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Volume 14, Issue4April, 2001

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How to Navigate a National Convention

There are three simple rules to remember when attending a national convention: Get organized. Get networking. Get involved. GET ORGANIZED Getting organized can be summed up in three words: KNOW the program-it is your “bible.” Weeks before you get to the convention you will receive the program in the mail. More

Speaking Truth to Power: Psychological Scientists on Advisory Panels

As psychologists gain more knowledge of the pathways and influences involved in human behaviors, the more relevant are the implications of their expertise both in terms of scientific advancement and the governing of human affairs. This makes it increasingly critical that the best minds in psychological science be involved in More

Federal Office Leading Effort to Change IRB System

The lead federal office for protecting human research subjects is making a concerted effort to respond to concerns voiced psychologists and others from behavioral and social science with regard to institutional review board (IRB) treatment of grants in their field.For some time, investigators from psychology have expressed the view that More

Having Direct Policy Input: Comments on IRBs

You don’t have to be on an advisory committee to have input into the federal policies that affect psychology’s research. Science agencies are always encouraging direct comments from individuals in the field as the agencies draft guidelines and regulations, make organizational changes, or develop research programs.Here’s one example: As reported More

A Life of the Mind: Remembering Herb Simon

As we reported in last month’s issue, Herbert A. Simon died on February 9, 2001 at the age of 84. The Observer invited Klahr and Kotovsky, two of Simon’s former students and long-time colleagues in the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon, to write a few words about not only More

University of California-Santa Barbara

Overview The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) has cultivated a tradition of strong, empirically based teaching and research in contemporary experimental psychology. The twenty-six faculty, fifty graduate students, and many of the approximately 1500 undergraduate majors carry out leading edge research in several core More

I was the PSPI Canary

I had the singular privilege of being the team leader for the “juried analysis” published in the inaugural issue of APS’s Psychological Science in the Public Interest (PSPI). Robyn Dawes, John Monahan and I co-authored the report “Psychological Science Can Improve Diagnostic Decisions,” which was published in May 2000. In More