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We hope you will consider us as a valuable resource.  The Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology provides access to networks that include members from all levels of experience: undergraduates to professors, academicians and industrial workers.  Our meetings and social networks provide opportunities for interactions that include discussions of methods, techniques and results as well as career choices and family life issues.   Our society is small and open; membership in our society will facilitate the development of support among students that will become life-long networks of colleagues in the field and can provide mentoring outside of your institution that may present a different perspective.  The Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology values the contributions of scientists from both genders, diverse backgrounds, and all racial/ethnic groups. The Society is committed to serving as a catalyst in developing a scientific workforce that not only encompasses, but also embraces, the benefits of diversity among scientists.

The members of the SBN work hard to create a supportive climate in society-sponsored meetings and programs. As a trainee attending our annual meetings, you will notice that all the events occur in one location, without concurrent sessions, affording many opportunities to meet the top researchers in our field. The small, close-knit nature of our society meetings provides an excellent environment for the development of professional networks and potential mentoring relationships.

We hope to see you at one of our meetings in the near future.

SBN is proud to recognize outstanding scientists at all stages of their careers, from the graduate level to senior investigator. These include three awards for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers (Travel, Poster and Young Investigator Awards), the Frank A. Beach Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (an early career award), and the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, which was given for the first time in 2006. The latter two awards are named in honor of individuals who truly forged our field, as described on our page dedicated to the Founders of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Nominations are also being accepted for the SBN Scientific Advocacy Award, to recognize outstanding contributions at the interface between research and the public.


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Nominations are being accepted for the (2014) 8th Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Click here for instructions.

Michael J. Baum receives the 2014 Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award

SBN is pleased to award the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement

Michael J. Baum Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology to Michael J. Baum, Professor of Biology at Boston University. Dr. Baum received a PhD in Psychology from McGill University and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Erasmus, The Netherlands. He was on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at MIT, and then joined the faculty at Boston University in 1985.

Dr. Baum has made many seminal contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms underlying sex differences in the brain and behavior. His work on the organization of sexually dimorphic neural circuits by gonadal hormones has been particularly transformative in generating new conceptual frameworks that have stood the test of time. His influence on the field reverberates through the numerous successful behavioral neuroendocrinologists that he has trained and mentored. Many of these scientists wrote compelling testimonials to the inspiration, encouragement and wisdom that Dr. Baum provided and continues to provide them. During his almost ten-year service as Editor-in-Chief of Hormones and Behavior, Dr. Baum single-handedly brought back the journal's reputation for scientific rigor and publishing high-quality, high-impact papers. Dr. Baum has been an active member of SBN since its inception, and served as the third President of SBN from 2001 to 2003.

We are delighted to recognize and honor Dr. Baum for his leadership, passion and long-lasting scientific contributions to the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. The award will be officially presented at the 2014 SBN Annual Meeting in Sydney. Our heartfelt congratulations to one of the best our community has to offer!


Alison Fleming receives the 2013 Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award

Alison Fleming We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Lehrman Award is Professor Alison Fleming, Canadian Research Chair in Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Dr. Fleming was a graduate student at the Institute of Animal Behavior where she worked with the first Lehrman Award recipient, Dr. Jay Rosenblatt. She conducted her post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Irving Zucker. Her scholarship and productivity throughout her amazing career have been first rate. Dr. Fleming has focused on the control of maternal behavior, at first in rats and hamsters. More than 30 years ago (before the word "translational" was created), Dr. Fleming added a new dimension to her research, studying parenting in humans. Her studies have had a huge impact on the development and focus of this field as studies of control of this essential behavior has shifted from hormones, to sensory systems, to experience.

The criteria for the Lehrman award are two-fold. Mentoring is as important as research achievements. Dr. Fleming has a spectacular record in this domain, as well. Sixteen nominators from all stages in their careers wrote to support this nomination, and while many of these people had trained directly with her, an enormous number were not trainees, but felt that they were "adopted" offspring. The amount of time, energy and care that Dr. Fleming has put into her colleagues at all stages was obvious from these notes. Our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Fleming.

Jeff Blaustein, PhD and the SBN Awards Committee

Daniel Lehrman was one of the most influential scientists in our field. Lehrman was an astute observer of the social interactions between animals in natural environments, and he was largely responsible for making the connection between these behavioral changes and the hypothalamic-pituitary system. Thus, he can be seen as one of the Founders of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Through his original and creative behavioral experiments, coupled with his ability to incorporate contemporary methodological developments in neuroendocrinology, he made an enormous impact in elucidating the reciprocal relationship between hormones and behavior. Through his scholarship, mentoring and teaching, and most notably his leadership role in the founding of the Institute for Animal Behavior at Rutgers University, he influenced a whole generation of scientists studying animal behavior. Many current members of SBN can trace their academic lineage to Lehrman. Preference will be given to nominees who share many of the best characteristics of Daniel Lehrman.

Past Winners of the Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award

Alison Fleming
Jay Rosenblatt
Irv Zucker
Arnie Gerall
Lynn Clemens
Art Arnold
Donald Pfaff
David Crews
Alison Fleming





Call for Nominations for the Silver Anniversary of the Frank A. Beach Young Investigator Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 25th Annual Frank A. Beach Young Investigator Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. The award will be made to a new investigator, normally within 8 years post-PhD (or MD) who shows exceptional promise for making significant contributions to the field of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Investigators conducting original, independent research in any area of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology may be nominated. The nominator(s) should submit ONE letter of nomination. This letter can be jointly signed by any number of individuals of any rank, but the Committee will consider only one letter. A current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae should be included with the nomination. Re-nomination of individuals nominated previously, who still meet the nomination criteria but were not chosen, is encouraged.

The Awardee will be recognized and receive the award and an honorarium at the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Social at the Society for Neuroscience (in Washington, DC in mid-November 2014). The Awardee will also give a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology in Asilomar, California (June 10 - 14, 2015).

This year's Beach Awardee will be selected by the SBN Awards Committee. The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2014. Nominations for this year's award or questions about the nomination procedures should be sent to: Dr. Jeffrey French, Chair, SBN Awards Committee at Submission of nomination materials as single .pdf file is encouraged. Please use the email heading "Beach Award Nomination <Candidate last name>."


2013 Frank A. Beach Award

SBN is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Frank A. Beach Award is Dr. Brandon Aragona, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. The award is made to a new investigator, normally within eight years post-PhD (or MD) who shows exceptional promise for making significant contributions to the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. Dr. Aragona will be honored at the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Social at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, California, and he will present his lecture at SBN's annual meeting in Sydney, Australia, in August 2014.

Dr. Aragona earned his BA in psychology at West Virginia University. His graduate training was at Florida State University under the mentorship of Dr. Fred Stephan, MS and Dr. Zuoxin Wang, PhD. He did postdoctoral work with Dr. Regina Carelli and Dr. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2008.

Dr. Aragona's research program is focused on the neural regulation of motivated behaviors. His lab investigates the involvement of dopamine and opioid systems within the nucleus accumbens with several assays of motivated behavior. He is particularly interested in choice behavior and the development of behavioral preferences, including social preferences or preference for one reward-predictive cue over another. This work involves study of the neurochemistry of the mesolimbic circuitry that regulates motivated behavior and how neurotransmission within this circuitry is impacted by drugs of abuse. Three main lines of research are: 1) studies of pair bonding in voles; 2) learning and choice behavior in rats; and 3) drug pharmacology studies in both rats and voles, and how social reward protects the brain against drug takeover.

The SBN Social at SFN is on Monday, November 11, 6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., at San Diego Marriott Marquis Marriott Room 6. Consider joining us.

Congratulations to Brandon Aragona!


Previous winners of the Frank A. Beach Award are:

2013 Brandon Aragona    
2012 Luke Remage-Healey    
2011 Staci Bilbo    
2010 Brian Trainor Hormones and Behavior, 2011, 60(5), 457-469 21907202
2009 Frances Anne Champagne Hormones and Behavior, 2011, 60, 4-11 21376726
2008 Hans Hofmann Hormones and Behavior, 2010, 58, 555-62 20600047
2007 Leonida Fusani Hormones and Behavior, 2008, 54, 227-33 18502420
2006 Kevin Kelliher Hormones and Behavior, 2007, 52, 561-70 17959176
2005 Lance Kriegsfeld Hormones and Behavior, 2006, 50, 655-666 16876801
2004 Brian Prendergast * Hormones and Behavior, 2005, 48, 503-511 16026787
2004 James L. Goodson * Hormones and Behavior, 2005, 48, 11-22 15885690
2003 Tracy L. Bale Hormones and Behavior, 2005, 48, 1-10 15919381
2002 Anthony P. Auger * Hormones and Behavior, 2004, 45, 168-172 15047011
2002 Gregory E. Demas * Hormones and Behavior, 2004, 45, 173-180 15047012
2001 Joseph S. Lonstein Hormones and Behavior, 2003, 42, 258-262 12501837
2000 A. Courtney DeVries Hormones and Behavior, 2002, 41, 405-413 12018936
1999 Lique M. Coolen Hormones and Behavior, 2010, 58, 149-162 20004662
1998 Larry J. Young Hormones and Behavior, 1999, 36, 212-221 10603285
1997 Miles Orchinik Hormones and Behavior, 1998, 34, 320-327 9878280
1996 Ruth I. Wood Hormones and Behavior, 1997, 32, 40-45 9344690
1995 Laura Smale * Horm Behav. 1995 Jun;29(2):127-30. 7557917
1995 Margaret McCarthy * Horm Behav. 1995 Jun;29(2):131-40.   7557918
1994 Barney Schlinger Horm Behav. 1994 Sep;28(3):191-8.


1993 James Pfaus Horm Behav. 1996 Sep;30(3):187-200.


1992 Ilona Vathy Horm Behav. 1993 Mar;27(1):1-4. 8382659
1991 Jill Schneider  Horm Behav. 1992 Mar;26(1):1-6.  1563723
1990 Emilie F Rissman Horm Behav. 1991 Jun;25(2):125-7  2066076

* Denotes Co-Winner



Information from the Trainee Education Night (2010):
The PDF file of the PowerPoint presentation for the trainees "Build your career: Put your best foot forward" can be viewed and downloaded here (6 MB).

Diane Witt, Ph.D., Program Director for Neural Systems at the National Science Foundation has provided information she discussed as an “addendum”.

We welcome your feedback and future trainee educational events. Please feel free to contact the co-chairs of the Professional Development Committee , Drs. Jennifer Swann or Erin Keen- Rhinehart.

Thank you,

The Professional Development Committee

Calls for abstracts and applications for Travel, Poster and Young Investigator Awards will be distributed to the SBN membership prior to each annual meeting. These announcements will also appear on this page as they are made.

Individuals who won an award in the last two years are not eligible to complete for the same type of award, and all award applications will require a CV. General information for each award is given below:

Travel Award applications will require a brief description of the significance of the work to behavioral neuroendocrinology and the applicant's contribution to it. Travel Award applicants must also provide a short justification of the need for financial assistance to attend the meeting, including an explanation of other sources of available funds. Faculty mentors should be asked to prepare a letter of recommendation that will be directly uploaded to the website.

Poster Award applications will require a brief description of the significance of the work to behavioral neuroendocrinology and the applicant's contribution to it. In addition, applicants must list where the work was conducted (whether it was in an undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral position), and whether that is the same or different than the position they will have when attending the meeting.

Young Investigator applications require a statement of research history and goals (one page). Individuals receiving Young Investigator Awards may not present a poster in addition to their talk. Applicants applying for the Young Investigator Symposium will be asked to submit a second abstract (we anticipate that the abstract for a Young Investigator's talk would be more broad than one for a poster). Young Investigators will be selected by the end of April, and all applicants will be notified of the type of their presentation. Three letters of recommendation should be requested, one of which is from the applicant's current faculty mentor. These letters will be directly uploaded to the website.



A new award has been created by the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology through advocacy of the field on the interface between research and the public. Nominated individuals may serve in a variety of capacities including, but not limited to, employees of government or non-profit agencies, individuals that directly or indirectly educate the public on scientific matters, writers/journalists, etc. Nominations for this award can be sent at any time and will be considered individually by the SBN Executive Committee. The award will not necessarily be given every year, but only as warranted. To nominate an individual, please send a copy of the candidate's CV and a letter describing how the individual's career exemplifies scientific advocacy. Nominations can be made at anytime. Please send nominations to the current President of SBN.



2013 WC Young Recent Graduate Award:  Bridget Nugent
We are pleased to announce the first recipient of the SBN's WC Young Recent Graduate Award for the most outstanding graduate dissertation: Dr. Bridget Nugent. Dr. Nugent is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University. She did her graduate work in Dr. Peg McCarthy's laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and received her PhD in Neuroscience last year. The title of her award-winning thesis work is "Brain feminization requires active repression of masculinization via DNA methylation." Using molecular and behavioral techniques, her thesis research challenges the notion that brain feminization is a passive process by showing that disruption of DNA methylation in the developing female brain produces a masculine behavioral phenotype. Congratulations go to Dr. Nugent for her important work and for being the first recipient of this award which is in memory of the late Dr. WC Young. As a historic note, one of Dr. Young's students, Dr. Harvey Feder, was Dr. McCarthy's dissertation advisor, and thus Dr.Nugent is a direct descendant of William Young!


Purpose of the WC Young Recent Graduate Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
William C. Young, Frank Beach, and Daniel Lehrman produced the foundations of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. SBN honors Beach and Lehrman by awarding special prizes that reflect the contributions of these founders and their importance to the Society. SBN now adds WC Young to those so honored with the creation of the “WC Young Recent Graduate Award” to be awarded to a recent PhD.

The WC Young Recent Graduate Award is grounded in our history as the SBN’s precursor, the West Coast Sex Conference (WCSC), founded by Frank Beach and W.C. Young, created a graduate award honoring WC Young following Young’s death in 1966. The WCSC eventually was replaced by the Conference on Reproductive Behavior (CRB). As the interests of CRB members broadened beyond sexual behavior the SBN was formed in 1996, replacing the CRB in 1997. With the end of the WCSC the WC Young Graduate Award was no longer awarded. SBN, reflecting how strongly it values graduate students in the Society, now restores the WC Young Recent Graduate Award effective with the 2013 annual meeting.

The WC Young Recent Graduate Award will be for the most outstanding graduate dissertation as judged from a three page essay submitted by the candidate in addition to a CV and letters of recommendation. The awardee will receive travel support to the annual meeting as a Young Investigator and a $500 honorarium. In addition the WC Young Recent Graduate awardee will be the lead speaker at the Young Investigator symposium. Graduate students can apply in the year their Ph.D. is awarded or the following year, but they would only qualify to apply one time.

Call for applications would be made to the SBN memberships, and the deadline would be the same as the applications for Young Investigator and Travel Awards to the annual meeting. Applicants for the WC Young Recent Graduate Award would submit the same materials as for the YI with one additional requirement, a maximum three page essay based on the student’s dissertation. Applications for the WC Young Recent Graduate Award that are not selected will be judged along with the Young Investigator applications, as long as the applicant has not already received a YI award for a previous meeting. Per usual any applicants that fail to win a YI award, and are eligible, will also be considered for a travel award.



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