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  • Al Alden

    SKERI Mourns the Passing of Al Alden

    The SKERI community mourns the death of our longtime colleague Al Alden. Al joined Smith-Kettlewell in the 1970's, and and was indispensable in his knowledge of physics and electronics. He did the hands-on design and building of many of the devices that SKERI has been famous for, including the Tactile Vision Substitution System (TVSS), Talking Signs and many more. Even after retirement, Al stayed a part of SKERI’s vibrant community and will now be greatly missed. All of us at Smith-Kettlewell extend sympathy to his family and friends in this time of loss.
  • portrait of Kyra Deams

    SKERI Intern Wins 2nd Place Undergraduate Poster Award at SEMSS

    SKERI undergraduate intern Kyra Deams took second place for her poster "Gait-Specific Attentional Profile, Anxiety, and Space Perception in Younger Adults" at the Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS), hosted virtually by the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
  • SEELAB Logo: anthropomorphized brain and eyeball icons holding hands

    SKERI Researchers Identify Potential Screening Questions for CVI

    Researchers at the SEELAB and collaborators at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital have validated the Higher Visual Function Question Inventory (HVFQI) an assessment tool for vision difficulties in everyday life in children with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) and identified 11 of the fifty-one questions (the Top-11) that were highly sensitive in detecting these visual difficulties
  • Dr. Alan Scott performing surgery with residents

    SKERI Mourns the Passing of Dr. Alan Scott

    We are saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Scott MD, world-famous ophthalmological researcher who spent much of his career at Smith-Kettlewell including serving for many years as its Co-Director and Director. He is most well-known for his pioneering research into the use of botulinum toxin to modify the characteristics of eye muscles, as a non-invasive alternative to surgery in the treatment of strabismus or crossed eyes.
  • Schematic diagram of a study showing inspection of an object by echolocation or vision, then discrimination by touch.

    Object echolocation project receives Best Poster award at OPAM 29

    A Smith-Kettlewell study measuring object information available via echolocation was recognized with a Best Poster award at the 2021 Conference on Object Perception, visual Attention, and visual Memory (OPAM 29).
  • A diagram showing the many factors that affect balance.

    Dr. Shanidze receives new grant from National Institute on Aging

    This collaborative proposal will study the effects of noise exposure on balance and age-related fall risk.
  • Joshua Miele in his SKERI office

    Joshua Miele is a 2021 MacArthur Fellow

    Smith-Kettlewell is proud and honored to announce that one of our alumni, Dr. Joshua Miele, has received a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship for his work in developing devices to enable blind and visually impaired people to access everyday technologies and digital information. Widely known as a “Genius Grant,” this prestigious award reflects Josh's achievements while he was a scientist at SKERI as well as his present work begun in 2019 at Amazon Lab126.
  • Four-panel schematic illustrating an echolocation target, initially blurry, becoming progressively more sharply defined.

    Dr. Teng awarded grant to model human echolocation

    The National Eye Institute has awarded an R21 grant to Santani Teng, an Associate Scientist at Smith-Kettlewell, to model perceptual mechanisms of echolocation.
  • stylized CAD drawing of Eye Robot with servos labeled

    Kassia Love Wins Best Paper Award at ETRA 2021's ActivEye Workshop

    Kassia Love won the best paper award at ETRA's ActivEye Workshop for the paper "Eye, Robot: Calibration Challenges and Potential Solutions for Wearable Eye Tracking in Individuals with Eccentric Fixation".
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    Haydée García-Lázaro receives FoVea Award 2021 from Vision Sciences Society

    The FoVea Travel and Networking Award has the mission to advance the visibility, impact, and success of women in vision science. It is open to female members of the Vision Science Society (VSS) in pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, pre-tenure faculty, or research scientist positions. Haydée García-Lázaro, a postdoctoral fellow at SKERI working with Dr Satani Teng, received the FoVea Travel and Networking Award 2021 from Females of Vision et al., & Vision Sciences Society.

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