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Newsmaker: Marlene Cohen

| Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
Marlene Cohen, the newsmaker for Friday.
An associate professor at Pitt, Cohen’s essay “When Attention Wanders,” was the 2012 Grand Prize winner of the international competition for The Eppendorf and Science Prize for Neurobiology.
Marlene Cohen, the newsmaker for Friday. An associate professor at Pitt, Cohen’s essay “When Attention Wanders,” was the 2012 Grand Prize winner of the international competition for The Eppendorf and Science Prize for Neurobiology.

Noteworthy: Her essay, “When Attention Wanders,” was the 2012 Grand Prize winner of the international competition for The Eppendorf and Science Prize for Neurobiology, which encourages the work of promising young neurobiologists.

Age: 33

Residence: Shadyside

Occupation: Assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Pitt.

Background: Her group at Pitt uses physiological, behavioral and computational methods to study what information groups of neurons transmit and how variability in sensory neurons affects perception.

Education: Doctorate in neuroscience, Stanford University, 2007; bachelor's degree in mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001.

Quote: “One of the special things about the award is that it recognizes scientific findings and the ability to communicate the scientific findings.”

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