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President's Section:
History of Scientific Psychology
by Kelli Vaughn-Blount, APSSC President
In March of 1928, the eminent and infamous Experimental Psychologists held their annual meeting in Pennsylvania. Luckily, for us, Walter Miles had his camera rolling. The Archive of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) has been kind enough to place this rare footage, along with some other movies of Miles, online. Check out Margaret Floy Washburn, Clark Hull, Karl Dallenbach, and many others in action. AHAP has uploaded some fascinating photos of early research instruments that are also worth checking out. If you don’t know what a Hipp Chronoscope is or what the other names mean there is a great article by psychologist-historian Michael Sokal and others here. Here’s a hint – if there were no Hipp Chronoscope there would be no behavioral research, as we know it.

Publishing Opportunity
Dear APSSC Members,

As incoming editor of the journal, History of Psychology, I write to invite your participation in the intellectual and scholarly content of the journal and your disciplines history. Here are a couple of ways you can do so:

1) If you have a historical analysis of your thesis or dissertation topic that forms an important part of your research, think about developing it in such a way that it could be submitted to the journal with possible publication as a brief report or a note on sources, etc. If you are not sure of how to articulate the historical aspect, I can connect you with an expert who may be able to help you do so.

2) If you have an idea for teaching a topic that falls within the history of psychology course, think about developing it into a 3-4 page teaching note for the journal.

I can't, of course, promise publication, but I can promise an openness to your ideas and to find reviewers who can be very helpful to you.

I hope to hear from you.

Wade Pickren


Need a place to stay in San Francisco?
by Amy Crook, Membership & Volunteers Officer
The APSSC Hotel MatchUp program is designed to put you in touch with other students to find affordable accomodations. Whether you've booked a room and are just looking for an extra roommate or you are in need of a place to stay, you can talk with other students in similar situations.

If you're interested, please email apssc.mvo@psychologicalscience.org with the subject "Hotel MatchUp" and you'll be added to a Google group to discuss hotel arrangements in San Fran with other APSSC student affiliates.

Convention Travel Information

Click here for APS Travel Discounts.

Click here for more information on the host hotel:

San Francisco Marriott

RiSE-UP Research Award Winners
by Michele L. Oliver, RiSE-UP Coordinator
The APSSC is proud to announce the 2009 winners of the RiSE-UP Research Award:

Kimberly Kahn, University of California, Los Angeles

Gloria Luong, University of California, Irvine

Oanh Meyer, University of California, Davis

Shu-wen Wang, University of California, Los Angeles

We congratulate these student researchers on their outstanding work on underrepresented groups. The winners were selected by a panel of peer reviewers from the largest pool of applicants in the history of the award. They will present their research in address format at the APS Annual Convention in San Francisco during the RiSE-UP Research Award Symposium.

If you would like more information about RiSE-UP or the RiSE-UP Research Award, please contact the RiSE-UP Coordinator, Michele Oliver, at apssc.riseup@psychologicalscience.org or visit the RiSE-UP page.

Student Research Award Winners
by DeLeon L. Gray, Graduate Advocate
The APSSC is proud to announce the 2009 Student Research Award winners:

Erin Maloney, University of Waterloo

Teresa Madruga, California State University, Stanislaus

Michael Russell, University of California, Irvine

Jamil Zaki, Columbia University

The Student Research Award is given annually to recognize outstanding research conducted by APS Student Affiliates. Recipients will present their research in address format at the APS Annual Convention in San Francisco during the Student Research Award Symposium.

In the April Student Notebook – From Finding an Advisor to Creating Hypotheses: The Dos and Don’ts of Beginning a Thesis
by Peter M. Vernig, APSSC Student Notebook Editor
Sarah Hovind of the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, British Columbia discusses the steps involved in completing a thesis. From finding a mentor, to selecting a topic, lit reviews, and the development of the all-important research question, Hovind provides tips and practical advice for undergraduates and graduate students alike.

Helpful Hint for April:
Networking isn't a dirty word
by Jeremy Ashton Houska,
Communications & Marketing Officer

It might be tempting to "get your money's worth" by attending every Convention event from you can from 8:30 am to Midnight (YES, your first day could last until then). Then again, is a marathon session really the best use of Convention time? Maybe NOT using the time could be the best strategy. Talks, Symposia, Workshops, Poster Sessions, and of course Student Events, aren't just about the research. Conventions are about whom you meet.

Stephen Fiore, in his Observer piece How To Navigate A National Convention, argues that "the formal presentations are a MINOR aspect of the experience. It's the informal face-to-face discussions that are worthwhile. So... Don't fill ALL of your time with sessions (more realistically, don't go to sessions and then play hookey the rest of the time--allow and use time for hallway and barroom conversations)."

Plan your online Convention itinerary here. And be sure to leave some hallway time for networking!


April 2009

APSSC Executive Board
Kelli Vaughn-Blount

Lisa E. Hasel

Jeremy Ashton Houska
Communications & Marketing Officer

DeLeon L. Gray
Graduate Advocate

Amy Crook
Membership & Volunteers Officer

Michele L. Oliver
RiSE-UP Coordinator

Peter M. Vernig
Student Notebook

Molly Peterson
Undergraduate Advocate

APSSC Announcements

American College of Professional Neuropsychology events at Convention (Free for Graduate Students)

At this 21st Annual APS convention, ACPN will be holding two workshops highlighting the utility of neuropsychology in practice. The cost of the workshop is $60 to professionals (check payable to "ACPN") and free to psychology graduate students registered for the APS Convention. Each workshop is offered for 3 hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEs). ACPN is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology Robert W. Elliott, American Board of Professional Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology of Drug Abuse, Pathological Gambling, and Sex Addiction Arthur MacNeill Horton Jr., American College of Professional Neuropsychology

ACPN maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Workshop participants are expected to have some prior training and experience in neuropsychology assessment. Participation in this workshop is not a sufficient basis to engage in professional practice in this area. For more information, contact Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr. by e-mail at drmachorton@hotmail.com.

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Ever Considered Writing for the Student Notebook or Undergraduate Update? Now is the Time!
The APS Observer is seeking articles from graduate student affiliates for the Student Notebook and Undergraduate Update columns. This is an excellent opportunity to build your resume while sharing your ideas and experiences with other students of psychology! If you are interested in writing for either, contact Peter M. Vernig, Student Notebook Editor and Molly Peterson, Undergraduate Advocate and Undergraduate Update Editor.

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