Observer

January 2002
Volume 15, Number 1

Announcements

Funding Opportunity
The Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) is announcing a new funding opportunity, the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) grants program. The purpose of this program is to implement rigorous evaluations of preschool curricula that will provide information to support informed choices of classroom curricula for early childhood programs. This competition will fund randomized clinical trials designed to determine whether and how curricula support school-readiness. Recipients of PCER grants will coordinate with a national evaluation contractor (to be funded separately by OERI) to carry out evaluations of selected preschool curricula. Grantees will also have the opportunity to design and carry out complementary research studies intended to supplement, complement and enrich the core evaluation.

Total available funds: Up to $4,000,000 for the first year of this program.
Estimated number of awards: 10

Letter of intent deadline (optional) - January 15, 2002
Pre-application information meeting (attendance optional) - January 24, 2002
Application deadline - March 15, 2002
Anticipated award date - May 15, 2002

The full announcement and application materials are now available at: www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/. For further information please contact the program officer: Heidi Schweingruber, Ph.D., Office of the Assistant Secretary, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Heidi.Schweingruber@ed.gov, (202) 219-2040.

Call for Papers
The New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology (NEI) invites papers for a historic international conference on "Unconscious Cognition and Evolution." The conference will explore the many contentious issues and problems surrounding the concept of unconscious mental processes from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and methodologies, including but not confined to the biology of self-deception, language processes, unconscious social cognition, the philosophical status of the unconscious, the role of affect, and neuroscientific findings. The conference is scheduled for August 23-24, 2002. Proposals should be received no later than March 1, 2002. Send proposals along with a brief bio to either David L. Smith or Robert E. Haskell, NEI, University of New England, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, Maine 04005. For more information visit www.une.edu/nei.

Call for Nominations
The Publications Committee of the Society of Clinical Psychology invites nominations for editor of the Society's flagship journal, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, to succeed the current editor, David H. Barlow, whose term will end in December 2003. This journal presents cutting-edge developments in the science and practice of clinical psychology by publishing topical reviews of research, theory, and application to diverse areas of the field. Nominees should be prepared to begin receiving manuscripts in January 2003 for publication in January 2004. Deadline for nominations is February 15, 2002. Nominations should be sent to: Thomas H. Ollendick, Publications Chair - Society of Clinical Psychology, Child Study Center, Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0436.

Nominations are invited for the Eleanor E. Maccoby Book Award to be presented in 2002. Maccoby is a Fellow and Charter Member of APS. Books published in 2001 that have had or promise to have a profound impact on developmental psychology are eligible. Send nominations to Deborah Lowe Vandell (dvandell@facstaff.wisc.edu or Department of Educational Psychology, 1025 West Johnson Street, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706). The deadline is February 8, 2002.

Head Start's Sixth National Research Conference, "The First Eight Years: Pathways to the Future," to be held June 26-29, 2002 in Washington, DC. Registration information will be mailed and available at www.headstartresearchconf.net on January 15, 2002. For questions regarding registration, please contact Bethany Chirico at bchirico@xtria.com or (703) 821-3090, ext. 261. For information regarding conference programming, please contact Dr. Faith Lamb-Parker at flp1@columbia.edu or (212) 305-4154.

NIH Issues New Regulations on Applications Delivery
All United States Postal Service (USPS) mail addressed to the National Institutes of Health must use the unique NIH Zip Code 20892. All USPS mail addressed to the National Library of Medicine should bear the unique NLM Zip Code of 20894. All mail using 20892 and 20894 Zip Codes will be cleared through the NIH North Stonestreet Mail Facility. This will ensure that special procedures and precautions will be used to screen the mail before it is delivered to the various NIH offices on and off campus. This is an important measure to provide for the safety of all individuals who must handle mail.

This procedure does not apply to courier deliveries (i.e. FEDEX, UPS, DHL, etc.) for the receipt of grant applications addressed to the Center for Scientific Review. The Zip Code for these deliveries is 20817. All applications and other deliveries to the Center for Scientific Review must either come via courier delivery or the USPS. Applications delivered by individuals to the Center for Scientific Review will no longer be accepted.

With regard to Type 5 progress reports, the USPS mailing label included with the face page of the report should be used. Type 5 progress reports delivered by courier should use the geographic Zip Code provided by the Institute/Center.

Mail addressed to NIEHS in North Carolina should continue to show Zip Code 27709. This change in practice is effective immediately. The cooperation of applicant and grantee organizations is greatly appreciated and allowances should be made for the extra time needed to properly process incoming USPS mail and other deliveries.