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Psychology professor and alumnae present at 39th Annual Neurobehavioral Teratology Society Meeting


Psychology professor and alumnae present at 39th Annual Neurobehavioral Teratology Society Meeting

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Three Thiel College alumnae participated in research presentations at the 39th Annual Neurobehavioral Teratology Society meeting held in Montreal from June 27 to July 1.

Shayla Percy ’15 (pictured with presentation, above), a valedictorian from this year’s graduating class, and Michelle Blose ’12 (photo inset, above) first-authored research poster presentations, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Laura R.G. Pickens, Ph.D., ’06 served as second author on both presentations.

Percy’s presentation was entitled “The Impact of Enrichment on Spatial Memory in Long Evans Rats Exposed to Ethanol.”

“Her research would not have been possible without the generous donation from Dr. Carl Hoffman ’65, H’10 for the purchase of specialized animal video tracking software and equipment,” Pickens said.

Percy starts medical school in the fall at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wisc.).

Blose’s presentation was entitled “The Effect of Adolescent Nicotine Exposure on Morris Water Maze Spatial Learning and Retention in the Adult Male Long-Evans Rat: A Pilot Study.” Blose could not attend the conference, but Pickens presented on her behalf.

Blose attends graduate school at Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

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Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 and remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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