Past President Roediger Receives Honorary Doctorate

Henry L. Roediger, III

APS Immediate Past President Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger, III received an honorary doctorate in social sciences from Purdue University in May 2004.

“Roddy’s influence is still strongly felt and his friendship still cherished,” said Howard M. Weiss, head of the department of psychological sciences at Purdue. “It seemed only natural for Purdue to honor his singular achievements and his service to psychology with an honorary doctorate.”

After earning his doctorate from Yale in 1973, Roediger became an assistant professor at Purdue, where he spent 15 years on faculty, three of which he spent as a visiting professor at the University of Toronto.

He spent eight years as professor of psychology at Rice University before moving to Washington University in St. Louis, where he is currently the chair of the department of psychology.

Roediger’s research has centered on human learning and memory, including the effectiveness of memory devices, cases of spontaneous remembering, inhibitory processes in retrieval, as well as many others.

“Roddy’s honorary doctorate was well-deserved,” said Purdue professor of psychological sciences James Nairne. “His scholarly accomplishments and record of service to the field speak for themselves.”

Stanford Hosts 4th Undergraduate Conference

Jeanne Tsai

The Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Association and the Stanford chapter of Psi Chi hosted the Fourth Annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference on May 15.

“The conference is important for undergraduates to showcase their work,” SUPC Executive Director Felicity Miao said. “It’s also an opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students and professors to work together on one event.”

Over 130 students from 41 academic institutions across 13 states and Canada — the conference’s largest turnout ever — convened at Stanford University to present their research findings in diverse fields, including biological, clinical, cognitive, cultural, and social psychology.

APS Fellow Hazel Markus was the keynote speaker. Her talk “Psychology: Made in the U.S.A.” highlighted the impact of cultural differences on Eastern and Western conceptualizations of psychology. Jeanne Tsai gave a closing address on how to be successful in graduate school and answered questions from students.

Proceeds from the conference will be donated to Gateway High School in San Francisco to enhance its psychology curriculum. t

— Laura Nowell

Observer Vol.17, No.7 July, 2004

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