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Russell Poldrack is the first recipient of the Jeffrey/Wenzel Term Chair

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Russell Poldrack is the first recipient of the Wendell Jeffrey and Bernice Wenzel Term Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience.

I'm pleased to announce that the University has formally approved the selection of Russell Poldrack as the first recipient of the Wendell Jeffrey and Bernice Wenzel Term Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience.  The selection committee for the Jeffrey/Wenzel Term Chair consists of the Department Chair and Vice Chairs, plus two individuals from outside the Psychology Department (currently Arthur Arnold, Chair of the Department of Physiological Science; and Emil Reisler, Dean of the Division of Life Sciences).  Russ will hold the Jeffrey/Wenzel Chair for a period of five years.

In addition to congratulating Russ, I want to express the Department's gratitude to Jeff and Bernice for their generosity.  The gift they made to endow the Jeffrey/Wenzel chair will help fund the research of young scientists in this Department in perpetuity.  As stated in the gift agreement, the goals of the Jeffrey/Wenzel Chair are "to provide research support for especially promising young scientists, particularly when such individuals are obvious targets for recruitment by other institutions," and to support neuroscience research "on the behavior of the whole organism, not merely on the function of an organ or a subset of organs."  Given those criteria, this Department is blessed with multiple young researchers who would also have been an exemplary first recipients of the Jeffrey/Wenzel Chair and the selection committee would have loved to have had available several such term chairs.

In addition to funding this new term chair, Jeff and Bernice have also made a bequest to the University in support of graduate fellowships in the Department.  To honor Jeff and Bernice, and to give Russ a chance to say a few words about the kinds of research the funds from the chair will help him pursue, we will hold a reception and celebration early in the fall term.  Additional details will be announced.

Again, heartfelt congratulations to Russ and our deep gratitude to Jeff and Bernice.

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