Dr. William (Bill) Newsome is Vincent V.C. Woo Director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Harman Family Provostial Professor, and Professor of Neurobiology and, by courtesy, of Psychology at Stanford University. He is also an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received a B.S. degree in Physics from Stetson University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology. He served on the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at SUNY Stony Brook before moving to Stanford in 1988. Dr. Newsome is a leading investigator in the fields of visual and cognitive neuroscience. He co-chaired the NIH working group that planned the U.S. national BRAIN initiative. Dr. Newsome has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and simple forms of decision-making. Among his many honors are the Rank Prize in Opto-electronics, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, Karl Spencer Lashley Award of the American Philosophical Society, the Champalimaud Vision Award, and the Pepose Award for the Study of Vision, Brandeis University. He has given numerous distinguished lectures and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2000 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2011. His scientific publications include more than one hundred research articles in preeminent scientific journals.