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08/31/1995 07:00:00

Caltech Neuroscientist Receives McDonnell-Pew Grant

PASADENA—Alexander Grunewald, a postdoctoral scholar in neuroscience at Caltech, has received a three-year, $105,000 grant from the McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Grunewald will apply the grant to his studies of how the brain processes sounds and localizes them in space, and how space is represented in the cortex of the brain's parietal lobe. His research project, which concerns "body- and world-centered representations of auditory targets in the posterior parietal cortex," builds on and extends his doctoral research into how the brain processes visual information.

Grunewald, who finished his Ph.D. at Boston University this past spring, is conducting his research in the laboratory of Richard Andersen, the Boswell Professor of Neuroscience at Caltech. Grunewald earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics at King's College in London, England. He won the Outstanding Referee Award from the IEEE Computer Society Press in 1994 for his work reviewing a book manuscript, and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the International Neural Network Society.

The McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience is a collaborative effort established by the James S. McDonnell Foundation of St. Louis, Missouri; and The Pew Charitable Trusts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The program supports innovative, interdisciplinary research of the highest caliber that is unlikely to be funded from traditional sources. Since its inception in 1990, the program has awarded $22 million in support of institutional centers and individual investigators.

Written by John Avery