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Noteworthy News

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Sara Cody

Prof. Josh McDermott received a Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Science, citing his “groundbreaking discoveries about how people hear and interpret information from sound in order to make sense of the world around them.”

Prof. Feng Zhang was a recipient of the 2018 Vilcek Prize, which honors the contributions of immigrants to the United States and to foster appreciation of the arts and sciences. Zhang was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Ed Boyden received the 2018 Gairdner International Award, Canada’s most prestigious scientific prize, for his role in the discovery of light-gated ion channels and optogenetics, a technology to control brain activity with light.

Prof. Rebecca Saxe was a recipient of the MIT Commited to Caring Award, which recognizes faculty members who are nominated by graduate students as outstanding mentors.

Prof. Nancy Kanwisher received the 2018 Heineken Prize, the Netherlands' most prestigious scientific prize — for her work on the functional organization of the human brain. Kanwisher also received the 2018 Davida Teller Award, established to honor women vision scientists who have made exceptional contributions to the field of vision science and also have a strong history of mentoring.

Prof. Emery Brown was inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame in recognition of his research that has advanced anesthesiology.

Prof. Ann Graybiel was a recipient of the 2018 Gruber Neuroscience Prize in recognition of her pioneering work in the structure, function and organization of the basal ganglia.

The BCS Teaching and Mentorship Awards honor BCS graduate students and faculty who demonstrate excellence in support of our educational mission. Here are the recipients for 2017:

The recipients of the Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Graduate Student include Joyce Wang, Luke Hewitt, Matthias Hofer, Maddie Cusimano, Kelsey Allen, Rosa Lafer-Sousa, Tobias Kaiser, Dustin Hayden and Madeline Pelz

The recipients of the Walle Nauta Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching by a Graduate Student are Anthony Martorell and Daniel Estandian.

The recipients of the Walle Nauta Award for Continuing Dedication to Teaching by a Graduate Student are Amanda Vernon, Julia Leonard and Rachel Magid.

Josh McDermott received the BCS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Elly Nedivi received the BCS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Bob Desimone and Earl Miller receivd the BCS Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Myriam Heiman received the BCS Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring.

Kay Tye received the BCS Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring.