Gordon M. Shepherd, a professor of neuroscience in the neurobiology section, Yale University School of Medicine, has been appointed deputy provost for biomedical sciences. He began his duties July 1, succeeding Edward A. Adelberg, who has retired.

Among other duties, the deputy provost oversees the Office of University Safety and the Advisory Committee for Animals in Research and Teaching, and coordinates Howard Hughes Medical Institute programs on campus. Shepherd, in conjunction with the deputy provost for the physical sciences, will also manage the Science Development Fund, which provides first-year research support for new faculty and matching funds for federal grants to purchase research equipment shared by many faculty members.

In addition to his deputy provost responsibilities, Shepherd says he plans to continue teaching and doing research part-time. His investigations focus on how nerve cells form circuits within the brain and how sensory reception occurs in the olfactory system. He also...

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