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3/13/2010     Jerry Feldman awarded the Berkeley Citation

Long-time ICBS member, Prof. Jerry Feldman has been awarded the Berkeley Citation.  The Berkeley Citation is one of the University's select honors, bestowed on individuals who have rendered distinguished and extraordinary service to the University.  Prof. Feldman has been a member of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department since 1988 and is the founding Director of the International Computer Science Institute.  

 

The citation noted his foundational contributions to work in neural networks and how such models can be used to explore the computational basis of complex cognition.   A capstone product of this work came with the publication in 2006 of his book "From Molecule to Metaphor: a Neural Theory of Language", in which he makes the case that language is fundamentally embodied and can only be studied in relation to human action, perception, thought and experience.   In terms of service, Prof. Feldman was cited spearheading a number of major campus initiatives to promote interdisciplinary research, including his leadership with the undergraduate Cognitive Science program during a period of extraordinary growth.  Prof. Feldman was also recognized for his sustained efforts to develop and support the Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT), a nonprofit organization that strives to attract qualified students from disadvantaged backgrounds to the Computer Science program at Berkeley and other local colleges and universities.