one key characteristic: they change shape when exposed to light.

    By finding ways to implant opsins into neurons, Han, a College of Engineering assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has given researchers a simple tool to turn neurons on and off, and thereby study their function. The technique is now widely used to study brain activity, and it is leading to a better understanding of diseases and treatments.

    For the full article see the BU Today website.

  • Jason Bohland’s contributions to ADHD research highlighted in BU Today

    July 9, 2014

    The work of CompNet faculty member Jason Bohland and his lab members is featured in a BU Today article.
    As part of a competition sponsored by the ADHD-200 Consortium, Dr. Jason Bohland developed computational models that could use data from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of patients’ brains to match the diagnoses made by physicians based on in-person examinations and interviews.

    Learn more about the research on the BU Today website.

  • Pankaj Mehta receives the Simons Foundation Investigator Award

    June 27, 2014

    Pankaj Mehta has received the Simons Foundation Investigator Award for Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS). Pankaj plans to use this award to continue his research in physics and biology. 

    The College of Arts & Sciences Communications team featured Pankaj Mehta in the June newsletter to highlight his award. To learn more about the MMLS program and to view the full listing, visit the June newsletter here.

  • Dr. Paul Lipton featured in BU Today

    June 13, 2014

    Lipton BU TodayCompNet Member Dr. Paul Lipton, director of the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience at CAS, was recently named the next director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Previously the director of the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience at CAS, Dr. Lipton was chosen after a University-wide search by the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Dr. Lipton is featured in BU Today to discuss his ideas for expanding research opportunities for students.

    To read the full article, please visit the BU Today Website.

  • Michael Hasselmo named director of new BU Center for Systems Neuroscience

    May 14, 2014

    Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, have announced the new Boston University Center for Systems Neuroscience (CSN). The new center will be interdisciplinary and interdepartmental in nature and University-wide in scope.

    The Center’s mission will be to advance research in Systems Neuroscience at Boston University with the specific goals of:

    1. Establishing an internationally recognized academic center of excellence that will attract talented investigators for training in experimental techniques and mathematical modeling in systems neuroscience;

    2. Fostering collaborative research;

    3. Generating and providing access to technical innovations that will enhance our understanding of neural systems; and

    4. Fostering collaborative research linking human behavior to neural mechanisms by improving access to imaging techniques through a new Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging.

    Dr. Michael Hasselmo, a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and a CompNet Steering Committee Member, has been named the inaugural Director of the Center for Systems Neuroscience (CSN) at Boston University.

    For more information please see the full article on the BU Today website and read the Provost's announcement.