Dr. Cassella Named President-Elect of Neuroscience Honor Society

Sarah Cassella, Ph.D., assistant professor of Neuroscience, has been named president-elect of Nu Rho Psi (NRP), the only honor society in neuroscience. Cassella will serve a three-year term beginning October 22.

Sarah Cassella, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience

Dr. Cassella launched a Loras chapter of NRP in 2018 and serves as advisor. Loras College is just the third school in Iowa to have an NRP chapter. Students are invited to become members if they meet rigorous academic standards that have been set at the national level.

“My enthusiasm for teaching and neuroscience has brought me to where I am today: exposing undergraduates to this field and helping them succeed in it, and finding ways to engage my community and make neuroscience accessible,” Dr. Cassella said in her platform statement. “The mission of Nu Rho Psi has reinforced these priorities.”

Chapters of NRP sponsor outreach events in their communities, celebrate research in regional and national meetings, among other neuroscience-related things.

For her term, Dr. Cassella is planning to work on member networking and publicity for outreach events across the country.

NRP is a non-profit organization made up of neuroscientists. Their purpose is to encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience; award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence in scholarship; advance the discipline of neuroscience; encourage intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in neuroscience and related fields; promote career development in neuroscience and related fields; increase public awareness of neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society, and encourage service to the community.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).