Institute News Fall 2017 Issue 42

Emilio Bizzi Becomes Emeritus Professor

Photo: Kent Dayton
Photo: Kent Dayton

We congratulate Emilio Bizzi on becoming an Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT. Bizzi is a founding member of the McGovern Institute, an elected member of the National Academies of Science and of Medicine, and a past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In a long and distinguished career, he has been a pioneer in the field of motor control, including the neural mechanisms that control eye movements, limb posture and motor learning. He has also played an important leadership role at MIT, overseeing the 1986 merger of the psychology department and the neuroscience program to form what is now the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences—one of the first university departments anywhere to reflect the deep connection between psychology and brain research. Although retiring from laboratory research, Bizzi will maintain an office at MIT, where he plans to write about his findings and theoretical insights from his many years of neuroscience research. He intends to remain actively involved with the McGovern Institute.

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