This award recognizes faculty members for excellence in research, scholarship or creative expression. Dr. Casagrande won this award for a ground-breaking paper in Nature Neuroscience, in which a novel linkage was identified between primary visual cortex of the brain and the thalamus, which controls the ability of the visual system to focus. Remarkably, when a region within the thalamus is switched off the main visual system stops responding to inputs from the eyes. Dr. Casagrande received $1,000 and an engraved pewter julep cup, which was presented at the Fall Faculty Assembly on October 22, 2013. Congratulations Vivien!