August 2008

President's Section:
History of Scientific Psychology
by Kelli Vaughn-Blount, APSSC President (E-mail Kelli)

Many of psychology's current debates are not new but rather began in the earliest cores of psychological science. One primary example of this is the continued debate of psychology's focus, our paradox. Should we focus on biology, behavior, consciousness, or human as social animal? Each generation of psychologists has its own opinion and the 1930’s were no different. What was different was a great debate that was occurring in psychology that would affect all generations that followed – how do we define psychology for ourselves as a discipline? Joseph Jastrow’s 1935 article took that question a bit further and instead asked "Has Psychology Failed? Did it? Have we?" To decide for yourself, click here.

Funding opportunity deadlines for August and September!
by Lisa E. Hasel, APSSC Past-President (E-mail Lisa)

Do you qualify for any of these awards? If you do, now is the time to act because the deadlines are fast approaching!

August 15th - National Science Foundation’s SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants – Law and Social Science Program

August 16th - National Science Foundation’s SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants – Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics Program

August 31st - The Australian National University Summer Research Scholarship

September 1st - Experimental Psychology Society Grants for Study Visits

September 4th - New Zealand Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship

September 15th - American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award

September 15th - American Psychological Association Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award

For more information about these opportunities and more, check out the APSSC’s Online Funding Database!

RiSE-UP Spotlight: Working Class Committee
by Kymberlee O'Brien, Working Class Committee Chair (E-mail Kymberlee)

The RiSE-UP Working Class Committee focuses on social class issues and disparities that come with the environmental and social realities of poverty and those disadvantaged by status stereotypes.

The Working Class Committee strives for solidarity with others who have been historically disadvantaged. We strive to spotlight the "risk" and "resilient" profiles associated with working class individuals in America including the history of immigrants, and those in impoverished communities regardless of race or ability.

Kymberlee O’Brien is going on her second year as Chair of the Working Class Committee. In addition to providing an open forum for questions and community the committee, under Kymberles’s leadership, has also created a resource list of books, grant resources, and websites that specifically address social class issues and health disparities associated with poverty.

Kymberlee is a third year doctoral student in Social Psychology at Brandeis University. Her undergraduate work focused on clinical populations including refugees, addiction recovery, and those with PTSD. She later taught yoga, dance, and world music increasing her focus Health psychology. She has worked at several University of California locations as a guest lecturer in cross-cultural arts and relations. The combination inspired her first book on psychology of yoga and health practices published in 2003.

Kymberlee’s research now focuses on psychophysiological responses associated with stress, socioeconomic status differences, implicit biases, and intergroup relations. Her first year project was an examination of SES and health outcomes moderated and mediated by control beliefs and social support. Additional research areas include metabolic syndrome as a risk factor associated with poverty and status and the subsequent ramifications in public health. Kymberlee is currently acting as a co-PI on a study at Harvard health and psychophysiology lab that focuses on intergroup interactions and the media.

For more information on the workings of or participating in the RiSE-UP Working Class Committee please contact Kymberlee at apssc.riseup@psychologicalscience.org

Next Month in the Student Notebook –
"Show Me the Money": Grant Writing Tips for Graduate Students
by Peter M. Vernig, APSSC Student Notebook Editor
(E-mail Peter)

The process of grant writing can seem daunting to graduate students, but the rewards – both in terms of finance and career experience – are undeniable. Katie Edwards and Danielle Probst of Ohio University share their experiences and tips for first time grant writers. The entire process, from finding sources of funding to waiting for that all-important decision, is covered. Also, keep an eye out for Convention Highlights in next month's issue of the Observer.

Don't Miss the Undergraduate Update
by Molly Peterson,
Undergraduate Advocate
(E-mail Molly)

The Undergraduate Update is a bi-annual online publication written specifically for undergraduate members, and the first issue is now online! This publication is designed to give undergraduates the "inside scoop" by recurring sections such as Eyes on the Future, Professional Development, Research Focus, and special features such as interviews with top contributors to our field. The inaugural issue features an interview with Daniel Gilbert, author of the best-selling book Stumbling on Happiness.

Check out this new APSSC resource!

Helpful Hint for August:
The new rules for E-mail
by Jeremy Ashton Houska,
Communications & Marketing Officer
(E-mail Jeremy)
Are you tethered to your Blackberry? Are you conditioned to the new e-mail ding? Do you check your e-mail (and social networking accounts) more than 12 times a day? If you said "yes" to any of the questions above, I encourage you to read Henry Roediger's 2006 Observer article entitled "E-mail onslaught: What can we do?" Do so before the Fall term begins.

Roediger offers 16 suggestions for managing e-mail. Here is an excerpt: "Devote one hour to e-mail early in the morning and then get off for the day. Stay off. Many problems arriving during the day will be resolved by the next morning, so if you read a problem the next morning, don't answer it until you have read all your mail. Perhaps it was time-limited and went away without your help; perhaps someone else solved it. Staying off all day will avoid your getting caught in an e-mail loop with someone, exchanging brief notes all day."

Click here to read the complete article.

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