President’s Welcome

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Dear Grass Foundation Family and Friends, dear Visitors,

The Grass Fellowship Program has returned to the MBL for the summer of 2021, with reduced socially distant numbers of the fellows originally selected for 2020. The neuroscience courses this year are not concurrent, but sequential. The Neural Systems & Behavior Course started in May, with Neurobiology following in July. We continue our tradition of supporting the Forbes lecture, which in 2021 will be both a live and streamed presentation from Guoping Feng on “The Future of Brain Disorder Treatment: Breakthrough Technologies and Ethics.”

Although, the 2020 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting was cancelled, and the Grass lecture delayed, the Lindsley prizes were awarded to Kiah Hardcastle and Chris Zimmerman. This year, SfN will meet in Chicago. Please come to our booth and reception.

The pandemic gave us time to consider our goals. There are many programs aimed at enhancing diversity in science by recruiting underrepresented groups to science and offering initial entry to a research career. Fewer programs focus on postdocs, so in 2020, we designed the Henry Grass M.D. Rising Stars in Neuroscience Award to focus on retention and promotion of postdocs from groups under-represented in Neuroscience. Our winner for 2020 was Nancy Padilla-Coreano of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida. Nancy was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Kay Tye at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. We had many wonderful applicants, some of whom were awarded Grass Trustees Recognition Awards.

The Foundation remains focused on neuroscience education at all levels, and I ask all of you to contribute where you can. Our work is largely supported by returns on the stock market. 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, and financial contributions. An ‘alumni’ fund supported by contributions from all of you helps to make our ideas come to life.

Catherine Carr
President, The Grass Foundation