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December 13, 2019

Season's greetings from the Brain and Behavior Initiative!
2019 was another tremendously exciting year for BBI: capped off by our 3rd Annual Seed Grant Symposium, the year was filled with impressive discoveries, compelling seminars, and creative connections between researchers across disciplines. This year also saw a number of outstanding successes with the BBI Seed Grant Program, including new grants funded by the NIH, NSF, and AFSOR. Please take a minute to peruse some of BBI's 2019 highlights below.

Provost Mary Ann Rankin and Vice President for Research Laurie Locascio have recently announced the next round of funding for BBI seed grants. You may find the 2020 Request for Proposals and this year's Frequently Asked Questions on the BBI website. We anticipate with great excitement the next round of research related to behavior and the brain at the University of Maryland!
In addition to BBI's occasional Special Seminars, we are thrilled in 2020 to continue the BBI-Kavli Distinguished Speaker Series. Please mark your calendars for seminars at the University of Maryland by Dr. Nenad Sestan on Wednesday, April 8 and by Dr. Marina Picciotto on Tuesday, November 17.
On behalf of everyone at the Brain and Behavior Initiative, we wish you happy holidays and a prosperous new year to come!
   Reza Ghodssi
   Betsy Quinlan
   Jens Herberholz
   --BBI Co-Directors--

Sponsoring the BBI-Kavli Distinguished Lecture Series
In 2019, BBI hosted such illustrious speakers as Gina Turrigiano (Brandeis), Sliman Bensmaia (U Chicago), and Miguel Nicolelis (Duke), pictured above.
The BBI Seed Grant Program has supported research placed in peer-reviewed journals across a variety of disciplines.
UMD researchers edit a special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B based on a 2017 BBI workshop about animal communications.
NSF awards $1M grant to interdisciplinary team in engineering, physics, and psychology to explore the molecular connection between the gut and the nervous system.
Researchers in biology, engineering, and physics unite to better understand how the brain processes auditory sense data in real-time.
NIH awards $2M for research into mosquitoes carrying West Nile in order to pinpoint the exact genes responsible for their attraction to humans.
BBI partners with the Chelsea School in downtown Hyattsville to facilitate informal discussions that apply UMD research to everyday educational concerns.

BBI Researchers in Their Own Words...

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