Newly-Elected Members of the VSS Board

VSS welcomes Jody Culham and Ruth Rosenholtz to the VSS Board of Directors. Their four-year term will begin in June, 2019.

Jody Culham

University of Western Ontario

Jody Culham is a Professor of Psychology and member of the Brain and Mind Institute and Neuroscience Program at the University of Western Ontario (also known as Western University) in London, Canada. Her research investigates how vision is used for object perception and to guide actions such as grasping, reaching, and tool use. Her lab employs a range of techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), psychophysics, behavioral kinematics, and neuropsychology. Her research has pushed the limits to enable the study of real actions and real objects using fMRI. Her latest interests involve applying virtual reality and other immersive approaches to the study of perception and action. Her work has been funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (including a Steacie Fellowship), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Culham began learning vision science as an undergraduate at the University of Calgary in the labs of Donald Kline and Jane Raymond. She received her PhD from the Harvard Vision Lab, where she conducted psychophysical and fMRI studies of motion and attention with Patrick Cavanagh and Nancy Kanwisher. She then became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario with Mel Goodale, where she began to apply fMRI to the study of hand actions.

Culham has been a regular attendee of VSS since its inception and has served as an abstract reviewer and Young Investigator Award panel member. She has also been active in service roles with the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (Secretary), the International Neuropsychological Symposium (Representative), the Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet; Director), and the journal eLife (Editorial Board). She is active in teaching human neuroimaging through her web site and is currently coauthoring a textbook on fMRI.



Ruth Rosenholtz


Ruth Rosenholtz is a Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She studies a wide range of visual phenomena, using a mix of behavioral methods and computational modeling. Her main research topics include (1) attention and visual search, (2) perceptual organization, and (3) peripheral vision.

Upon completing her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College, Ruth received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, working with Jitendra Malik on shape-from-texture. She was a postdoc at Utrecht University with Jan Koenderink, and then at NASA Ames with Andrew Watson, before joining Xerox PARC as a research scientist. Ruth has been at MIT since 2003, where she is also a member of MIT’s Computer Science and AI Lab (CSAIL). Her funding sources include NSF, NIH, and Toyota.

Ruth currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Vision, and for the Journal of Perceptual Imaging, and previously served as editor for Transactions on Applied Perception. She is currently a guest editor for a Journal of Vision special issue on vision and visualization. She is a member of the VSS Abstract Review Board, the Davida Teller Award committee, and on the advisory board for Females of Vision et al. (FoVea), which promotes women in vision science.