Mark Your Calendar: Sheila Nirenberg on Monday, May 18th

Dr. Sheila Nirenberg (Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics) will speak about neural coding, and the development of prosthetic devices which can interpret the brain's "code" in order to treat blindness, on Monday, May 18th at 4:30pm (Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Bldg). Nirenberg, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, will deliver the 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture; the talk will be preceded by a reception at 3pm.

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Mark Your Calendar: Sheila Nirenberg on Monday, May 18th

Dr. Sheila Nirenberg (Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics) will speak about neural coding, and the development of prosthetic devices which can interpret the brain's "code" in order to treat blindness, on Monday, May 18th at 4:30pm (Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Bldg). Nirenberg, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, will deliver the 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture; the talk will be preceded by a reception at 3pm.

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Cycle for Sight Draws Riders to 3 Madison Locations!

Cycle for Sight 2015 drew approximately 185 participants to three Madison locations on Saturday, March 14th. Riders worked out to raise funds for vision research at the SERF and Nat on the UW campus and the Princeton Club West. There was excitement at all three venues, spurred by excellent turnouts from some strong local teams (including Kenzi's Team, Blind Take Off, and the Sightopaths at the Princeton Club, the McBurney McBikers at the SERF, and last year's prizewinning Out of Sight team at the Nat.) For the first time, walkers participated in the event this year - walking on the Princeton Club track as their teammates rode.

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Riders have continued to collect funds for vision research since the event; a full tally will be available in late April, and prizewinning teams will be announced then. Cycle for Sight pictures will be up soon on the event website. Stay tuned for more, and thanks to everyone who participated or helped with the ride!

Cycle for Sight Draws Riders to 3 Madison Locations!

Cycle for Sight 2015 drew approximately 185 participants to three Madison locations on Saturday, March 14th. Riders worked out to raise funds for vision research at the SERF and Nat on the UW campus and the Princeton Club West. There was excitement at all three venues, spurred by excellent turnouts from some strong local teams (including Kenzi's Team, Blind Take Off, and the Sightopaths at the Princeton Club, the McBurney McBikers at the SERF, and last year's prizewinning Out of Sight team at the Nat.) For the first time, walkers participated in the event this year - walking on the Princeton Club track as their teammates rode.

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Riders have continued to collect funds for vision research since the event; a full tally will be available in late April, and prizewinning teams will be announced then. Cycle for Sight pictures will be up soon on the event website. Stay tuned for more, and thanks to everyone who participated or helped with the ride!


2015 Walsh Travel Awards announced

McPherson ERI/David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards provide funds for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from MERI members' research groups to attend research conferences to present vision-related work. The McPherson ERI Research Committee is pleased to announce two outstanding award recipients:

Clint Jensen, graduate student (Psychology, L&S; Vanessa Simmering, mentor), will attend the 2015 Jean Piaget Society Conference in Toronto, Canada. His presentation is entitled From General to Specific: A Developmental Exploration of the Influence of Conceptual Knowledge in Visual Recognition.

Kimberly Toops, postdoctoral researcher (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, SMPH; Aparna Lakkaraju, mentor), will attend the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Denver, CO. Her poster presentation is entitled Complex anomalies in late endosome and lysosome trafficking in stressed retinal pigment epithelial cells.

Congratulations to both award recipients, who will be invited to speak in the McPherson ERI seminar series in the next academic year.

2015 Walsh Travel Awards announced

McPherson ERI/David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards provide funds for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from MERI members' research groups to attend research conferences to present vision-related work. The McPherson ERI Research Committee is pleased to announce two outstanding award recipients:

Clint Jensen, graduate student (Psychology, L&S; Vanessa Simmering, mentor), will attend the 2015 Jean Piaget Society Conference in Toronto, Canada. His presentation is entitled From General to Specific: A Developmental Exploration of the Influence of Conceptual Knowledge in Visual Recognition.

Kimberly Toops, postdoctoral researcher (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, SMPH; Aparna Lakkaraju, mentor), will attend the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Denver, CO. Her poster presentation is entitled Complex anomalies in late endosome and lysosome trafficking in stressed retinal pigment epithelial cells.

Congratulations to both award recipients, who will be invited to speak in the McPherson ERI seminar series in the next academic year.


McPherson ERI Spring 2015 Lectures!

MERI will sponsor two groundbreaking visitors this spring:

Dr. Hany Farid (Dartmouth College, Department of Computer Science) will speak about the emerging field of photo forensics on Thursday, April 16th at 5:45pm (Room 1125 Biochemistry Bldg). The issue of photographic trust impacts many areas of science, law, ethics, journalism, law enforcement, and finance; the field of photo forensics has emerged to help return trust in photography. This lecture is co-sponsored by the departments of Computer Sciences and Life Sciences Communication and supported by the UW Lectures Committee.

Dr. Sheila Nirenberg (Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics) will speak about neural coding, and the development of prosthetic devices which can interpret the brain's "code" in order to treat blindness, on Monday, May 18th at 4:30pm (Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Bldg). Nirenberg, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, will deliver the 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture; the talk will be preceded by a reception at 3pm.

Both lectures are free and open to the campus and to the greater Madison community. Please join us to hear these exciting speakers!

McPherson ERI Spring 2015 Lectures!

MERI will sponsor two groundbreaking visitors this spring:

Dr. Hany Farid (Dartmouth College, Department of Computer Science) will speak about the emerging field of photo forensics on Thursday, April 16th at 5:45pm (Room 1125 Biochemistry Bldg). The issue of photographic trust impacts many areas of science, law, ethics, journalism, law enforcement, and finance; the field of photo forensics has emerged to help return trust in photography. This lecture is co-sponsored by the departments of Computer Sciences and Life Sciences Communication and supported by the UW Lectures Committee.

Dr. Sheila Nirenberg (Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics) will speak about neural coding, and the development of prosthetic devices which can interpret the brain's "code" in order to treat blindness, on Monday, May 18th at 4:30pm (Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Bldg). Nirenberg, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, will deliver the 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture; the talk will be preceded by a reception at 3pm.

Both lectures are free and open to the campus and to the greater Madison community. Please join us to hear these exciting speakers!


Seeing Beyond Disabilities Opens in Mandelbaum & Albert Vision Gallery

SEEING BEYOND DISABILITIES: UNIQUE INSIGHTS displays visually powerful artworks by gifted Wisconsin artists associated with VSA Wisconsin and Artworking, as well as works from the Harvey A. Stevens International Collection of Art by People with Developmental Disabilities at the Waisman Center.

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Seeing Beyond Disabilities runs through May 22nd, 2015. Visitors are welcome during WIMR opening hours (8am-5pm).

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Seeing Beyond Disabilities Opens in Mandelbaum & Albert Vision Gallery

SEEING BEYOND DISABILITIES: UNIQUE INSIGHTS displays visually powerful artworks by gifted Wisconsin artists associated with VSA Wisconsin and Artworking, as well as works from the Harvey A. Stevens International Collection of Art by People with Developmental Disabilities at the Waisman Center.

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Seeing Beyond Disabilities runs through May 22nd, 2015. Visitors are welcome during WIMR opening hours (8am-5pm).

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