Observer

February 2004
Volume 17, Number 2

1. Reis Drives Current Directions
By Dave Wilson
Harry T. Reis likes to stay one length ahead of the pack. So it's no surprise the 2005 editor-elect of Current Directions in Psychological Science is already off and running. (News)
 
2. Federal Budget Pending
By Andrew Kessler
After a year dominated by war and a roller coaster economy, the research agencies that fund behavioral research are poised to gain as Congress belatedly wraps up the FY 04 federal budget. FY 2004 report language on behavioral science at NIH is also included. (News)
 
3. Dr. Goldman Comes to Washington
Mark S. Goldman, a leading researcher in the field of alcohol abuse, keeps strong ties to the lab while working on ways to bridge behavior and biology, science, and public health at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Six months into the job, he talked to APS Executive Director Alan Kraut about life inside the Beltway. (News)
 
4. The Great Handbook Scam
By Roddy Roediger
APS President Roddy Roediger has "figured out" why publishers produce different handbooks on the same psychological topic. (Presidential Column)
 
5. Core Concepts
By Jeffrey J. Sable
(Letters)
 
6. Evidently Enough
By Elizabeth Loftus
Beth Loftus explains her rise from math student to long-term memory psychologist in part one of Why Study Psychology, a series in which psychologists were asked to share their stories and illuminate the heart of this career decision. (News)
 
7. Three Strikes You're In
By Jeffrey S. Katz
Jeffrey S. Katz revisits the two events that led him down the road of psychology and the final one that kept him there in part one of Why Study Psychology, a series in which psychologists were asked to share their stories and illuminate the heart of this career decision. (News)
 
8. Portrait of the Psychologist
By Ben R. Slugoski
Ben R. Slugoski relives, in vivid prose, his former life as an English major and how his psychology professors rescued him from this (unemployable) fate in part one of Why Study Psychology, a series in which psychologists were asked to share their stories and illuminate the heart of this career decision. (News)
 
9. Shifting Winds
By Michela Gallagher
Michela Gallagher recalls her journey from "cerebral" art student to physiological psychologist in part one of Why Study Psychology, a series in which psychologists were asked to share their stories and illuminate the heart of this career decision. (News)
 
10. A New Edition of Your Text
By Kelly Bouas Henry and Teddi S. Deka
Add one more to life's list of inevitables: death, taxes, and … new editions of textbooks. February Teaching Tips offers psychology professors advice on how to outleap this ineluctable hurdle. (Teaching Tips)
 
11. Beyond the Classroom
By Michael J. Osofsky
Students can often feel far removed from the professional world. But increasing student participation in professional organizations is not only important, it's also not as difficult as it might seem. (Student Notebook)
 
12. Psi Chi Reaches 75
By Michael Wertheimer
Psychology's renowned honor society looks back on a history of achievements. (News)