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Volume 16, Issue9September, 2003

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APS, Psi Chi Offer Bandura Award By Michelle Bushey Staff Writer Albert Bandura has made great contributions to psychology through his teaching and research. To honor his contributions, APS and Psi Chi are partnering to offer the Psi Chi/APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award. Through this partnership, Psi Chi, the More

Strategic Management Simulations: From Psychology Research to Medical Practice

The more than 40-year-old behavioral complexity theory and the much newer science-wide complexity theory consider many observed phenomena as “open systems” that can only be sufficiently understood and (where possible) predicted at their current level of multidimensional functioning. Human behavior (in behavioral complexity theory) as well as all phenomena studied More

Applying for Research Grants

Grantsmanship is an important skill for graduate students aspiring to either an academic or applied research career. Securing your own funding can lead to higher quality research (e.g., better measurement tools, more advanced technology, larger samples), a larger salary, additional grants and job market appeal, and the ability to hire More

Studying Chimps Gives ‘Signs’ of Human Language Development

They surely are a social group. They make requests, answer questions, and comment about each other and their surroundings. As with any social group, they spend a great deal of time together and interact daily. Emotions, at times, can get heated, and fights have been known to erupt. During one More

Scientists in the Service

Bringing Science to Military Policy By Jane M. Arabian I remember, as a new graduate student, hearing one particular comment made to my first “Pro Sem” class by the chair of the University of Toronto psychology department, Endel Tulving. He told us not to expect a position in a college More

Research Stands Trial

The Supreme Court recently ruled, by a 5-4 majority, that racial diversity is indeed a compelling interest of higher education. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor supported this conclusion, stating in her June 23 opinion that such diversity “better prepares students for an increasingly diverse workforce and society, and better prepares them More

Hollon Awarded for ‘Outstanding Article’

Steven D. Hollon, Vanderbilt University, received the George A. Miller Award for Outstanding Recent Article in General Psychology for his article, “Treatment and Prevention of Depression” which appeared in the November 2002 issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the American Psychological Society. “Steve’s most outstanding More

Psychologists in Non-Traditional Academic Departments

Shifting Focus: The Experience of a Traditional Academic in a Professional School By Larry E. Beutler I am a scientist-practitioner in the tradition of the Boulder Model. I have taught in three major medical schools, in a small state university, in two graduate schools, and have just retired as professor More

Children in Poverty: Implications for Research, Public Policy

Approximately 20 percent of US children under the age of six live in poverty, the highest rate of all developed countries. What are the effects and outcomes of children who are raised in poverty? What are some of the ways in which low income may directly affect children’s development? Of More

NIDCD Supports Collaborative Efforts in Translational Research

It all started on a racquetball court around 1990. Stephen Camarata and Keith Nelson had come to Pennsylvania State University from two different worlds: Nelson a developmental psychologist, and Camarata a speech pathologist. They would get together to play racquetball. Occasionally, conversation would break out. “Conversation,” Nelson said, “that led More

In Appreciation: Donald Fiske

Friends and colleagues share memories of Donald W. Fiske, who died in April at 86. A Eulogy for Donald W. Fiske John T. Cacioppo Donald W. Fiske was an exceptional individual in many respects. He and wife Barbara moved to Hyde Park, IL and he joined the faculty at the More

Rhesus Pieces

The article, “With Psychologist at Helm, Zoo Atlanta Gets Wild,” (Observer, April 2003) while quite interesting, did contain errors commonly made in regard to Harry Harlow’s work. In a discussion of some of Harlow’s work, in the accompanying photograph it read “The experiments by Harry F. Harlow with infant rhesus More

Psychological Science and the Transformation of the Military

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman once said “War is hell.” It says so boldly on his statue in New York City’s Central Park. Now, a small army of psychologists is researching how to take at least some of the hell out of modern warfare and help combatants and their families survive More

Roediger Is 2003-04 APS President

The APS membership has elected a mix of seasoned APS veterans and newcomers to the leadership of the Society. Henry L. Roediger, III began his term as President at the conclusion of the APS Annual Convention in Atlanta, succeeding Susan T. Fiske. Robert W. Levenson became President-Elect and Nancy Eisenberg More

APS Announces Annual Giving

In August, the American Psychological Society turned 15. From the start, APS has been a strong, effective voice for scientific psychologists. APS continues to provide leadership in how the world understands psychological science, and how psychological science shapes the understanding of our world, through our journals, our convention, and our More

Politics Invade Peer Review: NIH Behavioral Science Grants Under Attack

On July 10, 2003, the House of Representatives began debate on the Appropriations bill that would fund the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year 2004. Rep. Pat Toomey, R-PA, introduced an amendment to halt funding for four NIH grants, two funded by the National Institute on Child Health More

Psychology Gives Gallaudet President Leading Edge

Technically, I. King Jordan is a human male of average stature. You’d think he’d need to be a little bigger, not because his last name is Jordan, but because he walks around carrying the hopes and dreams for much of this world’s population of deaf people. Jordan, an APS Charter More

The APS Campaign for Psychological Science

I just wrote a check to the American Psychological Society for $1,000. I didn’t do it because I am President. I feel sure I would have done it anyway, had I been asked as a “civilian” to contribute to the new annual (and fully tax-deductible) APS Campaign for Advancing Psychological More