Texas EcoLabs awards grants to three Trinity professors

Troy Murphy has received a grant of $20,234 to support his investigation of crest-displays and plumage in female black-crested titmice.

Michelle Johnson has received a grant of $20,850 to support her investigation of the effect of habitat and parasite diversity on the physiology of Texas lizards.

Kimberley Phillips has received $21,292 from to support her investigation of skilled foraging actions of squirrels.

Phillips awarded NIH grant

The National Institutes of Health awarded a grant of $485,406 to Kimberley Phillips for her investigation of “Macrostructural and Microstructural Analysis of the Primate Corpus Callosum”.  With collaborators at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Southwest National Primate Research Center, Dr. Phillips will conduct research on capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees.

Student opportunity: Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (2/1/2010)

A consortium of Atlanta-based institutions* is offering summer undergraduate research experiences related to neuroscience.  Opportunities for lab and field-based research are available.  Applicants must mail the application form, transcript, resume and two recommendation letters by February 2010.

* Georgia State University, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse College

Student Opportunity: Amgen Scholars Program (deadline 2/16/2010)

The Amgen Scholars Program places undergraduate students into top research laboratories at places like MIT, UC-Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology.  It is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are sophomores and juniors and who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in a biomedical field.

Phillips awarded NSF grant

Dr. Kimberley Phillips of the Psychology department, and a collaborator at George Washington University, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support a project titled “Gaze-click: A new means of assessing cognition in pre-verbal and non-verbal populations.”  Eye-tracking tools will be used to study cognition in capuchin monkeys and human children.  $52,360