The John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi is pleased to announce its annual induction of new members banquet to be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 in the Wilson Center at Augustana College. Directions are given below.
New members will be inducted in a brief
ceremony, we will enjoy a delicious meal, and then
have the following featured presentation.
"Finding a Place for Space in the
Dr. Ian Harrington
The philosopher Immanuel Kant appreciated in the 18th century there were few things more central to our experience of the world-and of us in it-than space. Today we understand that spatial perceptions, like all perceptions, are creations of the brain. Recent work by neuroscientists has been directed at understanding the rules by which our spatial perceptions are formed: What information is available? How is this information used? Where in the brain do these transformations happen?
I will describe some of the research that I and others have been involved in that aims to understand the neural bases of auditory space perception. You need only close your eyes for a moment to realize how detailed a representation of your environment you can build with your ears alone. The issue here is one that begins in physics by virtue of our having two laterally displaced receivers (our ears) and that ends in psychology with our subjective spatial perceptions. In between the physics and psychology is a whole lot of neuroscience. I will attempt to describe some aspects of each of these perspectives as they pertain to our awareness of the auditory scene around us.
Please join us in discussing and celebrating science and learning from each other.
The banquet will be a delicious buffet dinner. The menu is spaghetti, penne, meatballs, Italian chicken, marinara sauce and a second sauce type with garlic bread, salad and dessert.
Banquet reservations must be made no later than Monday, November 29. Send a check for $25 (made out to "John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi") to
Directions: The Wilson Center is in the College Center at Augustana College. As shown on this map, the building is on the southwest corner of 7th Avenue and 38th Street in Rock Island, Illinois. Parking is available in Lot E, adjacent to Centennial Hall. Take the pedestrian bridge across 7th Avenue, enter the building, go around the mailbox area, up one flight of stairs, and exit the building. The doors of the Wilson Center will be on your left. There is an elevator near the west end of the College Center to provide handicap access.