FRANK A. BEACH AWARD IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY

Initiated 1990 Awarded to an assistant professor (Announced annually in Fall/Winter)

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations are not currently being accepted for the Frank A. Beach New Investigator Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Please check back. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 12, 2018.

2018 Award Winner: Zoe R. Donaldson, PhD

Zoe Donaldson currently holds a very unusual dual position as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Psychology & Neuroscience at University of Colorado Boulder. Zoe’s interests lie in the biological bases that gives rise to variation in social behaviors across and within species. She incorporates both classical methods and also pushes the envelope to try to understand how variation in the genes that encode hormones and their receptors contribute to diversity in brain and behavior. She has used genetic manipulation to understand how repetitive DNA elements located in the promoter regions of hormone genes generate diversity in protein expression and behavior. She pursued these studies in parallel projects in rodents and primates! Zoe also did pioneering germline transgenic voles (Biology of Reproduction, 2009). Zoe was recently awarded an NSF EDGE award to pioneer and disseminate germline and post-mitotic genetic engineering approaches in voles.

In her newly independent lab, Zoe is using Ca2+ imaging, circuit mapping, and neuronal ensemble labeling in conjunction with optogenetics to ask whether differences in neuronal ensemble engagement in prairie and meadow voles underlies species differences in attachment. In parallel, she is also working to identify the cellular basis of selective social motivation and its adaptation following partner loss. Central to both of these questions are whether and how oxytocin and vasopressin impact specific behavior-active neuronal sub-populations.

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

Year Winner Publicaton PubMed
2018 Zoe R. Donaldson, PhD
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