Next Thursday and Friday (26 and 27 Feb) Prof Randolph Blake (see bio below) of Vanderbilt University will be visiting the School and also giving a seminar (Friday afternoon, 3 pm).
Randolph Blake is Centennial Professor of Psychology, a Fellow of the Kennedy Center for Research in Human Development and a member of the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience. He was awarded the PhD by Vanderbilt University in 1972, with a dissertation on binocular vision. He was a NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas Health Sciences Center, where he received training in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Blake was a faculty member at Northwestern University from 1974 to 1988, where he studied human and animal vision, with emphasis on spatial vision and motion perception. He moved to Vanderbilt in 1988, where he was chair of the Department of Psychology for eight years. His research interests expanded to include binocular vision and perceptual organization, visual cognition and auditory/visual interactions. Blake is a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has held the William Evans Chair at Otago University and received the Early Career Award (American Psychological Association) and a Career Development Award (NIH). In 2000, he received the Earl Sutherland Prize, in 2006 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2008 won the Thomas Jefferson Award. In 2006, Blake won an IgNobel Prize for his research on the psychoacoustics of a chilling sound.