Pomata Term Professorship Established at Krasnow

Posted: October 13, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Through a major gift commitment from Leonard and Virginia Pomata, the Pomata Term Professorship in Neuroscience has been established within the Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study. Leonard Pomata is a member of the George Mason Board of Visitors and serves on the university’s Campaign Committee. Virginia Pomata, his wife, is a member of Krasnow’s advisory board.

“The Pomatas have made truly a momentous contribution to moving neuroscience forward at George Mason,” says institute Director James Olds, “and we are so grateful.”

Layne Kalbfleisch, a principal investigator at Krasnow and a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education (GSE), has been named to the four-year term professorship.

“Layne is a bridge for Krasnow in several ways,” says Olds. “She’s a bridge between education and neuroscience, as she’s been formally trained in both fields; she’s an institutional bridge between Krasnow and GSE; and she’s a bridge between us and Georgetown University Medical Center, where she’s working in the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) center.”

Olds expects Kalbfleisch to be heavily involved with the institute’s own efforts to establish an fMRI research unit in the next few years. “She’s getting the training to do that at Georgetown,” Olds says.

Kalbfleisch currently heads the Krasnow Investigations of Developmental Learning and Behavior (KIDLAB) project that involves research on children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and adults with Alzheimer’s disease. She joined the university in 2002.

The new faculty position is the second one to be established at Krasnow with the help of private support. The other position is the Shelley Krasnow Endowed Chair, held by Olds.

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