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Announcing the 2nd Annual “Connect with Industry Reps Who Are Hiring”

Enjoy coffee and refreshments while networking with industry reps in the field of vision science! VSS would like to help facilitate interactions between industry reps and VSS members seeking industry vision science jobs. Industry reps from Apple, Exponent, Meta Co., Oculus, Rimkus Consulting and Worldviz will be on hand during the Saturday and Sunday morning coffee breaks to discuss open positions for vision scientists in their companies and to answer questions about working in industry as a vision scientist.

This event is open to all VSS attendees, and no sign-up is required. All companies will participate in both the Saturday and Sunday sessions. This will allow first authors presenting on Saturday or Sunday mornings to participate in the Industry event on the opposite day. Attendance on both days is allowed.

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 9:45 – 10:30 am, Banyan/Citrus
Coffee and refreshments will be available.

New Discussant Added to the Funding Workshop Panel

VSS is pleased to announce that Lawrence R. Gottlob from the National Science Foundation will be joining Todd Horowitz from the National Cancer Institute and Cheri Wiggs from the National Eye Institute as a discussant at the VSS Workshop on Grantsmanship and Funding. Moderated by Mike Webster, the panel will discuss all aspects of the granting process and field questions.

Click here to learn more about the 2018 Funding Workshop and our panel of discussants.

Announcing the VSS 2018 Workshop on NIH Grantsmanship and Funding

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Sabal/Sawgrass

Moderator: Mike Webster, University of Nevada, Reno
Discussants: Todd Horowitz, National Cancer Institute and Cheri WIggs, National Eye Institute

You have a great research idea, but you need money to make it happen. You need to write a grant. What do you need to know before you write a grant? How does the granting process work? Writing grants to support your research is as critical to a scientific career as data analysis and scientific writing. In this year’s session, we are focusing on the work of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Cheri Wiggs (National Eye Institute) and Todd Horowitz (National Cancer Institute) will provide insight into the inner workings of the NIH extramural research program. There will be time for your questions.

For more information about the session, go to Funding Workshop.

No registration is required. Attendees will be admitted on a first come, first served basis until the workshop is full.

The VSS Friends & Family Pass Is Back!

We hope that you will want to bring your family with you to VSS 2018! The VSS Friends and Family Pass will allow your family and friends to enjoy our many fun VSS social events. For $50.00, your travel companion can attend the Opening Night Reception and the amazing Demo Night Beach BBQ, as well as enjoy all Coffee/Snack Breaks and the Daily Continental Breakfast! Passes are $50.00 for the first guest, and $10.00 for each additional family member.

To purchase a Family & Friends Pass, please visit the VSS Registration Desk onsite. Passes will be required for entrance to all social events and meals, including the Friday evening Welcome Reception.

Note: The VSS Family & Friends Social Pass does not cover entrance to the scientific sessions.

VSS Board of Directors Election Now Open!

VSS is excited to announce that the election for two new members of the VSS Board of Directors is now open. To learn more about the candidates and cast your vote, go to Election. Please help shape the future of VSS!

You must be a Regular 2018 VSS Member to be eligible to vote.

The Election closes at 11:59 pm (latest time zone on the planet) on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Please consider voting now to avoid missing the deadline.

Registration Now Open for “Meet the Professor”

Monday, May 21, 2018, 4:30 – 5:45 pm, Banyan Breezeway

Students and postdocs are invited to the third annual “Meet the Professors” event, Monday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:45 pm, immediately preceding the VSS Dinner and Demo Night. This is an opportunity for a free-wheeling, open-ended discussion with members of the VSS Board and other professors. You might chat about science, the annual meeting, building a career, or whatever comes up.

This year, the event will consist of two 30-minute sessions separated by a 15-minute snack break. Please select a different professor for each session. Space is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

To view a list of professors and register for the event, go to Meet the Professors.

Announcing Melissa Le-Hoa Võ as the Recipient of the 2018 Young Investigator Award

Melissa Le-Hoa Võ, Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Head of the DFG-funded Emmy Noether Group, Scene Grammar Lab, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, is the winner of the 2018 Elsevier/VSS Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Võ received her PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich in 2009. She then moved on to perform postdoctoral work, first with John Henderson at the University of Edinburgh, and then with Jeremy Wolfe at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Võ’s work has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including grants from the NIH and the German Research Council. In 2014, Melissa Võ moved back to Germany where as freshly appointed Full Professor for Cognitive Psychology she set up the Scene Grammar Lab at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

Dr. Võ is a superb scientist who has already had an extraordinary impact on our field. Her distinctive contribution has been to develop the concept of “scene grammar,” particularly scrutinizing the distinction between semantics and syntax in visual scenes. The distinction can be illustrated by considering scene components that are semantically incongruent (e.g. a printer in a kitchen) versus those that are syntactically incongruent (e.g. a cooking pot in a kitchen, floating in space rather than resting on a counter). Dr. Võ has used eye-tracking and EEG techniques in both children and adults to demonstrate that the brain processes semantic and syntactic visual information differentially, and has shown that scene grammar not only aids visual processing but also plays a key role in efficiently guiding search in real-world scenarios. Her work has implications in many areas, ranging from computer science to psychiatry. In addition to being a tremendously innovative and productive researcher, Dr. Võ is an active mentor of younger scientists and an award-winning teacher. Her outstanding contributions make her a highly worthy recipient of the 12th VSS Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Võ will speak at the VSS Awards Session on Monday, May 21 at 12:30 pm in Talk Room 1-2. To learn more about Melissa Võ’s talk, please visit the VSS website.