Department celebrates 50 years of innovation

  • Message from the Head

Department celebrates 50 years of innovation

by 

Jim DiCarlo, MD PhD

2015 marked the 50th anniversary year of the department’s graduate program.  Founded by Hans-Lukas Teuber in 1964 as the Department of Psychology with the then-radical vision that the study of brain and mind are inseparable, the department was envisioned as an interdisciplinary department covering multiple levels of analysis with the end goal of understanding how the brain gives rise to the mind. Today, BCS continues to shape the frontiers of the rapidly evolving fields of molecular and cellular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, cognitive science, computation, and cognitive neuroscience.

To celebrate this milestone, we hosted a three hour reception on campus highlighting the department’s many scientific contributions over the years. For those of you who were unable to join us in person, I hope that this special, longer edition of our biannual newsletter will allow you to experience a snapshot of a very exciting event in building 46.

As I read through this issue, I am reminded of the wonderful legacy our past students, faculty, staff and researchers have left behind and am inspired by those here presently carrying forward that excellence into the future. We may have the chance – within our lifetimes – to uncover answers to some of the biggest questions about how the brain gives rise to the mind.  The technology now being created within the MIT campus offers us so many opportunities to refine our study of the brain and mind in ways we could not have begun to imagine even 15 years ago.

Great progress has been made.  The brain is the next frontier. We have an opportunity to seize this moment and, perhaps, to change human history.  

We are honored and excited to be part of it all.