Observer Vol. 24, No. 7 September 2011

Student Notebook

Good for the Goose, Bad for the Gander? A Critical Look at the Traditional Graduate Training Paradigm

Welcome to graduate school! Now get to work and publish something, would you?” Graduate students may have never heard this phrase explicitly, but it is not difficult to infer this message.From the time students begin a graduate program, they are pressured to conduct studies and publish early and often, in the hope that top-tier journal publications will best strengthen one’s CV.... More>

Teaching Tips

Using Fink’s Taxonomy in Course Design


I love teaching Lifespan Development, an introductory psychology course at my university. However,I can get bogged down by the volume of content. I want my students to acquire necessary skills, not simply endure a crash course in developmental content.... More>


All of Science Stands Behind Behavioral Science at NSF


In an APS-inspired effort, the science and engineering community has joined forces to oppose cuts in funding for basic behavioral and social science research at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).... More>


Landau Appointed Johns Hopkins Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


APS Fellow Barbara Landau was named Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently the Dick and Lydia Todd Professor and Chair of the Department of Cognitive Science in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.... More>


Gardner and Rizzolatti Honored with Prince of Asturias Awards


APS Fellow Howard Gardner and 2011 APS Convention Keynote Speaker Giacomo Rizzolatti have been honored with 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards. Both will receive their awards this fall at a ceremony in Oviedo, Spain.... More>