2016 Election to the VSS Board of Directors

VSS board members Mary Hayhoe and Frank Tong will be stepping down this year. Four candidates, selected by an independent Nominating Committee, will compete in pairs for the two open positions. The voting pairs are set by the committee to ensure that specific expertise is represented on the Board of Directors.

Each newly elected Director will serve a  four year term on the VSS Board of Directors. Responsibilities of the Board includes scheduling the Annual Meeting, implementing and monitoring VSS policies and budget, fundraising, and other VSS-related activities.

You must be a Regular VSS member to be eligible to vote. Voting will close on Thursday, May 5, 2016 (11:59 pm latest time zone on earth). See below for a list of the current board members.

To vote, you must Log in to your VSS account.

Candidates for Position One

Diane Beck

Diane Beck

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Diane Beck is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also a member the Neuroscience Program and the Group Leader of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, at the University of Illinois. She uses behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods (fMRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, electrophysiology and optical imaging) to understand the neural processes underlying visual attention, scene and object recognition, and visual awareness.

She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, working with Steve Palmer and Irv Rock.  She was a postdoctoral fellow at University College London  with Nilli Lavie and then at Princeton University with Sabine Kastner. In 2005, she joined the faculty at the University of Illinois.  She co-leads a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), combining human behavior and fMRI, monkey physiology and computer vision. Her work has received funding from ONR, the NEI, and NIMH. She is a founding member of the newly formed Females of Vision et al (FoVea), a group interested in promoting women in vision science.

Websites: http://www.psychology.illinois.edu/people/dmbeck, http://becklab.beckman.illinois.edu/


Lynne Kiorpes

New York University

Lynne Kiorpes is a Collegiate Professor and Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University. She earned her BS at Northeastern University, and did her PhD and postdoctoral work at the University of Washington with Davida Teller and Anita Hendrickson. She joined the faculty at NYU in 1985.

Kiorpes’ research concerns the development of vision, and the influence of visual experience on brain development. Using psychophysical, electrophysiological and neuroanatomical methods, she studies how the development of visual abilities depends on postnatal changes in neuronal response properties and circuitry, as well as the mechanisms by which abnormal visual experience alters the course of development. She has studied spatial and temporal vision, global form and motion perception, and visual attention. An important goal is to understand the neural basis of amblyopia, a developmental disorder of vision, and its potential for treatment. She has received numerous grants from the National Eye Institute, and a Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to support her research.

Kiorpes is an editorial board member of Vision Research and has served as Associate Editor for Visual Neuroscience. She has served on review committees for NEI, NIMH, NSF and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She was the founding director of the NYU College of Arts and Science Women in Science program. She directs NYU’s National Institutes of Mental Health graduate and postdoctoral training program. She has been awarded NYU’s Golden Dozen Teaching Award and the University Distinguished Teaching Medal. She has served VSS on the Abstract Review Committee, the Young Investigator Award Committee, and the VSS Nominating Committee.

Website: http://www.cns.nyu.edu/corefaculty/Kiorpes.php
CV: http://www.cns.nyu.edu/~lynne/cv.pdf

Candidates for Position Two

David Brainard

David Brainard

University of Pennsylvania

David H. Brainard is the RRL Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He received an AB in Physics from Harvard University (1982) and an MS (Electrical Engineering) and PhD (Psychology) from Stanford University, both in 1989. His post-doctoral training was at the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester (1990-91), and he held a faculty position in Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara before moving to Penn in 2001.

Brainard’s research focuses on color vision, with a particular emphasis on color constancy. He studies this topic using a variety of methods including psychophysics, computational modeling, and (in collaboration) single unit recording and fMRI. His recent research also includes work on how signals from melanopsin interact with those from cones in various aspects of human visual processing. Brainard was one of the original developers of the widely used Psychophysics Toolbox, and continues to develop open-source software for use in vision research.

Brainard is a fellow of the Optical Society and of the Association for Psychological Science, and a recipient of the Inter-Society Color Council’s Macbeth Award (2006) as well as a Research to Prevent Blindness Stein Innovation Award (2014). He was topical editor for color at the Journal of the Optical Society A (1997-2003), Chair of the Optical Society’s Color Technical Group (2013-2015), has been a regular and ad-hoc member of NIH study sections, and is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Vision (since 2003). At present, he directs Penn’s Vision Research Center. He has served VSS previously as an inaugural member of the Abstract Review Board (2001-07) and as a member of the Young Investigator Award Committee (2013-14).

Website: http://color.psych.upenn.edu/
CV: http://color.psych.upenn.edu/brainard/BrainardCV.pdf


David Melcher

University of Trento

David Melcher is an Associate Professor at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, where he leads the Active Perception Lab. At Trento, he has been the director of the Masters Program in Cognitive Science and the Doctoral School in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2001 working with Eileen Kowler on scene memory, shape perception and saccadic eye movements. In his postdoctoral studies with Concetta Morrone in Milan, and then as a Principal Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, he investigated trans-saccadic perception, attention and mechanisms of visual awareness. His current research uses psychophysics and neuroimaging methods to investigate the intersection of perception, attention, action and working memory, with a particular interest in how information is combined over space and time into a coherent percept of objects, events and scenes.

Melcher serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vision and Perception/i-Perception and as a reviewer for numerous journals, funding agencies and conferences. He has co-organized a number of workshops, including Renaissance Vision at ECVP 2007 and the bi-annual Rovereto Attention Workshop and has frequently been on the scientific committee of ECVP meetings. He has also been active in research, workshops and public outreach projects bringing together art and science, including several museum exhibition projects and the co-edited book “Art and the Senses” (Oxford Press, 2011, 2013).

Melcher’s research has been funded by, among others, the European Research Council, the British Academy, the Royal Society, the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research and the National Institutes of Health. In 2011, he received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of perception/motor performance.

Website: http://r.unitn.it/en/cimec/map
CV: http://r.unitn.it/filesresearch/images/common/melcher_cv2016_april.pdf

Current Board of Directors

The names, term-end dates and areas of expertise are listed below. Terms end immediately after the VSS meeting of the year listed.

Board Member Term Ends Expertise
Mary Hayhoe 2016 Eye movements, visual memory, attention, natural tasks, perception and action, psychophysics and computational modeling
Frank Tong 2016 Attention, visual awareness, object recognition, face perception, visual memory, psychophysics and neuroimaging
Norma Graham 2017 Spatial vision, psychophysics, computational modeling of behavior and of neural systems, color and light, natural images, attention, perceptual learning
Anthony Norcia 2017 Binocular vision, 3D perception, visual development, psychophysics and neuroimaging
Eli Brenner 2018 Perception and action, eye movements, reaching and grasping, color, cue combination, motion perception, psychophysics
Andrew Watson 2018 Spatial vision, motion perception, psychophysics, computational models, visual displays
Preeti Verghese 2018 Visual search and attention, eye movements, motion, binocular vision
Jeffrey Schall 2019 Visual search, eye movements, attention
Jeremy Wolfe 2019 Visual search, visual attention, scene perception, visual memory