Jane Southall Bottenstein

Profile Updated: June 17, 2021
Class of 1958
Residing In: Surprise, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Gerald Bottenstein (deceased)
Children, Grandchildren: Son Marc Bottenstein born 1961 and granddaughter Jennifer Bottenstein born 1994
Occupation title: Retired University Professor
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Jane Bottenstein

Occupation/Career(s) Details:

B.A. in Psychology UCLA 1971 and Ph.D. in Neuroscience UCLA 1976. Professor at UCLA first and then at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Retired in 2006 and moved close to family in 2010. I now live in a golfing community Sun City Grand near Phoenix AZ.

Published Author, Writer

Cell Culture in the Neurosciences (1985)
Neural Stem Cells: Development and Transplantation (2003)
Numerous scientific journal articles and book chapters in field of developmental neuroscience (1976-2006)

Different places I have lived:

Fort Sill OK, South Pasadena CA, Ashiya Japan, Ontario CA, Hollywood CA, Beverly Hills CA, Sherman Oaks CA, Del Mar CA, Encinitas CA, Westwood CA, Galveston TX, League City TX, Surprise AZ.

Elementary school and junior high/middle school(s) that I attended.

Marengo Elementary School, South Pasadena (1st grade)

Numerous elementary and junior high schools in-between, including the American School, Ashiya Japan (5th grade) and Villa Cabrini Academy, Burbank (4th grade and 9th grade)

Chaffey High School, Ontario
South Pasadena High School
Hollywood High School

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Jessie Huehn (Otterstrom) 1958
Nora (Miriam) Van Dycke (Lloyd) 1956 (deceased)

Milestones & Epiphanies:

Motherhood and grandmotherhood. Graduating from UCLA with a B.A. and Ph.D. Received National Institutes of Health Research Career Award; published two books in the Neuroscience field and numerous articles in scientific journals and books; and mentored many graduate and medical students as well as postdoctoral fellows from many countries. Traveled in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. I know that friends and family are a gift, that a career can be very satisfying, that traveling broadens your world view, that learning and adapting should be lifelong goals, and that love is a wondrous thing.

[Date] What's happening in my life now:

Retirement nirvana, family, friends, some travel, and improving my golf game.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

Reading, golf, computers.

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

Classic rock, modern and smooth jazz, some electronic/techno, some new age, and definitely classical. Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis; and J.S. Bach.

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

European and Russian classics; political, historical, and especially scientific non-fiction; mysteries and hard sci-fi books. The Economist and Macworld magazines. Drama, sci-fi, documentary, and biography movies. Forensic drama, mystery, news, and travel TV programs.

Things about me that you probably don't know.

Since I was a child I can write backwards (mirror writing) as in Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks. I can also write backwards and upside down simultaneously. It is a natural trait and not a learned one.

I resided in Ashiya, Japan in 1950 (age 10) during the American Occupation after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings at the end of the Second World War. I have remained in contact with a 10 year old neighbor Japanese friend and we have co-visited each other several times in the last 71 years now (currently 2021).

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