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Volume 16, Issue9September 2003

Presidential Column

Henry L. Roediger, III
Henry L. Roediger, III
Washington University in St. Louis
APS President 2003 - 2004
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In this Issue:
The APS Campaign for Psychological Science

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  • 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 Science (CAPS). Why? Because APS is that worthy of our attention and support to do more great work on behalf of psychological science. I would give more if I had it to give. Current and previous Presidents and Board Members of APS also are giving generously to start our campaign. We are on our way to a nearly 100 percent commitment among our officers and former officers. This is a great start, but we need the help of the APS membership in raising significant additional money.

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