Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) names V.S. Ramachandran, M.D. , Ph.D. as ‘2014 Scientist of the Year’

The 2014 ARCS Scientist of the Year is V.S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, and Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and adjunct professor of biology at the Salk Institute. He will be honored at the organization’s April 4 Scientist of the Year Dinner at which he will make a presentation.

Ramachandran is best known for his experiments in behavioral neurology which have had a profound impact on the way that we think about the brain. He has been called “The Marco Polo of neuroscience” by Richard Dawkins and “The modern Paul Broca” by Eric Kandel. Ramachandran has published more than 180 papers in scientific journals.

The mission of ARCS (Achievement Awards for College Scientists) is to advance science and technology in the U.S. by providing financial assistance to academically outstanding U.S. Citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research. Since the San Diego chapter began in 1985, 1,080 Scholar Awards totaling $7,972,000 have been granted to graduate and undergraduate students attending San Diego State University, The Scripps Research Institute, University of California, San Diego, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and University of San Diego. For academic year 2013-2014, the San Diego Chapter awarded $405,000 to 57 ARCS Foundation Scholars. The San Diego Chapter has 153 members.

The April 4 event will be held at Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego 92109; 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner and remarks by Ramachandran.

For more information, contact Barbara Bry,, 858-248-9465.