Smith Neuroscience: A NATIONAL ROLE



Smith faculty and alumnae contribute to the national neuroscience community.

  • Research by Neuroscience faculty receives national attention. Professor Annaliese Beery's analysis of the over-reliance on male subjects in preclinical studies has led to new rules requiring the use of female as well as male subjects in experiments. Professor Mary Harrington's development of an animal model for clinical fatigue was highlighted at a press conference at the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting in 2014.

  • Professor Annaliese Beery was awarded the 2015 Frank A. Beach Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. The award recognizes "a new investigator... who shows exceptional promise for making significant contributions to the field of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology."

  • Professor Mary Harrington and alumna Jean Chaffee Hardwick (Smith '83) have each been president of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, a national organization that fosters education and research in neuroscience for undergraduate students.

  • Professor Richard Olivo received the 2014 award for Education in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience, and two awards from Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, Educator of the Year in 2005 and a Career Achievement Award in 2012. Professor Olivo organizes a teaching workshop each year for the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting, and he was Founding Editor of the Society's web portal for higher education, Educational Resources in Neuroscience (ERIN).

  • Professor Michael Barresi is co-author of the new edition of Developmental Biology, the leading textbook in its field. Professor Barresi is a recognized pioneer in the use of instructional technology.

  • Professor Virginia Hayssen is the author, with Teri Orr, of Reproduction in Mammals: The Female Perspective. She was formerly Senior Editor of the Journal of Zoology (London), an international taxonomic journal.

  • Cover photos: The cover of an issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights an article in that issue by Professor Lisa Mangiamele. Her article concerns androgen receptors in leg muscles of a tropical frog that uses its legs for sexual signaling. Another journal cover features a study of isomers that modulate the GABA-A receptor, research conducted by Professor Adam Hall and a number of Smith students. Their paper was published in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

  • Smith faculty members serve on review panels for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Beckman Foundation, and as reviewers for numerous journals.

 Each fall, Smith students, alumnae, and faculty attend the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting:

Washington DC, 2017

San Diego, 2016

Chicago, 2015

Washington DC, 2014

San Diego, 2013

New Orleans, 2012


Washington DC, 2011


San Diego, 2010

Chicago, 2009


Washington DC, 2008


San Diego, 2007