May 2016, USD graduate student Jon Brudvig has won a 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. Jon is a second year PhD student in the Basic Biomedical Sciences program. He is completing his dissertation research in the Weimer Lab at Sanford Research, studying the role of cell polarity proteins in development of the cerebral cortex. The NDSEG is a highly competitive predoctoral fellowship funded by the Department of Defense, and supports individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.
May 2016, Dr. Jill Weimer was recently elected to the Alumnae Council for the School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Rochester in Rochester NY. Dr. Weimer received her BA, MS, and PhD from the University of Rochester and was the very first graduate student member appointed to the council while she was at student at the UR.
April 2016, Jon Brudvig, a graduate student in the Weimer lab, has received a travel award from the Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe) at USD to attend the 2016 Neural Development Gordon Research Conference in Newport, RI. Jon has also been selected to attend a pre- "Neural Development" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) for graduate and postdoctoral trainees. Jon is a second year PhD candidate in the Basic Biomedical Science Program at USD.
March 2016, Rachel Laufmann, a senior at USD and full-time technician in the Weimer lab, has been awarded the 2016 Undergraduate Research Excellence Award from the University of South Dakota. This prestigious award recognizes 3+ years’ of research that Rachel conducted both as an REU/SPUR scholar and as a part of her undergraduate honors thesis. The award includes a grant of $500, a featured month in the USD 2017 Office of Research and Sponsored Programs calendar, and a framed citation for her accomplishments.
March 2016, Dr. Jill Weimer gave an invited lecture at the 2016 American Society for Neurochemistry in Denver March 19-23rd. Dr. Weimer’s presentation will be a part of a special panel entitled “Old Friends and New Roles: Brain Patterning and Signal Transduction.” The goal of the American Society for Neurochemistry is to advance and promote the science of neurochemistry and related neurosciences and to increase and enhance neurochemical knowledge.