The chair was created by the donation of Robin and Richard Patton in memory of Mrs. Patton's father, Bronson Ingram, a Nashville corporate and civic leader who served as president of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust from 1991 until 1995.
"To be named the E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Neuroscience is a singular honor for which I am very grateful to Robin and Richard Patton," Schall said. "It provides us with both an opportunity and a responsibility to accomplish more. I am committed to ensuring that our effort and achievements are worthy of the Pattons' generosity."
In addition to his role as professor in the Department of Psychology, Schall is director of the Center for Integrative & Cognitive Neuroscience, director of the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center and a senior investigator with the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. He studies various aspects of cognition, including how the brain processes visual information, produces attention and awareness, controls actions and knows when it makes a mistake. Work like his holds great promise for addressing challenges such as vision impairment, learning disorders and Alzheimer's disease.
"Jeff embodies what is unique about our outstanding faculty at Vanderbilt," Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Nicholas Zeppos said. "He is engaged in important research that will have a profound effect on the lives of people; he is a committed and inspiring teacher of undergraduates, who actively participate in his research; and he is deeply committed to being part of a community engaged in serious and civil debate on
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