This is TEN!
I hope you enjoy the walk down memory lane that Liz Weaver has brought to life within these (electronic) pages. Click on the left hand side of this page for more ‘This is Ten’ content!
The Neuroscience Institute (NI) at Georgia State University was launched in 2008. Its birth is recounted in this issue in words and pictures, honoring the institutions and people who made it possible. Prominent among many key achievements of our first 10 years are the successful establishment of both a PhD and BS degree in Neuroscience.
This year also brings several new faces in leadership positions. For example, Jacqueline Laures-Gore is now the chair of the Interdisciplinary Committee that runs the Brains & Behavior Program, and Joe Normandin has taken the helm of both our undergraduate Neuroscience major and our Dual Degree (BS/MS) program in Neuroscience. In the Fall, a new University Center housed in the NI was established: the Center for Neuroinflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases, directed by Javier Stern. Geert de Vries stepped down as Director of the NI in July, 2017, to become Associate Vice President for Research & Economic Development. I was appointed as the new NI Director, joining Marise Parent, who assumed the role of Associate Director just last year.
The combination of our special anniversary with all this “newness” contributes to a sense that we are standing on a pivot point – one decade of past achievements behind us, and the second about to begin. One project that I am interested in pursuing together with our Director of Graduate Studies, Chuck Derby, is establishing a stand-alone Master’s program in Neuroscience and developing innovative neuroscience graduate programs at the MS and/or PhD level that enhance the career-readiness of our graduates (dare I call it a Second Decade Initiative – 2DI?). With all of the new leadership now in place, look for fresh ideas in other arenas as well.
I am grateful to the many forward-looking people who made the first 10 years of the NI possible.
Nancy G. Forger