Robert H. Wurtz

CURRICULUM VITAE

Revised January 2011

EDUCATION:

  • A.B., 1958, Oberlin College; Chemistry
  • Ph.D., 1962, University of Michigan; Psychology (Physiological)

POSITIONS HELD:

  • 2008- NIH Distinguished Investigator
  • 2002- Chief, Section on Visual Motor Integration Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • 1978- 2002 Founding Chief, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • 1966-1978 Physiologist, Laboratory of Neurobiology, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health
  • 1975-1976 Visiting Scientist, Physiological Laboratory, Cambridge University, England
  • 1965-1966 Research Psychologist, Spinal Cord Section, Laboratory of Neurophysiology, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness, National Institutes of Health, Supervisors, Phillip Nelson, Karl Frank.
  • 1962-1965 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physiology, and Research Fellow, Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, Supervisor, Sidney Goldring
  • 1962-1963 Research Associate, Committee for Nuclear Information, St Louis, Missouri
  • 1962-Spring Predoctoral Instructor, University of Michigan
  • 1958-1962 Research Assistant, 1958-1961, and PHS Predoctoral Fellow 1961-1962, in laboratory of Dr. James Olds, University of Michigan
  • 1958-Summer Research Assistant, laboratory of Dr. Russell L. DeValois and Dr. Charles J. Smith, University of Michigan

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Oberlin College, 1958
  • Grass Foundation Research Fellow, Marine Biological Laboratory, 1961
  • Appointed to Senior Executive Service, NIH, 1984
  • Gordon Holmes Lecture, European Neuroscience Society, 1985
  • James M. Sprague Lecture, Univ. Pennsylvania, 1986
  • Morris B. Bender Lecture, Mt. Sinai Medical School, 1986
  • Special Lecture, Society for Neuroscience Meeting, 1986
  • W. Alden Spencer Award, Columbia University, 1987
  • George H. Bishop Lecture, Washington University, 1988
  • Elected to National Academy of Sciences, 1988
  • Associate, Neuroscience Research Program, 1989-1994
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1990
  • Elected President, Society for Neuroscience, 1990-1991
  • Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 1990
  • Clinton N. Woolsey Lecture, 1991
  • Keynote Lecture, Neural Control of Movement Meeting, 1992
  • Society for Neuroscience Presidential Award, 1993
  • Special Lecture, Society for Neuroscience Meeting, 1994
  • John P. McGovern Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995
  • Karl Spencer Lashley Award, American Philosophical Society, 1995
  • G. Burroughs Mider Lecture, NIH, 1995
  • Friedenwald Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 1996
  • Elected to Council, National Academy of Sciences, 1996
  • Appointed to Senior Biomedical Research Service, NIH, 1996
  • Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association, 1997
  • Elected to Institute of Medicine, 1997
  • Keynote Lecture, Neurobiology Retreat, Washington University, 1999
  • Plenary Lecture, Japanese Neuroscience Society, 2000
  • Seventh Annual Lecture, Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, University Pittsburgh, 2001
  • Eighth Annual American Legion Lecture, University of Minnesota Brain Sciences, 2002
  • Keynote Lecture, Salk Institute Annual Faculty Meeting, 2003, 2008
  • National Eye Institute Director’s Award 2004
  • Dan David Prize for the Future Time Dimension: “Brain Sciences” (with William Newsome and Amiram Grinvald), 2004
  • NIH Director’s Award, 2004
  • Ralph W. Gerard Prize of the Society for Neuroscience, 2006
  • Inaugural David A. Robinson Lecture, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
  • Keynote Lecture, Visual Sciences Society, 2009
  • Keynote Address, European Conference on Eye Movements, 2009
  • Albert and Ellen Grass Lecture, Society for Neuroscience, 2009
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Oberlin College, 2009
  • 2010 Gruber Neuroscience Prize

BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:

  • Vision Research, Board of Editors, 1978-1980
  • Annual Review of Neuroscience, Editorial Committee, 1979-1983
  • Journal of Neuroscience, Associate Editor, 1981-1988
  • Journal of Neurophysiology, Editorial Board, 1987-1991
  • Society for Neuroscience
    • Program Committee, 1979-1982, Chair, 1982
    • Donald B. Lindsley Prize Committee, Chair, 1981
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Neuroscience Meetings, 1983
    • Nominating Committee, 1983
    • Councilor, 1988-1990
    • President-elect, President, Past-President, 1989-1992
    • Young Investigator Award Committee, 1993-1994
    • Gerard Prize Committee, 1994; 2010-
    • Decade of the Brain Committee, 1990-1999
    • International Affairs Committee 2006-2010
  • Visual Sciences B Study Section, NIH, 1987-1991
  • European Journal of Neuroscience Editorial Board 1989 - 2000
  • McKnight Foundation Research Awards Review Committee, 1986-1997
  • Grass Foundation Trustee, 1994-1997
  • Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship Committee, 1988-1994
  • Seattle Regional Primate Center, Visiting Committee, 1991-1994
  • Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, MIT, Advisory Committee, 1990- 1998
  • Center for Neuroscience, University of California, Davis, Advisory Committee, 1992-2002
  • Member Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, 1993-
  • Neuroscience Institute Visiting Committee 1995-2002
  • Board of Scientific Advisors, Center for Neural Science, New York University, 1997-
  • National Academy of Sciences
    • Elected to Council, 1996-1999
    • Audit Committee, 1998-2001, 2009- , Chair 2009,
    • Koshland Museum Committee, 1999-2002
    • Proceedings Editorial Board, 1999-2000
    • Nominating Committee, 2001, 2006, 2009
    • Systems Neuroscience, Section Chair, 2001-2004
    • Troland Award Committee 2005, 2006, Chair 2007
  • McKnight Foundation Technological Innovations Awards Review Committee, 1998-2003
  • Syracuse University Vision Center Visiting Committee, 1998
  • American Psychological Assn, Committee on Scientific Awards, 1999-2001, Chair, 2001
  • Faculty of 1000, Co-head, Section on Motor Control, 2001-
  • Stanford University Neurobiology Review Committee, 2000
  • Non-Resident Fellow, The Salk Institute, 2001-
  • McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT, Scientific Board, 2001 -
  • Acting Director of Intramural Research, NEI, NIH, 2001- 2002
  • Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh, Scientific Advisory Board, 2004
  • Scientific Review Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2004 - 2006
  • AAAS, Electorate Nominating Committee, 2006-2007
  • International Advisory Board for the Canadian Action and Perception Network, 2008

RESEARCH:

  • Neurobiology of vision and eye movements.
  • Neuronal basis of cognition particularly perception, attention, and action.

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • American Association for Advancement of Science (Fellow)
  • American Physiological Society
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society of Experimental Psychologists