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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 30 n° 318

Heather Bimonte-Nelson, PhD of Arizona State University is the 2018 Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 settembre 2018

The Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) today announced that Arizona State University Department of Psychology Professor Heather Bimonte-Nelson, PhD has been named the Michael A. Cusanovich Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year. Dr. Bimonte-Nelson will be honored by Arizona’s bioscience and business communities for the diverse and innovative ways that she has inspired students of all ages at the 2018 AZBio Awards on October 3, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center.Heather Bimonte-Nelson had an idea 9 years ago to bring Neuroscience to 3rd graders who might not ever encounter advanced psychology. From that brainchild, the ASU Brain Fair for Children was born.Her message to the students, “Knowledge is power. You can do anything in the world that you set your mind to! If you work hard in school, you can come to Arizona State University, you can go to college, you can be a scientist!”Over the last decade, this program has offered over 7,000 third through fifth graders an understanding about the wonders of the brain, science, and the advantages of pursuing college. The Brain Fair for Children, run through the ASU Department of Psychology, with efforts from faculty, staff, and students have also brought more than 2,000 children to ASU, most from Title I schools in the Valley. Their goal: to show students that education gives them the power to decide their futures.Heather Bimonte-Nelson, PhD is a professor in the behavioral neuroscience program in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, the Co-Director of the Research Education Component of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center, and an active member of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium. Her most prized role as a scientist is mentor and teacher; she has mentored over a dozen doctoral students and over 100 high school and undergraduate students in her laboratory. Bimonte-Nelson’s goal in mentoring students is to help them find their science passion, to learn that the truth in nature drives exemplary scientific discovery, and to attain the knowledge that it is more important to be honest, use your voice, and be brave, than it is to be perfect.For more than two decades, Bimonte-Nelson has conducted preclinical evaluations of multiple domains of cognitive function as related to aging, with a special focus on transitional and surgical menopause, and exogenous and endogenous hormone exposures across the lifespan. She has published more than 70 peer reviewed manuscripts evaluating hormone effects on the brain and behavior from early development until old age, with her earlier work showing that female brain organization is actively feminized by estrogens, and that estrogen exposures across the lifespan impact the female phenotype. The overarching goal of her research is to optimize the health of women into old age, encompassing discovery of menopause and hormone therapy lifetime trajectories to attain this mission. Moreover, she recently edited a book on the behavioral neuroscience of learning and memory.

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