Dr. Yohay Carmel is an associate professor at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Technion — Israel Institute of Technology. Between 2006 and 2010 he was the chairman of The Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Science, where he led a new direction emphasizing science—policy relations.
Prof. Carmel joined the Technion in 2000, and established the Ecology and Environment GIS Laboratory, which currently hosts three senior research fellows and eight graduate students. His major research subjects include applications of remote sensing and GIS methods in ecology and environmental science, spatial patterns of biodiversity, theoretical and methodological principles of ecological modelling, and the propagation and risk of forest fires.
In particular, Prof. Carmel is interested in tools to facilitate the prioritization of land for conservation. Many of his research projects are conducted jointly with the Nature and Parks Authority, the Forest Authority (JNF), and the Ministry of Environment in Isreal. In 2006–2007 he was involved in a LEEMP-GEF conservation project in Nigeria titled Monitoring Protected Areas in Nigeria.
Stephen Macknik received his Ph.D. at Harvard University in the laboratory of Prof. Margaret Livingstone. He was then a postdoctoral fellow with the Nobel Laureate Prof. David Hubel at Harvard Medical School, and also with Prof. Zach Mainen at Cold Spring Harbor Lab. Dr. Macknik led his first laboratory at University College London, and is currently a Laboratory Director at the Barrow Neurological Institute.
Susana is interested in the aspects of the neural code that relate to our visual perception. One of the ways she addresses this is by correlating the eye movements that occur during visual fixation with the spike trains that they provoke in single neurons. Since visual images fade when eye movements are absent, it makes sense that the patterns of neural firing that correlate best with fixational eye movements are important to conveying the visibility of a stimulus. She has found that bursts of spikes are better related to fixational eye movements than singles spikes alone. This suggests that bursts of spikes are more reliable signals than are single spikes.
Susana coedited Visual Perception Part 1, Volume 154: Fundamentals of Vision: Low and Mid-Level Processes in Perception (Progress in Brain Research) and Visual Perception Part 2, Volume 155: Fundamentals of Awareness, Multi-Sensory Integration and High-Order Perception (Progress in Brain Research) (Progress in Brain Research), coauthored Mind tricks — Cognitive Scientists Take a Lesson from Magicians, Windows on the Mind, Microsaccades Counteract Visual Fading During Fixation, and Novel Visual Illusions Related to Vasarely”s “Nested Squares” Show That Corner Salience Varies With Corner Angle, and authored Fixational Eye Movements in Normal And Pathological Vision. Read her full list of publications!
She completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain in 1996, followed by postdoctoral studies in the Harvard Medical School laboratory of Nobel Laureate David Hubel (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1981). Her research focuses on the neurobiology of visual awareness, perception, illusions, and art and her work has been published in top academic journals as well as in popular science magazines, such as Scientific American. Susana has given lectures to several arts organizations and museums. She has also been recently featured for her lab’s research and contributions in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Discover Magazine, and Nature.
Dr. Jeanette Norden is a Neuroscientist and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For over 20 years, she conducted research on nerve regeneration, focusing on GAP-43, a protein involved in nervous system development, regeneration, and plasticity. Since 1998, she has devoted her time to medical, graduate, and undergraduate education. She is currently the Director of Medical Education in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. She has been a maverick in Medical Education, stressing not only intellectual, but also personal and interpersonal development in students. Her emphasis on personal development and her innovative approach in integrating “humanity’ into a basic science course has been recognized at Vanderbilt, nationally and internationally. She has won every award given by medical students, including the Shovel (twice; given by the graduating class to the faculty member who has had the most positive influence on them in their four years of medicine), the Jack Davies Award (eight times; for Teaching Excellence in the Basic Sciences), and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award (four times). She was awarded the first Chair of Teaching Excellence at Vanderbilt University, and was the first recipient of both the Gender Equity Award of the American Medical Women’s Association, and the Teaching Excellence Award given by the Vanderbilt Medical School. Dr. Norden’s teaching has been recognized nationally and internationally as well. In 2000, she was the recipient of the Robert J. Glaser Award, a national teaching award from the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society of the American Medical Association. In recognition of her devotion to helping medical students develop into caring, compassionate physicians, Dr. Norden was awarded the 2008 Professional Award from The Compassionate Friends, an international group for bereaved parents. Most recently (2010), she was awarded the John Chapman Award, a national award for Transformative Innovations in Medical Education.
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