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Reed senior wins Fulbright to pursue neurological research in Sweden


Nicholson will investigate if the hormone ghrelin increases the pleasurable effects of alcohol from a neurological standpoint in cases of alcohol addiction


Portland, Ore (April 21, 2010)--Reed College student Marjorie Nicholson has won a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue neurological research at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Nicholson is a senior in Reed’s psychology department.

“I am looking forward to diving into this awesome adventure,” said Nicholson. “I would like to thank everyone in the Reed community for their help, love, and support. I could not have done it without them.”

Nicholson will conduct her research in the laboratory of physiologist Dr. Suzanne Dickson at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at Gothenburg. She will investigate if the hormone ghrelin increases the pleasurable effects of alcohol from a neurological standpoint in cases of alcohol addiction.

“Marjorie’s ideas are rather advanced for such a young researcher and I was much impressed,” wrote Dr. Dickson.

The Fulbright program provides students with the chance to exchange values, knowledge, and ideas with citizens and institutions abroad. It was founded under legislation drawn up by the late Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 and is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Today, the Fulbright program operates in more than 150 countries and its scholarships are among the most highly coveted academic awards worldwide.

One of the aims of the Fulbright program is to promote cross-cultural awareness. To that end, Marjorie, who is an accomplished cellist, also looks forward to playing classical music during her stay in Gothenburg. In addition, as an avid dancer, she is excited to dive into Sweden's folk dance and burgeoning Lindy hop scene during her time abroad.