2015 Equipment Loan Program Award Announcement

Dear FUN Friends,

I am very pleased announce that this year's Equipment Loan Program awardees have been determined.

The Equipment Loan Program was established in 2009 to help provide new investigators with access
to resources to help them begin to grow and develop their research and pedagogical programs.
With the support from several vendors we have been able to provide over twenty awards to members
of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. We had a record number of applications this year and we are very pleased to announce that we have SEVEN award recipients this year!

This year the following members have received Equipment Loan Program Awards for the 2015-2016 cycle:

Karen Parfitt, Pomona College "Treatment of learning and memory deficits with a fragment of secreted APPα in a mouse model of Alzheimer's" Award: A 2-year loan of an Any-maze Tracking System from San Diego Instruments

Erin Clabough, Hampden-Sydney College "Detection of Motor Abnormalities in a Chronic, Mild Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Model in Swiss Webster Mice" Award: A 2-year loan of a Roto-Rod Motor Skill Measurement System from San Diego Instruments

Elizabeth Becker, Saint Joseph’s University "Influence of Early Life Exposure to Prozac on Neurodevelopment and the Reparative Role of Oxytocin Treatment in the California Mouse" Award: A 2-year loan of a Place Preference System from San Diego Instruments

Lauren A. Makuch, Ursinus College Establishing a Behavioral Neuroscience Research Methods Course in Undergraduate Curriculum Award: A 2-year loan of a SR-LAB Startle Response System from San Diego Instruments

Annaliese Beery, Smith College "Stress and Sociality: Effects of environment on heart rate and heart rate variability in social voles" Award: A 2-year loan of a DSI Implantable Telemetry System from Data Sciences International

Abigail Kerr, Illinois Wesleyan University "Mechanisms of compensatory limb use following stroke: The role of the neurovascular niche in functional outcome" Award: A 2-year loan of a Nikon Eclipse E400 Microscope System from Nikon Instruments

Divya Sitarama, University of San Diego "Dopaminergic circuits underlying sleep and behavioral arousal in Drosophila" Award: A 1-year loan of an EthoVision XT Software with additional modules and CCD camera from Noldus Instruments

We are very grateful to the following Friends of FUN; without their support this program would
not be possible:

ADInstruments (http://www.adinstruments.com/)
Data Sciences International (DSI, http://www.datasci.com/)
Kinder Scientific (http://www.kinderscientific.com/)
Nikon Microscopy (http://www.nikoninstruments.com/Products/Light-Microscope-Systems)
Noldus Information Technology (http://www.noldus.com/)
San Diego Instruments (http://www.sandiegoinstruments.com/)

The next call for proposals will occur in late Spring, 2016. For more information about
the Equipment Loan Program, please check out the ELP webpage (http://www.funfaculty.org/drupal/Equipment_Loan).
If you have any questions at all about the Equipment Loan Program, feel free to contact the ELP Committee Chair
(Jeff Smith) at [email protected].

Congratulations to all!
Jeff Smith
Chair of the Equipment Loan Program Committee.