Previous FoVea Travel and Networking Awardees

2020 FoVea Travel and Networking Award Recipients

FoVea is pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 FoVea Travel and Networking Award.

The FoVea Travel and Networking Award was open to female members of the Vision Science Society (VSS) in pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and pre-tenure faculty or research scientist positions and intended to cover costs involved in attending the VSS meeting, including membership fees, conference registration fees, and travel expenses.  This year due to the unusual circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, awardees could chose to apply their award to this year’s Virtual VSS and roll over remaining funds to VSS 2021 if they attend, or defer all funds to VSS 2021.

FoVea created this award as part of its mission to advance the visibility, impact, and success of women in vision science. A recent report from Cooper and Radonjić (2016) indicated that in 2015, the ratio of women to men in VSS was near equal at the pre-doctoral level (1:1.13), but decreased as career stage increased. The decline is symptomatic of forces that impede the professional development of female vision scientists. A key aspect of professional development is building a professional network to support scientific pursuits and to provide mentorship at critical junctions in one’s academic career. The FoVea Travel and Networking Award will help female vision scientists build their professional network by encouraging them to meet with at least one Networking Target at the VSS meeting to discuss their research and consider potential for collaboration.

Five awards are funded by an NSF grant and one is funded by the Visual Cognition journal.

Sponsored by NSF

Lauren Aulet
Lauren Aulet is a fifth-year graduate student at Emory University in Dr. Stella Lourenco’s Spatial Cognition lab. She is interested in how we perceive and represent complex, multidimensional stimuli, and how these representations change (or don’t!) over development. Primarily, her work examines how we perceive and represent numerical magnitude (how can we tell how many objects are present in a scene?), as well as non-numerical magnitudes (e.g., size, brightness, duration, distance, etc.). In this work, she incorporates multiple techniques (psychophysics, eye-tracking, and functional imaging), developmental populations (infancy, childhood, and adulthood) and species (human and canine). At Emory, she also collaborates with the labs of Dr. Daniel Dilks and Dr. Gregory Berns.

Hiu Mei (Doris) Chow
Dr. Hiu Mei (Doris) Chow is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Canada, working with Dr. Miriam Spering. She received her PhD in Developmental and Brain Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA (advisor: Dr. Vivian Ciaramitaro), as well as an MPhil in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (advisor: Dr. Chia-huei Tseng). Doris is generally interested in understanding how sensory information is captured by multiple sensory systems and integrated in the human brain. At different stages of her training, she investigates the intersection of various sub-disciplines in vision sciences, including visual perception, multisensory perception, development, and eye movements. She is eager to combine these interests and lead a research program contributing to the basic science of multisensory perception and its application in health and disease.

Nina M. Hanning
Nina M. Hanning is a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow in the lab of Prof. Marisa Carrasco at New York University. She received her PhD in 2018 from the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences at LMU Munich, where she studied the effects of eye and hand movements on visual perception and working memory under the supervision of Prof. Heiner Deubel. In her current postdoctoral work, Nina is investigating the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying covert and overt visual spatial attention. She is particularly interested in how the programming of saccadic eye movements dynamically shapes our perception across the visual scene. To address her research questions, she combines human psychophysics with eye tracking and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and develops experimental paradigms to assess spatio-temporal sensitivity dynamics based on reverse correlation.

Catherine Manning
Catherine Manning completed her PhD at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education at the UCL Institute of Education, London in 2014 (supervised by Professors Liz Pellicano and Tony Charman), before moving to the University of Oxford to take up the Scott Family Junior Research Fellowship in Autism and Related Disorders. She is now a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, conducting research into visual processing in typically developing, autistic and dyslexic children using computational modelling and EEG.

Emma Stewart
Emma Stewart is a post-doctoral researcher at Phillips-Universität Marburg, Germany, working with Prof Alexander Schütz. She completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide, Australia under the supervision of A/Prof Anna Ma-Wyatt. Her research interests revolve around saccade planning and the perceptual consequences of making a saccade. During her PhD she investigated spatiotemporal aspects of attention accompanying saccades and reaches. Her postdoctoral research has focused mainly on transsaccadic perception, and the mechanisms underlying integration of pre- and postsaccadic feature information.  She is also working on a second line of research looking at how high- and low-level features of real-world objects might relate to fixations, saccade planning and perceptual confidence.

Sponsored by Visual Cognition

Claudia Damiano
Claudia Damiano is a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology of Dr Johan Wagemans at KU Leuven. She earned a PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr Dirk Bernhardt-Walther, studying the role of visual features in emotion, attention, and memory processes. Claudia’s research interests span a wide range of topics related to visual cognition. Her focus is to understand how low-level and mid-level features (e.g., orientation statistics, symmetry, etc.) form high-level representations of real-world objects and scenes. Her research also explores how these representations influence several aspects of cognition – i.e., visual attention, memory formation, and emotional appraisals. Claudia’s current project is examining the link between complexity, symmetry, and aesthetic pleasure of visual scenes.

Thank you to Karen SchlossSarah Shomstein and Steve Most for reviewing the 2020 applications.

2019 FoVea Travel and Networking Award Recipients

FoVea is pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 FoVea Travel and Networking Award.

Sponsored by NSF

Tiffany Carther-Krone

Tiffany Carther-Krone is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Marotta.  She is currently interested in studying how humans group features of their environment together to form a global whole by means of behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI), and psychophysical approaches.  To study this she uses visual illusions, which are reliant on Gestalt grouping principals, to determine how illusion susceptibility changes under varying attentional conditions, specifically focusing on grouping under conditions of preattention.  She obtained her BSc (honors) in Biopsychology from the University of Winnipeg and her BA in Mathematics from Canadian Mennonite University.

Michele A. Cox

Michele A. Cox is a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Visual Sciences at University of Rochester. She earned a PhD from Vanderbilt University. Michele’s research interests revolve around how the visual system integrates sensory information with ongoing perceptual, motor, and cognitive processes. Her graduate work focused on the neural underpinnings of sensory integration in early visual cortex, leveraging large-scale, multielectrode intracranial electrophysiological recordings to disentangle feedforward and feedback signals in both cognitive and perceptual tasks. In her postdoctoral work, she is building on her previous experience to study sensory integration during natural viewing. Her research combines computational modeling and human psychophysics with real-time control of retinal stimulation to probe the spatiotemporal dynamics of visual integration in active observers with a particular focus on binocular vision.

Iris Groen

Dr Iris Groen is a post-doctoral researcher with Dr Jonathan Winawer at New York University. She received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she investigated the influence of scene statistics on rapid scene categorization, working with Dr Steven Scholte and Prof Victor Lamme. Previously, she was a post-doctoral researcher with Dr Chris Baker at the NIMH, where she studied representations within and connections between scene-selective brain regions. Her research focuses on the computational mechanisms underlying natural scene perception in the human brain, which she studies using a variety of methods, including M/EEG, fMRI, TMS, behavior and most recently ECoG. Her current work is part of a BRAIN Initiative project aimed at building models of neural population responses measured with ECoG, MEG and fMRI.

Anna Heue

Anna Heuer is a postdoctoral researcher in the Active Perception and Cognition lab of Prof Martin Rolfs at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She completed her PhD in 2016 at Philipps-Universität Marburg under the supervision of Prof Anna Schubö, examining how visual working memory processes are modulated by attention and goal-directed actions. During this time, she was a member of the International Research Training Group ‘The Brain in Action’ and also worked with Prof John Douglas Crawford at York University, Toronto. After a postdoc in Marburg, during which she looked into how motivational value shapes attentional selection, she moved to Berlin in 2018 to start her new project on temporal information in visual working memory.

Lindsay Santacroce

Lindsay Santacroce is a Developmental, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston, where she is advised by Dr. Benjamin Tamber-Rosenau in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention Lab. Broadly, she is interested in the limits of human attention and how different tasks compete for limited resources. Lindsay is currently conducting research comparing dual-task costs in cognitive/cognitive and cognitive/motor dual-task paradigms. To accomplish this, she is using theories and methods from cognitive psychology and other fields, and she is developing novel approaches to study dual tasking. In a second line of research Lindsay is elaborating the effects of affective distractors on the attentional blink. Lindsay previously attended the University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in psychology.

Sponsored by Visual Cognition

Jolande Fooken

Jolande Fooken is currently a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Miriam Spering. She received a M.Sc. of Biomedical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University and a M.Sc. of Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. Her PhD work focusses on the relationship between eye movements and accurate motion perception and prediction during goal-directed actions. Her work highlights that eye movements can be viewed as a continuous readout of ongoing perceptual processes and can directly be linked to behavioural events and action outcomes. Jolande is also interested in developing more naturalistic task designs to study the interaction between perceptual decision making and eye movement control in real-word scenarios.

Thank you to Karen SchlossSarah Shomstein and Steve Most for reviewing the 2019 applications.


2018 FoVea Travel and Networking Award Recipients

FoVea is pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 FoVea Travel and Networking Award.

Sponsored by NSF

Cristina de la Malla

Cristina de la Malla completed her Ph.D. at the Universitat de Barcelona advised by Dr. Joan López-Moliner. During her Ph.D. she investigated the precision of hand movements, and how visual information contributes to achieve such precision. In November 2014, she moved to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for a post-doc under the supervision of Dr. Eli Brenner in the group led by Prof. Jeroen Smeets. During her post-doc, she integrated eye and head movements into her research with the aim of looking into how these movements contribute to perception and action, in tasks that require both spatial and temporal precision such as interception. Currently, Cristina also works for the International Paralympic Committee Research and Development Centre for the Classification of Athletes with Visual Impairments, led by Dr. David Mann. In this project she contributes to develop new criteria for the classification of visually impaired athletes in the Paralympic Games.

Erin Goddard

Dr Erin Goddard is a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratories of Profs Kathy Mullen and Robert Hess in the McGill Vision Research Group, at McGill University, Montreal, where she has been since 2017. She received her PhD in psychology in 2010 from the University of Sydney, Australia, working with Prof Colin Clifford and Dr Sam Solomon. She has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) with Dr Alexandra Woolgar and Dr Thomas Carlson. Erin is interested in the cortical processing of colour and mid-level form. She addresses her research questions with complementary approaches from neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG), psychophysics, and computational modelling.  

Abigail Lee

Abigail Lee received her BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Leicester in 2015, during which she focused on animal and plant development as well as cellular and molecular neuroscience. During her degree, she was inspired to move into vision research and is now a third-year PhD student at the University of St Andrews supervised by Professor Julie Harris and Dr. Justin Ales. Abigail is particularly interested in the visual perception of motion, depth and motion in depth. She is currently investigating the differences between speed and speed change discrimination for 2D and 3D motion, and what factors may be responsible for these differences. 

Kimberly Meier 

Kimberly Meier is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Deborah Giaschi. She is interested in how the brain changes in response to visual experience. To study this, she investigates developmental patterns in motion perception and stereopsis (3D perception) in healthy children, and how they can be disrupted during sensitive periods by a childhood vision disorder called amblyopia (“lazy eye”). She is also interested in how these perceptual abilities can change after treatments for amblyopia. She obtained her BA in Psychology and Cognitive Science at Simon Fraser University. 

Anna Shafer-Skelton

Anna Shafer-Skelton is a second-year graduate student at UC San Diego, working with Drs. Tim Brady and John Serences. As a lab manager in Dr. Julie Golomb’s lab, she became interested in how our visual system constructs a seemingly complete view of the world from many brief fixations, and she is currently interested in the role visual memory may play in this process. Her current projects explore the content and temporal dynamics of memory representations over brief delays, with the goal of understanding how different types of information in natural scenes may be remembered and integrated across eye movements. 

Sponsored by Visual Cognition

Emilie Josephs

Emilie Josephs is a third-year graduate student in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is pursuing her PhD in the Cognitive and Neural Organization Lab under the direction of Talia Konkle. Broadly, Emilie is interested in neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying space perception. She is currently investigating how within-reach environments are represented, and exploring how those representations differ from representations of full-scale scenes and singleton objects. She is exploring this question using neuroimaging, visual feature modeling, and behavioral probes of semantic processing.  

Thank you to Karen Schloss, Sarah Shomstein and Steve Most for reviewing the 2018 applications. Thank you also to Zachary Leggon for his help managing the process.


2017 FoVea Travel and Networking Award Recipients

FoVea is pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural FoVea Travel and Networking Award, funded by National Science Foundation.

Kathryn Bonnen

Kathryn (Kate) Bonnen is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is co-advised by Dr. Alexander Huk and Dr. Lawrence Cormack.  Broadly, Kathryn is interested in 3D vision, multi-sensory perception, and natural scene statistics.  Her dissertation work is focused on: 1) the development of continuous psychophysical methods and their ideal observers; 2) 3D motion perception in human and non-human primates.  She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University. 

Jodie Davies-Thompson

Dr. Jodie Davies-Thompson completed her PhD at the University of York with Prof Tim Andrews, where she used fMRI to examine the neural correlates of face recognition. In 2010, Jodie moved to the University of British Columbia (Canada) to work with Prof Jason Barton, investigating neural plasticity of the visual system in patient populations, including rehabilitation of acquired prosopagnosia. In 2014, Jodie moved to the University of Trento (Italy) to work with Dr Olivier Collignon on neural plasticity in blindness and d/Deafness. Jodie is currently undertaking a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham (UK) with Prof Doug Hartley, exploring cross-modal plasticity in Deaf individuals. Jodie plans to continue using a range of techniques (behavioural, psychophysical, fMRI, functional connectivity, DTI) to examine normal face processing, rehabilitation of prosopagnosia, and cross-modal plasticity. 

Brittney Hartle

Brittney Hartle received her M.A. (2016) in Psychology from York University, focusing on disparity interpolation of stereoscopic illusory surfaces. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Vision Research at York University, Toronto. Her research focuses on the depth perception of objects in virtual environments created by various stereoscopic 3D technology. She is currently investigating the factors that influence judgements of shape and volume in simulated virtual environments relative to physical stimuli. The goal of her research is to determine whether common perceptual distortions experienced with virtual stimuli are due to constraints of the hardware (e.g. optics of head-mounted displays) or limitations of our perceptual experience within virtual spaces. 

Amanda Robinson

Dr Amanda Robinson is a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr Marlene Behrmann in the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her PhD in cognitive neuroscience in 2014 from the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia, working with Dr Jason Mattingley. Dr Robinson’s research is focused on understanding how different visual and multisensory features are integrated for object perception, particularly in terms of the time course of visual processing. During her PhD, she investigated how odors influence perception of and attention towards matching visual objects. Currently, Dr Robinson is investigating the lateralization of visual processing, specifically focusing on the overlapping mechanisms of face and word perception. 

Kara Emery

Kara Emery is currently a second-year graduate student in the Integrative Neuroscience Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in the Visual Perception Lab advised by Michael Webster. Kara is interested in the neural mechanisms and coding strategies underlying color and face perception. She is currently investigating individual differences in color appearance and color naming and how these differences inform models of cortical color coding and the relationships between perception and language. She is also extending her analyses using neuroimaging methods to explore color perception in adults and infants, in projects with Dr. Masami Yamaguchi at Chuo University. 

Thank you to Karen SchlossSteve Franconeri and Sarah Shomstein for reviewing the 2017 applications. Thank you also to Madeline Parker for her help managing the process.