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Volume 9, Issue6November, 1996

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Andrew Salter (1914-1996) Founding Behavior Therapist

Andrew Salter, who for almost six decades conducted a successful private practice in Manhattan, New York, died from cancer on October 7, 1996, at the age of 82. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on May 9, 1914, Salter graduated from New York University in 1937 with a BS in psychology. With More

Austin H. Riesen (1913-1996) Sensory Deprivation Pioneer

The uncommonly kind and gentle manner of Austin Herbert Riesen seemed almost a contradiction to the force and influence that he and his pioneering work in sensory deprivation and brain function exerted on the entire field of developmental psychology. His perceptive and innovative experimentation, particularly with visual impairment, opened entirely More

Robert S. Harper (1922-1996) Teacher, Mentor, and Scholar

Robert S(tevens) Harper died on August 14, 1996, in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and widely known and respected for his continuous active involvement in the American Psychological Association (APA) since the early 1950s. Bob Harper was Council Representative of the Division on More

Thirteen Ideas to Help Computerize Your Course

Whether you’re a computer neophyte or computer guru, you will find here ideas for some useful high-tech supplements to traditional education methods, and we hope to persuade you to explore further the many facets of computer-aided instruction. As a starting point for your own investigations into hardware/software advances and even More

FY 1997 Senate Appropriations Report: Excerpts From Report 104-368

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH The Committee is concerned about the future supply of the Nation’s health researchers, and believes that NIH [must] continue efforts to ensure a stable supply of highly qualified research scientists. The National Academy of Sciences, in its latest report, recommended that NIH increase the number of More

Trends-Countertrends: A Large Physical Commitment to Psychological Science

Bucking the recent trend of cutbacks and a “less-is-more” philosophy in funding, Washington University in St. Louis has recently taken a big step-capped by the opening of a new $28-million building to house the psychology department- to embrace, enhance, and further the behavioral sciences. “Washington University is embarking on a More

Young Scientists Get Quick B/Start at NIDA

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded the first round of grants under its new Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/START) initiative. This $500,000 small grants program is designed specifically to help young behavioral scientists enter the competitive world of research grant-seeking. The specific goals of More

Survey Research on Minors Is Safe, for Now

Survey researchers can breathe a sigh of relief, as the 104th Congress has adjourned, and, for now, the Family Privacy Protection Act has died. Assumed by many to be headed for easy passage, the bill passed the House of Representatives, but did not reach the Senate floor before the congressional More

Invest Now in Human Capital Research

The 1996 election is now history, but it will be some time before we can see how the results will actually influence funding for psychological research. Recall that the 1994 congressional results were widely received with misgivings and apprehension about the potential fate of funding for scientific research, and, indeed More

Bertenthal to Replace Marrett at NSF's SBE Directorate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named Bennett 1. Bertenthal, of the University of Virginia, as Assistant Director of the NSF Directorate of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), replacing Cora Marrett, who left the Foundation in September, after four years of service. Bertenthal, an APS Fellow, will assume this More

A Congress to Remember: Behavioral Science Fares Well Despite Attacks

It was the best of sessions, it was the worst of sessions. The 104th Congress is in the Record books, memorable mainly for its revolutionary aspirations and the many government shutdowns over the federal budget. But behavioral scientists will remember the l04th as a Tale of Two Congresses. It was More