Supporting undergraduate achievement at UT-Austin: a challenging road to success for Iraqi refugee Qusay.

There is a great privilege and responsibility afforded to professors - they are in a position to help people achieve their career and life goals.

In November 2018, Andrew joined the UTeam program - a College of Liberal Arts (COLA) program designed to create community between professors and undergrads from under-served populations. Andrew was matched with Qusay Hussein. Qusay has a remarkable backstory, which includes surviving a bomb attack; surviving and achieving despite challenges with being blind; and arriving in the U.S. without speaking English. He is an extraordinary example of resilience and persistent positivity.

Andrew met with Qusay, and helped him find a lab/professor match in UT’s Department of Psychology. Qusay hopes to complete a Ph.D. in positive or motivational psychology.

For more, please read the story in the Department of Psychology’s Spring newsletter.

Gaudet Lab work featured in print

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Dr. Gaudet’s circadian work was featured in the Spring 2019 edition of The Spin – a magazine for individuals with spinal cord injury in British Columbia. Gaudet completed research at ICORD at the University of British Columbia for eight years, and still has links to the area. The article discusses our recent SCI-circadian studies, the story of how these studies developed, and how these results could potentially help individuals with SCI.

Spinal cord injury and circadian disruption: 2 of 2

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Dr. Gaudet published paper 2 of 2 on spinal cord injury-induced circadian disruption in Journal of Neurotrauma. This paper reveals that spinal cord injury disrupts crucial rhythms of metabolic function – even far away from the injury site – including peripheral glucose oscillations, glucose machinery mRNA in liver, and circadian rhythms in fecal output. These discoveries highlight new directions for improving spinal cord injury-elicited metabolic dysfunction.

Spinal cord injury and circadian disruption: 1 of 2

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Dr. Gaudet published paper 1 of 2 on spinal cord injury-elicited circadian disruption in eNeuro. This was a collaboration completed with colleagues at the University of Colorado Boulder. The manuscript shows for the first time that spinal cord injury disrupts various measures of circadian rhythms, including body temperature, activity, and corticosterone. These results could have implications for post-injury treatment, from acute-to-chronic phases. The paper has received press coverage! See here and here.