Next Generation Award: Diasynou Fioravante and Nicole Baganz
Established in 2007, the Next Generation Award recognizes SfN chapter members who have made outstanding contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience. The award honors two individuals or teams at the pre/postdoctoral level and junior faculty level with a $300 honorarium and a $750 travel award to attend SfN’s annual meeting. Additionally, the recipients’ chapter receives $2,000 to continue outreach efforts in the coming year.
Nicole Baganz, PhD, has been active in outreach efforts as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and she will soon join her local SfN chapter leadership committee as outreach coordinator. Among her many efforts, Baganz has forged a productive relationship with the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and she has presented neuroscience in the context of yoga, drawing on her education in Eastern medicine. Notably, she organized an event called the Vanderbilt Music and Mind Exposition, which brought together the neuroscience community with Nashville’s thriving music industry and highlighted music as a way to better understand the workings of the brain.