The institute has become increasingly involved with undergraduate education and will now report directly to the dean of Arts and Sciences, according to a new arrangement approved on Feb. 1. Mind/Brain had reported to the university's provost.
The institute, located in Krieger Hall, was founded in 1990, in part through a $7.5 million donation from Zanvyl Krieger and the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund.
Mind/Brain will continue to be independent of Arts and Sciences, much like the Space Telescope Science Institute; although STScI is not part of Johns Hopkins, some faculty from Hopkins have joint appointments there, said Richard McCarty, interim dean of Arts and Sciences.
"We are not creating a new department," McCarty said.
Current Mind/Brain scientists are members of the School of Medicine faculty. Future appointments to Mind/Brain will be made through both Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine, he said. Adjunct appointments will likely be made.
Mind/Brain researchers work extensively with departments at Homewood, including Psychology and Cognitive Science, and they are directly involved with undergraduate education. A new neuroscience major was made available to undergraduates in the fall of 1996.
"The Mind/Brain Institute has always been interactive with colleagues both in the medical school and at Homewood," said Guy McKhann, director of Mind/Brain and a professor of neurology. "We intend to retain that relationship and still maintain close ties to the medical school."