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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 2008

September 22:
Naoum Issa
The role of the early visual system in processing complex images
University of Chicago
Host: Diego Contreras


October 6:
Bruce Cumming
Where do correlations between neuronal activity and sensory decisions originate?
National Eye Institute
Host: Larry Palmer


October 20:
Anya Hurlbert
Colour constancy and colour memory of natural objects
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Host: David Brainard


November 3:
Geoff Aguirre
Conjoint and independent neural tuning for object properties studied with fMRI
University of Pennsylvania
Host: David Brainard


November 10:
Botond Roska
Seeing with and without photoreceptors
Friedrich Miescher Institute
Host: Jean Bennett


December 8:
Sean MacEvoy
The representation of multiple simultaneous stimuli in the visual cortex
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Russell Epstein



Spring 2009

January 5:
Kathy Boesze-Battaglia
Melanoregulin a Newly Identified Modulator of Lysosome Function in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells
University of Pennsylvania

Host: Claire Mitchell

January 26:
Long Ding
The cortico-basal ganglia pathway and perceptual decision-making
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Josh Gold


February 9:
Eileen Kowler
Attention during the planning of sequences of saccades
Rutgers University
Host: Jack Nachmias


February 23:
Z. Jimmy Zhou
Role of ACh and GABA co-release in the detection of motion and motion direction
Yale University
Host: Noga Vardi


March 9:
Gustavo Aguirre
Shining a light on blindness, but blinded by the light
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Jean Bennett


March 23:
Gerald Chader
Artificial Vision: Sight Restoration through an Electronic Retinal Prosthetic Device
Doheny Eye Institute
Host: Gustavo Aguirre


April 20:
Michael Freed
Signal and noise at the synaptic input to retinal ganglion cells
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Robert Smith


May 11:
Herwig Baier
Genetic Architecture of the Zebrafish Visual System
University of California, San Francisco
Host: Jonathan Raper



2007 2008 Vision Seminar Schedule

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.