Author: Derek Daniels

Alex Schick, science rock star!!!

Alex Schick was selected as the 2018-2019 CAS Dean’s Outstanding Psychology AlexGraduating Senior Award!!! This award is given to the top graduating senior from each of the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Alex will receive a medal and certificate at the University Commencement Ceremony in May.

Alex is working on a project that tests hypotheses about the precise neuroanatomical location of the enhanced drinking response that develops after repeated angiotensin injection. She is graduating this spring, and accepted a postbac position in the laboratory of Kevin Hall at the NIH/NIDDK. If we’re extremely lucky, we’ll cross her mind when she considers the myriad options she’ll have when it comes time to apply to graduate school.

Strong work, Alex!

 

Advising ain’t always easy

I’ve had a handful of graduate students in the dozen-ish years the lab has existed. I’ve felt better about how I’ve advised some, and not as great about how I’ve advised others. Even within individual students, I feel I’ve done well at times, and poorly at times.

This morning, I came across an article that I hadn’t seen before. It was published in Nature in 2011, and shifts at least some of the responsibility to the student. While this is a huge relief, I still think the majority of the responsibility falls on our shoulders as mentors, but it’s nice to have this document to give to students. Not because I think the burden should be on them, but because I think everything discussed here can help me do my job better.

Nature student-mentor article

Click here for the online pdf at nature’s website.

SSIB 2018

The Daniels Lab had another strong showing at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Former trainees Liz Baase, Naomi McKay, and Jess Santollo brought trainees who were all doing great work. Linnea and Destiny each had posters with a constant stream of viewers. The meeting marked a transition for me as my second (and final) term as Secretary ended, and my transition to President-Elect became formal. All in all, a pretty good meeting for the lab.