Senior Vice President and Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Peter Lennie returned to the University of Rochester in July 2006 after serving for seven years as the Dean for Science and a professor in the Department of Neural Science at New York University. In addition to being responsible for Arts and Science department and programs in the natural sciences, he was also responsible for interdisciplinary and interschool initiatives in the sciences, including those between Arts and Science and NYU's Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Education, and the Tisch School of the Arts.
Before moving to NYU, Lennie was at the University of Rochester, serving at different times as director of the Center for Visual Science, Dean of Academic Resources and Planning, and chair of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Lennie's research is aimed at understanding how we see. His work sits at the interface between visual perception and visual physiology and has a particular focus on neurophysiological mechanisms underlying color vision. His work is motivated by the idea that visual perception can be explained in terms of underlying neural mechanisms. He has served on numerous editorial boards and national committees, including the National Research Council Committee on Vision, and the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. He has held a Merit Award from the National Eye Institute, is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, and was a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund.