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Faculty
Joint Associate Professor Ed Boyden won the 2016 Breakthrough Prize (Life Sciences) along with Karl Deisseroth for their work on optogenetics.  The Prize, founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, honor important, primarily recent, achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics.

Professor Emery Brown has been selected a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.

Four BCS faculty members received named chairs:  Gloria Choi was named to the Samuel A. Goldblith Career Development Professorship; BCS Department Head Jim DiCarlo was named to the Peter de Flores Professorship; Mehrdad Jazayeri was named to the Robert A. Swanson Career Development Professorship in the Life Sciences; and Josh McDermott was named to the Fred and Carole Middleton Career Development Professorship.

Assistant Professor Mehrdad Jazayeri was selected for a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences.

Professor Nancy Kanwisher received the 2015 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor award. The Brain and Cognitive Sciences Community's postdoc committee established this award to recognize excellence in mentoring and to raise awareness of the essential role that mentors play in the career development of postdocs.

Assistant Professor Josh McDermott received an NSF Career Award. The award recognizes junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Professor Rebecca Saxe received the Arthur Smith Award for Distinguished Service to Student Life and Learning at this year’s convocation.

Assistant Professor Kay Tye received the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award.  The award recognizes exceptional distinction in teaching and research or scholarship.  She also was selected as a 2015 Outstanding UROP Faculty Mentor.

Assistant Professor Feng Zhang was selected as a 2015 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in the Life Sciences national finalist.  The award supports and honors outstanding scientists and engineers by encouraging and accelerating innovation through unrestricted funding and by recognizing their extraordinary achievements as vital contributions to science and society.

Students
Ph.D. students Emily Mackevicius, Joshua Manning, Hilary Richardson, Kimberly Scott, Laura Stoppel, Pedro Tsividis, Caitlin Vander Weele, and Yang Wu received the Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015).

Rebecca Canter, Emily Mackevicius, and Laura Stoppel have been selected as MIT Graduate Women of Excellence.

Idan Blank received the Walle Nauta Award for Continuing Dedication to Teaching.

BCS alumna Amy Brand has been named director of the MIT Press .

Elizabeth De Laittre received the Walle J.H. Nauta Award for Outstanding Research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Alexandriya M. Emonds received  the BCS Hans Lukas Teuber Award for Outstanding Academics; was a Tau Beta Pi Inductee; and is eligible for Eta Kappa Nu.

Sofia Essayan-Perez received  the BCS Hans Lukas Teuber Award for Outstanding Academics; the Walle J.H. Nauta Award for Outstanding Research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences; was a Phi Beta Kappa Inductee; and received the Priscilla King Gray Award during the MIT Awards Convocation.  Through the MIT Public Service Center, Sofia also worked on strengthening math and science education in rural high schools in Nicaragua, helping to develop low-cost pedagogical resources while integrating technology in the classroom.

Ann D. Felhofer received the Walle J.H. Nauta Award for Outstanding Research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Dario Garcia-Dominguez received Emerson Fellowship award and MIT Symphony Orchestra competition winner.

Lea Hachigian received the Walle Nauta Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Brianna J. Jones is a Palitz Fellow.

Brenden Lake received the Glushko Dissertation Award, an annual award that is given to the 4-5 best PhD theses in all of cognitive science.

Francisco X. Pena received the Walle J.H. Nauta Award for Outstanding Research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Micah Nishigaki received the Ronald E. McNair Scholarship Award during the MIT Awards Convocation.

Steve Ramirez has been labeled an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. The program, which defines explorers broadly to include scientific and intellectual exploration, seeks to identify and support “young trailblazers whose ideas are helping change the world.”

Rebecca D. Shi received the BCS Hans Lukas Teuber Award for Outstanding Academics, and the Walle J.H. Nauta Award for Outstanding Research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Christina Spicer received the Walle J.H. Nauta Award for Outstanding Research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Erika S. Trent received the BCS Hans Lukas Teuber Award for Outstanding Academics.

Congratulations to the following students who graduated in spring 2015:
Ph.D.
Andrew Donald Bolton, Gregory John Hale, Melissa Elizabeth Kline, Jorie Koster-Hale, Brenden M. Lake, Joshua Brandon Manning, Joshua Handman Siegle, Ethan Mikael Skowronski-Lutz, Andreas Stuhlmuller, Todd Wesley Thompson, Tomer David Ullman. S.M. Diego Ardila, Christine Eckhardt, Michael Benjamin Lynn  S.B. Michelle S. Anand, Benjamin R. Bauchwitz, Michael K. Behr, Austin C. Boesch, JooHee Choi, Rachel L. Cuozzo, Elizabeth A. De Laittre, Alexandriya M. Emonds, Sofia Essayan-Perez, Ann D. Felhofer, Dario Garcia-Dominguez, Gordon Glober, Ian M. Gorodisher, Dmetri M. Hayes, Chrysonthia A. Horne, Stephanie A. Ihezie, Ehsan Izadmehr, Brianna J. Jones, Shivani A. Kaushal, Kira S. Kopacz, Emily K. LaVerriere, Emily K. Lydie, Jessica Maghakian, Micah A. Nishigaki, Katharine A. O’Neal, Hyoung Jun Park, Francisco X. Pena, Kristina L. Presing,  Jacovie D. Rodriguez, Rebecca D. Shi, Christina Spicer, Erika S. Trent