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Mangun to lead Social Sciences during search for new dean


By Claudia Morain

George R. Mangun, a professor of psychology and neurology, will serve as interim dean of the Division of Social Sciences as a national search continues to replace outgoing Dean Steven M. Sheffrin.

A distinguished scholar widely recognized for his research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention, Mangun consults on numerous university, U.S. government, and international scientific panels and advisory boards, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences and the Finnish Academy of Science.

He is an associate editor of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, a senior editor of Brain Research and treasurer of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, which he helped to found.

He has published more than 100 scientific papers, chapters, books, edited volumes and special journal issues. He earned his doctorate at UC San Diego.

Mangun first joined the UC Davis faculty in 1992, as a professor of psychology and member of the Center for Neuroscience. In 1999, he moved to Duke University to serve as director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He returned to UC Davis in 2002 as founding director of the Center for Mind and Brain.

"Professor Mangun will bring to this position an excellent reputation; a proactive and consultative management style; and a vision regarding the opportunities, challenges and priorities for the Division of Social Sciences," Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef wrote in a July 18 letter to UC President Mark Yudof.

As interim dean, Mangun will oversee a division that includes more than 240 faculty members, 10 departments, three research centers and eight interdisciplinary programs. The division educates 6,000 undergraduate students -- more than any other school or college on campus -- and some 440 graduate students.

A national search for Sheffrin's replacement began following his May decision to step down after 10 years as dean. When a leading candidate declined to accept the position for family reasons, the campus extended the recruitment into the 2008-09 academic year.

Sheffrin, a professor of economics, will take a sabbatical next year to focus on several projects within the fields of macroeconomics and tax policy.

Psychology professor Andrew Yonelinas, currently the associate director of the Center for Mind and Brain, has been appointed acting director.

As interim dean, Mangun's total compensation will be $275,000. Additional details about his compensation will be available online, universityofcalifornia.edu/news/compensation/salaryactions.html.

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