FRANK A. BEACH AWARD IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY

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2017 Award Winner: Lauren O’Connell

We are delighted to name Dr. Lauren O’Connell the 2017 winner of The Frank A. Beach Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Lauren earned her B.S. from Cornell University prior to joining the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at UT Austin as a graduate student. Following her initial work with Dr. David Crews, Lauren began working with Dr. Hans Hofmann’s group on the evolution of the social behavioral network across vertebrate species. In her graduate work she uncovered circuitry in cichlid fish homologous to the mammalian social behavior network. In addition, she performed a comprehensive evolutionary reconstruction of the vertebrate social decision-making network, comparing neurochemical gene expression profiles across twelve fore- and midbrain regions in 88 species, revealing remarkable conservation and culminating in a Science paper. Following her PhD at UT Austin, Lauren was awarded a 5-Year Bauer fellowship to pursue independent research at Harvard’s FAS Center for Systems Biology. Here she developed an independent line of work on the eco-toxicology and the evolution of paternal care in poison dart frogs. She has recently joined the Department of Biology at Stanford University as an Assistant Professor.

Previous winners of the Frank A. Beach New Investigator Award are:

Year Winner Publicaton PubMed
2017 Lauren O’Connell
2016 Jaclyn Schwarz
2015 Annaliese Beery
2014 Sari van Anders
2013 Brandon Aragona
2012 Luke Remage-Healey Hormones and Behavior 2014, 66 (3), 552-560 25110187
2011 Staci Bilbo Hormones and Behavior, 2013, 63 (5), 684-691 23474365
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 James L. Goodson * Hormones and Behavior, 2005, 48, 11-22 15885690
2004 Brian Prendergast * Hormones and Behavior, 2005, 48, 503-511 16026787
2003 Tracy L. Bale Hormones and Behavior, 2005, 48, 1-10 15919381
2002 Gregory E. Demas * Hormones and Behavior, 2004, 45, 173-180 15047012
2002 Anthony P. Auger * Hormones and Behavior, 2004, 45, 168-172 15047011
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 James Pfaus Horm Behav. 1996 Sep;30(3):187-200. 8918675
1994 Margaret McCarthy * Horm Behav. 1995 Jun;29(2):131-40. 7557918
1994 Laura Smale * Horm Behav. 1995 Jun;29(2):127-30. 7557917
1993 Barney Schlinger Horm Behav. 1994 Sep;28(3):191-8. 7814000
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