VSS operates according to Bylaws that can be found on the society’s website. The Board of Directors periodically reviews the Bylaws and recommends revisions to the membership.
After this year’s review the Board would like to recommend several amendments. The full text of the amended Bylaws may be found here and a summary of the amended sections is provided below. Proposed amendments are shown highlighted.
Please vote on the amended Bylaws by logging into your VSS account. Voting will remain open for a period of 3 weeks, until December 7, 2022.
Voting is open to VSS Regular and Emeritus Members who have paid for 2022 membership or later. If your membership is older than 2022, you can renew your membership to vote.
At least 20% of members must vote, so please take a moment to cast a ballot.
Details of Changes to Bylaws
Section 2.4: Current voting privileges are limited to regular members. The Board proposes to expand voting privileges to include members who are currently engaged in postdoctoral training.
Rationale: Postdoctoral members constitute a large and active segment of VSS membership, many of whom will later become regular members. This group should have a voice in long-term issues such as selecting new members of the Board of Directors.
Sections 4.1 and 4.2: The officers of VSS are currently the President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Treasurer and Clerk. The Board proposes to amend the Bylaws to add a new officer: the Vice-President. The selection and responsibilities of the Vice-President elect are described in Section 4.2.
Rationale: Establishing a new officer, Vice-President, will aid the Board in distributing a growing suite of responsibilities more broadly and providing a specific acknowledgement of the work done by the pair of Board members who are each in their third year of service.
Section 3.3: Expand the guidelines of the Nominating Committee to determine the ballot for the elections for new members of the Board of Directors to include the requirement to seek nominees who are “broadly representative of the disciplines, demographics and geographical regions of VSS members”.
Rationale: The expanded language reflects the commitment of VSS to diversity and inclusion of its governing body.
In addition, minor changes to the language of the Bylaws were made to remove use of the expression “he or she” and to specify that meetings of the Board of Directors may take place virtually.
Voting on the Bylaws Amendments
The current Bylaws specify the procedure for amendment in Section 10:
“An amendment to these Bylaws may be proposed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors or by a written proposal signed by not less than ten percent (10%) of the Regular Members. Thereafter, the Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the votes received from Regular Members, provided that at least 20% of the Regular Members vote. Said vote may be taken by electronic messaging, email or similar means.”
The Board of Directors has unanimously approved the amendments listed above and highlighted in the copy of the amended Bylaws.
Given the importance of having at least 20% of Regular Members voting, we kindly request that you cast your ballot by December 7, 2022.
The winning image of the Website Banner Competition will also be used for the program covers, onsite signage, PowerPoint slides, bulk emails, printed materials, and other places where needed.
The winning image of the T-Shirt Design Competition will be used on the VSS 2023 T-shirt and may also be used for other purposes, such as tote bags, pens, hats, and mugs/water bottles.
You may submit more than one image for consideration and you are allowed to enter images in both competitions. You may submit the same image to both competitions as long as the file format requirements can be met.
Images may be related to scientific content, the Vision Sciences Society, or St. Pete Beach and the surrounding area. The image may include the VSS logo or be an alteration of the VSS logo.
The winner of each competition grants VSS unlimited rights to copy, publish, edit, print, and use the images for any purpose, including publishing images online and on other electronic and hard-copy media.
Winning images are chosen by a vote of the VSS Board of Directors. Winners will be notified by September 22, 2022.
Submissions for Website Banner Competition must be received no later than September 1, 2022.
Submissions for the T-Shirt Design Competition must be received no later than January 10, 2023.
You must be a current VSS member to submit an image for consideration.
Website Banner Competition
The Website Banner Competition is a contest to select an image that will serve as the brand, or theme, of the annual meeting by providing imagery that will be used throughout the VSS meeting. Although the winning image will be used for many purposes, to enter the competition you need to submit proposed images for the primary website banner and the secondary page website banner. Other items will be created using variations of the winning image.
Your proposed primary website banner design will replace the current banner on the VSS website home page. Your secondary page website banner will replace the banner shown at the top of this page. At a minimum, your proposed banner image should include the name of the society and the dates of the meeting.
To enter the Website Banner Competition, please submit two full-color raster image in .jpg or .png format.
The primary website banner image must be 3070 pixels by 534 pixels.
The secondary page website banner must be 3070 pixels by 178 pixels.
If your image is chosen as the winning design, in addition to the banner image, you will be asked to provide variations of your image for use on the printed program cover, signs, and other purposes.
The winner of the Website Banner Competition will be awarded $500 USD and will be recognized in the meeting program, on the meeting website, and at the Awards session at the VSS meeting.
Deadline to submit an image for the Website Banner Competition is September 1, 2022.
You must be a current member to submit an image.
T-Shirt Design Competition
The T-Shirt Design Competition is a contest to select an image for the VSS t-shirt. The image may also be used on other items that require line art.
Two images are needed for the t-shirt: one for the back and one for the breast. The maximum print area for the back image is approximately 11 inches square; the breast image print area is 3″ square. You can submit one image for both purposes or separate images. The images will be printed on black t-shirts and white t-shirts, so the image must be usable on both black an white backgrounds.
The images should include at least the name and year of the meeting (eg: VSS 2023), but may also include other information, such as the meeting dates and location.
T-shirts are printed using a silkscreen process, so the image must be line art that uses a maximum of four spot colors (solid colors, not composite colors). Large areas of solid colors are discouraged as these are more difficult to print and result in an image with a plastic feel that is not comfortable to wear.
To enter the T-Shirt Design Competition, please submit a PDF of your proposed design showing your images as they would appear on a white background and a black background.
If your image is chosen as the winning design, you will be asked to provide your artwork in a scalable vector graphic file, such as Adobe Illustrator or compatible.
The winner of the T-Shirt Design Competition will be awarded $500 USD and will be recognized in the meeting program, on the meeting website, and at the Awards session at the VSS meeting.
Deadline to submit an image for the T-shirt Design Competition is January 10, 2023.
You must be a current member to submit an image.
How To Enter
Email your images to as an attachment. One email per submission, please. Specify which competition you are entering. You may optionally include a brief description of your image that the board will consider when reviewing the submitted images.
Deadline to submit an image for Website Banner Competition: September 1, 2022
Website Banner Competition image chosen: by October 3, 2022
Deadline to submit an image for T-shirt Design Competition: January 10, 2023
T-shirt image chosen: by January 31, 2023
The Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPC) advises the VSS board and membership about how events, workshops, meeting structure, and activities can best target the needs of trainee members and attendees. The SPC reaches out to trainees to solicit opinions and ideas. Based upon feedback, the Committee organizes special events.
Each year VSS will solicit nominations for new members of the Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee to replace three members who will be rolling off the Committee. Terms end in May of the year shown.
Doug Addleman (2023) Chair
Doug Addleman is a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College, before which he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He studies selective attention, focusing on experience-driven attention, attention in multiple modalities, and the effects of vision loss on spatial attention. On the Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee, Doug is committed to advocating for the diverse interests and identities of vision scientists in training.
Claudia Damiano is a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven in Belgium, working with Johan Wagemans. She completed her PhD in 2019 at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dirk B. Walther. Broadly, her research investigates how mid-level visual features influence aesthetic preferences and guide visual attention. As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, her current project investigates the cognitive and emotional benefits of interacting with nature, using virtual reality and eye tracking. As a member of the SPC, Claudia hopes to be an advocate for early career researchers and members of underrepresented groups, and she is committed to making VSS even more open and inclusive than it already is.
After completing her PhD in Psychology at the University of Essex, Rebecca is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at York University, in the Centre for Vision Research. Her research interests surround the investigation of visual perception in virtual reality and she is currently researching distance perception within consumer headsets. As part of the committee, and as an early career researcher herself, Rebecca is keen to liaise with other early career researchers and help improve the experience of those in the VSS community. Rebecca is also looking forward to sharing her passion of vision research with a wider network of individuals, and organising exciting, new events.
University of Richmond
Maruti is currently a Trawick Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Richmond, VA, where she investigates neural correlates of face processing mechanisms, and teaches a semester course on ‘Animal Minds’ to undergraduate students. She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Science (2018) from the Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad, India, with a focus on how visual attention influences face perception. She travelled to the USA to pursue her postdoctoral research in developmental prosopagnosia at Harvard Medical School, Boston, and then investigated the role of micro saccades in visual perception at the University of Rochester, NY. In pursuing these interests, she has used a range of methods, including psychophysics, electroencephalography, eye tracking, and diffusion tensor imaging. As a member of the VSS-SPC she is interested in a) enhancing the representation of international women scientists in vision science, b) advocate for mental health issues in academia, and c) find strategies to support scientists during unprecedented situations, especially what we have seen during COVID and now the outcomes of the war.
University of Oxford
Takuma Morimoto is currently a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology at University of Oxford, where he received a Ph.D in 2020. His research aims to understand mechanisms underpinning stable visual percepts of material properties, such as color and gloss, across vastly different lighting environments. Takuma joined the Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee to help make VSS an even more diverse and inclusive community. He is especially keen to support students and early career researchers with non-traditional pathways to research using his experiences as a first-generation student.
University of Texas at Austin
Stephanie Shields is a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in studying how sensory information is processed in neural circuits to support perception, particularly stereoscopic perception. Her dissertation research focuses on the impact of environment-to-retinae geometry on the encoding and perception of 3D orientation. Stephanie is committed to helping support the needs and success of her fellow early career researchers, and she looks forward to doing so as a member of VSS’s SPC.
Registration for VSS 2023 will open on December 15.
December 15, 2022 –
February 28, 2023
March 1, 2023 –
April 20, 2023
April 21, 2023 –
May 24, 2023
|Undergraduate Student Member||$150||$200||$230|
|Graduate Student Member||$175||$225||$260|
|Undergraduate Student Non-Member||$265||$310||$340|
|Graduate Student Non-Member||$325||$385||$440|
Reduced Registration Policy
The Vision Sciences Society is committed to assist with costs of registration for researchers from countries with limited access to research support. As a policy, the Vision Sciences Society uses published data from the World Bank and from the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on countries’ Gross Domestic Expenditure in Research and Development to determine whether researchers qualify for reduced registration. Please contact the VSS administrator, Shauney Wilson, if you would like to request reduced registration on this basis.
Registration Refund Policy
Registration fees are refundable through April 1, 2023, minus a $50 handling fee. Registration fees are not refundable after April 1, 2023.
The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) Early Career Impact Award honors early-career scientists of FABBS member societies during the first 10 years post-PhD and recognizes scientists who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. The goal is to enhance public visibility of these sciences and the research of the awardees.
VSS is asked to submit a nominee for the FABBS Early Career Impact Award every few years. VSS selects the nominee from among those who have been nominated for a VSS Young Investigator Award in the same year. The recipients of FABBS Early Career Impact Awards are:
Professor of Neurocognitive and Experimental Psychology
Managing Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Freie Universität Berlin.
Radoslaw Cichy is a cognitive and computational neuroscientist who studies how the brain allows us to perceive and recognize objects and scenes. He has developed innovative new computational approaches that combine the strengths of different ways of measuring brain function in humans (EEG; MEG; fMRI), while at the same time relating brain function to the ground truth of perceptual experience. His contributions include the development of M/EEG-fMRI “fusion” (2014, 2020). The central idea behind fusion is that even though different types of neural signals capture different aspects of the neural response (MEG or EEG are better at capturing changes over time, while fMRI is relatively slow, but has more spatial precision), it is nevertheless possible to mathematically exploit the similarities in how each type of signal responds to different experimental conditions to extract a composite picture of how visual signals are processed by different brain regions over time. Prof. Cichy has applied fusion to models of the neural representation of objects throughout the processing. In other work using deep neural network models, Cichy and colleagues (2019) showed that the evolution of neural signals in different brain regions over time reflected the role of both bottom-up and top-down (recurrent) processing. has published over 40 articles. Cichy’s work is supported by a German Emmy Noether award (1.2 Mill Euro) and an ERC Starting Grant (1.5 Mill Euro). He is also co-founder of the Argonauts Project, an “open challenge” to investigators to propose and test computational models of the brain’s response to objects. The Argonauts Project also is a novel and engaging approach to open science, where researchers share data and findings with each other and with the public.
Ohio State University
Julie Golomb earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brandeis University and her doctorate from Yale University. She completed post-doctoral research at MIT before joining the faculty at Ohio State in 2012 and receiving tenure in 2018. Her lab’s research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Ohio Supercomputer Center. For more information about Dr. Golomb and an overview of her article, go to Making Sense from Dots of Light on the FABBS website.
Making Sense from Dots of Light
For Julie Golomb, it all started with a college course in visual perception. “I realized that all of these things I take for granted about how I perceive the world are actually really hard challenges for the brain to solve.”
How do we recognize our coffee mug? How do we pick out a friend’s face in the crowd? Or know that the round, white and black thing flying at us is, in fact, a soccer ball?
This constant bombardment of rich and usually moving pictures start out simply as dots of light hitting different spots on the retina.
Those dots create a map of where things are in the world before heading to the brain, where the deep processing takes place that Golomb studies in her lab.
While the brain is busy almost instantaneously processing incoming data, the world outside is continuously moving and changing, as are our eyes–an emphasis in Golomb’s lab.
In one experiment, Golomb may ask volunteers to determine whether two objects that appear on a computer monitor are the same shape. “Or we’ll flash a bunch of different objects on the screen and then ask, ‘What color was presented in a certain location?’”
Among interesting findings: When asked to pay attention to two squares of different colors, such as red and blue, volunteers might mistakenly describe one of the colors afterward as purple.
“The brain has a hard job, and it does a remarkable job,” Golomb says. “But it is not perfect.” A lot of learning about the brain is based on its mistakes.
Golomb also asks volunteers to complete tasks while connected to tools such as functional MRI, which images their brain, or an EEG machine, which records electrical activity on the scalp. She uses sophisticated computer models to analyze how the brains are processing information.
As the technology changes and develops, so do the possibilities with brain research. And it’s not just new equipment. “We’re asking better questions and new questions based on what we’re continually learning.”
Does the TradeWinds require a deposit to book a reservation?
Yes, a one-night room and tax guarantee is required to secure your room.
Is the hotel deposit refundable if I have to cancel my room reservation?
Yes, your hotel deposit is fully refundable until 72 hours prior to arrival.
Is there a waiting list if the hotel is sold out?
VSS does maintain a waiting list and if rooms become available, people on the waiting list will be contacted in order they were added to the waiting list. Contact VSS to be placed on the waiting list.
Is there a resort fee at the TradeWinds?
The TradeWinds typically charges a $49 resort fee per night, but this fee is waived for VSS attendees booking through the VSS web link. To see what is included, see TradeWinds’ Resort Amenity Fee.
What if I find a better rate for the TradeWinds on a 3rd party site?
VSS has done its due diligence to negotiate the lowest possible group rate at the TradeWinds. If you find a lower price during them meeting dates, please contact VSS. Keep in mind, if you book a room through a wholesaler like hotels.com, the TradeWinds will NOT waive your resort fee.
What are the contractual obligations with the TradeWinds?
VSS is contractually bound to fill a certain number of guest rooms (this is called a room block) during the annual meeting. By guaranteeing these rooms, VSS receives complimentary meeting space and reduced food and beverage pricing. This ultimately helps keep registration rates down.
What happens if VSS does not meet the contractual obligations?
VSS will be charged an attrition fee if we do not meet 85% of our room block and if unused rooms remain unsold prior to the meeting.
Groups like ours often book three or more years in advance to secure enough hotel rooms for meeting attendees. Attrition fees are compensation to the hotel for the rooms that might have been sold had they not been held in our room block inventory. Attrition fees are a standard practice in the United States.