This year’s UC Davis Young Alumnus Award winner Richard Addante Ph.D. ’11 – only seven years out from graduating with a PhD in Neurosciecne – is already the only psychologist to participate in a NASA simulation mission to Mars. During the mission, his team helped develop NASA’s understanding of challenges that may arise for humans confined together in a long mission.
Addante has contributed to experts’ understanding of how non-conscious memory works for individuals suffering from amnesia. He has published several papers of research discoveries along with CNS faculty Charan Ranganath, Andy Yonelinas, and John Olchiney.
“Everything I’ve accomplished has been with hard work and good graces, with the intention of helping people,” Addante explains. “It looks like I do all of these things, but anything that I have been fortunate to do is contingent upon a team of supporters, fellow Aggies, UC Davis faculty, coworkers and more.”