Timothy J. Bartness (1953 – 2015)

Here we memorialize the achievements of our friend and colleague, Dr. Timothy J. Bartness, who has left an indelible mark on the people in this Department.

Tim joined the Biology Department at Georgia State University in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. He quickly rose through the ranks and became a Regents’ Professor. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology, and is also an Associate member of the Neuroscience Institute. Tim was one of the four initial members of the Neurobiology and Behavior (NB&B) concentration within the Biology Department. Over the years he shaped the NB&B program, helping to recruit an additional twelve faculty members to the concentration, serving as Area Graduate Director and designing graduate courses such as Survival Skills in Academia. Tim’s contributions went beyond the NB&B concentration. He was a recognized leader within the department and for the past fourteen years served as a member of the Departmental Executive Committee. Most recently, Tim founded and served as the Director for the Center for Obesity Reversal, a prestigious University Center that leveraged his international reputation in obesity research to form a well-funded cluster of researchers investigating approaches to obesity reversal. Tim always strived for the high road. He made his voice heard during times of transition. He spoke his truths, unafraid, and did what he perceived to be right for the Department.

Tim was a great teacher. He shared his outstanding grantsmanship with his colleagues and influenced many junior scientists. Tim mentored twelve Doctoral students, twelve Masters degree students, twelve Postdoctoral Fellows, and two Research Scientists. He hosted six faculty sabbaticals. Tim is fondly remembered by his former students on the Schneider Lab blog.

Tim was one of the Departments brightest stars. He received many honors including being an invited Alfred Nobel lecturer in 2006 and being elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Neuroscience Fellow in 2012. He served as the Director of the Tract Tracer Core for the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience since its origination as an NSF Science and Technology Center. His research was funded by the National Institutes of Health for over twenty seven consecutive years and culminated with a highly prestigious ten year merit award from the National Institutes of Health. He produced over one hundred and fifty peer-reviewed research publications and forty six invited chapters and review articles. Tim gave over sixty two invited addresses at meetings/symposia, organized two workshops and presented eighty one invited seminars. He served on multiple committees for professional societies and from 2008-2009 was president for the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. He was an ad hoc or regular member for twenty-two federal grant review panels. Tim also served as an ad hoc reviewer for over eighty six journals and served on the editorial boards of eleven.

The department has suffered a great loss. The memory of our unique friend and colleague will live on in each of us.

Tim’s full obituary can be read here.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bartness Award Fund at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.