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Dick and Lydia Todd Faculty Development Chair in Cognitive Science

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Established in 1991 by Dick and Lydia Todd

ToddDickLydiaDICK TODD, A&S 1929, Med 1933, and his wife, LYDIA TODD, were longtime supporters of Johns Hopkins. High-school sweethearts, they married while Dr. Todd was in medical school. After a time in private practice, Dr. Todd joined the staff of Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC, where he organized one of the nation’s first research and training programs in pediatric allergy and the first seminar in pediatric allergy and immunology. The author of two books and many articles on the subject, he also served as school physician at St. Alban’s School for Boys and as medical director at Gallaudet College. He died in 1995.

Active in promoting health and education, Mrs. Todd, who died in 2000, served two terms as president of the Washington, D.C., Medical Society Auxiliary, was active in politics and her church, and served as the first female member of the board at St. Alban’s.

Held by Barbara Landau

BARBARA LANDAU, Ph.D., is interested in human knowledge of language and space, the relationships between these systems (e.g. how we talk about space), and how they are represented in the mind and brain.  She focuses on the nature of the cognitive “primitives” that guide both typical and atypical development, including cases of congenital blindness, Williams syndrome, and perinatal stroke.

She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Cognitive Science Society, and was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009.