Online content manager
Yvonne is a PhD student in the Neurobiology and Behavior program at Columbia. She manages this very website for CUNO. In that role Yvonne updates lists of upcoming events and maintains CUNO’s database of curriculum. Yvonne has volunteered for Saturday Science and is involved in creating more activities for Saturday Science.
VP, Single Visit Classroom Teaching
You-Nah is a PhD student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program at Columbia. You-Nah joined CUNO in 2017 and she is the new VP of the Single Visit Classroom Teaching. She connects CUNO’s volunteers to school teachers who are interested in hosting a neuroscience lesson at their classrooms. In addition to coordinating single visits, You-Nah enjoys volunteering for different CUNO activities including Saturday Science and Curriculum Development.
VP, Saturday Science
Sean is a PhD student in the Neurobiology & Behavior program at Columbia studying how lots of neurons work together to cause movement. As a VP of Saturday Science, Sean helps coordinate these educational events by organizing graduate student volunteer involvement and facilitating theme-specific activities on a monthly basis. Sean has designed a couple of interactive Saturday Science activities regarding the neural basis of movement and building your own neural circuits. Sean also maintains the website and educational resource database.
Rebecca is a PhD student in the Neurobiology and Behavior program at Columbia. She has been CUNO president since 2016. Her main roles as President are to secure funding, organize executive board meetings, recruit volunteers, and oversee CUNO’s programming and curriculum development. She has volunteered for many of CUNO’s programs, including the Brain Bee, Brain Fairs, Multi-visit program, and single classroom visits.
VP, Saturday Science
Nick is a PhD student in the Neurobiology & Behavior program at Columbia, where he studies how memories are stored and retrieved in different regions of the rodent brain. In his role with CUNO, he and co-VPs Jen and Justin coordinate volunteer involvement for Saturday Science, a monthly public event where members of the community can learn about neuroscience through hands-on educational activities. He also assists the CUNO Curriculum team in developing new activities to match the theme of Saturday Science each month.
Michelle is a PhD student in the Neurobiology and Behavior program at Columbia. She joined CUNO in 2017 and as co-president, she secures funding, organizes executive board meetings, recruits volunteers, oversees programming and curriculum development, and manages CUNO’s internal volunteer mailing list. She has translated CUNO curricula into Spanish and volunteered for Saturday Science, Late Night Science, and the Bilingual Brain Fair.
Leslie is a PhD student in the Neurobiology and Behavior program at Columbia. She is Vice President of Curriculum for CUNO. In that role Leslie helps create new curriculum for CUNO’s various outreach programs (Saturday Science, In-School Visits), and maintain CUNO’s database of curriculum. Leslie has volunteered for Saturday Science, the Brain Bee, and Brain Fairs.
Classroom Multi-visit VP
Kimberly is a PhD student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program at Columbia. She joined CUNO in 2018 and is the new VP of the Muliti-Visit Classroom teaching program. She connects volunteers to middle schools in the community where they teach neuroscience subjects once a week for a semester. Kimberly has also volunteered for other CUNO events such as Saturday Science, Single Classroom Visits, and the Bilingual Brain Fair.
VP, Brain Bee
Kelly is a PhD student in the Neurobiology & Behavior program at Columbia. She is Vice President of the regional Brain Bee competition that brings together high school students from all 5 boroughs of NYC to showcase their knowledge of brain facts. Kelly helps organize the event and coordinates study sessions taught by graduate students at Columbia to help prepare the participants for the competition. Kelly also volunteers at Saturday Science and has taught single-visit classroom visits to high school students in NYC.
VP, Saturday Science
Jennifer is PhD student in the Neurobiology & Behavior program at Columbia. As Vice President of Saturday Science, she coordinates monthly events relating to brain science for families and community groups. A different theme is featured each month, and the program is hosted in collaboration with the Zuckerman Institute and BioBus. In addition to managing volunteers and developing activities for Saturday Science, Jennifer has also volunteered for similar brain fair events with braiNY, the Greater NYC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Her favorite outreach activity is the Jelly Bean Taste Test.
VP, Late Night Science
Gordon is a PhD student in the Neurobiology & Behavior program at Columbia. He studies which regions of the brain allow us to pay attention to important sensations while ignoring things that are distracting. Gordon helps coordinate the Late-Night Science lecture series, in which students share their research with members of our local community. Each month he helps his fellow graduate students create a presentation on their research and invites members of the public to attend and learn about what we are studying here at Columbia. He also helps to coordinate laboratory tours to teach members of the public about the tools and techniques used in biological research.
VP, Single-Visit Classroom Teaching
Georgia, a Neurobiology & Behavior PhD student, has been the vice president of the single-visit classroom teaching program since 2014. She coordinates visits to New York City schools in which CUNO’s volunteers teach a neuroscience lesson to students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. In addition to coordinating and sometimes teaching for the single-visit program, Georgia has also volunteered for several of CUNO’s brain fairs and for similar events with braiNY, the Greater NYC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Georgia also manages CUNO’s internal volunteer mailing list.
VP, Late Night Science
Ashlea Morgan is currently a PhD candidate in the Neurobiology & Behavior program at Columbia University. She studies how neurons use a chemical called serotonin to lead to the ability to adapt thinking and emotional behavior. As one of the VPs of Late Night Science, she helps members of the community learn more about the scientific research happening in labs at Columbia through monthly lecture and lab tour events.
VP, Spanish Speaking Events
Andrés is a PhD student in the Neurobiology and Behavior program at Columbia. Raised by a recently immigrated single mother in a predominantly Latino and African American community, Andrés is committed to extend his reach to underrepresented communities. He is also the community outreach chair of SOCA and a representative of the SAC—Diversity and Inclusion in Neuroscience subcommittee. As the Vice President of Spanish Speaking Events, he will continue the theme of inclusion to make the excellent scientific research being done at Columbia accessible to the communities of Harlem and Washington Heights.
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