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Volume 19, Issue12December, 2006

The first round of grants from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science has been awarded to a diverse set of projects aimed at strengthening the teaching enterprise in psychology in the United States and abroad.  The six inaugural projects range in focus from local to More

The first time I stepped into my classroom, I thought: “I am going to faint.” I had already given a few lectures in some of my professors’ classes, but this time the floor was all mine. As I watched the students take their seats, take out their notebooks, and chat More

Often people assume we must have known each other from childhood. After all, how many psychological scientists grew up in the northeast corner of Texas in the ‘50’s and ‘60s? Our hometowns are less than 100 miles apart, which by Texas geographical standards is right around the corner. In some More

In the spring of 1975, a United States Senator from Wisconsin began a public media campaign against what he judged to be wasteful government spending.  His monthly press release, entitled the “Golden Fleece Award,” was made up of informational snippets, caustic humor, and ad hominum attack in roughly equal measure.  More

Bob Abelson was born in New York City on Sept. 12, 1928.  He received his BA from MIT in 1948, and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1953.  He then joined the faculty at Yale, where he taught for 40 years. He died on July 13, 2005. Bob made foundational contributions More

A watershed moment has arrived at the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation.  For the first time in the prestigious body’s 56 years, three of its sitting members are psychological scientists. In addition to its NSF oversight, the board advises the President and  Congress on More

What ended the spectacular budget growth of the National Institutes of Health, and what can bring it back? For decades NIH was the bi-partisan darling of Capitol Hill, receiving substantial budget increases even in bad economic times. Among government agencies, NIH was uniquely free of critics, except for those who More

One of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) leading initiatives is the Roadmap for Medical Research, which is designed to promote trans-NIH research.  In an era of tightening budgets, the Roadmap is one of the more conspicuous areas of growth.  In fiscal year 2006, the budget for Roadmap was 1.2 More

Aging. To many people it’s wrinkles, retirement communities, and a steady decline in the ability to remember things. But before you reach for the Botox or buy a sports car, you might be interested in research by APS Fellow and Charter Member Laura Carstensen, Stanford University. In her recent lecture More

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As the popularity of pharmaceutical sleep aids increases, more insomniacs are turning to their doctors for prescriptions and quick-fix solutions. However, in a talk at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), APS Board Member Richard Bootzin, director of the Insomnia Clinic at the University of Arizona Sleep Disorders Center and More

APS Fellow and former Board Member Lewis Lipsitt, Professor Emeritus at Brown University, received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Athens, Greece, this November for his work in the psychology of infant behavior and development.  Lipsitt told the Observer that the award recognized, “the work of my colleagues More

APS President Morton Ann Gernsbacher, University of Wisconsin-Madison I have a 10-year-old son, who knows other 10-year-old kids, so over the years my family has bought its share of beef sticks from the Boy Scouts, wrapping paper from the Madison Youth Choir, light bulbs from the Sun Rise Ridge Soccer More

Toys are the most frivolous things in the world and, in some ways, the most essential. No culture is entirely without toys; where mass-produced and mass-marketed toys are absent, children transform everyday objects into games, puzzles, and imagined friends and enemies. Toys can be objects of solitary attention and entertainment More

APS Student Caucus President In all aspects of life, it is important to look back at the past periodically in order to gain perspective on progress made and to develop future goals. With this helpful exercise in mind, I am pleased to report that the APS Student Caucus (APSSC) is More