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Benjamin T. Backus

  1. 1. Benjamin T. Backus Curriculum Vitae November 2010 Contact information Department of Vision Sciences SUNY College of Optometry 33 W. 42nd St., room 1422 New York, NY 10036 office +1-212-938- 1541 lab +1-212-938- 5597 fax +1-212-938- 5760 mobile +1-212-356- 1850 mailto:bbackus@sunyopt.edu http://sunyopt.edu/research/backus Positions held Graduate Center for Vision Research at SUNY College of Optometry, and SUNY Eye Institute Empire Innovation Associate Professor of Vision Sciences, fall 2007–present University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2000–2007 Stanford University, Postdoctoral scientist, supervisor David J. Heeger, 1998–2000 Oakland Public Schools, Charter High School Mathematics Teacher, Oakland, CA, 1989–1992 Oakland Diocese, Middle School Math/Science Teacher, Oakland, CA, 1988–1989 Education University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., Vision Science, advisor Martin S. Banks, 1993–1997 Holy Names College, Oakland, Calif., Secondary Teaching Credential, Mathematics, 1989–1991 University of Pennsylvania, M.A., Cognitive Psychology, advisor Saul Sternberg, 1985–1987 Swarthmore College, B.A., Mathematics, with minors in Psychology and Biology, 1980–1985 Grant support (active) National Institutes of Health, “Cue reliability and depth calibration during space perception”, NEI # R01 EY013988. $1,125,000 (direct costs), 2003-2012. National Science Foundation, “Pavlovian conditioning of visual perception”, BCS-0617422, $306,055 (total costs), 2007–2011. Grant support (completed) Human Frontiers Science Program, "Mechanisms of associative learning in human perception", Principle Investigator, with co-investigators Marc Ernst (Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen, Germany), Guy Wallis (University of Queensland, Australia), and Michael Kearns (University of Pennsylvania, USA). $1,050,000 (total costs) 2006 –2010. University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation, "Rate of recalibration of motion parallax for depth perception", $24,281 (2003-2004). NRSA fellowship (joint proposal with David Heeger, Stanford University) 1997-2000. Other competitive support NIH Loan Repayment Program, research program sponsor to Cristina Llerena, O.D. (2010-2012). Honors SUNY Empire Innovation Associate Professorship, 2007. NIH Training Grant (UC Berkeley), 1993-96. NSF Fellowship (University of Pennsylvania), 1985-87. Dean’s Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 1986. Phi Beta Kappa, 1985.
  2. 2. Benjamin T. Backus Graduation with Honors, Swarthmore College, 1985. Refereed publications Jain, A., Backus, B.T. (2010). Experience affects the use of ego-motion signals during 3-D shape Perception. Journal of Vision. accepted. Di Luca, M., Ernst, M.O., & Backus, B. T. (2010). Learning to use an invisible visual signal for perception. Current Biology. 20: 1860-1863. Jain, A., Fuller, S. & Backus, B. T. (2010). Absence of cue recruitment for extrinsic signals: Sounds, spots, and swirling dots fail to influence perceived 3D rotation. PLoS One, 5(10):e13295, pp 1- 7. Harrison, S. J. & Backus, B. T. (2010). Disambiguating Necker cube rotation using a location cue: What types of spatial location signal can the visual system learn?” Journal of Vision, 10(6): 23, 1-15. Harrison, S.J. & Backus, B. T. (2010). Uninformative visual experience establishes long term perceptual bias. Vision Research, 50: 1905-1911. Backus, B.T. (2010). Recruitment of new visual cues for perceptual appearance. Chapter 6 in Sensory Cue Integration. Trommershauser J, Kording K, Landy MS, editors. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Wallis, G., Backus, B.T., Langer, M., Huebner, G., and Buelthoff, H. (2009). Learning illumination- and-orientation-invariant representations of objects through temporal association. Journal of Vision, 9(7):6, 1-8. Backus, B.T. (2009). The Mixture of Bernoulli Experts: a theory to quantify reliance on cues in dichotomous perceptual decisions. Journal of Vision, 9(1):6, 1-19. Wilmer, J.B. & Backus, B.T. (2008). Self-reported Magic Eye stereogram skill predicts stereoacuity. Perception, 37: 1297-1300. Saunders, J. A., & Backus, B. T. (2007). Both parallelism and orthogonality are used to perceive 3D slant of rectangles from 2D images. Journal of Vision, 7(6):7, 1-11. Backus, B. T., & Haijiang, Q. (2007). Competition between newly recruited and pre-existing visual cues during the construction of visual appearance. Vision Research, 47: 919-924. Saunders, J. A., & Backus, B. T. (2006). Perception of surface slant from oriented textures. Journal of Vision, 6(9):3, 882-897. Saunders, J. A., & Backus, B. T. (2006). The accuracy and reliability of perceived depth from linear perspective as a function of image size. Journal of Vision, 6(9):3, 933-954. Haijiang, Q., Saunders, J.A., Stone, R.W., & Backus, B.T. (2006). Demonstration of cue recruit- ment: Change in visual appearance by means of Pavlovian conditioning. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 103: 483-488. Duke, P.A., Oruc, I., Qi, H., & Backus, B.T. (2006). Depth aftereffects mediated by vertical disparities: Evidence for vertical disparity driven calibration of extraretinal signals during stereopsis. Vision Research, 46: 228-241. Backus, B.T., & Oruç, I. (2005). Illusory motion from change over time in the response to contrast and luminance. Journal of Vision, 5: 1055–1069. Zabulis, X. & Backus, B.T. (2004). Starry night: a texture devoid of depth cues. Journal of the Optical Society of America, 21: 2049-2060. Backus, B. T. & Matza-Brown, D. (2003). The contribution of vergence change to the measurement of relative disparity. Journal of Vision, 3: 737-750. Backus, B.T. (2002). Perceptual metamers in stereoscopic vision. In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14, ed. T.G. Dietterich, et al. MIT Press. 1223-1230. Banks, M.S., Backus, B.T. & Banks, R.S. (2002). Is vertical disparity used to determine azimuth? Vision Research 42: 801-807. Backus, B.T., Fleet, D.J., Parker, A.J. & Heeger, D.J. (2001). Human cortical activity correlates with stereoscopic depth perception. Journal of Neurophysiology, 86: 2054-2068. Banks, M.S., Hooge, I.T.C. & Backus, B.T. (2001). Perceiving slant about a horizontal axis from stereopsis. Journal of Vision, 1: 55-79. Ress, D., Backus, B.T. & Heeger, D.J. (2000). Activity in primary visual cortex predicts performance in a visual detection task. Nature Neuroscience, 3: 940–945. Wandell, B.A., Chial, S. & Backus, B.T. (2000). Visualization and measurement of the cortical surface. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12: 739-752. Page 2 of 9
  3. 3. Benjamin T. Backus Backus, B.T. & Banks, M.S. (1999). Estimator reliability and distance scaling in stereoscopic slant perception. Perception, 28: 217-242. Backus, B.T., Banks, M.S., van Ee, R. & Crowell, J.A. (1999). Horizontal and vertical disparity, eye position, and stereoscopic slant perception. Vision Research, 39: 1143-1170. Van Ee, R., Bank, M.S. & Backus, B.T. (1999a). An analysis of binocular slant contrast. Perception, 28: 1121-1145. Van Ee, R., Banks, M.S. & Backus, B.T. (1999b). Perceived visual direction near an occluder. Vision Research, 39: 4085-4097. Banks, M.S. & Backus, B.T. (1998). Extra-retinal and perspective cues cause the small range of the induced effect. Vision Research, 38: 187-94. Banks, M.S., van Ee, R. & Backus, B.T. (1997). The computation of visual direction: A re- examination of Mansfield and Legge (1996). Vision Research, 37: 1605-13. Banks, M.S., Ehrlich, S.M., Backus, B.T. & Crowell, J.A. (1996). Estimating heading during real and simulated eye movements. Vision Research, 36: 431-444. Other publications Backus, B.T. (2007). Does television cause autism? A theoretical account. University of Pennsylvania Institute for Research in Cognitive Science Technical Report No. IRCS-07-01, http://repository.upenn.edu/ircs_reports/201/. Backus, B.T. (2000). Stereoscopic vision: What’s the first step? Current Biology, 10:R701-3. Banks, M.S. & Backus, B.T. (1999). Horizontal and vertical disparity, and eye position, in stereoscopic slant perception. Chapter 3 in Vision and Action. L.R. Harris and M. Jenkin, Eds. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. 33 pages. Backus, B.T. (1997). Uses of dynamic geometry software for teaching and research in optometry and vision science. Chapter in Geometry Turned On: Dynamic Geometry, Theory and Application. James King, Ed. New York: Mathematical Association of America. 7 pages. Patents Backus, B.T., Ciuffreda, K.J., Ludlam, D.P. (2010, provisional application pending). “Method and system for treating binocular anomalies”. Selected conference abstracts Harrison, S. J. & Backus, B. T. (2010). Disambiguation of Necker cube rotation by monocular and binocular depth cues: Relative effectiveness for establishing long-term bias. European Conference on Visual Perception, Lausanne, Switzerland. Jain, A. & Backus, B. T. (2010) The influence of training on the interpretation of optic flow and extra-retinal ego-motion signals for structure-from-motion. European Conference on Visual Perception, Lausanne, Switzerland. Backus, B. T. (2010). An invisible signal can be made accessible to consciousness by training the perceptual system to use it for a novel purpose. Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Toronto, Canada. Backus, B. T. (2010). Attention mediates learned perceptual bias for bistable stimuli. Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. Harrison, S. J. & Backus, B. T. (2010). Uninformative trials are more effective than informative trials in learning a long term perceptual bias. Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. Backus, B. T. (2010). Properties of learned perceptual bias. Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Backus, B. T. (2009). Recruitment of new cues for visual perception: A progress report. Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting, Seattle, WA. Backus, B. T. (2009). Cue recruitment in visual perception. Human Frontiers Research Program, Tokyo, Japan. Jain, A. & Backus, B. T. (2009). Cross-modal perceptual learning is non-trivial: synchronous and semantically plausible auditory cues were not recruited for a visual appearance task. Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. Meade, R., Backus, B. T. & Haijiang, Q. (2009). Cue probability learning by the human perceptual system. Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL.. Page 3 of 9
  4. 4. Benjamin T. Backus Harrison, S. J. & Backus, B. T. (2009).Cue recruitment for the construction of perceptual bias for bistable stimuli: World location competes with retinal location in an associative paradigm. Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. Fuller, S., Backus, B. T., van Dam, L., and Ernst, M. (2009). Short-term dynamics of perceptual bias for bistable stimuli. Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. Chajka, K., Backus, B. T., and Wilmer, J. (2009) Ability to use stereo predicts recruitment of a correlated artificial cue. Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL. Backus, B. T. (2008). Recruitment of new visual cues for perceptual appearance. Computational Workshop on Cue Combination, Rauischholzhausen, Germany. Backus, B.T. & Haijiang, Q. (2007). Bayesian model of cue combination for bistable percepts. Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL. Backus, B.T. (2007). Does television cause autism? Theoretical considerations. Penn Autism Retreat, Philadelphia, PA. Backus, B.T., Garrigan, P., Haijiang, Q., & Balasubramanian, V. (2006). Positive and negative aftereffects. Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL. Backus, B.T. (2006). Further Studies of Cue Recruitment in Visual Appearance. Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson Hole, WY. Backus, B.T., Stone, R.W., Saunders, J.A. & Marshal, D.A. (2005). Cue recruitment and Pavlovian conditioning in visual perception. European Conference on Visual Perception, La Coruña, Spain. Qi, H., Backus, B.T., Stone, R.W., Saunders, J.A. & Marshal, D.A. (2005). Recruitment of new perceptual cues. Annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL. Backus, B.T., Hillis, J.M., Frumkin, J. & Saunders, J.A. (2005). Early temporal dynamics of cue combination for slant from stereo and texture. Vision Sciences Society. Saunders, J.A. & Backus, B.T. (2005). Perception of slant-from-texture for textures with oriented symmetry. Vision Sciences Society. Chang, D.L., Stone, R.W. & Backus, B.T. (2005). Natural images and the McCullough effect. Vision Sciences Society. Backus, B.T. (2005). Recruitment of new perceptual cues. Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson Hole, WY. Stone, R. W., Backus, B. T. & Matza-Brown, D. (2004). Recalibration of two mechanisms for measuring relative disparity [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4(8), 593a. Matza-Brown, D. & Backus, B. T. (2004). Thresholds and weighting during cue combination: delta- vergence and retinal relative disparity [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4(8), 594a. Oruç, I., Duke, P. A., Qi, H. & Backus, B. T. (2004). Does the vertical disparity mechanism adapt? [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4(8), 597a. Qi, H. & Backus, B. T. (2004). Learning a new cue for motion in depth [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4(8), 288a. Backus, B. T. & Oruç, I. (2004). Rotating snakes and the failure of motion mechanisms to compensate for early adaptation to luminance [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4(8), 85a. Backus, B. T. & Oruç, I. (2004). Illusory motion from nonlinear response to contrast: how much does the visual system know about its own neuronal adaptation? [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4(11), 43a. Backus, B.T. (2004). Recalibration in mechanisms for measuring relative disparity. Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson Hole, WY. Backus, B.T. (2004). Illusory motion from nonlinear response to contrast: how much does the visual system know about its own neuronal adaptation? Fall Vision Meeting of the Optical Society of America, Rochester, NY. Backus, B. T. (2003). Optimal learning rates for unbiased perception [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 3(9), 175a. Matza-Brown, D.-B. & Backus, B. T. (2003). Evidence for combination of two methods for measuring relative disparity [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 3(9), 461a. Zabulis, X. & Backus, B. T. (2002). The starry night texture and its use to isolate depth cues [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 2(7), 234a. Backus, B. T., Matza-Brown, D. & Zabulis, X. (2002). A reexamination of the Enright (1970) illusion: Distance from motion and stereo? [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 2(7), 404a. Backus, B.T. (2001). Perceptual metamers in stereoscopic vision. Neural Information Processing Systems 2001, Vancouver, Canada. Page 4 of 9
  5. 5. Benjamin T. Backus Backus, B.T. (2001). Visual statistics pollution: should we worry? Fall Vision Meeting of the Optical Society of America, Irvine, CA. Backus, B.T. & Nolt, M.J. (2001). Construction and destruction of stereoscopic metamers. [ARVO Abstract] Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 42: S939. Backus, B.T. & Nolt, M.J. (2001). Analysis of stereoscopic metamers [VSS Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 1(3), 179a. Backus, B.T. & Nolt, M.J. (2001). Loss of disparity information during perception of surfaces. Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Backus, B.T., Fleet, D.J., Parker, A.J. & Heeger, D.J. (2000). Cortical activity correlates with stereoscopic depth perception. Fourth Annual Vision Research Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Backus, B.T. (2000). Cortical Processing of Binocular Disparity. Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Backus, B.T., Fleet, D.J., Heeger, D.J. & Tyler, C.W. (1999). fMRI correlates of stereo depth discrimination. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 25:2060. Backus, B.T., Fleet, D.J. & Heeger, D.J. (1999). Stereoscopic processing in human visual cortex. Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Backus, B.T., Fleet, D.J. & Heeger, D.J. (1999). Differential fMRI response to absolute and relative disparity in human V3/V3A. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 40: S375. Backus, B.T. & Banks, M.S. (1997). Slant-cue conflicts explain why the induced effect does not scale with distance. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 38(4): Abstract no. 4235. Banks, M.S. & Backus, B.T. (1997). Conflicts with extra-retinal and monocular cues cause the small range of the induced effect. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 38(4): Abstract no. 4250. Chernyak, D.A., Backus, B.T., Crowell, J.A. & Banks, M.S. (1997). Dynamic stereopsis & monocular speed discrimination. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 38(4): Abstract no. 376. Backus, B.T., van Ee, R. & Banks, M.S. (1996). Horizontal disparity pooling. Perception, 25(supplement ECVP abstract): 67. Banks, M.S., van Ee, R. & Backus, B.T. (1996). Visual direction behind and near an occluder. Perception, 25 (supplement ECVP abstract): 41. Backus, B.T., Banks, M.S. & Crowell, J.A. (1996). Eye position and vertical disparity in stereoscopic surface perception. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 37(4): Abstract no. 3523. Backus, B.T., Banks, M.S., Crowell, J.A. & Ehrlich, S.M. (1995). Dynamic stereo and direction of gaze. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 36(4): Abstract no. 1745. Banks, M.S., Crowell, J.A. & Backus, B.T. (1995). Estimating gaze direction from vertical disparities. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 36(4): Abstract no. 1045. Backus, B.T. and Sternberg, S. (1988). New evidence for attentional tradeoffs across space at an early stage of processing. Abstract in Psychonomic Society conference proceedings. Organized symposia European Conference on Visual Perception: St. Petersburg, Russia, August 2006. Organizer for invited 10-speaker workshop/symposium, “Associative Learning in Perception: Pavlov and Perception”. Annual Interdisciplinary Conference: Jackson, Wyoming, February 2004. Organizer for invited 7- speaker symposium, “Adaptation”. Invited talks York University, Toronto: Vision Research Colloquium, June 24, 2010. New York University: Cognitive Science Colloquium, November 2009. City University of New York: Neuroscience Colloquium, September 9, 2009. Osaka University: Department of Neuroscience, June 2009. Max Planck Institute, Germany: Colloquia, October 2007 and October 2008. Geissen University, Germany: Computational Vision Workshop, October 2008. Salk Institute for Biological Sciences: Colloquium, July 2008. Columbia University: Neuroscience Seminar, June 2008. Page 5 of 9
  6. 6. Benjamin T. Backus University of California, Berkeley: Cognitive Science Colloquium, February 2008. University of Arizona, Tucson: Psychology Dept. Colloquium, spring 2007. Rutgers University: Vision Colloquium, March 2006; February 2001. University of Texas, Austin: Center for Perceptual Systems Colloquium, September 2005. Harvard University: Vision Labs Seminar, September 2005. Vanderbilt University: Psychology Dept. Colloquium, September 2005. MIT: Brain & Cog. Sci. Dept. Colloquium, November 2005; vision seminar, spring 2003. New York University: Cognitive Science Colloquium, fall 2005. Rutgers University: Psychology Department Colloquium, spring 2006 and February 2001. University of California, Berkeley: Oxyopia series, February 2004; spring 1999, spring 1998, spring 1996. National Institutes of Health: Integrative Neuroscience Seminar, March 2003. Salk Institute: Neuroscience Colloquium, February 2001. European Conference on Visual Perception: two invitational symposia, August 2000. UC Santa Barbara: Job talk, January 2000. Johns Hopkins University: Job talk, December 1999. Stanford University: fall 1999, spring 1998, fall 1998, fall 1995. Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute: Colloquium, fall 1999 and spring 1998. Utrecht University: Colloquium, summer 1995. Teaching Courses SUNY College of Optometry Tutorial in Visual Perception (GM210, 3.0 credits, “Emphasis on cue combination and depth perception”): Fall 2008, 2009, 2010. Lectures for OD program • Visual perception (Sedgwick), 2-5 lectures in each of spring 2008, 2009, 2010. • Human and Visual Development (Duckman), one lecture May 2008. • Monocular Sensory Processing (Schwartz), three lectures each of fall 2008, spring 2009, spring 2010. Journal Club (for graduate students):: spring and fall of 2008 (with M. Srinivas), 2009, 2010. University of Pennsylvania Perception (Psyc 111): Fall 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006. Undergraduate introductory lecture course, 70-90 students. How the individual acquires and is guided by knowledge about objects and events in their environment. Covers basic experimental methods in psychophysics, and the relationship between "cues" and the percepts they evoke, and historical development of major ideas within the field. Research Experience in Perception (Psyc 311): Spring 2002, Spring 2006. Undergraduate lab course, 13 students. Aims to give students experience in the design and execution of an experiment aimed at answering an unresolved question in perception. Proseminar in Perception (Psyc 600): Fall 2000, Fall 2002, Spring 2005, Spring 2007. Graduate introductory course, 6-9 students. Co-taught with Prof. Richards or Brainard. Covers basic experimental methods in psychophysics, the relationship between "cues" and the percepts they evoke, perceptual learning, and historical development of ideas within the field to a greater extent than Psyc 111. Proseminar on Methods in Experimental Psychology (Psyc 600): Spring 2004. Graduate introductory course, 10 students. Co-taught with Prof. Chambless. Lecture format course with regular guest lectures and discussion. Survey of experimental and analytical methodologies employed by experimental psychologists. Page 6 of 9
  7. 7. Benjamin T. Backus Sensory and Perceptual Adaptation (Psyc 739): Spring 2003. Graduate seminar. 3 graduate students, 1 undergraduate, 2-5 professors and postdocs per class meeting. Classic and recent papers on theory and experimental findings on adaptations at all levels of the visual system. Vision Seminar (Psyc 739): 2003-2004. Year-long graduate seminar consisting of vision seminar lectures by visiting speakers in alternation with journal club meetings and discussion. Perceptual Learning (Psyc 739/211): Spring 2006 with Prof. Swingley. Graduate & undergraduate course on perceptual learning, broadly construed. Topics included adaptation effects, models of category learning, attention, and infant learning, among others. Readings were primary source material. Probabilistic Approaches to Perception (Psyc 711/211): Spring 2007. Graduate & undergraduate seminar on perception: philosophy, experimental approaches, evolutionary and machine learning approaches to understanding perception as inference. Postdoctoral supervision Anshul Jain, funded on NSF grant to Backus, October 2008-present. Sarah Harrison, funded on NSF and NEI grants, October 2008-October 2010. Stuart Fuller, funded on HFSP grant, October 2008-August 2010. Peter Scarfe, funded on HFSP grant, February 2007-April 2008. Jeremy Wilmer, NRSA postdoctoral fellowship with Backus, April 2006-Sept 2008. Jeffrey Saunders, funded on NEI grant, July 2004-July 2006. Ipek Oruc, funded on NEI grant, May 2003-May 2004. Xenophon Zabulis, IRCS postdoc, 2001-2002. Graduate student supervision Dissertation supervision Baptiste Caziot, SUNY Grad. Center for Vision Research (2010-present). Bonnie Cooper, SUNY/GCVR (co-advising with Prof. Alonso, 2010-present). Qi Haijiang, U. Penn. Bioengineering, "Cue recruitment in visual perception" (2003- 2007). Masters thesis supervision Kelly Chajka, SUNY Optometry, 2007-present. Robert (Benjamin) Meade, SUNY Optometry, 2007-present. Joanne Malek, SUNY Optometry, 2010-present. Jesse Frumkin, U. Penn. CGS student (Master of Liberal Arts), spring/summer, 2004. Dissertation committees Rebecca Stone, U. Penn. Neuroscience (2003-2005). Rebecca Nappa, U. Penn. Psychology (2001-2006). Lu Yin, U. Penn. Neuroscience (chair, 2003-2007). Bei Xiao, U. Penn. Neuroscience (2003-2007). Marnie FitzMaurice, U. Penn. Neuroscience (2002). Masters thesis committees Angela Chen, SUNY Optometry M.S., 2008. Shephali Patel, SUNY Optometry M.S., 2010. Informal graduate advising Charles (Dutch) Ratliff, Physics (image statistics, Balasubramanian/Sterling; 2003) Andrew Connolly, Psychology, supervision of statistical studies database for teaching 2003. Sandhitsu Das, Bioengineering (biological motion studies, Leif Finkel lab; spring 2005) Jeremy Wilmer (Harvard Psychology): supervision of successful NRSA postdoctoral fellowship application (2005). Patrick Garrigan (UCLA Psychology): supervision of NRSA postdoctoral fellowship application (2005). Page 7 of 9
  8. 8. Benjamin T. Backus Mentoring of post-baccalaureate students Julia Boltianski, graduate fellowship (from Germany) for 2005-2006 academic year Psychology Graduate Group first-year project committees (Psyc 699) Seth Gillihan (2002) Peter Descioli (2004) Neuroscience Graduate Preliminary examinations Edward King (2000) Joe Kable (2001) Noah Roy (2002) Bei Xiao (2003) Rebecca Stone (2004) Neuroscience graduate student rotations Mark Nolt (2000) Leon Sims (2002) Patrick Connolly (2002) Undergraduate supervision Dan Matza-Brown (Cognitive Science, 2001-2002, " A Re-examination of the Enright (1970) illusion: Distance from motion and stereo?") Michael Brunswick (Computer Science, summer 2002 University Scholar project, "Adaptation to conflict between stereo and texture cues to slant") Diana Chang (Cognitive Science, 2004-2005, "Investigation of McCollough effect") Richard Pater (2004, informal, 1. "Perceptual metamers revisited", 2. "Learned irrelevance in visual cue recruitment") Sherefiah Tomlinson (Visual Studies, 2004-2005, photography installation "Right of passage", co-advisor with Prof. Julie Saecker Schneider). Diana Vining (Visual Studies, 2005-2006) Dana Schenendorf (Visual Studies, 2005-2006) Amani Hirr (Visual Studies, 2006-present) Holly Buechel (Visual Studies, 2006-present) Saad Saadi (supervision of Engineering senior thesis, fall 2006) Sam Cohn (spring 2007, project on “cue recruitment”) Gennady Erlikhman (spring 2007, project on “cue recruitment”) Biomedical Graduate Studies summer internships for under-represented minorities Sam Wyche (summer 2004): Cue weights predicted from thresholds in stereo vision. Michael Arienmughare (summer 2005): Self-motion as a recruited visual cue. Other teaching Public lecture “Illusions, the brain and how we see”, Secret Science Club at the Bell House, Brooklyn, NY. December 8, 2009. IRCS Summer Workshop in Cognitive Science (day-long lecture/lunch/lab for undergraduates, summers of 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005) Guest lecture for Biomedical Graduate Studies summer internship program participants (summer 2004, 2005) Two hour-long guest lectures on visual perception for students at the Oakland Street Academy High School, Oakland, CA (March 2005) Penn Previews (undergraduate recruitment; spring 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) Penn Reading Project (September 2002, 2003) Faculty panelist for undergrad Psych Dept Honors presentations (April 2003) Freshman Proseminar (1-2 hours, September 2001, 2003) Guest lecture in Intro to Psychology (Psyc 001, undergrad lecture for Andrew Shatte, fall 2003) Guest lecture in neurobiology seminar (2 undergraduate lectures for Marc Schmidt, spring 2001) Methods Proseminar: Bootstrapping procedures in statistics (2 graduate lectures, spring 2002) Evaluation committee for Neuroscience Rotation Talks (2001, 2002, 2003, twice chair in 2004) Page 8 of 9
  9. 9. Benjamin T. Backus Supervision of undergraduate lab employees and assistants (2002-present): Maria Tsypkina, Ben Rosenau, Michael Brunswick, Harlan Flagg, Brian Abram, Aviva Moster, Joe Plodwick, Jimmy Sastra, Henry Lai. Service SUNY College of Optometry Committee on Graduate Policy, Curriculum, Admissions, and Course and Standing (Chair, 2008- present). Faculty Executive Committee (2009-present). Research Council (2007-present). Judicial Committee (2008-present). Graduate Admissions Committee (2007-2008). Colloquium Coordinator, Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research (2008-2010). SUNY Eye Institute World-wide web interface committee (February 2010 - present). P30 Core Grant Application Group: Scientific Software Module Director (June-September 2010). University of Pennsylvania Psychology Department web site supervisor (2006-2007). Vision Seminar coordinator (2001-2002, and 2004-2006). Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for Psychology Dept. (2001-2004). Psychology Department Colloquium Committee (2001-2002 and 2003-2004). Pinkel Lecture coordinator (2002 and 2007). Reviewing for journals Nature Neuroscience Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA Journal of Vision Vision Research Journal of Neuroscience Journal of Neurophysiology Journal of the Optical Society of America A Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Perception Perception & Psychophysics Grant reviewing National Science Foundation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK Government) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Professional affiliations Vision Sciences Society Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Sigma Xi Association for Psychological Science American Optometric Student Association (Faculty Associate Member) Page 9 of 9
  10. 10. Benjamin T. Backus Supervision of undergraduate lab employees and assistants (2002-present): Maria Tsypkina, Ben Rosenau, Michael Brunswick, Harlan Flagg, Brian Abram, Aviva Moster, Joe Plodwick, Jimmy Sastra, Henry Lai. Service SUNY College of Optometry Committee on Graduate Policy, Curriculum, Admissions, and Course and Standing (Chair, 2008- present). Faculty Executive Committee (2009-present). Research Council (2007-present). Judicial Committee (2008-present). Graduate Admissions Committee (2007-2008). Colloquium Coordinator, Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research (2008-2010). SUNY Eye Institute World-wide web interface committee (February 2010 - present). P30 Core Grant Application Group: Scientific Software Module Director (June-September 2010). University of Pennsylvania Psychology Department web site supervisor (2006-2007). Vision Seminar coordinator (2001-2002, and 2004-2006). Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for Psychology Dept. (2001-2004). Psychology Department Colloquium Committee (2001-2002 and 2003-2004). Pinkel Lecture coordinator (2002 and 2007). Reviewing for journals Nature Neuroscience Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA Journal of Vision Vision Research Journal of Neuroscience Journal of Neurophysiology Journal of the Optical Society of America A Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Perception Perception & Psychophysics Grant reviewing National Science Foundation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK Government) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Professional affiliations Vision Sciences Society Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Sigma Xi Association for Psychological Science American Optometric Student Association (Faculty Associate Member) Page 9 of 9

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