Recent electronic releases:
· Video, “Mental And Physical (MAP) Training: A Neurogenesis-Inspired Intervention to Enhance Brain Health” by Shors Lab
· Video, “Fight Depression During the Holidays” by Rutgers Today:
· An article entitled, “The Brain Trust” in the Rutgers magazine featuring Tracey Shors and Laszlo Zaborszky: Written by Wendy Plump.
· Article, “DC: Does Estrogen Fine-Tune the Brain?”: Written by Madolyn B. Rogers.
· A feature article in Scientific American titled “Saving new brain cells” was published in the March issue of 2009. The article has generated media attention as well as ~100 personal responses and inquiries from laypersons.
· A recent publication in PNAS entitled “Females learn trace memories better than males, thereby preserving more neurons in their hippocampus” was summarized in the Philadelphia Inquirer and a short segment on public radio (Dalla et al., 2009).
· A podcast of a radio show known as Sounds of Science. It was broadcast on New Jersey News and the Public Broadcasting Service and then placed on their website as a podcast.
· A Nature Podcast aired in October of 2007. It highlights a report published by Shors and Bangasser in Nature Neuroscience (2007). The end of the podcast presents an interview with Dr. Shors and the editor of Nature Neuroscience about the findings. The study found that the hippocampus is necessary for the modulation of learning after stress – both enhanced learning in males and impaired performance in females.
· The Economist published a review of the work funded by NSF. It describes the role that new neurons play in neurogenesis and in particular the findings showing that learning rescues new neurons from death.
· The Shors laboratory work on the hippocampus and sex differences in learning was featured in an outdoor art and science installation known as Quark Park. Twelve scientists were selected from all disciplines. Each then collaborated with an artist and an architect to design and build an art installation highlighting the work of the scientist. It was open for ~6 months of 2006 in the middle of the town of Princeton, New Jersey. Students from the Shors lab, including several undergraduates worked throughout the summer on this project. It is estimated that >40,000 people visited the site, many of them young children from local schools. There were numerous magazine and newspaper articles, as well as a full-length movie shown at several film festivals during 2008 and 2009. The structure was photographed in Science (317, 44-45, 2007) as part of a review on the book entitled “Hippocampus.” Also, the literary magazine Wild River Review conducted an extensive interview about our installation in Quark Park.
· Recently, a past paper was recognized as the third most cited paper in the history of the journal Nature Neuroscience. (Gould E., Beylin A., Tanapat P., Reeves A., and Shors T.J. Learning enhances adult neurogenesis in the hippocampal region. Nature Neuroscience, 2, 260-265, 1999).