The Demas Lab at SBN 2019

This year, the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology’s annual meeting was held in our hometown of Bloomington, Indiana! Greg was the chair of the host committee and was a huge part of making this meeting so successful. In addition, both Kat and Beth presented posters at SBN 2019. Way to go, everyone!

Clarissa Receives Biology Undergraduate Research Award and Fox Glen Research and Education Fund Award

In April, Clarissa received the Biology Undergraduate Research Award and the Fox Glen Research and Education Fund Award from the Department of Biology! The Biology Undergraduate Research Award is given annually for the best research paper written by an undergraduate student, and the Fox Glen Research and Education Fund Award is given annually to an undergraduate student participating in scientific research. Congratulations, Clarissa!

Image credit: Sandee Milhouse Photography.

Cat Awarded Scholarship for Avian, Wildlife, and Habitat Studies

In April, Cat was awarded the Scholarship for Avian, Wildlife, and Habitat Studies from the Department of Biology! This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate or undergraduate student who is involved avian and wildlife research and research-related endeavors, such as habitat protection and development. Congratulations, Cat!

Image credit: Sandee Milhouse Photography.

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Graduates!

Congratulations to undergraduate students Leanne Jossund, Cameron Logan, John Reinhart, Clarissa Ren, and Michael Vu, who graduated from Indiana University in May! All of us in the Demas lab are so proud of all you have accomplished, and we wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors!

Kat Awarded Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD) NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

Kat was awarded a Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD) NIH Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year! This fellowship is awarded annually by the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) at Indiana University to outstanding graduate students whose research focuses on the development, evolution, and/or expression of behaviors associated with reproduction in animal systems or humans. Congratulations, Kat!

For more information on the CTRD research training group at IU, visit their website here.

Kat, Sarah, and John Present at ABC 2019

This past weekend, Kat gave a talk and Sarah and John presented posters at the 2019 Animal Behavior Conference! This annual meeting is hosted by Indiana University’s own Center for the Integrative Study for Animal Behavior (CISAB). Way to go!

Clarissa Defends Senior Honors Thesis

Yesterday afternoon, Clarissa successfully defended her senior honors thesis! For her senior thesis project, Clarissa showed that sex-specific and seasonal changes in gut microbiome composition are associated with aggressive behavior in male and female hamsters. This presentation was the culmination of several years of research that Clarissa conducted in the Demas lab. Congratulations, Clarissa!

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