FAU’s provost elected officer of world’s largest neuroscience group
BOCA RATON – Brenda Claiborne, PhD., Florida Atlantic University’s new provost and chief academic officer, has recently been elected to serve as an officer of the world’s largest organization of scientists and clinicians studying the brain and nervous system.
Claiborne will serve as treasurer-elect of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), which has more than 41,000 members worldwide and publishes the weekly scientific journal, The Journal of Neuroscience. Claiborne will serve a three-year term that began Nov.15, the first as an officer-elect, the second as treasurer and the final year as past-treasurer.
The SfN annual meeting, one of the largest scientific meetings with more than 30,000 attendees, is the premier venue for neuroscientists from around the world to debut cutting-edge research. SfN has 150 chapters in 47 states and in 22 countries.
“I am honored to serve as treasurer-elect of the Society for Neuroscience. The Society is one of the premier scientific organizations in the world and has played a pivotal role in my career as a neuroscientist,” said Claiborne. “I look forward to contributing to its mission, and supporting my colleagues around the globe in their research and professional endeavors.”
With the arrival of Scripps Florida and Max Planck Florida Institute on FAU’s Jupiter campus, Palm Beach County is continuing to develop as a major geographic hub for neuroscience research.
“We are extremely proud of Dr. Claiborne for being elected as an officer of this important organization,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “It is the mark of a research university to have a chief academic officer who is active in their discipline, and we are honored to be able to look to our provost for guidance as we enhance our research and academic programs in neuroscience.”
Claiborne arrived at FAU in July. Previously, she served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico. Prior to that, she spent time as both the founding director of the Institute for Aging Research, as well as dean of graduate studies and associate vice president for research at the University of Texas at San Antonio.