Neurologist Fred Marshall to Speak on ‘Mindfulness and Medicine’

Dr. Fred Marshall will speak on the subject of “Mindfulness and Medicine,” on April 3 at 7 p.m.  in the Tillotson Room of Allegheny College’s Tippie Alumni Center as part of the college’s ongoing Year of Mindfulness. The talk is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

The presentation will cover Marshall’s experience with dyads, as well as some theories of teaching, and address the phenomenon of “burn-out” through stress. He also will explore a model of cultivating resilience, compassion, and gratitude in daily life, and then hold both silent and guided meditations.


Marshall brings a unique perspective as a physician who has cared for patients and families coping with neurodegenerative diseases. Chief of the Division of Geriatric Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Marshall founded the school’s Memory Care Program and is a core member pioneering mindfulness curriculum for medical students and residents. Since 2011 he has co-facilitated residential training for medical educators at the Rochester Zen Center’s Chapin Mill retreat, which attracts educators from around the world.

After attending Swarthmore College and then Harvard Medical School, Marshall spent a year backpacking around the world with his wife before completing his residency in neurology at the Harvard Longwood Training Program. He then completed a National Institutes of Health-funded fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics of Neurodegenerative Disorders, before going to work at the University of Rochester in 1997.

Marshall is a former Dean’s Teaching Fellow at the University of Rochester, and the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including election by the students to Alpha Omega Alpha, the Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine, and the White Coat Ceremony keynote. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist.

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Coates serves as facilitator, speaks on effective researchers

Professor of Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Health Studies Lee Coates recently served as a facilitator for a Council on Undergraduate Research workshop on “Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences” held in Washington, D.C. Coates also presented a talk titled “10 Habits of Highly Effective Researchers.”

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National Organization Honors Professor E. Lee Coates With Career Achievement Award

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Dec. 7, 2015 – The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, an organization that is part of the Society for Neuroscience, has honored Allegheny College professor E. Lee Coates with its Career Achievement Award.

The presentation took place in Chicago during the group’s annual meeting in October. Two Allegheny alumnae, Amy Jo Stavnezer, the academic organization’s incoming president, and outgoing president Lisa Gabel presented Coates with the award.

One of the organization’s highest honors, the Career Achievement Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to undergraduate neuroscience education and research. Coates, who has been at Allegheny since 1992, teaches in the biology department and in the neuroscience and global health studies programs.

“Lee is an accomplished teacher and scholar,” said Gabel. “His former students describe him as an exceptional mentor and friend. His impact on their careers is felt long after they have left the halls of the biology and neuroscience departments at Allegheny College.”

Coates is the project director of a $1.5 million undergraduate science education grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to build a global health program at Allegheny College. The grant supports the establishment of an interdisciplinary major, creation of two tenure-track faculty positions, resources for faculty and curriculum development, collaborative research opportunities for students on and off campus, and opportunities for students to engage in health-related study experiences both abroad and in the United States.

He was also the director of a $400,000 W.M. Keck Foundation grant titled “Ways of knowing and habits of mind: Exploring the intersection between neuroscience and the humanities.” The grant funded the development of four interdisciplinary courses at Allegheny College: “Neuroscience and Dance Movement,” “Neuroscience of the Visual Arts,” “Mind and Brain” and “History of Neuroscience.”

Additionally, Coates has been awarded more than $98,000 by the National Institutes of Health and $82,000 by the National Science Foundation to fund his research on nasal CO2 receptors and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

“I was surprised and honored to receive the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Career Achievement Award and humbled to be in the company of past recipients,” said Coates. “While the award was given to me, in part, for my role in the development of the neuroscience program and interdisciplinary neuroscience and humanities courses, my Allegheny neuroscience colleagues should share this recognition with me as I couldn’t have developed these programs without them.”

“I am also honored to be recognized for my teaching and mentoring of neuroscience students, although the real reward is following the careers and achievements of our neuroscience graduates,” said Coates. “I enjoy keeping in contact with the graduates and seeing many of our neuroscience alumni at the yearly Society for Neuroscience meeting. Based on the success of our graduates it appears that we have developed a first-rate undergraduate neuroscience program that prepares students well for life after Allegheny.”

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Coates Is Honored with Career Achievement Award

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN), part of the Society for Neuroscience, awarded Professor of Biology and Neuroscience Lee Coates the Career Achievement Award in October. Two Allegheny College alumnae, incoming FUN president Amy Jo Stavnezer ’94 and outgoing FUN president Lisa Gabel ’96, presented the award to Professor Coates.

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Professor Conklin Co-authors Chapter in “Neuropsychology of Cardiovascular Disease”

Sarah Conklin, associate professor of psychology, neuroscience and global health studies and chair of the Neuroscience Program, co-authored a book chapter with Matthew Muldoon, MD, MPH, titled “Effects of Cholesterol and N-3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function, Decline, and Dementia” in Neuropsychology of Cardiovascular Disease, 2nd Edition, Taylor and Francis.

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Professor Conklin and Students Present Research at American Psychosomatic Society Meeting

Associate Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Global Health Studies Sarah Conklin presented her research at the American Psychosomatic Society annual meeting held March 18-21 in Savannah, Georgia. Two students attended the conference with her. Nicole Masters ’15 presented the results from her Senior Project conducted with Professor Conklin and Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Deb Dickey. Her project was titled “Experiences of physical and emotional abuse are associated with blunted cardiovascular reactions to psychological stress.” The project, currently under peer-review, was a multi-year effort. Her coauthors also attended the meeting: Annie T. Ginty ’09, now at the University of Pittsburgh as a postdoctoral fellow in behavioral medicine; Eliza B. Nelson ’12, now at the University of Saint Andrews School of Medicine, Health Psychology, UK; and Karen Kaye ’14, now at Brandeis University, Psychology. Katelyn Nicewander ’15 also presented the results of her Senior Project, which she conducted with Professor Conklin and Assistant Professor of Psychology Lydia Jackson. Her project was titled “Lavender essential oil aromatherapy does not reduce cardiovascular reactions to acute psychological stress in the laboratory: results from a preliminary randomized control trial.” Katelyn’s project is currently being prepared for peer review.

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Professors Boynton, Coates and Reeck Co-author Article in “Peer Review”

After attending two AAC&U workshops on Faculty Leadership and Integrative Learning, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Eric Boynton, Professor of Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Health Studies Lee Coates, and Associate Professor of French Laura Reeck co-authored an article, “Opening the Doors for Faculty Collaboration: The Case of the Allegheny Gateway,” which appears in the current issue of AAC&U’s journal Peer Review.

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Professor Coates Publishes Chapter in “New Directions in Higher Education”

Professor of Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Health Studies Lee Coates recently published a chapter titled “Developing Research Skills Across the Undergraduate Curriculum” with co-authors Simon Gray (The College of Wooster), Ann Fraser (Kalamazoo College), and Pam Pierce (The College of Wooster) in New Directions in Higher Education – Enhancing and Expanding Undergraduate Research: A Systems Approach (No. 169, Spring 2015, Wiley Periodicals). In addition, Professor Coates recently served as a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) facilitator for a workshop held at Trinity Washington University on “Integrating Research into the Curriculum” and presented a talk on “Undergraduate Research across the Curriculum.”

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Lauren French encourages neurogenesis research of crayfish

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Students collaborate in hopes of reversing neurological disorders

By Tyler Stigall, Contributing Writer
February 19, 2015
The Campus

The laboratory of Dr. Lauren French, associate professor and department chair of biology at Allegheny, has a conspicuous lack of lab mice. French’s model organism of choice is a slightly less common test subject: the crayfish. Fortunately, she approaches her work with a sense of humor.

“This is the crunchy and squishy biology, as opposed to the warm and fuzzy,” she described.

What had been taken as biological gospel ten years ago is now being reexamined by Aydin Alikaya, ’15, and Gianni Vinci, ’15, two neuroscience students at Allegheny. The duo, former students and advisees of French, are exploring the process and mechanisms of neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells, in crayfish—hence her reference to the lack of lab mice.

Read the full story.

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Work by Faculty and Alumna Presented at Annual Meeting of American Public Health Association

Professor of Psychology Patricia Rutledge, Assistant Director of Admissions Kelsy Reisinger ’12 and Associate Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Global Health Studies Sarah Conklin presented “Study drugs and academic integrity: Association between beliefs about an academic honor code and non-medical prescription drug use for academic reasons” at the recent annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

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