Message from the Dean: BSB Opening
Interim Dean James BartlettAs we begin this new school year, faculty, staff and students in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) are excited about the opening of the new Bioengineering and Sciences Building (BSB) on the north part of campus.

The BSB surely will accelerate our school’s leadership role in scientific research on the fundamental processes of the brain and nervous system, as well as brain-related diseases and pathologies. These are among the greatest challenges our society will face in the coming decades.

The 220,000-square-foot structure is the University’s largest academic building. Our neuroscience faculty and their laboratories are housed there, as are faculty in and laboratories for bioengineering, biology, chemistry and other related areas. In fact, one of the most exciting things about the BSB is its interdisciplinary nature. BBS researchers work daily on projects with colleagues in other disciplines, and these collaborations enhance cutting-edge research as well as the scientific education of our students.

Our BBS professors who now work in the BSB are thrilled with their new facilities. Dr. Ted Price, associate professor of neuroscience, told me that the laboratory space in the new building is “gorgeous” — far nicer than any of the many labs he has occupied in his career. He particularly is pleased by the opportunities for collaboration that come from the co-mingling of BBS professors with research faculty from other schools.

It should be noted that my predecessor as dean, the late Dr. Bert Moore, was a key figure in planning this important new building. Bert served on a team that envisioned a state-of-the-art facility that would inspire cutting-edge research, both theoretical and translational. Thanks to Bert and other campus leaders, that vision has come to fruition.

If you have the opportunity, I hope you will visit the Bioengineering and Sciences Building or find out more about the work being done there. It’s another way that our school and our University are becoming known as a top choice for scientific research and education.

Dr. James Bartlett, interim dean

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