Liberal Arts Research and Scholarly Work newsletter 9.28.20


Debra Bangasser, Director, Neuroscience Program and Associate Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience


There are sex differences in the rates and presentation of most psychiatric disorders. High levels of stress make psychiatric disorders worse, so studying how stress leads to pathology is important. However, most preclinical studies that try to identify the cause of, or develop treatments for, psychiatric disorders use only male subjects. This has led to a poor understanding of female neurobiology and likely contributes to the higher rates of adverse drug reactions in women than in men. My research has always included both male and female rodents and compared the sexes to identify factors that promote vulnerability or resilience to stress.

One ongoing line of research in the lab investigates the effects of the stress hormone, corticotropin releasing factor (CRF), on arousal and cognition. An important research finding is female rodents are more resilient than males to the memory impairing effects of CRF. A recently funded NSF grant aims to identify the factors that confer this female resilience, because understanding why females are protected may lead to novel therapeutics for treating memory impairments during stressful times. Outside of the lab, I have educated researchers, the medical field, and the public about the importance of including both sexes in preclinical research through efforts like publishing in Scientific American Mind and developing videos for VJ Neurology. The field is beginning to appreciate that studying both sexes is critical to develop treatments for psychiatric disorders that work well in everyone.



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Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (National Science Foundation)

Deadlines vary based on discipline from October 19 - October 22

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF) (National Science Foundation)

Deadline is November 1

Collaborative Research Program (National Endowment for the Humanities)

Deadline is December 2

Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations (National Endowment for the Humanities)

Deadline is December 2



Kevin Henry (Geography and Urban Studies) has received funding from the University of San Francisco (NIH) for the project entitled, Ethnicity and Nativity in Cancer - Latino & Asian Enclaves.

For the project entitled, Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program, Anthony Luongo (Criminal Justice) has received continuation funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.



Stata Available for All in Liberal Arts

CLA IT is happy to announce that Stata is now available via a College-wide site license. All Liberal Arts faculty, students, and staff have access.

The MP2 (two core) flavor of Stata is available, any version up to the newest version. Stata is available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux (Stata is not available on iPad, ChromeBook, or Android). When newer versions of Stata are released they will be made available shortly after release.

Those in Liberal Arts can download Stata from Download and install is a self-service process, no IT staff needed. Note this does not apply to other Schools & Colleges at Temple, only Liberal Arts.

Reminder: New Fringe Benefit Rates Announced

Temple University recently completed negotiations with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to determine the employee benefit billing rates for the upcoming fiscal year. The new rates are effective from July 1, 2020 through June 20, 2021. Read the full announcement here.

Reminder: NSF Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats

Required beginning October 1, 2020.

NSF has announced the availability of formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of proposals that fall under the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide. Although use of an NSF-approved format for submission of these proposal sections is not required until implementation of the revised PAPPG (NSF 20-1) on October 1, 2020, NSF is encouraging proposers to begin using the NSF-approved formats now.


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