Agenda for Excellence: Initiative in Cognitive Neuroscience

We are delighted to announce an exciting academic initiative in cognitive neuroscience. It is the inaugural effort of Life Science, Technology, and Policy, an academic priority of the Agenda for Excellence. This academic priority emphasizes that vigorous research and the unimpeded pursuit of knowledge are at the very heart of our institutional mission. Fundamental scientific research is vital for the future of our University and our nation: It is a prerequisite for the applied research in which Penn also must continue to excel.

Cognitive neuroscience is at the intersection of a number of dynamic disciplines, among them biology, neurology, and psychology. There is great potential for the University to become a leader in this emerging multidisciplinary field and we have convened a faculty planning committee to explore how Penn can distinguish itself in this area. The committee is chaired by Robert Barchi, the David Mahoney Professor and Chair of Neuroscience and Neurology. The members of the committee are:

  • Robert Barchi, School of Medicine, Chair
  • Mark D'Esposito, School of Medicine
  • Marc Dichter, School of Medicine
  • Martha Farah, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Steven Fluharty, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Robert Lenox, School of Medicine
  • Charles O'Brien, School of Medicine
  • Samuel Preston, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Edward Pugh, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Alan Rosenquist, School of Medicine.

We thank the members of the committee for their commitment and look forward to the outcomes of their work.

--Judith Rodin, President

--Michael Wachter, Interim Provost

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 6, October 6, 1998