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David Tank Awarded Spencer Medal

Congratulations to Professor David W. Tank, who received the Alden Spencer Award from The Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University on September 29. Professor Winfried Denk of the Max Planck Institute was a co-recipient. David’s lecture "Persistent Activity in Neural Integrators" was followed by the awards ceremony.

The Alden Spencer Award is given each year by the College of Physicians and Surgeons to a young investigator in recognition of outstanding research contributions in neural science. W. Alden Spencer was Professor of Physiology and Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and died at the age of 46 in November of 1977. Alden received his B.A. at Reed College, and his M.D. and M.S. degree in neurophysiology at the University of Oregon Medical School. After internship, he became a research fellow in the laboratory of Neurophysiology at the N.I.H. He then took post-doctoral training in Moruzzi’s laboratory at the University of Pisa, Italy. He returned to the United States in 1961, teaching first at Oregon, and then at New York University Medical Center. In 1974 he moved to Columbia with laboratories in the Center for Neurobiology & Behavior.

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