Feb 8th – Animation & Perception


Dr. Mark Lescroart

Mark Lescroart is a research scientist in the Gallant laboratory at UC Berkeley. He got his PhD in 2011, working with Irving Biederman at USC. Mark also went to USC for undergrad, and graduated in 2002 with a B.S. in Psychobiology and a minor in Japanese. Mark studies the way our brains transform patterns of light on our retinas into useful information about the shape and structure of objects in the world. He has also written popular science articles for Scientific American Mind, and was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award fellowship for his research. He likes to swing dance and has a baby daughter named Claire.

Abstract: Thoughts on shape and the shape of our thoughts

Most people think that seeing happens in the eyes, but many aspects of our perception of the world are determined by neural computations that occur in the brain. Visual perception proceeds like modern graphics in reverse: the brain receives an image on the retina and infers the 3D structure that generated that image. In my talk, I will describe what we know about the perception of shape, and how different regions of the human cerebral cortex represent different kinds of image features (for example, the locations of object boundaries and the orientation of surfaces in a room). Finally, I will show how we can use brain activity to make coarse reconstructions of scenes that people saw while their brains were being scanned.



Jan. 25th – Creative Jam Launch

Creative Jam hosts Paul Trani and Megan Kirkwood will beam in live to launch the creative challenge theme and to answer questions.

Students will break out into teams to start brainstorming and working on their one week creative challenge project due for upload Wednesday February 1st by 5pm!


Poster by Tuo Kan

Jan. 18th -Animation & Science

Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies -Associate Director Ann Close and Dr. Diane Young Kim Undergraduate Programs Director speak about their collaborations with Hench-DADA, upcoming opportunities for  internships/residencies and the research being conducted on the island campus.

annAnn Close is the Associate Director for the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and has proudly been with the Institute since its formation in the mid 1990s. After receiving her graduate degree in Marine Science at UC Santa Cruz, she came to USC after spending seven years at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (she went for a year and kept forgetting to leave). She splits her time between the USC Wrigley Marine Science Campus on Catalina Island and the mainland campus, and her academic passions are widespread: In addition to a fierce commitment to environmental education and anything involving sustainability, she has a keen interest in science communication and storytelling.


dianeDr. Diane Kim is the Undergraduate Programs Director at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, where she works to develop and implement immersive, innovative and societally relevant education and research programs for undergraduates.  One of her first major projects at the Wrigley Institute was to help establish two 600-gallon aquaponics systems at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, enhancing education and research opportunities around the topic of sustainable food.  Receiving her Ph.D. in Biology from USC, she also has 10 years of research experience in environmental microbiology and biological oceanography and is currently co-leading a research project funded by the Department of Energy to explore kelp and other macroalgae as a sustainable source of biofuel.

Wrigley Sustainability Prize February 10 Deadline

Postcard by Valerie LaPointe 2004


Postcard series – CTAN 524 Contemporary Topics in Animation & Digital Art 2004