Edward M. Stricker, the distinguished university professor of neuroscience in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neuroscience, has been named the new dean of Pitt's honors college.
University officials made the announcement Monday. The appointment is effective July 1.
Mr. Stricker succeeds G. Alec Stewart, the college's founding dean, who died in April 2010.
Pitt officials, including Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, praised the career of Mr. Stricker, calling him a renowned neuroscience scholar and educator who is dedicated to fostering in students appreciation of and enthusiasm for intellectual pursuits.
Pitt said Mr. Stricker is internationally recognized as a leading expert in homeostatic systems, in particular the control of fluid ingestion and the kidneys, and their integration by the brain.
"It would be very difficult to find many other faculty members, here or in other universities, who have built a broad-based record of achievement that equals the record built by Ed Stricker," Mr. Nordenberg said.
Mr. Stricker joined Pitt in 1971, initially as an associate professor of psychology and biological sciences. Later, he was made full professor and gained the rank of university professor of neuroscience in 1986.