April 2022. The Brain and Biomarker lab is starting the year off strong with five publications in the first 4 months! From left to right, congratulations to recently graduated Ph.D. students Dr. Kevin Bell, and Dr. Keegan McMillin, current graduate students Emma Auger and Jordan Norris, recently graduated undergraduate Danna Nemri, and faculty members Dr. Lauren Ethridge (Psychology) and Dr. Suzanne Kimball (OUHSC Communication Sciences and Disorders), as well as external collaborators. Congratulations everyone! Links to the publications can be found on our research tab.
April 2022. Congratulations to Saramarie Azzun and Simone Pico Rodriguez, who were accepted to prestigious summer research programs for this summer! Saramarie will be at the Columbia Summer Public Health Program internship and Simone will be at the Center for Neurotechnology Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Washington. Wow!
April 2022. Rishika Garg did an excellent job presenting her poster from her First Year Research Experience (FYRE) project, based on the survey data from our parenting and self perception EEG study. Awesome job, Rishika!
April 2022. Major congrats to Langa Dlamini, who won the 2022 Psychology Department TOPS award for outstanding undergraduate psychology student! Rock on!
May 2022. Congratulations to graduate student Jordan Norris for successfully defending her Master’s Thesis. The title of her thesis was "Emotional Attention Bias and Pupillometry Biomarkers as Mediators of Caregiving Effectiveness on Child Behavior.” Way to go Jordan!
May 2022. The BABL team had a great time in Barga, Italy where they presented research at the Gordon Research Conference on Fragile X and Autism-related Disorders. Jordan Norris presented a poster entitled “Dynamic alpha oscillatory utilization in Fragile X Syndrome: Computationally intensive methods for evaluating sex and hemispheric differences.” Emma Auger presented a poster entitled “A Survey of Electroencephalography Use and Experiences amongst Fragile X Syndrome Researchers.” Dr. Ethridge gave a talk entitled “The Role of EEG and Sensory Systems in Bench to Biomarker Translation in Fragile X Syndrome.”
June 2022. Congratulations to graduate student Jordan Norris who won one of the National Fragile X Foundation’s Summer Scholars awards for her project titled “ROC Analysis of Biomarker Combination in Fragile X Syndrome-Specific Clinical Trials: Evaluating Treatment Efficacy via Exploratory Biomarkers.” Way to go, Jordan!
July 2022. Dr. Ethridge, Emma, and Jordan also had a blast presenting their research at the National Fragile X Foundation International Meeting in San Diego, CA. This family friendly research conference is a must-do for the BABL team!
April 2023. Shreya Lingamallu (left) and Jasmine Heidary (right) presented their results at the OU Undergraduate Research Day and won second place in their division! Shreya and Jasmine also received the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) scholarships from the OU VPR to fund their research project titled “The Impact Different Parenting Styles Have on Self Perception in Young Adults: An EEG Study”. They will be presenting their research on the international stage at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in November in Washington DC. We are so proud of our undergraduate researchers who take the initiative to create, fund, and conduct their own studies in the lab!
April 2023. BABL has back to back years for awesome seniors! Congrats to Aarya Ghonasgi for winning the 2023 Psychology Department TOPS award for outstanding undergraduate psychology student!
April 2023. (left) Graduate students Jordan Norris and Catherine Bain (quant) and (right) undergraduate students Jasmine Heidary and Shreya Lingamallu represented our lab wonderfully with poster presentations at OU Graduate and Undergraduate Research Day!
April 2023. Drs. Erin Casey, Lauren Ethridge, and collaborators were awarded an Institute for Community and Society Transformation grant, “Studying the effects of playing in the 'OU Free Play Lab' on 1st-5th graders’ overall well-being”. This study will investigate the psycho-social and neural outcomes of creative free play sessions integrated into the elementary school curriculum, informing policy on educational priorities related to childhood development and social skill attainment.
May 2023. First Year Research Experience (FYRE) students Aashish Allu and Elizabeth Weems did fantastic jobs presenting their research posters at the FYRE Conference!
July 2023. Congratulations to Jordan Norris for passing her PhD comprehensive exams! Great job Jordan, now on to the dissertation!
August 2023. Congratulations to Jordan Norris on receiving a 2023 Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience (SFN)! This highly competitive award gives Jordan free registration to the SFN International Conference, $1,000 in travel stipend, and access to many additional professional development resources throughout the year. Attendees can look for Jordan to present a nanosymposium talk on her work at SFN as well as a poster at the Trainee Professional Development Awards Poster Session.