Key Dates, May 2014
Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery Dedication, Thursday May 8th
David R. Williams, McPherson Endowed Lecture, Monday May 19th

The Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery Dedication, Thursday May 8th

Please join us on Thursday, May 8th at noon for the formal dedication and opening of the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery, on the 9th floor of the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research building. This new campus gallery -- long-planned as a space within the McPherson ERI which will foster interactions between science and the visual arts -- is named for the extended family which encompasses David and Nathan Mandelbaum, founding supporters of the McPherson ERI, as well as Dr. Daniel Albert. The Delighted Eye, an exhibit featuring works from UW-Madison's Tandem Press, is currently on display in the gallery. All are welcome to attend; please RSVP to Michael Chaim ( by May 5th.

David R. Williams to Give 2014 McPherson Endowed Lecture - Save the Date!

David R. Williams, Dean for Research in Arts, Science, and Engineering and Director of the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, will give the 2nd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture on Monday, May 19th, 2014, at 4 PM in the Ebling Symposium Center (Room 1220, Microbial Sciences Building). Dr. Williams will describe recent developments in the deployment of imaging technology in the retina which have made it possible to image the normal and diseased retina of the living eye at microscopic resolution. There will be a reception at 2:30 PM preceding the lecture, in the foyer of the Ebling Symposium Center.

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Walsh Research Travel Awards announced for Spring 2014

Congratulations to the recipients of the spring 2014 McPherson ERI/David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards, which provide funds for graduate students to attend research conferences in order to present vision-related work:

Catherine (Taddy) Fick (Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory, School of Veterinary Medicine; Dick Dubielzig, mentor) will attend the May 2014 meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Her poster presentation is entitled “A comparison of short ciliary arteries in normal and glaucomatous dogs.”

Li Xuan Tan (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, SMPH; Aparna Lakkaraju, mentor) will attend the 2014 meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in December. Her poster presentation is entitled “Novel regulators of the lysosome-autophagy axis in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)."

Both recipients will speak in the McPherson ERI seminar series in spring 2015.


Dr. Alice McPherson to Receive the prestigious Gonin Medal

Dr. Alice McPherson will be presented with the Gonin Medal, the oldest and most prestigious medal in ophthalmology, at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Japan in the spring. The Gonin Medal, instituted in 1937, is presented every four years to a recipient chosen by the Board of the International Council of Ophthalmology. As part of this honor, Dr. McPherson presented the associated Gonin Lecture in Lausanne in mid-February.

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