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Announcements

THE SOCIETY FOR INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (SIOP) has initiated an on-line placement service designed to match job seekers and employers in the highly competitive market for industrial and organizational psychologists. Called JobNet, the service enables those looking for jobs, primarily in Academic or business/industrial settings, to post their resumes. The resumes are accessible only to those employers who have subscribed to JobNet, said Linda L. Sawin, an industrial psychologist with the Boeing Company in Seattle and SIOP's Job Placement Committee chair. Also, a listing of available positions is posted on the web site and can be viewed by anyone visiting the site at www.siop.org. SIOP's more than 6,000 members conduct a wide range of applied and academic research on issues related to the workplace.

Satisfaction in their work, employers' ability to select and promote the best people and to generally make the workplace better and more productive for the men and women who work there. JobNet is a win-win situation. "Those looking for positions have said they would like to be able to post their resumes on a password-protected section of the website and employers have been asking us if we could make the resumes of potential candidates available," Sawin said. "With JobNet, we can now do both. " Previously, SIOP's website (www.siop.org) listed only job openings and that listing received more than 4,200 hits a week," said Larry Nader, SIOP's webmaster. "JobNet makes the search more productive for the job seeker as well as the employer." The cost to post a resume for three months is $25 for SIOP members and $60 for nonmembers. For an employer to list positions and have the ability to scan resumes of prospective candidates, the cost is $400 for one position and $550 for two or more jobs.

NSF has announced a new program, ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers. The Program Solicitation (NSF 01-69) and other information is on the NSF Website (www.nsf.gov); from the home page, select the "Crosscutting" link. A brief synopsis of the program follows. Read the full announcement.

Robert J. Sternberg announces formation of new Yale Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE Center). Read the full announcement.

The Center for Creative Leadership is sponsoring the Kenneth E. Clark Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center. The winner of this award will receive a prize of $1,500 and a trip to the Center to present the paper in a colloquium. Submissions may be either empirically or conceptually based. Non-traditional and multi-disciplinary approaches to research are welcomed. The paper should focus on some aspect of leadership or leadership development.

Submissions will be judged by the following criteria: The degree to which the paper addresses issues and trends that are significant to the study of leadership; The extent to which the paper shows consideration of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature; The extent to which the paper makes a conceptual or empirical contribution; The implications of the research for application to leadership identification and development. Papers must be authored and submitted only by graduate or undergraduate students. Center staff and submissions to other Center awards are ineligible.

Entrants must provide a letter from a faculty member certifying that the paper was written by a student. Entrants should submit four copies of an article-length paper. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. The name of the author(s) should appear only on the title page of the paper. The title page should also show the authors' affiliations, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers. Papers will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of researchers associated with the Center. Papers are limited to 25 double-spaced pages, including title page, abstract, tables, figures, notes, and references. Papers above this limit will not be eligible for the Award and will be returned to authors unreviewed. Papers should be prepared according to current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. In the absence of papers deemed deserving of the award, the award may be withheld.

Entries (accompanied by faculty letters) must be received by September 7, 2001. The winning paper will be announced by November 9, 2001. Entries should be submitted to: Cynthia McCauley, Ph.D. Vice President, New Initiatives Center for Creative Leadership One Leadership Place P.O. Box 26300 Greensboro, N.C. 27438-6300


Grant Announcements

THE HENRY A. MURRAY RESEARCH CENTER of the Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for postdoctoral level research drawing on the Murray Center's data resources, and for doctoral dissertations and undergraduate research in the topic areas listed below. Radcliffe Institute Fellowships at the center are also offered.

Harvard Undergraduate Research Award is for Harvard undergraduate students in the social and behavioral sciences. The goal of this award is to support research using Murray Center data sets with racially and ethnically diverse samples. Data can be used by student to develop and answer research questions related to course work and senior theses. A total of up to $500 will be awarded for on or two grants. The application deadline is April 1.

Adolescent and Youth Undergraduate Award is to support opportunities in research on youth and adolescent development based on data in the center's archive. This award is for undergraduates from Harvard and elsewhere. A total of up to $1000 will be awarded for two grants. The application deadline is April 1.

Jeanne Humphrey Block Dissertation Award offers a grant of $2,500 to a woman doctoral student. Proposals should focus on sex and gender differences or some developmental issue of particular concern to girls or women. Projects drawing on the centers' data will be given priority, although use of the center's resources is not a requirement. The application deadline is April 1.

Henry A. Murray Dissertation Award offers grants of $2, 500 to doctoral students. Projects should focus on some aspects of "the study of lives", concentrating on issues in human development or personality. Projects drawing on the center's data will be given priority, although use of the center's resources is not a requirement. The application deadline is April 1.

Mother/Child Interaction in Low Income Families Dissertation Award offers grants up to $2,500 to doctoral students. Projects must use data from the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation's Observational Studies comprising studies of two different welfare intervention programs. The data set, which includes computer-accessible and videotaped data of mother and their children, is available through Murray Center. The application deadline is April 1.

Radcliff Institute Fellowships-The Radcliff Institute for Advance Study at Harvard University awards over 50 funded fellowships each year to scholars, professionals, writers, and artists from around the world. Fellows at the Radcliffe Institute - women and men- are traditionally affiliated with one of Radcliffe's four centers for learning and scholarship: the Bunting Fellowship Program, the Schlesinger Library, the Murray Research Center, and the Radcliffe Public Policy Center. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University. During their tenure, fellows present their work in the form of public colloquia, lectures, exhibits, and concerts. Stipends are adjusted on the basis of need and costs directly related to specific fellowship projects. The application deadline is November 1.


Positive Psychology Young Scholars Grants Program
The Positive Psychology Network, with generous support from the John Templeton Foundation, is pleased to launch the Positive Psychology Young Scholars (PPYS) Grants Program. The PPYS Grants Program aims to recognize and encourage the best and brightest among the rising generation of researchers who share a vision for transforming psychology in a positive direction. The program offers seed grants, up to $10,000 each, to support early-career psychologists as they develop innovative lines of research within positive psychology, broadly defined. Proposals are especially encouraged that target topics of interest to the John Templeton Foundation, including optimistic thinking, noble purpose, self-control, religious belief, genius, positive emotions, spirituality and health, and future-mindedness, including thrift and self-directed character-building.

Successful applicants must demonstrate

  1. talent and future promise as a researcher;
  2. talent and future promise as a communicator of ideas;
  3. promise specifically within positive psychology; and
  4. a passion to make a substantial contribution to the benefit of others through research of the highest quality and scientific rigor.

Up to 10 Positive Psychology Young Scholars Grants will be awarded each year. There is no age limitation for applicants. Applicants from all disciplines within psychology (e.g., social-personality, developmental, cognition, neuroscience, clinical) and related social sciences are sought. Applicants will usually hold the PhD or its equivalent, and will typically be a new assistant professor at a university or college. Exceptions will be made for extremely promising proposals. Awards periods will typically be 18 months, and funds may not be used for faculty salary or indirect costs. Recipients are required to provide short reports of the outcomes of the research conducted with PPYS Grant funds after 12 and 18 months.

Application Procedure
Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis. The selection committee will review applications quarterly, beginning in January. Complete applications must include a 2-3 page (500-800 words, excluding references) description of the proposed empirical work which justifies its importance and feasibility; a budget, not to exceed $10,000; a curriculum vitae; and one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should not only address the applicant's research promise in general, but also the applicant's fit to positive psychology, including an evaluation of the applicant's on-going, unpublished research. We encourage applicants and letter writers to send their materials electronically to the Positive Psychology Network, c/o Carissa Griffing griffing@psych.upenn.edu. If circumstances do not permit electronic submission, send materials to: The Positive Psychology Network, c/o Carrissa Griffing, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 3815 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Information about the Positive Psychology Young Scholars Grants Program is available at http://psych. upenn.edu/seligman/pospsy.htm.


Research in Human Attention and Object Recognition
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Security Research and Development Division will be awarding research grants in the psychology of attention and object recognition. Read the full announcement.


Conference Announcements

Social Cognitive Neuroscience Conference UCLA will host the first international conference on Social Cognitive Neuroscience, April 26-28, 2001. The conference will bring together researchers studying how the human brain carries out its social functions. Speakers and discussants will include social psychologists, >cognitive neuroscientists, brain mappers, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, cognitive scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, and others. NSF, NIH, and UCLA have provided generous funding. The conference will take place on the campus of UCLA, and is open to anyone interested.

Symposia and roundtables will include the following topics:

  • Stereotyping
  • Self-control
  • Emotions
  • Language and Symbolism
  • Social Relations
  • Theory of Mind
  • Questions We Should Ask and Questions We Can Answer
  • Funding, Training, and Infrastructure
    Program staff from NSF, NIMH, and private foundations will be attending.

    A detailed program, including speakers and titles of talks, is available in stages as is finalized at www.scn.ucla.edu.

    Attendance is open to all; the only requirement is registration at the conference web site. Qualified participants are encouraged to present posters. We will be able to offer financial assistance to some graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Further details on these stipends and hotel reservations are available at the conference web site.

    Inquiries should be addressed to:

    Matthew Lieberman (lieber@ucla.edu)
    Alan Fiske (afiske@ucla.edu)
    Marco Iacoboni (iacoboni@loni.ucla.edu)
    Susanne Lohmann (lohmann@ucla.edu)


    The Hudson Valley Undergraduate psychology conference will be held at Dominican College on May 4, 2001. The conference is being co-sponsored by the United Military Academy at West Point. Undergraduates are invited to submit original research papers for presentation in either a paper presentation format or a poster presentation format. Research prizes will be awarded in both categories. Abstracts will be due by April 19, 2001. Please contact Beth Kornreich, conference coordinator, at beth.kornreich@dc.edu for further information.


    The South Carolina Bicentennial Symposium on Attention will be held May 17th to 20th 2001 at The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC on the theme "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Attention: New Approaches and New Questions." This international symposium includes keynote speakers Robert Desimone, George Houghton, Glyn W. Humphreys, Nancy Kanwisher, James L. McClelland, Giacomo Rizzolatti, Daniel Simons, and Steven P. Tipper. For full details see our website http://www.cla.sc.edu/PSYC/faculty/richards/attconf.htm or contact Gordon C. Baylis: PsycAttention@gwm.sc.edu


    The First Annual Summer National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology
    July 8-11, 2001, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida
    The First Annual Summer National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, co-sponsored by the American Psychological Society, will be held July 8-11, 2001, at the Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center, in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Registration is limited to 120 participants; preregistration before June 15 is recommended. Poster and Participant Idea Exchange proposals should be received by May 8, 2001 to guarantee space in the program, although later submissions from registered participants will be considered if poster space remains available. The conference program includes a preconference lecture-enchancing workshop, a poster session, a participant idea exchange, an optional dinner cruise, book displays, and 10 featured speakers, well-known for their excellence in teaching psychology. The conference fee is $295, which will also include breakfasts, refreshments at coffee breaks and other events, and an evening reception. For more information, contact Joanne Fetzner, National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, 2208 Harrington Court, Champaign, IL 61821, or by phone at 217/398/6969 or by email at jfetzner@uiuc.edu; WWW: http://www.nitop.org.


    The Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center is sponsoring a Summer Institute on the "Behavioral Medicine Interventions" to be held July 9-13, 2001 in Pittsburgh, PA. Read the full announcement.

    The Program Committee for Head Start's Sixth National Research Conference, "The First Eight Years: Pathways to the Future," invites proposals for presentations to this conference, to be held June 26-29, 2002 in Washington, DC. The goals of the conference are to identify and disseminate early childhood research and to foster partnerships among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Research is welcome from all relevant fields including education, psychology, sociology, pediatrics, family medicine, public health, psychiatry, nursing, social work, dentistry, anthropology, law, epidemiology, economics, and allied health. Presentations may include either recent research, published or unpublished, or a synthesis of findings already in the literature. Symposia (two papers with one or two discussant[s]), roundtables (dialogue among up to four presenters), and posters (single paper) are invited. Online submissions are encouraged at www.headstartresearchconf.net (temporary login/password: guest/hsrc6). Mailed abstracts must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2001. For information on submissions or registration contact: Bethany Chirico, Ellsworth Associates, 703-821-3090 ext. 233, Fax: 703-821-3989, E-mail: bchirico@eainet.com. Visit the Head Start home page: www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb.

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