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Lab News

American Chemical Society 2014 Poster Competition

Jefferson Kinney

Chelcie Heaney, Monica Bolton, and Andrew Murtishaw competed in the Southern Nevada American Chemical Society 2014 Poster Competition, held at Nevada State College. 

Andrew Murtishaw won 1st place for his presentation on his work involving insulin resistance and Alzheimer's disease.

Chelcie Heaney

Chelcie Heaney

Monica Bolton 

Monica Bolton 

IBNS 2014, Las Vegas

Jefferson Kinney

The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society 2014 Annual Conference was held here in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several of our lab members served on the Local Organizing Committee, inculding Dr. Kinney, Monica Bolton, and Andrew Murtishaw. Monica lead the effort in organizing the Brain Safety Initiative, which included a presentation on brain health to William V. Wright Elementary School and a donation from IBNS members to the Safe Routes to School Program. Donations will be used to purchase bike helmets for underprivileged children in the area.

Monica leads a presentation on Brain Health at Wright Elementary

Monica leads a presentation on Brain Health at Wright Elementary

Andrew catches up with Christy Magcalas, former Kinney Lab Head Research Assistant, over cocktails and a thrilling discussion about PCR primer validations.

Andrew catches up with Christy Magcalas, former Kinney Lab Head Research Assistant, over cocktails and a thrilling discussion about PCR primer validations.

Brain Awareness Week 2014

Jefferson Kinney

Brain Awareness Week 2014 took us to several schools, including:

  • Cashman Elementary School
  • Laughlin Elementary School
  • Laughlin Middle/High School
  • Searchlight Elementary School
  • Wallin Elementary School
  • Wright Elementary School
Brain Awareness Volunteers (Left to Right): Casey Steward, Krista Gonzalez, Micheal Langhardt, Monica Bolton, Krystal Belmonte, Kirsten Calvin.

Brain Awareness Volunteers (Left to Right): Casey Steward, Krista Gonzalez, Micheal Langhardt, Monica Bolton, Krystal Belmonte, Kirsten Calvin.

Brain Awareness Week with 4th graders from Wallin Elementary and our Brain Awareness Volunteers. 

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014

Jefferson Kinney

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014, the first Brain Bee in Nevada, was a success! Students from numerous high schools across the valley competed in a neuroscience-themed trivia bowl. We will be sending the first-place winner, Valentina, to compete in the National Brain Bee held in Baltimore, Maryland. The winner of the National Brain Bee will receive an all-expense trip to Washington DC to compete in the International Brain Bee. 

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015 (left to right): Jacob, Valentina, Aliya

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015 (left to right): Jacob, Valentina, Aliya

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014 Winners & Judges (from left to right): Dr. Merrill Landers, Jacob, Valentina, Aliya, Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Dr. Laurel Pritchard. 

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014 Winners & Judges (from left to right): Dr. Merrill Landers, Jacob, Valentina, Aliya, Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Dr. Laurel Pritchard. 

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014 Judges (from left to right): Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Dr. Laurel Prtichard, Dr. Merril Landers.

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014 Judges (from left to right): Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Dr. Laurel Prtichard, Dr. Merril Landers.

Brain Awareness Week 2013

Jefferson Kinney

We expanded our outreach efforts for Brain Awareness Week 2013 by visiting several elementary schools, including:

  • Cashman Middle School
  • Paradise Elementary School
  • Wallin Elementary School

Thank you to all our UNLV volunteers and to all of the elementary schools that welcomed us! 

Are you interested in having us visit your school for Brain Awareness Week? If so, contact us at kinneylab@gmail.com!

Cashman Middle School Volunteers (Left to Right): Michael Langhardt, Krystal Belmonte, Chris Kaplon, Erin Ramage, Monica Bolton, Caleb Picker, Meghan Pierce. Not pictured: Tory Toles.

Cashman Middle School Volunteers (Left to Right): Michael Langhardt, Krystal Belmonte, Chris Kaplon, Erin Ramage, Monica Bolton, Caleb Picker, Meghan Pierce. Not pictured: Tory Toles.

Wallin Elementary School Volunteers: Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden, Emily Hensleigh, Meghan Pierce, Caleb Picker, Stephanie Nagl, Nathan Rudig. Not pictured: Monica Bolton.

Wallin Elementary School Volunteers: Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden, Emily Hensleigh, Meghan Pierce, Caleb Picker, Stephanie Nagl, Nathan Rudig. Not pictured: Monica Bolton.

Thank you notes!

Thank you notes!

New Publication — Deficits in emotional learning and memory in an animal model of schizophrenia

Jefferson Kinney

Congratulations Monica Bolton for publishing her first manuscript as first author — and also the first research article from the Kinney Lab! This publications details the effects of disrupting glutamate signaling in a Pavlovian conditioning task and alterations to GABA-related proteins. The article, entitled "Deficits in emotional learning and memory in an animal model of schizophrenia", is published in Behavioral Brain Research and can be viewed here

Brain Awareness Week 2012

Jefferson Kinney

Brain Awareness Week is a world-wide campaign to promote public awareness about the brain and current brain research. We brought the first ever Brain Awareness Week to Las Vegas by visiting Wallin Elementary to teach the 4th graders all about the brain! Following an interactive lesson, students participated in various hands-on activities, including things like building a neuron and matching various animal brains (based on weight) with the proper animal.

Thank you Wallin Elementary for allowing us to come and share our passion about the brain with you!

 
Chelcie Heaney, Christy Magcalas, Dr. Kinney, Monica Bolton

Chelcie Heaney, Christy Magcalas, Dr. Kinney, Monica Bolton

Chelcie Heaney, Monica Bolton

Chelcie Heaney, Monica Bolton

Jon Sabbagh, Monica Bolton

Jon Sabbagh, Monica Bolton

 

Society for Neuroscience 2009 — Chicago, IL.

Jefferson Kinney

Society for Neuroscience 2009 was a first for many things: Jon Sabbagh's first poster presentation at a professional conference and Dr. Kinney's first SfN as a Principle Investigator. 

Dr. Kinney smiles in front of his first SfN poster as Principle Investigator.

Dr. Kinney smiles in front of his first SfN poster as Principle Investigator.