Congrats to Andrew for receiving this prestigious predoctoral fellowship for his research project entitled “Neurocognitive Mechanisms of the Executive Control of Memory and Emotion”
Click here to read an interesting write-up about chess grandmaster Timur Gareyev’s recent visit to the Rissman Lab. Timur is training to break the world record for number ofsimultaneous chess games played while BLINDFOLDED. We are trying to understand what’s going on in his brain to give him this remarkable ability to hold dozens of chessboards in memory and systematically update each of them as he responds to his opponents’ moves. Most people — even chess experts — would quickly suffer from catastrophic interference. Stay tuned to hear what, if anything, we’re able to figure out from our experiments on him.
This prestigious award is given to one junior and one senior UCLA Life Sciences faculty member each year to honor innovative teaching practices and a commitment to fostering inclusivity in the classroom. Here is a photo of Jesse receiving his award certificate and prize from Dean Victoria Sork.
Congrats to Nicco for winning this highly competitive fellowship that will fund the remainder of his PhD program.
Mirman School second-graders were thrilled to get to touch a real human brain during Jesse’s visit during Brain Awareness Week. The date also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day, hence the prevalence of green shirts.
Lab members enjoyed a wonderful sunset hike on the Canyonback Trail in the Encino Hills, followed by a lab dinner at Jesse’s place.
Members of the lab enjoyed a delicious dinner at DC’s trendy Founding Farmers to congratulate Tiffany Chow, Cody Kommers, and Michael Cohen for their excellent poster presentations, and Andrew Westphal and Nicco Reggente for their well-delivered and well-attended nanosymposium talks.