Bill Newsome is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. in physics from Stetson University in 1974 and his Ph.D. in biology from Caltech in 1980. Following postdoctoral work at MH, he served on the faculty at SUNY Stony Brook before joining the Stanford faculty in 1988. His research has focused on the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and visually guided behavior. Bill was a corecipient of the Rank Prize in optoelectronics in 1992, and received the Minerva Foundation's Golden Brain Award in the same year. This fall he received the Spencer Award, granted yearly by the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University for highly original contributions to research in neurobiology. In addition, he won the Kaiser Award for excellence in preclinical teaching granted annually by the Stanford School of Medicine.