The sdy prize is an award given to undergraduate linguistics students who excel in their studies. The winner is selected by a panel of judges who evaluates their work. The winners receive both financial assistance and networking opportunities. In order to qualify for the sdy prize, applicants must complete original research that has been published in a peer reviewed journal. The sdy prize was established in 1925 to honor Algernon Sydney Sullivan, who lived with the adage “Reach out both hands in constant helpfulness.”
The winners of the 2022 Sydney Taylor Book Awards were announced today at a ceremony at LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience held from Jan. 21 – 24. The Sydney Taylor Book Award is administered by the Association of Jewish Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA). It was named in memory of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series author Sydney Taylor. The 2022 winning titles were selected from a pool of 57 books entered in the competition. They were chosen for exemplifying high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.
To be eligible for the sdy prize, students must be fulltime university students who are in their third year of a degree program and in at least the top half of their class. They must also have conducted original linguistics research that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The winner of the sdy prize will be awarded a cash prize and will be invited to speak at the annual sdy prize symposium.
In a behavioral test of stereotypic behavior, sdy mice showed less activity than wild type mice. They spent fewer minutes in the center of the field and did not spend much time performing vertical behavior, as shown by counts of behavior in the open field. These results suggest that the sdy mutation affects the ability to regulate locomotor activity and to inhibit stereotypic behaviors.
KTo, KTa and SH carried out the behavioral experiments and performed the statistical analysis. MT and TM participated in the design of the study and helped to draft the manuscript. RH was responsible for the overall project design, analysis and interpretation of data and was involved in drafting the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript. This study was supported by a grant from the Australian Research Council. This article is adapted from an earlier sdy prize news story.