Last week, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), announced the winners of the science education and outreach awards at Neuroscience 2013, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.
Kasia M. Bieszczad, PhD, a former student and postdoctoral fellow in Norman Weinberger’s lab and current postdoctoral fellow with Marcelo Wood at the University of California, Irvine, was named one of the Postdoctoral Next Generation Award winners for her outstanding contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience.
In 2009, Kasia helped to establish the school’s undergraduate chapter of the Nu Rho Psi national honor society in neuroscience. As an advisor to the chapter, Bieszczad helped organize the chapter’s inaugural Brain Awareness Conference, which provided undergraduate students with an opportunity to discuss their research with the public and perform hands-on demonstrations with brains, models, and more.
Established in 2007, the Next Generation Award honors outstanding individuals or teams at the predoctoral/postdoctoral level with a $300 honorarium and a $750 travel award to attend SfN’s annual meeting. Additionally, the recipients’ chapter receives $2,000 to continue outreach efforts in the coming year. The Society for Neuroscience is an organization of nearly 42,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.
To read more about the other winners, visit the Society for Neuroscience website here.