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Volume 14, Issue7September, 2001

Robert G. Crowder 1939-2000 Robert G. Crowder, noted experimental psychologist and memory theorist, died on July 27, 2000 at age 60 from complications of diabetes. He leaves behind a legacy of accomplishment, both personal and professional, and will be sorely missed. Crowder’s career began coincident with the birth of cognitive More

Jill Kester was selected as the APS/AAAS 2001 Mass Media Fellow. Her internship is with the Richmond Times Dispatch in Richmond, VA. Below, Kester describes her background and offers her views on the importance of communicating science to the public. Kester I did my undergraduate work at Pomona College in More

The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) was founded in 1839 as the first land grant state university west of the Mississippi River. One of four campuses of the University of Missouri system, MU is a member of the American Association of Universities and is classified as a Research One institution by More

Some time ago, I was part of a selection-committee meeting regarding a potential hire. When the discussion turned to a particular article by the candidate, a member of the committee asked, “Where was it published?” Nothing wrong with that question – except I had the feeling that the individual had More

The authors consider the effectiveness of the process for reviewing research proposals in terms of risk to human subjects, as it has evolved in psychological research in North America. They raise a fundamental question: Is there any evidence that these reviews are effective at reducing risk to the public? In More

Pick up the phone, dial your 11-digit calling card number … then punch in your 14-digit access code … then the 11-digit long distance phone number you’re calling. Punch in the extension of the person you’re calling. “At the tone,” tell the answering machine your daytime phone number and extension More

You don’t have to be from Princeton to be President of APS, but apparently it helps. APS is pleased to welcome this year’s roster of distinguished leaders. Our new President is Princeton’s John M. Darley, who succeeds Robert A. Bjork. Darley’s colleague from Princeton, Susan Fiske, replaces Darley as President-Elect. More

One of the first things on Morton Ann Gernsbacher’s plate as the new chair of the APS Publications Committee is to find a new editor for the Society’s flagship journal, Psychological Science. Sam Glucksberg’s term as editor ends with the December 2003 issue. The new editor will begin accepting manuscripts More

Let’s face it. Getting IRB approval for research projects falls somewhere on a continuum from “downright painful” to “just get it over with.” The experiences of researchers applying for IRB approval vary considerably, but very few applicants are likely to tell you they find it to be a pleasant experience. More

John Darley APS President In last month’s column [Observer, July/August, 2001], I suggested that psychology, in contrast to many adjacent sciences, is characterized by a methodological preference for experimentation, because experimentation, uniquely, is a way of establishing causality. This methodological preference is driven by our meta-theoretical commitment to tracing out More

Whether you are a web master or a neophyte, you have heard the buzzwords: distance education, internet delivery, online teaching, web based courses, cybereducation. There is no one formula for what such a course includes, but it usually involves some combination of email, message boards, multi-media, learning drills, virtual simulations More

APS sponsors the William James Distinguished Lecture at the meetings of regional psychological associations as part of an overall effort to work more closely with the regional groups. The following report summarizes the presentation by John Jonides at the Western Psychological Association’s 2001 meeting. Reports on APS William James Lectures More