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Professor William Thompson, Macquarie University

Hatfield College

October - December 2017

William (Bill) Forde Thompson is a Professor in Psychology at

Macquarie University, Australia. He received his Bachelor of

Science in 1979 from McGill University and his PhD in 1986

from Queen’s University, Canada, where he worked on perceptual

aspects of voicing and tonality in Bach Chorales. Currently, he is

Director (and founder) of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise

and Training, Chief Investigator of the Australian Research Council

(ARC) Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, and

Director of the Music, Sound and Performance Lab. He is former

Head of the Psychology Department at Macquarie and has served

as the Chair of the Psychology Department, York University, and

Director of Communication, Culture and Information Technology at

the University of Toronto, Canada.

Professor Thompson conducts interdisciplinary research at the

intersections between music, language, emotion, and cognition. He

has worked, for example, on music-based therapies for neurological

disorders, studies of musical disorders, cross cultural aspects of

music cognition, emotional responses to music, studies of elite skill

and performance, and transfer of skills between music, language,

and spatial ability.

He has served professionally as President of the North American

Society for Music Perception and Cognition; President of the

Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognition of Music; and President of

the Australian Music Psychology Society. He is an Elected Fellow

of the Association for Psychological Science, Editor of the Sage

Encyclopedia of Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

(2014,

2 volumes), former editor of the journal

Empirical Musicology

Review,

and current Associate Editor for the journals

Quarterly

Journal of Experimental Psychology

and

Music Perception

. He has

over 140 publications, including his 2014 book,

Music, Thought,

and Feeling: understanding the psychology of music

,

(

2

nd

Ed, OUP).

Professor Thompson’s current research is focused on

understanding the role of music for atypical and outlier

communities, including individuals with neurological impairment,

fans of alternative and violent music, and diaspora populations. His

research at the IAS will investigate how musical structure is tagged

to cultural identity in diaspora populations. He will identify culturally

significant samples of music from Chile and Syria and compile a

musical corpus that carries cultural meaning for members of these

diaspora groups.

Professor Thomas Vogt, University of South Carolina

St John’s College

January - March 2018

Thomas Vogt is Director of the Nano Center, an Educational

Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry

and Biochemistry and adjunct faculty in the Department of

Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. After receiving a PhD

in Chemistry from the University of Tübingen in 1987 he worked as

a scientist at the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble from 1988-

1992 and Brookhaven National Laboratory between 1995-2005. He

joined the University of South Carolina in 2005. In his research he

has developed and used neutron, x-ray and electron diffraction and

imaging techniques to explore structure-property relationships in

materials. He is also interested in philosophical, ethical and societal

implications of science and technology in particular problems

relating to the emergence of chemical concepts. Structural concepts

such as chemical bonds, bond valence and electronegativity which

emerge in condensed matter are important issues in the philosophy

of chemistry. Professor Vogt is author of more than 300 peer

reviewed papers and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and

the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Over the past decade he has explored structures of complex

materials using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron

microscopy (STEM). An important emphasis in this work is the

development of new methodologies in theoretical image simulation

and modelling such as super-resolution techniques, special de-

noising methods, the application of mathematical and statistical

learning theory, and compressed sensing and is summarized in a

recently published book entitled

Modelling Nanoscale Imaging in

Electron Microscopy

.

Periodic structures have been imaged using high-resolution

electron microscopy for over half a century but interfaces, surfaces,

interstitials and defects, which are of fundamental importance for

a material’s properties were difficult to characterize. Aberration-

corrected STEM is currently changing this and revolutionizing

imaging at the nanoscale.

A recent and ongoing collaboration with Dr Ivana Evans at Durham

set out to determine the detailed structure of a high-temperature

ionic conductor using STEM imaging and compare it to the average

structure obtained from high-resolution synchrotron x-ray and

neutron scattering. Particular challenges arise from the disorder

and small number of interstitials. Direct imaging of such defect

structures is unprecedented, and the results will appear in a

publication in the near future.

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