George D Pollak
George Pollak received his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1970. He then did his postdoctoral work in the Department of Anatomy and Biology at Yale University and was promoted to Assistant Professor of Anatomy before joining the faculty of the Zoology Department at the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. He is currently Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Pollak's research concerns the neural processing of sound in the mammalian auditory system. He uses bats as experimental subjects due to their high reliance on hearing. Early in his career, in 1977, he was the recipient of a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Later in his career, from 1987-1991, Dr. Pollak served on the National Institutes of Health Hearing Research Study Section and served as the chairman of the Study Section from 1989-91. In 1996 he received a Claude Pepper Award from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders, the highest award given by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders in recognition of outstanding contributions to auditory neuroscience.
In 1990 he received Alexander von Humboldt Award, which provided support for his stay as a visiting professor in the Department of Biology of the University of Munich. In 1994 he was a visiting professor at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India, and spent the spring and summer of 2000 as a Virginia Merrill Bloedel Fellow at the Bloedel Center for Hearing Research at the University of Washington Medical School.
In the spring of 2002 Dr. Pollak was a visiting professor at the University of Salamanca Medical School in Spain. Since 1996, he has been, on a semiannual basis, a Senior Visiting Professor at the University of Munich.
Dr. Pollak's has also been recognized for his courses on the operation of the brain that he teaches to undergraduates. In 1997 he was the recipient of a President's Associate Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas. In 2013 he was voted Outstanding Professor of the Year by the Senate of College Councils and the next year received a Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.