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Bethlehem, Pa., September 16, 2011--The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience has been selected to receive the 2011 Chapter-of-the-Year Award. The local chapter was started by Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the neuroscience program at Moravian College. Her goal was to provide an avenue for undergraduates studying neuroscience at the LVAIC private liberal arts colleges to share their scholarship through research conferences; serve their community through the chapter’s Brain Awareness Outreach Program; and grow in their multidisciplinary approach to learning about the brain and behavior.
“Moravian has taken a true leadership role in educating the public about the brain and benefits of brain research,” says Fox, president of the chapter. “Last year we offered the widest array of service learning programs for the Lehigh Valley community—from children’s programs to seminar series to educational programs for assisted living communities.”
The award recognizes an outstanding chapter for its efforts and accomplishments in line with the mission and strategic initiatives of SfN, an international meeting for neuroscientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates—the largest and most renowned meeting in the field. The award comes with a $1,000 grant to support the chapter’s goals and programs, and will be accepted by Cecilia Fox at the annual SfN meeting in Washington D.C. this November.
“The SfN typically recognizes large research institutions,” says Fox, “It is significant that the SfN has acknowledged the scholarly and service learning endeavors of our undergraduates in this way. I am proud of the work of our LVSfN members and of Moravian neuroscience and psychology students who are truly living the Moravian Promise as they continue on their educational journey.” The Lehigh Valley Chapter of SfN is dedicated to fostering a sense of social responsibility and leadership abilities in all Lehigh Valley Chapter members as they engage in scholarship and educating the public about the brain and benefits of neuroscience research through Brain Awareness Outreach Programs. www.lvsfn.com
The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, (LVAIC) is incorporated as a non-profit, charitable organization whose members include Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College and Muhlenberg College.