Keynote Speaker


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Thomas J. Carew, Ph.D.
Bren Professor and Chair
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior

Thomas J. Carew received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 1970. After spending three post-doctoral years at NYU Medical School, he joined the faculty of Columbia Medical School. In 1983, he was recruited to Yale University, where he was named the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and a Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. In January 2000, he joined UCI’s faculty as a Bren Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior.

For the last 30 years, Professor Carew’s research has focused on a deceptively simple question: how is it that we remember some things for a few seconds and other things for a lifetime? His work has examined the cellular and molecular events that take place in the brain to accomplish the seemingly effortless but actually quite remarkable tasks involved in encoding, storing and retrieving different forms of memory.

Professor Carew is a former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Yale, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, an elected Member of the Society for Experimental Psychology, and a past Councilor of the Society for Neuroscience. He is also the recipient of several awards, including a MERIT Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Yale College Dylan Hixon Prize for excellence in teaching in the natural sciences. He is a member of several editorial and science advisory boards that address the general area of learning and memory. Professor Carew’s most recent honor was being named a Bren Professor at UCI, joining the ranks of the other distinguished Bren Professors on campus, including the noted evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala and the atmospheric chemist F. Sherwood Rowland, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.