Neuro-Computational Center Initiative

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Principle Investigator(s): Sharon Tettegah, Kenneth Kosik
CBSR Director; CBSR Affiliated Faculty

Tettegah has teamed with Kenneth S. Kosik, Harriman Professor of Neuroscience in UCSB’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, to establish the Neuro-Computational Center in the CSBR. The center is being supported by a $100,000 grant Kosik obtained from the Hearst Foundation. The Neuro-Computational Center is intended bring Black students at UCSB into the field of neurocomputation, which requires expertise in such diverse disciplines as statistics, programming, computer science, linguistics as well as molecular cellular and cognitive neuroscience. In a letter of support from Kosik and Spencer LaVere Smith, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, the co-directors of the UCSB Brain Initiative said the center “will cultivate a talent pool in the black community to repair the current demographic skew among graduate students and beyond.” Tettegah has already reached out to scholars in the field to serve as mentors. Members of one group, Black in Neuro, are already on board.

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