President's Welcome

Dear Grass Foundation Family and Friends, dear Visitors,

In this summer of 2020, we thank you for your support. Overall, the Foundation remains strong during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. This Spring, we made the difficult decision to cancel the Grass Fellowship Program for the summer of 2020, with Fellows provided the opportunity to participate in 2021 or 2022. The MBL Neurobiology and Neural Systems & Behavior Courses were also canceled. We were able to continue our unbroken tradition of supporting the Forbes lecture, which this year was a special, live stream presentation from Jared Diamond, speaking on Personal, National and World crises. https://www.mbl.edu/friday-evening-lectures/ .

Our Neuroscience to the Classroom Workshops will move ahead with one and delay others. We hope to use our downtime to generate online material for wide-spread use.

To report on 2019, we had strong group of fellows in the Grass lab, and an excellent Forbes lecture from Gilles Laurent, Director of the Department of Neural Systems and Coding at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Gilles spoke on Cephalopods, Visual Perception, Motor Control and Brain Evolution. At SFN, the Albert and Ellen Grass lecture in 2019 was given by Jennifer Raymond (Stanford), on Neural Learning Rules in the Cerebellum. We also continue to support the Lindsley prize for the best PhD in behavioral neuroscience, with the 2019 winner being Brian Sweis from the University of Minnesota. We saw many of you at the Grass booth in the non-profit row at SFN; we will post our plans for SfN soon.

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 helps to make our ideas come to life.

The Grass Foundation wishes you a satisfying, fulfilling and joyous 2020!

Catherine Carr
President, The Grass Foundation

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