On April 7, The University of Texas at Dallas celebrated the accomplishments of 13 newly endowed faculty members at an Investiture Ceremony and reception.

During the ceremony, donors who helped establish the endowed chairs and professorships and whose generosity plays a role in advancing the faculty members’ instructional research were also recognized.

Dr. Francesca Filbey, whose research at the Center for BrainHealth focuses on the causes and consequences of addiction, was one of the 13 faculty members recognized at the ceremony. Dr. Filbey was named the Bert Moore Chair BrainHealth, which honors the legacy of longtime university dean who passed away in 2015.

“To carry Dean Bert Moore’s name is an honor and a privilege,” said Filbey. “I am delighted to contribute toward Dean Moore’s legacy of innovative and interdisciplinary research in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. At the Center for BrainHealth, I look forward to honoring his memory, conducting research in search of important scientific discoveries that expand our understanding of brain and behavior.”

Regarded as the highest academic honor the University can bestow, endowments recognize the contributions of senior-level faculty members and provide their programs with funds to excel their scholarship, support research and fuel collaborations with other institutions. UT Dallas has more than 110 chairs and professorships.

The Bert Moore Chair in BrainHealth was created by Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

The Center for BrainHealth also houses previously endowed chairs: Daniel Krawczyk, PhD and Bart Rypma, PhD hold the Debbie and Jim Francis Chair in BrainHealth and The Meadows Foundation Chair in Behavioral Brain Science, respectively.