Festschrift to honor Normann’s lifetime achievement

On February 8, 2013 a Festschrift will be held in honor of Richard Normann, Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering and inventor of the Utah Electrode Array. German for a volume of work compiled in tribute of a scholar, this festschrift will consist of a symposium with talks from local, national, and international speakers representing key stages of Normann’s career.

Click to see Normann explain the Utah Electrode Array (video)

Festschrift for Dr. Richard A. Normann

February 8, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 5:05 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Sorenson Molecular Biology Building (SMBB map)
36 S. Wasatch Drive, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112


8:30 a.m.          Pick up programs, name tags, etc.
Session I.  In the Beginning… Introduction and Welcome
9:00 a.m.          Gregory Clark, Florian Solzbacher, Helga Kolb and Dean Richard Brown
Session II.  Let There be Light! Vision Studies
9:30 a.m.          Frank Werblin, “Retinal Physiology Then and Now"
9:50 a.m.          Ido Perlman, “Dick, Helga, Rina and Ido: 37 years of Research and Fun"
10:15 a.m.        Phillip Anderton, “Adventures in the Retina: From the Wild West to the Outback”
10:35 a.m.        Break
Session III.  Early Arrays in Early Days
10:55 a.m.        Joe Andrade, “Hiring Dick Normann”
11:00 a.m.        Pat Cambell, “I. The Hand-made (with Love!) Beginning of the Utah Electrode Array"
11:20 a.m.        Kelly Jones, “II: This is Almost Getting Serious: Utah Array, Meet Modern Micromachining”
11:40 a.m.        Pat Rousche, “III: You Want Me to Put What Where? Inserting the Utah Electrode Array, and Other Adventures in Neural Engineering”
12:00 noon        Lunch Break and Group Photograph
Session IV. But Wait! There’s More! Continued Advances
1:10 p.m.          Almut Branner, “My Journey to Neural Engineering and Beyond"
1.30 p.m.          Shy Shoham, “'Exciting' Physics and Analysis for Multi-Neuronal Prosthetic Interfacing”
1:50 p.m.          Dick Stein, “Real-time Control of Spinal Stimulation using the Utah Electrode Array: a Partial Sabbatical Continues to Produce New
2:10 p.m.          Brief Break
Session V.  Striking it Rich: The Commercialization of UEA Technologies
2:20 p.m.          Brian Hatt, “Commercializing the Utah Array”
2:40 p.m.          Shane Guillory, “The Ripple Effect”
3:00 p.m.          Florian Solzbacher, “Continuing a Legacy: the Utah Electrode Array as Universal Research Tool and Technology Platform”
3:20 p.m.          Break
Session VI. Latter-Day Scientists
3:40 p.m.          Greg Clark, “It Takes a Lot of Nerve”
4:00 p.m.          Bradley Greger, “The Stimulating Utah Electrode Array”
4:20 p.m.          Eduardo Fernandez, “From Don Quixote to Vision Prosthetics”
4:40 p.m.          Andy Schwartz, “Progress Toward a High-Performance Neural Prosthesis”
5:00-5:05 p.m.  Closing Remarks
Thank you to these generous sponsors for their support:
Department of Bioengineering; Moran Eye Center; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; the Brain Institute; Ripple, Inc.; Blackrock Microsystems, Inc.

Last Updated: 3/14/13