Seminars Begin for the Research Experience for Summer Scholars Program

Posted on 6/10/2015 7:58:17 PM

The first seminar of the Research Experience for Summer Scholars (RESS) program kicks off at 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 12, in 240 Weyandt Hall, with Ian Bright, an RESS scholar and IUP psychology student. Ian is working under the direction of Ray Pavloski during the 10-week summer program.  

Seminar Title: Towards a Theory of Visual Objects


This talk will explore a relationship between perceptual and neural properties that has not been previously investigated. The perception of the unified aspect of an object, a topological property, may emerge as the visual system creates topological structures. Through the use of a recurrent neural network (RNN), it has been found that the excitatory conductance values produced by adjacent active neurons are small, and can be described in terms of a tolerance relation that forms a connected open set of neurons. These sets demonstrate several characteristics of visual object perception and are hypothesized to be objective signatures of unified objects. Other dyanamical network phenomena, such as hysteresis, lead to empirical predictions that are currently being tested with human participants. The results of these early tests will be discussed. Other methods for testing the predictions of the RNN, as well as improvements in testing with human participants will also be covered.

About the Research Experience for Summer Scholars (RESS) Program

The IUP College of Natural Science and Mathematics’ RESS program provides students research experiences in their field of study though hands on research with one-on-one faculty engagement. The program fosters student professional development with events that promote growth with workshops, networking, and the presenting scientific work. The summer’s events are capped with a world-class keynote speaker and poster session in August. This year, we are happy to host our keynote speaker, Alan Russell for his speech "Innovation and Disruption in Health Care."

Questions about the RESS program can be directed to Justin Fair at

Remaining Schedule of Events


June 12: Petri Plate Pizza Session #1 (11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)
June 17: Resume Writing (3:30–4:30 p.m.)
June 26: Petri Plate Pizza Session #2 (11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.) 


July 1:   REU Information Session (3:30–4:30 p.m.)
July 17: Petri Plate Pizza Session #3 (11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)
July 22: Essentials of Presentations and Posters (3:30–4:30 p.m.)


August 6: Poster Session and Keynote Speaker: Alan Russell. (2:00–5:00 p.m., KCAC PNC Room)
Title:  Innovation and Disruption in Health Care