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Tufts Names New Provost

Tufts Names New ProvostJamshed Bharucha, Dartmouth's dean of faculty, will assume the post of Provost and Senior Vice President this summer.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [04.05.02] Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow today announced that he has recommended to the Board of Trustees Jamshed Bharucha, Dartmouth's dean of faculty and the John Wentworth Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, as the University's next Provost and Senior Vice President, effective Aug. 1, 2002.

"I am delighted to recommend Dr. Bharucha's appointment," Bacow said. "Jamshed Bharucha is a gifted scholar, educator and academic leader. He is highly respected by faculty colleagues and peers in the field of cognitive and brain science, and I am confident he will provide great leadership for Tufts as our next Provost."

Bacow noted that Bharucha's appointment resulted from a highly competitive national search that drew an outstanding pool of candidates and added that Bharucha brings important strengths to Tufts.

"Jamshed's scholarship is at the intersection of science, social science and the humanities," Bacow said. "He is a wonderful colleague who combines great intellect with great humility. He also has a terrific sense of humor. These qualities will serve him well as a provost."

Bharucha has held the John Wentworth Chair in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth since 1997. He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1983 as an Assistant Professor, becoming an Associate Professor in 1989 and a full Professor in 1995. He became Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences in 1997 and Deputy Provost in 2000. He was appointed Dean of the Faculty in 2001.

He also served as a member of the Linguistics and Cognitive Science program and the Electro-Acoustic Music program.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, Bharucha received a master's degree in philosophy from Yale University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. He served as a Trustee of Vassar College for eight years, and chaired the trustee committee on budget and finance for five of these years.

Bharucha has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses during his tenure at Dartmouth, ranging from Introductory Psychology to advanced subjects in perception and cognition.

He has conducted research in a variety of areas in the field of psychology and brain science, and is particularly well known for his studies of how music is perceived. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes for Health, the National Science Foundation and numerous private foundations.

Tufts' newly selected Provost has been a commentator on National Public Radio segments on music and the brain. His work has been featured in a Public Radio International program on how the human brain perceives music, and in articles on the same subject in The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and Discover magazine.

Bharucha is also an accomplished violinist.

Bharucha is a co-developer, with both professional and student colleagues, of two software products for teaching: MindLab, a Macintosh program for picture-oriented experiments in psychology; and "DartNet," a neural net simulator for the Macintosh.

A member of a National Science Foundation advisory panel, Bharucha has been the editor of one academic journal, Music Perception, and consulting editor for another, Journal of Experimental Psychology. He also has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Most recently, Bharucha's Dartmouth post has involved oversight of 580 faculty and 40 departments and interdisciplinary programs, as well as the Centers for Cognitive Neuroscience, Brain Imaging, and the Rockefeller Center for Policy.

He has had responsibility for the several joint graduate programs with the Medical School, for the Institute for Security Technology Studies (a collaboration between Computer Science, Engineering and the Medical School) and for the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network. He also has overseen the Dartmouth Library and the Offices of Computing Services, Grants and Contracts, and Technology Transfer.

"Dr. Bharucha's academic and administrative record at Dartmouth is impressive," Bacow said. "He has worked closely with deans, faculty, staff, and trustees to strengthen Dartmouth's academic programs, facilities, and research infrastructure. He has helped spearhead an upcoming capital campaign, coordinated the planning for a new life sciences building that will include Dartmouth's biology department as well as the Medical School's basic sciences, and worked with colleagues to initiate a new Teaching and Learning Center."

"Jamshed clearly enjoys fostering cross-disciplinary activity, which is important to us at Tufts," Bacow said. "In addition, he is a successful fund-raiser. He helped launch the Molecular Materials Group, and the Center for Environmental Health. With colleagues, he helped identify and secure funding to allow Dartmouth's astronomers to join a consortium to build a new telescope in South Africa."

Bharucha's appointment follows the announcement last October that Sol Gittleman, Tufts' Provost since 1980-and believed to be America's longest serving chief academic officer in higher education-planned to return to full-time teaching and research by the fall of 2002.

A German scholar, Gittleman is one of the most popular teachers on the Tufts faculty. He is currently at work on a history of Tufts in the second half of the 20th century-a period of significant growth and expansion for the 150-year-old institution.

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