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  • Several graduate students in Psychobiology have recently won important awards

    June 23, 2008

    At the recent meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, a total

    of 67 research grant applications from around the world were submitted,

    and eight were funded. Three of the eight were awarded to UC Davis

    Psychobiology graduate students (Carolyn Kitzmann, Michael Jarcho,

    Whitney Meno). Carolyn's grant proposal was entitled "Assessing Vocal

    Change During Pair Bond Formation and Maintenance in a Monogamous

    Primate," Mike's was entitled "Changes in Gene Expression and Brain

    Activity Associated with Parenthood in Male Titi Monkeys (Callicebus

    cupreus)," and Whitney's was entitled "Ontogeny of Antipredator Behavior

    in Wild White-faced Capuchins". Whitney is a student of Dick Coss,

    Carolyn is advised by Karen Bales, and Mike is advised by Karen Bales and

    Sally Mendoza.


    In addition, more than 40 presentations at the ASP meetings were enrolled

    in the student prize competition, and Erin Sullivan and Jessica

    Vandeleest tied for Best Poster award for their (respective)

    presentations: "Consistency in Behavioral Responsiveness from Infancy to

    Adulthood" and "Offspring Responses to Mothers' Resumption of Estrus in

    Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta)." Jessica is a student of John Capitanio

    while Erin is advised by John Capitanio and Sally Mendoza.


    Finally, Caroline Hostetler was recently awarded a scholarship from P.E.O.

    California, which is the state chapter of a national women's organization.

    Caroline is a student of Karen Bales.


    These are impressive achievements by the students in our department!