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Vision Science Seminar


Vision Seminar

University of Pennsylvania


Talks are typically alternate Mondays, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building), but see below for occasional exceptions.

Students (and postdocs): We encourage you to have lunch with a speaker or two during the year. Please contact the speaker's host (in advance, if possible).

Fall 2007

September 17:
Don Fox

University of Houston
Differential Susceptibility and Rescue Of Rod Photoreceptor Synaptic and Non-Synaptic Mitochondria to Divalent Cation Overload
Host: Gustavo Aguirre


October 15:
Bart Borghuis

University of Pennsylvania
Efficiency of an analog neural circuit

Host: Peter Sterling


October 29:
David Berson
Brown University
Ganglion-cell photoreceptors - A bit of fly in the mammalian eye
Host: Noga Vardi


November 5:
Society of Neuroscience meeting
- no seminar -


November 19:
Jessica Cardin
University of Pennsylvania
Impact of Network Dynamics on Cortical Visual Responses

Host: Diego Contreras


December 10:
Austin Roorda
UC Berkeley
Structure and Function of the Human Retina Revealed with Adaptive Optics
Host: David Brainard


Spring 2008

January 7:
Jeffery Diamond

National Institutes of Health
Diverse mechanisms underlie feedback inhibition in the inner retina
Host: Robert Smith


January 28:
John Robson
University of Houston
Seeing in the dark
Host: Jack Nachmias


February 11:
Eric Pierce
University of Pennsylvania
Novel cilia proteins from the mouse photoreceptor sensory cilia proteome


March 10:
Marcos Frank

University of Pennsylvania
Remodeling the visual cortex: complementary roles of experience and sleep
Host: Larry Palmer


March 24:
Susana Martinez-Conde
Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix
Perceptual and physiological effects of fixational eye movements

Host: Larry Palmer


April 7:
Janet Sparrow
Columbia University
Shedding Light on Bisretinoid Pigments of RPE lipofuscin and Macular Degeneration
Host: Jean Bennet


April 21:
Josh Gold
University of Pennsylvania
Sensory, sensory-motor and motor correlates of perceptual learning
Host: Larry Palmer


May 5:
Eyal Seidmann
University of Texas at Austin
Optimal decoding of neural population responses in the primate visual cortex
Host: Josh Gold


May 19:
David Fitzpatrick
Duke University
Imaging experience-dependent emergence of functional circuits in visual cortex
Host: Diego Contreras


Other vision-related sites at Penn:

GRASP Lab (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception Laboratory) Talks

IRCS (Institute for Research in Cognitive Science) Colloquia

CCN (Center for Cognitive Neuroscience) Lunch talks  Campus-wide talk list

INS (Institute of Neurological Sciences)

Penn Perception

Department of Psychology Colloquia

Department of Biology

UPHS Department of Ophthalmology

UPHS Department of Neurology

For scheduling and other information please contact Noga Vardi (email or phone 215-898-4520)

The Vision Seminar is supported by the National Eye Institute through its Vision Training Grant to U. Penn.