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Honored Vassar Alum Will Discuss "Mind, Brain, and Music" Connection

Poughkeepsie, NY (February 2, 2005) — Pathbreaking psychologist, Tufts University provost, and Vassar College graduate Jamshed Bharucha will discuss the connection of "Mind, Brain & Music" on Thursday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m. in Sander's Auditorium on the Vassar campus. The Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College (AAVC) has selected Bharucha for its fourth annual Distinguished Achievement Award, which honors a graduate who has reached the highest level of his or her field of endeavor, while exemplifying the ideals of a liberal arts education.

Wide acclaim for Bharucha's research, on the cognitive and neural basis of the perception of music, has earned him the editor's post at the journals Music Perception, Psychological Review, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications, and is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, Discover magazine, and the NOVA program on PBS.

"Most institutions of higher education confront students with hurdles if they seek to cross departmental boundaries," said Bharucha. "Institutional boundaries are merely convenient mechanisms for organizing people and information; they should not be rigid, and they should not get in the way of teaching and scholarship."

Bharucha is the former Dean of the Faculty at Dartmouth College, where he began as a psychology professor, and eventually joined the interdisciplinary programs in Cognitive Neuroscience, Electro-Acoustic Music, and Linguistics & Cognitive. He has been a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford Bharucha has been awarded grants from the NIH, the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stress, and the Rockefeller Center in addition to awards from Stanford, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and Dartmouth.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1978, with a degree in biopsychology, Jamshed Bharucha earned both an M.A. in philosophy from Yale University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University

For more information, please call Mary Fleshood, Executive Assistant of the Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College (AAVC), at (845) 437-5438. Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 2, 2005