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The National Academy of Sciences honors scientist Eve Marder

Eve Marder '69, the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, has received the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Award in the Neurosciences.

In announcing the award, the NAS cited Marder as "one of the most influential neuroscientists of her generation." The organization also praised her role in supporting the careers of other researchers.

Her "impact on the people in her field is as important as her research," the NAS said in its press release. "Throughout her career she has served as a mentor to generations of neuroscientists and served the community on numerous other professional levels. She has also served as an important voice for young scientists."

"I was thrilled to learn of the NAS Award, as its previous recipients are some of the most influential and respected leaders in the field of neuroscience," Marder said.

Marder is only the second woman to receive this award since it was first established in 1988.

Her research on small neural circuits found in lobsters and crabs has revolutionized our understanding of the fundamental nature of neuronal circuit operation, including how neuromodulators control behavioral outputs and how the stability of circuits is maintained over time. Her laboratory now uses experimental and computational tools to study animal to animal differences in resilience to environmental perturbations.

Marder began studying the stomatogastric nervous system of the West Coast spiny lobster as a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego in the early 1970s. Today, she oversees her own lab at Brandeis, where she conducts her innovative research with the participation of post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates.

Marder's research was the focus of the recent book, "Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience" by independent scholar and writer Charlotte Nassim.

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Categories: Alumni in the News
Date: January 29, 2019