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Georgia Gets New Neuroscience Center
By Steve Bunk
Reductionist science is overemphasized, declares zoologist Pat Marsteller, director of the Hughes Undergraduate Program at Emory University. "As my grandfather would say, they're learning more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing." What's needed now, she thinks, is "interdisciplinary programs to bring new kinds of scientists to the fore." By that, she means, "scientists who are really trained to use all the tools across the spectrum, from molecular biology to behavioral analysis."
Accordingly, more than 60 neuroscientists in a consortium of eight Georgia educational institutions led by Emory have received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding of about $20 million for five years, beginning November 1, to establish a behavioral neuroscience center. One of five new Science and Technology Centers funded by NSF, it will be a multisite institution that...