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Rachel Hokenson

A second year PhD student, Rachael Hokenson, has been awarded the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory’s Roger W. Russell Award

June 2, 2020

Rachael Hokenson, a second year PhD student, has been awarded the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory’s Roger W. Russell Award.

Hokenson is studying in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the UCI School of Medicine, and her advisor is, Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD, director of the Conte Center at UCI.

"Rachael’s research focuses on understanding why men and women respond differently to events such as mass shootings or natural disasters, in which multiple, acute stresses (physical, social, emotional) happen all at the same time, said Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD, Danette Shepard professor of neurological sciences, with appointments in several departments at UCI. “She is carrying innovative experiments on rodent models with passion and amazing intelligence. Rachael is a consummate team-player, community leader and humanitarian. The incentive fellowship she got from UCI to choose us over other universities is likely one of the best investments UCI School of Medicine has ever made. “

“With the Roger W. Russell Award I plan to attend conferences geared towards the neuroscience community and those interested in sex differences, said Hokenson. “I plan on using these funds so that I can share my research about how stress impacts memory differently in females and males.” 

The Roger W. Russell Award in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory is awarded in memory of Dr. Roger W. Russell to recognize an individual who demonstrates dedication to exacting scholarship, integrity, collegiality, and steadfast support of the goals and programs of the CNLM.

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