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Summer 2013

July: Kelm & Boettiger accepted for publication in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience!

June:  Undergrad Samuel Marsan joins the lab.

Spring 2013

May: CABlab awarded a grant from the Foundation for Alcohol Research.

April: Michael Parrish is named an HHMI—Future Clinicians & Researchers scholar, which will pay him to work in the CABlab for the Summers of 2013 & 2014. Congratulations Michael!

Winter 12/13

January: Undergrads Scott Oppler & Samantha Dove join the CABlab. cab begins her first Research & Study Leave and develops some facility with saying “no”.

December: UNC Center for Alcohol Studies Center grant is renewed! Includes a research component that is a translational collaboration between the CABlab & Donita Robinson’s lab.

Fall 2012

November: CABLAB goes to New Orleans and presents three posters, and Katie Kelm delivers a well-received talk. Dr. Kelm departs for her new career as a medical writer at PPD, Inc.

August:  New Behavioral Neuroscience graduate student Monica Faulkner arrives from Johns Hopkins University lab of Cherie Marvel. Undergrads Yeci Sierra & Michael Parrish, and research assistant Conrad Baldner join the lab.

Spring 2012

May:    Katie Cullen is graduated a Carolina Research Scholar from the Psychology Department with highest honors. After submitting her SfN abstract and NRSA progress report, Vicki Chanon brings the 4th CABLAB baby into the world! Congratulations Vicki!

April:  Katie Cullen’s poster is selected as outstanding at the annual UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research; her poster remains on display in the Undergraduate library through the 2012-2013 school year.  Chris Smith gives a talk at the annual CNS meeting in Chicago. Undergrad Nicole Seider joins the lab as a SMART undergraduate fellow.

March:  CABlab welcomes BBSP rotation student, Abi Agoglia.

Winter 11/12

February: Chris Smith receives a Graduate Student Award to attend the annual CNS meeting in March and present a talk. Congratulations Chris!

January: Smith & Boettiger accepted for publication in Psychopharmacology! Undergrads Cherise Green, Rachel Kaplan, and Ashley Roy join the lab.

Fall 2011

November: CABLAB goes to Washington D.C. and presents a record three posters.

October: Audrey sweeps the competitive pumpkin carving  at the annual CABLAB party; Chris continues stalling with regard to circus tricks.

September: Katie Cullen receives an Honors Research Award to fund her Honors Thesis Research. Congratulations Katie!

August:  New Behavioral Neuroscience graduate student Theresa McKim arrives from the Penn State lab of Steve Wilson. Undergrad Soleille Everest joins the lab. Chris Smith receives a prestigious individual NRSA fellowship from NIAAA. Congratulations Chris! The CABLAB attends the Gordon Research Conference on Catecholamines & cab gives her first GRC talk.

Summer 2011

July:  MD/PhD student Audrey Verde from the Neurobiology Curriculum  joins the CABLAB to be jointly supervised by Martin Styner in the Neuro Image Research and Analysis Laboratories.

Spring 2011

May:    Rachel Hay, Martina Le, and Elly Steel are graduated Carolina Research Scholars from the Psychology Department with honors or highest honors. cab takes a new human hiatus.

April:  Katie Cullen, and Martina Le present posters at the annual UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research. Vicki Chanon gives a talk at the annual CNS meeting in San Francisco. Katie Kelm receives a prestigious individual NRSA fellowship from NIAAA. Congratulations Katie!

Fall 2010

October: Annual CABlab party takes place; colorful tie-dyes later appear at lab meeting. Katie Kelm brings CABLAB baby #2 into the world. Congratulations Katie!

August:  Undergrads Katie Cullen, Martina Le, Chelsea Lang, and  Rachel Hay join the lab.

Summer 2010

July:     Chanon et al., accepted for publication in Psychopharmacology

June:  The CABlab welcomes visiting Princeton student Jose Lopez for the summer. Chris Smith receives a Graduate Mentor Award. Congratulations Chris! The CABlab (sans cab!) attends the annual Research Society on Alcoholism annual meeting in San Antonio. Chris Smith, Katie Kelm, and Vicki Chanon all present well-received posters and Katie gives a well-received talk. Vicki Chanon receives a prestigious individual NRSA fellowship from NIDA. Congratulations Vicki!

Spring 2010

May:  Ryan Wade is graduated a Carolina Research Scholar from the Psychology Department with honors.

April:  Kat Hamaoui, Ryan Wade, and Elly Steel present posters at the annual UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research. CABlab goes to Montreal for the CNS meeting, where Vicki Chanon gave a well-received talk and Chris Smith presented a well-received poster. Vicki Chanon, Katie Kelm, and Chris Smith all receive travel awards to attend the annual RSA meeting in June!

March:  Elly Steel is awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to work in the CABLAB for the Summer of 2010. Congratulations Elly!

Winter 09/10

January:  CABlab welcomes BBSP rotation student, Rebecca Fanelli.

Fall 2009

November:  New 3T Tim Trio scanner arrives at the BRIC.

October: Annual CABlab party takes places; competitive pumpkin carving  and non-competitive unicycle riding ensues

Summer 2009

July:     Dr. Katie Kelm, a recent graduate of the UNC Pharmacology Program (Breese lab) joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Regular sightings of Dr. Boettiger in Davie Hall (without an infant) resume. 

June:  Chris Smith joins the Neurobiology Curriculum and selects the CABlab for his thesis work.

Spring 2009

May:  Laura Andrews is graduated in the first class of Carolina Research Scholars from the Psychology Department with highest honors.

April:  Laura Andrews’ poster is selected as outstanding at the annual UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research; her poster remains on display in the Undergraduate library through 2010. Chandler Sours is accepted into the Neuroscience PhD Program of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Lorelle Babwah is accepted into the UNC Law School. Congratulations Everyone!

March:  Ryan Wade is awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to work in the CABLAB for the Summer of 2009. Congratulations Ryan!

Winter 08/09

February:  Miss Fiona gives the edge to Ryan in the CABlab Cooney baby pool.

January:  CABlab welcomes BBSP rotation student, Chris Smith.

Fall 2008

November:      First CABlab party takes places; spirited cornhole ensues. CABlab goes to Washington D.C., where Vicki Chanon presented a well-received poster.

October:  Ryan Wade joins CABlab as an AGEP Undergraduate Fellow.

September:  CABlab hosts its first BBSP rotation student, Jenny Ariansen.

Summer 2008

August:  CABlab expansion continues with the arrival of Behavioral Neuroscience graduate student Emily Freeman-Daniels.

July:     Dr. Boettiger becomes an official member of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies.

June:  CABlab North comes into being with the acquisition of space in neighboring Howell Hall. Undergrad Chandler Sours comes on board.

Spring 2008

May:  Postdoc Vicki (West) Chanon submits the Boettiger Lab’s first abstract! She’ll be presenting her findings at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington D.C. this Fall. The lab continues expanding with the addition of lab manager Lorelle Babwah, who just graduated from Carolina with honors.

March:  Laura Andrews is awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to work in the CABLAB for the Summer of 2008. Congratulations Laura!

Winter 07/08

January:  The lab continues growing, with the addition of undergrad Laura Andrews.

December:  Dr. Boettiger’s latest study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. See media coverage for links to articles and radio interview about the study.

Fall 2007

November:  First data collected in the lab! Vicki West inaugurates the CABLAB wall of fame with this important milestone.

September:  The lab doubles in size! Dr. Vicki West, a freshly minted PhD from the lab of Dr. Joe Hopfinger joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Vicki will  apply her expertise in visual attention to studies of abnormal attention in addiction.

Summer 2007

The CABLAB arrives at UNC. Carpet selection, moving in and lab set up commences.

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