Nexus Quarterly, the newsletter of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas.
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BBS News
 
Neuroscientist Wins NIH Fellowship, Shines as Researcher, Mentor
Dr. Lakeisha Lewter’s passion for her research is matched by her dedication to serving underrepresented populations, a desire that comes from her own life story. Read more »
Neuroscientist Wins NIH Fellowship, Shines as Researcher, Mentor
For Seniors Looking To Stay Sharp in the Pandemic, Try a Game of Spades
“You have to keep track of all the cards, there’s a huge memory load. It’s really fast,” said Dr. Denise Park. “So there’s a huge speed load, it’s a multitasking situation that really, I would say, overloads or loads the cognitive system to its maximum ability.” Read more »
For Seniors Looking To Stay Sharp In The Pandemic, Try A Game Of Spades
Editors Dedicate Volume to Former School of BBS Interim Dean
The three co-editors of Methods, Materials and Theories in Eyewitness Identification Tasks — Dr. Andrew M. Smith, Dr. Michael P. Toglia and Dr. James Michael Lampinen — dedicated their 2021 edition to former interim BBS dean Dr. James C. Bartlett. A UT Dallas faculty member for 44 years and Ashbel Smith Professor of Psychology, Bartlett died on June 1, 2019 at the age of 70. He had drafted much of his chapter of the volume before he became too ill to continue.

“We dedicate this volume to the memory of James C. Bartlett, who was to be a contributing author. During a 40-year career, Jim’s work was well known in cognitive and psycho-legal circles, as was his pioneering cognitive neuroscience research advancing arguments for wholistic processing of faces. The scientific community dearly misses him.”
Editors Dedicate Volume to Former School of BBS Interim Dean
PhD Students Win Phi Kappa Phi Research Grants
Tina Melamed MS’20, a PhD candidate in communication sciences and disorders, will use funds from the award to investigate the development of word-learning abilities in children and adolescents. Read more »
PhD Students Win Phi Kappa Phi Research Grants
Smartphone Technology: The Hub of a Basic Wireless Accessibility Plan
Hardly a day goes by without an email or social media post about new wireless technology or an app that is designed to facilitate communication not only for those with reduced sensory input but even for those with normal sensitivity that need to communicate over distance, in background noise, or in different languages. BBS professor Dr. Linda Thibodeau is co-author of this recent article in The Hearing Journal. Read more »
Smartphone Technology: The Hub of a Basic Wireless Accessibility Plan
Director Named Fellow of UT System Teaching Academy
“This is very exciting,” Joanna Gentsch MS’96, PhD’06 said. “It’s not just a recognition of teaching, but it’s an opportunity to collaborate and work with an esteemed group of professionals who focus on teaching in their careers.” Read more »
Director Named Fellow of UT System Teaching Academy
 
Faculty Awarded Research Grants
 
Student Awarded Scholarships and Fellowships
 
Social Media Spotlights
Did you hear? The 2021 virtual BBS Brain Matters event featuring Dr. Colleen Le Prell and Dr. Edward Lobarinas can now be viewed on YouTube!
Did you hear? The 2021 virtual BBS Brain Matters event featuring Dr. Colleen Le Prell and Dr. Edward Lobarinas can now be viewed on YouTube!
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Murphy says, “Thank you to all who supported BBS during Comets Giving Days 2021!”
Murphy says, “Thank you to all who supported BBS during Comets Giving Days 2021!”
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It was a pleasure to speak with Rep. Colin Allred’s STEM scholars and we were very impressed with their thoughtful questions. We are looking forward to training the next generation of scientists.
It was a pleasure to speak with Rep. Colin Allred’s STEM scholars and we were very impressed with their thoughtful questions. We are looking forward to training the next generation of scientists.
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BBS Alumni Notes
aras Askari Longanecker BS’05
Paras Askari Longanecker BS’05

Paras Askari Longanecker BS’05, is a pediatrician in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She and her husband, John, and their two boys have enjoyed exploring the mountains and trails since moving to Colorado in 2019. These days, she spends her spare time learning to ski, practicing yoga and writing for a local parenting blog.
Ashley Borthick MS’13
Ashley Borthick MS’13

As interim CEO and director of strategy for First3Years, Ashley Borthick MS’13 is charged with growing the impact of First3Years’ objective to build a specialized workforce for the infant-toddler field, as well as leading efforts for effective operations for First3Years. With over a decade of experience in direct service to infants, toddlers, and their families, Borthick has played an integral role in developing and executing new programming for First3Years and has played a key role in expanding First3Years at an organizational level. Her passion for working in the early childhood field stems from her belief that all children are gifted and act as “little scientists” in their world. She believes that all children should have access to quality education and the opportunities to connect with loving and supporting caregivers.
Upcoming Events
 
Do Something New - Adaptability & Compassion in a Post-Pandemic World
Do Something New - Adaptability & Compassion in a Post-Pandemic World
Thursday, July 22 | 7 p.m. | Zoom Webinar
In-Person August 2021 BBS Commencement Ceremony
In-Person August 2021 BBS Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, August 11 | 11:30 a.m.
BBS Center Highlight
Center for Vital Longevity
The Center for Vital Longevity, located in downtown Dallas, is focused on understanding and expanding the capacity of the aging mind. Center researchers use cutting-edge brain imaging technologies and advances in cognitive science to understand (a) how the brain changes from young to old adulthood, (b) the consequences of neural aging for everyday function, and (c) what interventions show promise for slowing cognitive aging.

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