Several graduate students in Psychobiology have recently won important awards
June 23, 2008
At the recent meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, a total
of 67 research grant applications from around the world were submitted,
and eight were funded. Three of the eight were awarded to UC Davis
Psychobiology graduate students (Carolyn Kitzmann, Michael Jarcho,
Whitney Meno). Carolyn's grant proposal was entitled "Assessing Vocal
Change During Pair Bond Formation and Maintenance in a Monogamous
Primate," Mike's was entitled "Changes in Gene Expression and Brain
Activity Associated with Parenthood in Male Titi Monkeys (Callicebus
cupreus)," and Whitney's was entitled "Ontogeny of Antipredator Behavior
in Wild White-faced Capuchins". Whitney is a student of Dick Coss,
Carolyn is advised by Karen Bales, and Mike is advised by Karen Bales and
In addition, more than 40 presentations at the ASP meetings were enrolled
in the student prize competition, and Erin Sullivan and Jessica
Vandeleest tied for Best Poster award for their (respective)
presentations: "Consistency in Behavioral Responsiveness from Infancy to
Adulthood" and "Offspring Responses to Mothers' Resumption of Estrus in
Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta)." Jessica is a student of John Capitanio
while Erin is advised by John Capitanio and Sally Mendoza.
Finally, Caroline Hostetler was recently awarded a scholarship from P.E.O.
California, which is the state chapter of a national women's organization.
Caroline is a student of Karen Bales.
These are impressive achievements by the students in our department!