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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
January 10, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Professor Wins National Academy of Sciences Award

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University Psychology Professor David C. Plaut is among an elite group of scientists being honored this year by the National Academy of Sciences as a winner of the Troland Research Award.

The academy announced Friday that Plaut, an associate professor of psychology who also teaches in Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, has been selected as one of its 2003 award recipients. Plaut is one of two winners of the Troland Research Award, which carries a prize of $50,000 to support research.

Plaut is one of 18 people nationwide to be honored by the academy for outstanding scientific achievements. The awards will be presented April 28 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., during the academy's 140th annual meeting.

Plaut's research uses computational models to investigate normal and disrupted cognitive processes in reading and language. He has studied the reading abilities of people with normal skills as well as those who have suffered brain damage. Among the goals of his research is to develop better strategies for rehabilitation.

Plaut is a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, or CNBC. The CNBC, a joint venture of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, is dedicated to the study of the neural mechanisms of the brain that give rise to cognitive abilities.

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