Turrigiano named to new chair

Professor Gina Turrigiano has been named the inaugural Joseph J. Levitan Chair in Visual Sciences for her research on how neural networks constantly “fine-tune” themselves even as they provide neuronal stability.
In honor of the appointment, Turrigiano will deliver a lecture titled “Self-Tuning Neurons and Brain Stability,” in Rapaporte Treasure Hall at 4:30 p.m. on April 30.
“In addition to being an outstanding scientist who is making great strides in understanding a fundamental problem in neuroscience, Gina is deeply committed to Brandeis,” says Susan Birren, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of neurobiology. “She is an excellent teacher and scientific mentor to both graduate and undergraduate students, and is a leader in our neuroscience community.”
The Joseph J. Levitan Chair in Visual Sciences was established through a gift from the late Dr. Levitan, a generous friend of Brandeis University and an optometrist with a lifelong interest in visual sciences.

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