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Volume 19, Issue11November, 2006

APS’s Student Caucus In the summer of 1988, Kathleen Chwalisz, then a graduate student at the University of Iowa, attended a pajama party in Bonnie Stickland’s suite at the APA Convention. (In response to the smokers attended by the male leaders of the field, the grandes dames of psychology threw More

College grading first appeared at Yale University in 1783, primarily for ranking students (Milton, Pollio, & Eison,1986) and around the turn of the 20th century, Max Meyer’s (1908) five-letter (A through F) grading scheme began to gain widespread acceptance. Despite minor modifications such as plus/minus grading, Meyer’s system has remained More

A 1924 article published in the American Journal of Psychiatry reported the results of the following laboratory task: “A meaningless picture was produced by pouring India-ink of different intensities on a piece of thick limed paper and then pressing the paper under a glass plate. In addition some abstract lines More

Funding. You need it. We want to give it to you. However, before we dole out the money, we need you to submit a research proposal that explains why we should give it to you. All APS student affiliates are eligible to submit to the Student Grant Competition. Inter-ested applicants More

Congratulations to this year’s Student Research Award winners! The winners who had the opportunity to present their research at the May, 2006 APS Convention in New York City, as well as to receive some monetary compensation for their travel to the convention are: Andre Kahn, University of Wyoming, Memory Capacity More

Are you submitting to present research at the APS convention in Washington DC? If so, you are eligible to enter the APS Student Re-search Competition! Submitting to this competition is as simple as just expanding your description of your research to up to 1000 words. When submitting your research for More

RiSE-UP (Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations) is pleased to once again offer the RiSE-UP Research Award competition. Student Affiliates who are currently conducting research relevant to RiSE-UP’s mission and goals, and plan to submit a proposal for the 2007 Annual Convention, are encouraged to apply for the RiSE-UP More

A Student’s Perspective Attention to Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) — which covers issues of health and safety for workers and organizations — has been increasing since these issues were formally acknowledged with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1970.  OHP reflects a multi-disciplinary approach to research and practice More

“I’m looking for Dr. Gardner,” Ellen said to the distinctly rumpled back of a young man bending over getting something out of a file cabinet. He stood up, turned around, and said “I’m Dr. Gardner.” The messy-haired man was Howard (some things never change). It was the summer of 1973 More

APS Fellow Mary L. Tenopyr died November 30, 2005 at the age of 76 after a long illness. Mary L. Tenopyr was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on October 18, 1929, and grew up on a farm in Braceville, Ohio. Mary attended college at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, graduating with More

When Victor Nell attends a social function and has to say what he does for a living, he says he is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of South Africa. But during Adolph Eichmann’s* trial, Nell worked for an Israeli radio station. Nell received the courtroom news bulletins in More

On August 14th, 2006, Adriaan de Groot passed away peacefully at the age of 91. De Groot changed Dutch empirical psychology significantly and also had a major impact on cognitive psychology in general. Just before the start of the new millennium, de Groot was proclaimed the most influential Dutch psychologist More

APS and Cattell Fund Extend Their Partnership Throughout his career, James McKeen Cattell worked to advance psychology to the highest levels of science.  His pioneering use of statistical methods and quantification of data was a central influence in the development of American psychology as an experimental science.  In 1921, Cattell More

At an earlier stage of my academic career, a college dean asked me to reevaluate a scholar who initially had been denied tenure.  The scientist in question had published in highly regarded journals, was known to be a superb teacher, and was already the recipient of prestigious awards for superior More

To the Editor: The Observer (September 2006) is to be commended for presenting a balanced view of fMRI research, resisting the megahype that characterizes so much of this literature. It is a pity, however, that you did not extend your coverage across the entire domain of cognitive neuroscience. As someone More

One of the more memorable minor characters on the TV sitcom Seinfeld was Aaron, also known as the Close Talker. One of Elaine’s many boyfriends, Aaron had the discomfiting habit of putting his face just inches from the face of whoever he was talking to, even complete strangers. He was More

APS Fellow Aaron T. Beck, widely considered the father of cognitive therapy, was recently awarded the 2006 Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Often referred to as “America’s Nobels,” the Lasker Awards honor scientists whose work has led to a better understanding of diseases and how we overcome them. More

Social psychologist Jennifer Richeson, Northwestern University, is the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship award, known informally as a “Genius Grant.” Distributed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the MacArthur Fellowships highlight creativity in all its forms and are designed to allow awardees to work freely, unencumbered More

APS Fellow and Charter Member Shelley E. Taylor, University of California, Los Angeles, was awarded the inaugural Clifton Strengths Prize at the Fifth Annual International Positive Psychology Summit organized by the Gallup Positive Psychology Institute. The Prize was created in memory of Donald O. Clifton — a former chair of More