President's Welcome

Dear Grass Foundation Family and Friends, Dear Visitors,Catherine Carr

Thank you for your support in 2018. We’ve a lot to report. 2018 marked the transition from Felix Schweitzer as president (UCLA) to Catherine Carr (Maryland). We all thank Felix for his tireless service to the Foundation, and are grateful for his continued role as a Life Trustee. Overall, the state of the Foundation is strong.

We had an exceptionally strong group of fellows in the Grass lab this summer, and an excellent Forbes lecture from Catherine Dulac, Harvard University and HHMI, on the Neurobiology of Parenting Behavior. At SFN, the Albert and Ellen Grass lecture in 2018 was given by David Tank (Princeton), on Neural Sequences in Memory and Cognition. David discussed large-scale neural recording during working memory, decision-making, and navigation tasks. We also continue to support the Lindsley prize for the best PhD in behavioral neuroscience, with this year’s winner being Marley Kass of Rutgers University. The award was presented by SFN president Rick Huganir, who described Dr. Kass' thesis as an impressive consideration of experience-dependent plasticity of early sensory processing. Dr. Kass showed that the early stages of sensory processing in the mouse olfactory system can be altered by learning.

We saw many of you at the Grass booth at SFN and plan to continue a booth in the non-profit row; please stop by if you come to SFN, and plan to attend our social in Chicago. We would love to see you, and we welcome the chance to recruit new Grass fellows for the summer of 2020.

Lastly, I want to ask all of you to contribute to the Foundation. The work of the Foundation is largely supported by returns on the stock market. I feel that personal contributions from those of us that have been affected by the Foundation is a wonderful way to support this cause. We welcome ideas for future engagements and programs, but we also welcome financial contributions (https://grassfoundation.org/donations). An ‘alumni’ fund supported by contributions from all of you will help to make these ideas come to life.

The Grass Foundation wishes you a satisfying, fulfilling and joyous 2019!

Catherine Carr
President, The Grass Foundation

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