Governance

Governance

Department Head
Jim DiCarlo

Associate Department Head of Education
Michale Fee

Graduate Officer
Matt Wilson

Undergraduate Officer
Laura Schulz

Postdoctoral Officer
Mark Bear

Administrative Officer
Pia Handsom

Space Czar
Nancy Kanwisher

BCS Council

The Council sets priorities and plans long-term strategies for the department, and reflects the voice of the BCS faculty to guide decision-making.

Jim DiCarlo (Chair)
Emery Brown (IMES, IDSS)
Gloria Choi (Junior Faculty Representative)
Bob Desimone (MIBR)
Michale Fee (Systems Area Representative)
Steven Flavell (Junior Faculty Representative)
Pia Handsom (Staff)
Troy Littleton (Cellular / Molecular Area Representative)
Tomaso Poggio (CBMM)
Rebecca Saxe (Cognitive Area Representative)
Mriganka Sur (SCSB)
Josh Tenenbaum (Computation Area Representative)
Li-Huei Tsai (PILM)

 

BCS Education Committee

The Education Committee creates, reviews and approves curricula, classes, qualifying exams, and undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Michale Fee (chair)
Jim DiCarlo
Guoping Feng
Ted Gibson
Myriam Heiman
Rebecca Saxe
Laura Schulz
Matt Wilson
Meredith Canode

Student representatives
Emily Mackevicius
Simon Kornblith
Hilary Richardson
Chen Sun

Jillian Auerbach (staff)

BCS Graduate Student Affairs Committee

The Graduate Student Affairs oversees the graduate program, including recruitment, admissions, mentorship, and student progress through the qualifying exams.

Matt Wilson (chair)
Mark Harnett (Rotations Coordinator)
Roger Levy (First year student advisor)
Kay Tye (Qualifying Exam Coordinator)
Meredith Canode (staff)

 

BCS Graduate Admissions Committee

Graduate Admissions oversees the admissions cycle

Matt Wilson (chair) 
Michale Fee 
Ted Gibson 
Mehrdad Jazayeri
Elly Nedivi
Julianne Gale (staff)

BCS Seminar Committee

The Seminar Committee assesses current BCS colloquia series and oversees improvements. Reviews and approves proposals for new series or speakers.

Alan Jasanoff (chair)
Yingxi Lin
Josh McDermott
Earl K. Miller
Drazen Prelec
Dheeraj Roy (grad student rep)
Andreas Wutz (postdoc rep)
Weifeng Xu
Feng Zhang
Federico Chivazza (staff)

BCS Diversity Committee

The overarching charge of the BCS Diversity Committee is to enhance the richness of our department’s composition.  We seek to attract the brightest scientists from all walks of life, and to foster an inclusive, fair and cordial culture where every individual, irrespective of his/her background, has a real chance to excel. A specific charge of the BCS Diversity Committee is to review current practices and identify actionable opportunities for improvement.

Pawan Sinha (chair)
Emilio Bizzi
Emery Brown
Pia Handsom (BCS AO)
John Gabrieli 
Ann Graybiel
Mandana Sassanfar 
Kate White (staff) 

BCS Junior Faculty Mentoring Committee

The charge of the BCS Junior Faculty Mentoring Committee is to assess the needs of junior faculty, remcommend strategies to ensure effecitve mentoprship, and help junior faculty obtain effective mentorship. This Committee is not an evaluation body, but a venue in which junior faculty can get advice without concern that they are being judged.

Nancy Kanwisher (chair)
Ted Adelson
Mark Bear 
Martha Constantine-Paton 
​Elly Nedivi 
Molly Potter
Gerald Schneider
Kate White (staff) 

BCS Community Conveners

The Community Conveners are members of specific BCS sub-communities who assess needs, organize events, and represent their communities in decision-making processes.

Postdocs
Hector De Jesus-Cortes
Ashley Watson

Grad students
Daniel Estandian
Meg McCue

Undergraduates
Nahom Marie
Leigh-Ana Rossitto

Staff
Pia Handsom