Urban Named Vice Provost for Special Projects

Issue Date: 
July 6, 2015

Distinguished neuroscientist Nathan Urban will join the University of Pittsburgh as a faculty member in the School of Medicine and as vice provost for special projects in Pitt’s Office of the Provost. The appointments are effective Aug. 1.

Nathan Urban

Previously, Urban was the Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, where he served as head of the Department of Biological Sciences, founding director of CMU’s BrainHub initiative, and interim provost. 

Urban (A&S ’91, ’96G, ’98G) will become the associate director of Pitt’s Brain Institute and codirector of the Pitt-CMU Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC).  His experience at CMU will be especially valuable in supporting the two universities’ interactions in the CNBC.  

In his role in the Provost’s office, Urban will support the development and promotion of University-wide strategic initiatives in neuroscience research and education.