“I would like to thank Americans for Medical Progress for selecting me and my co-applicant, Scott Dobrin, as the 2010 Hayre fellows. I have a passion for outreach as well as a passion for science. As an animal researcher, I have a first-hand understanding of the importance and benefit of humane animal research and am thrilled that AMP has chosen me and Scott to be leaders in educating the youth of our community on this critically important topic. Thanks to AMP and its supporters for taking a stand to make a difference and for allowing us to be a part of that difference; it is truly an honor!”
Elizabeth Burnett is currently a PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Arizona State University in 2001. She conducted behavioral research at the Southwest National Primate Research Center/Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, Texas for five years before entering the Program in Neuroscience in 2006. Her current research examines the neurobiological correlates of alcoholism in a monkey model of heavy drinking. As a result of her experiences as a researcher both at Southwest and at Wake Forest, Elizabeth has become an avid advocate for the humane use of animals in research and has extensive knowledge of animal rights and welfare issues.
In addition to research, Elizabeth has a passion for public outreach which extends from her time at Arizona State to her current position as a graduate student at Wake Forest. For the past four years she has been a leader in the Wake Forest University Brain Awareness Council, a graduate student run organization that promotes education of the public on topics in neuroscience. As School Visits and Volunteer Chairperson, Elizabeth coordinates visits to K-12 classrooms where graduate student volunteers run activities enabling K-12 students to learn about the brain and other topics in neuroscience in a fun and engaging manner. Elizabeth has also helped to develop new educational programs for both children and adults through the Brain Awareness Council and also assists in the education of entry level graduate students through professional development and neuroanatomy courses.
“Previous awardees of the Americans for Medical Progress Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach have made outstanding strides in educating the public about the importance of animal research in modern science. I am proud to continue this tradition of promoting the humane use of animals in research through science outreach programs. Together with my co-fellow, Elizabeth Burnett, and the rest of the AMP team, I look forward to creating and discussing with other educators new approaches to opening dialogues with the public. It is a great honor to be a Hayre Fellow and I want to thank AMP and their donors for this great opportunity”
Scott Dobrin is a doctoral candidate in the Neuroscience Program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2003 from the University of Florida and his Masters of Science in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 2006. Scott’s dissertation research focuses on the effects of experience on brain structure by studying honey bees in their natural environment and has previously studied non-synaptic axon-glia communication in rodents. He has presented his research and outreach activities at numerous regional and national meetings, including the Society for Neuroscience.
Scott is a leader of the Wake Forest University Brain Awareness Council, a graduate student run organization providing community neuroscience outreach. As Brain Awareness Week Chair, he has helped organize an expanded 2 month season of programs for students of all ages. Scott also has served as a teaching assistant at both North Carolina State and Wake Forest Universities in introductory biology