For the support and advancement of women in science.
The idea behind WIL is to offer a forum in which students or post-docs doing scientific research in the broader field of Learning Theory, Behavior, Memory and Neuroscience can seek advice, support, and guidance on the advancement of female researchers from a notable female researcher who has already carved a path in the field.
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Women In Learning was founded by a graduate student and is run solely by a small group of students and postdoctoral fellows.
Moriel Zelikowsky, Ph.D.
Marieke R. Gilmartin, Ph.D.
Janine Kwapis, Ph.D.
Virginia Long, Ph.D.
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Dr. Knowlton began her studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she received a BA in Psychology. She completed her doctoral work at Stanford University, where she worked with Dr. Dick Thompson, researching the neural circuits involved in the classically conditioned eyeblink response. After completing work with Dr. Thompson at the University of Southern California, she conducted postdoctoral research in Dr. Larry Squire’s lab at UC San Diego, studying multiple memory systems and their anatomical substrates.
Following her postdoctoral training, Dr. Knowlton became a faculty member at UCLA, where she and her laboratory conduct groundbreaking research on human learning and memory. Her work has contributed to our knowledge of episodic memory, skill learning, and habit learning, and how both the underlying neural substrates and memory qualities vary between these types of learning. Recently, her work has expanded to include changes in learning and memory in disease states such as schizophrenia, as well as how learning processes and circuitry changes with age. On a more personal level, Dr. Knowlton is a terrific role model to students and female researchers studying neuroscience and psychology, which was commemorated in 2015 by the Arthur Woodward Mentorship Award. We are excited and honored to have Dr. Knowlton as our guest speaker for the 8 th annual WIL luncheon.
To learn more about Dr. Knowlton’s research, please visit: https://sites.lifesci.ucla.edu/psych-knowltonlab/
Elizabeth A. Phelps received her PhD from Princeton University in 1989, served on the faculty of Yale University until 1999, and is currently the Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. Her laboratory has earned widespread acclaim for its groundbreaking research on how the human brain processes emotion, particularly as it relates to learning, memory and decision making. Dr. Phelps is the recipient of the 21st Century Scientist Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Neuroethics, and Society for Neuroeconomics. Dr. Phelps was the President of the Society for Neuroeconomics, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience, and served as the editor of the journal Emotion. More information about Dr. Phelps and her laboratory can be found at http://www.psych.nyu.edu/phelpslab/
Dr. Regina M. Sullivan is a Developmental Behavioral Neuroscientist researching the neurobiology underlying long-term mental health consequences after abuse and trauma in early life. Her research highlights differences between infant and adult brain responses to trauma, as well as how the caregiver can modify the response of the young brain. After completing her PhD with The City University of New York, she went on to train as a postdoc at Duke University and The University of California. During her work at NYU, she has authored numerous publications and book chapters, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the neurobiology of infant attachment. She has consulted for the NIH, chaired committees on child development across the country, served on the board on scientific journals, and has served a multitude of foundations on early life stress. We are thrilled to present our distinguished guest, Dr. Regina Sullivan.
To learn more about the Sullivan lab, please visit their site HERE
We look forward to hearing Dr. Sullivan’s take on science, academics, and everything in between! To RSVP for the 2016 luncheon please register here. For those of you who are new to WIL, welcome to the family! If you are not yet a member of WIL, you can become one here.
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Dr. Frick began her career at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where she earned a BA in Psychology and Biology. She continued her education at Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a PhD in Psychology in the lab of Dr. David Olton, researching age-related deficits in hippocampus-dependent memory. Dr. Frick then conducted her postdoctoral research at Wellesley College under the mentorship of Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, where she began to study how the estrous cycle affects memory formation and investigated sex differences in age-related memory impairments. Following her postdoctoral training, Dr. Frick accepted a faculty position Yale University, where she and her laboratory continued to research the effects of sex hormones on learning and memory throughout the lifespan.
In 2010, Dr. Frick joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is currently a full Professor. At UWM, Dr. Frick has continued her seminal research on aging, sex-steroid hormones, and environmental factors that affect hippocampus-dependent memory. This work has recently expanded to encompass epigenetic mechanisms that are activated by estrogen to enhance long-term memory formation. On a more personal level, Dr. Frick is a steadfast mentor and role model for students and female researchers studying neuroscience. We are honored to have Dr. Frick as our guest speaker for the 5th annual WIL luncheon.
To learn more about the research being conducted in the Frick lab, please visit: http://uwm.edu/%7Efrickk
Dr. Sheri Mizumori began her scientific career at the University of Washington, where she received her B.S. in psychology in 1977. She went on to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology at UC Berkeley in the lab of Mark Rosenzweig, followed by a postdoctoral position at the University of Colorado under the joint advisement of Carol A. Barnes and Bruce L. McNaughton. It was here that her prolific and pioneering work on the role of the hippocampus in spatial coding began. Combining in vivo recording with hippocampally-sensitive behavioral tasks, Dr. Mizumori made groundbreaking advances, from elucidating the contribution of regions such as the medial septum to hippocampal processing, to the discovery of pattern completion processing in the hippocampus. Following her postdoctoral training, Dr. Mizumori took a position at the University of Utah as a professor of psychology before returning to the University of Washington, where she runs an ambitious research program investigating the hippocampus and its role in learning and memory.
Dr. Mizumori currently serves as the chair of the Department of Psychology as well as the co-director of the Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Washington. The ongoing research being conducted by the Mizumori lab continues to push the boundaries of what we know about the neural circuitry underlying spatial navigation by studying how the hippocampus biases decision making circuits and processing during active navigation. We are honored to have her as our guest speaker at the 2014 Women in Learning Luncheon.
More information about the research being conducted in the Mizumori lab and publications can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/mizulab/.
Dr. Rebecca Burwell is a Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience. Her laboratory studies the structure and function of the cortical regions that surround the hippocampus. She uses behavior, electrophysiology, and optogenetics to study how hippocampal and parahippocampal structures interact to support memory and other cognitive processes. Dr. Burwell strongly supports the participation of undergraduate students in neuroscience research, with an emphasis on increasing the number of women and individuals from underrepresented minority groups in neuroscience.
Learn more about Dr. Burwell and her research and outreach here: http://www.brown.edu/research/labs/burwell/.
Once again, we are honored to have an amazing scientist as our distinguished guest this year. Dr. Catharine Rankin (University of British Columbia) will be providing us with her thoughts and insights on life and science.
Dr. Rankin received her Ph.D. from The City University of New York and did her postdoctoral training at Yale University under the mentorship of Dr. Tom Carew. There she began some of the initial investigations into the molecular machinery underlying the development of learning and memory in Aplysia, working to distinguish sensitization and habituation processes. Thereafter, Dr. Rankin took a faculty job at the University of British Columbia, where she and her team began to systematically and elegantly map the genetic and molecular underpinnings of sensitization and habituation, using C. elegans as a model organism. The large body of work and diversity of studies that have since emerged from the Rankin lab speaks to the persistence and creativity of Dr. Rankin.
Breakthroughs in memory reconsolidation, the reversibility of experiences such as social isolation, and identification of the cellular basis of non-associative learning across development, combined with technical advances such as the generation of a system for high-throughput analysis of behavior in C. elegans, has established Dr. Rankin as a leader in the field of Behavioral Neuroscience. We are thrilled to have her as our guest speaker at this year’s annual luncheon.
For information about relevant publications and ongoing research in Dr. Rankin's lab, please visit: psych.ubc.ca/~crankin/
We are proud to announce Dr. Elizabeth Gould (Princeton) as our distinguished guest at this year's WIL luncheon!
Dr. Gould received her Ph.D. from UCLA and completed a postdoc at The Rockefeller University, where her pioneering work on neurogenesis and cell death shaped the early development of these fields. Dr. Gould went on to join Princeton University as a professor of psychology. Her lab has produced breakthrough work on the effects of stress, hormonal factors, glucocorticoids, aging, maternal care and exercise on adult neurogenesis, structural plasticity, and memory.
For information about relevant publications and ongoing research in Dr. Gould's lab, please visit: princeton.edu/~goulde/index.html
We are very excited to have Tracey J. Shors (Rutgers University) as our very first special guest.
Dr. Shors has provided groundbreaking research on the behavior and neuroscience of learning and memory, with a particular emphasis on the role of post-natally born neurons (neurogenesis) and sex-differences.
More information about Dr. Shors can be found at: rci.rutgers.edu/~shors/
As WIL is a young group, we are still looking for additional support and funding. Any donations or advice regarding funding options would be greatly appreciated!
WIL invites anyone interested in supporting the advancement of women in science to become a member. Membership in WIL is free and lifelong, thus, we encourage donations from anyone able to make a contribution.
Special thanks to: Dr. Michael Fanselow, Dr. David Anderson, Dr. Fred Helmstetter, Dr. Carol Barnes, Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, Dr. Stephanie Bissiere, Dr. David L. Pomeranz, Denni Zelikowsky and
Casey Fluster for their help and advice.