Office of the Chancellor

Oct. 14 - James McGaugh

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James McGaugh

Neurobiologist James McGaugh is a UCI founding faculty member whose research has vastly contributed to knowledge of the brain’s learning and memory abilities. Recipient of numerous honors over his career, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and won the 2015 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. He came to UCI in 1964 to serve as chair of what is now the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior. He later was dean of biological sciences; vice chancellor of academic affairs; executive vice chancellor; and founding director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, where he continues as a fellow. The biology building McGaugh Hall is named in his honor.