UCI’s John Guzowski has been named the first James L. McGaugh Chair in the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, in recognition of his pioneering work examining the molecular and cellular network mechanisms of long-term memory. The associate professor of neurobiology & behavior said the five-year appointment and funds attached to it will allow him to conduct exciting, in-depth studies along avenues he could not previously pursue. The chair, which honors longtime UCI professor and researcher James L. McGaugh, was established in 2009 for the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory. Interim center director Craig Stark said of Guzowski, who happened to work with McGaugh as a young scientist years ago: “There are very few people out there who bring to the table the kind of imagination and precision that he does.”