[visionlist] VSS 2023 | Announcing the Recipient of the Davida Teller Award

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Thu Mar 9 14:14:07 -04 2023



The Vision Sciences Society is honored to present 
Mary A. Peterson with the 2023 Davida Teller Award


Congratulations to Mary A. Peterson, the eleventh recipient of the Davida Teller
Award. The Teller Award was created to honor the late Davida Teller's
exceptional scientific achievements, commitment to equity, and strong history of
mentoring. The award is given to a female vision scientist in recognition of her
exceptional, significant, or lasting contributions to the field of vision
Dr. Mary A. Peterson is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cognitive
Science Program at the University of Arizona. She established the Peterson
Visual Perception Lab to investigate perceptual organization and the
interactions between perception, memory, and attention.
Dr. Peterson is a leader in the study of perceptual organization and a pioneer
in the modern study of figure-ground processing. In a focused program of
research over decades, Mary has shown that shape of a contour, if it is
characteristic of some familiar object, can influence which parts of an image
are seen as the figures vs. the background. She has employed clever behavioral
experiments, neuroimaging, and patient work to demonstrate that perceptual
organization is an iterative process in which past experience impacts all
"stages" of perception. Although her revolutionary ideas and compelling data
initially went against the grain of the then-prevailing theories of perception
as a serial bottom-up process, her innovative perspective has now become the
predominant way that vision scientists think about perception.
Dr. Peterson has been exemplary in her commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion through many organizations. In 2016, she co-founded Females of Vision
et al. (FoVea) to advance the visibility, impact, and success of women in vision
science. Mary spearheaded a National Sciences Foundation grant to fund travel &
networking awards, mentorship events, and other initiatives. FoVea events have
become a vital part of the annual VSS meeting and have continually ensured that
the mandate serves a range of marginalized groups. She has also been an advocate
and ally to marginalized groups through service to her University, the
Psychonomic Society, and Women in Cognitive Science.
Mary has been widely recognized as a supportive and influential mentor, both to
individuals and communities.
For more information about Mary A. Peterson, visit the 2023 Davida Teller Award.
Dr. Peterson will be presented with her award and deliver a talk at the 2023 VSS
Awards Session on Monday, May 22, 2023, 12:30-2:00 pm. 

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