April 2001 A P S   O B S E R V E R Vol. 14 No. 4
Psychological Scientists on Advisory Panels

The SAT I and California

I was the PSPI Canary

Remembering Herb Simon

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Presidential Column
Student Notebook
Department Profile
Teaching Tips
Members in the News
Meeting Calendar
Employment Ads
Call for Papers

The Program Committee for Head Start's Sixth National Research Conference, "The First Eight Years: Pathways to the Future," invites proposals for presentations to this conference, to be held June 26-29, 2002 in Washington, DC. The goals of the conference are to identify and disseminate early childhood research and to foster partnerships among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Research is welcome from all relevant fields including education, psychology, sociology, pediatrics, family medicine, public health, psychiatry, nursing, social work, dentistry, anthropology, law, epidemiology, economics, and allied health. Presentations may include either recent research, published or unpublished, or a synthesis of findings already in the literature. Symposia (two papers with one or two discussant[s]), roundtables (dialogue among up to four presenters), and posters (single paper) are invited. Online submissions are encouraged at www.headstartresearchconf.net (temporary login/password: guest/hsrc6). Mailed abstracts must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2001. For information on submissions or registration contact: Bethany Chirico, Ellsworth Associates, 703-821-3090 ext. 233, Fax: 703-821-3989, E-mail: bchirico@eainet.com. Visit the Head Start home page: www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb.

Grant Announcements

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers. The Program Solicitation (NSF 01-69) and other information is on the NSF Web site (www.nsf.gov); from the home page, select the "Crosscutting" link. The goal of the ADVANCE program is to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. To meet this goal, the FY 01 ADVANCE pilot program provides new award opportunities for both individuals and organizations: Fellows Awards, Institutional Transformation Awards, and Leadership Awards. With each of the three types of ADVANCE awards, NSF seeks to support new approaches to improving the climate for women in U.S. academic institutions and to facilitate women's advancement to the highest ranks of academic leadership. Creative approaches to realize the goal of this pilot program are sought from men and women. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Fred Stollnitz, Program Director for Cross-Directorate Activities Division of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience, 703-292-7868, 703-292-9153 Fax, fstollni@nsf.gov.

The Children's Research Initiative: Integrative Approaches (CRI) The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a grants competition in the areas of children's research (Program Solicitation NSF 01-85). Funding opportunities are available for collaborators to create research centers for purposes of conducting multidisciplinary, integrative research on scales larger than would be possible through individual research projects, and to provide support for incubation or planning grants. Proposals for workshops and small conferences that will enhance the purpose of this program are welcome. Individual investigators are invited to submit standard research proposals that address the research issues related to CRI. Full proposal deadline: June 4, 2001. See www.nsf.gov/pubs/
for more information. General inquires: Rodney R. Cocking, Program Director for Developmental & Learning Sciences, 703-292-8732, rcocking@nsf.gov.

2002 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award. NARSAD is a private, not-for-profit organization which raises and distributes funds for scientific research into the causes, cures, treatments, and prevention of severe neurobiological disorders. Award opportunities up to $100,000 for one year are given to established scientists at the rank of full professor (or equivalent) who maintain a laboratory, to encourage the pursuit of innovative projects in diverse areas of schizophrenia, affective disorders, or other serious mental illnesses. Guidelines and accompanying face sheet are available for download as of April 1, 2001, at: www.narsad.org. Contact: Audra Moran, Director, Research Grants Program NARSAD 60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404 Great Neck, NY 11021 516-829-5576 (phone) 516-487-6930 (fax) amoran@narsad.org (e-mail answered daily) 1st Round Application Due: May 15, 2001 Earliest Start Date: May 1, 2002

2002 NARSAD Young Investigator Award. Award opportunities of up to $30,000/year for up to two years (maximum of $60,000) are open to advanced post-doctoral fellows or assistant professors (or equivalent) and are offered to enable promising investigators to either extend their research fellowship training or to begin careers as independent research faculty. Predoctoral students are not eligible for this award. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to schizophrenia, major affective disorders or other serious mental illnesses. Applicants must have an on-site mentor who is an established investigator in areas relevant to schizophrenia, depression, or other serious mental illness. Guidelines and accompanying face sheet are available for download on June 1, 2001, at: www.narsad.org. Application submission deadline for 2002 is July 25, 2001. Earliest grant start date is July 1, 2002. Contact: Audra Moran Director, Research Grants Program NARSAD 60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404 Great Neck, NY 11021 516-829-5576 (phone) 516-487-6930 (fax) amoran@narsad.org (e-mail answered daily).

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) supports Institutional Training Grants (T32) and Individual Fellowship National Research Service Awards (NRSA, F30, F31, F32) to support young investigators interested in the complex neurobiological, behavioral, and social components of drug abuse and addiction. NIDA encourages and supports multidisciplinary research and groundbreaking research training in neuroscience, genetics, informatics, and clinical research. Novel studies of prevention research and medical consequences of the drug abuse including HIV/AIDS and other medical diseases are welcome. Suitable combinations of these and other subject matter allied with drug abuse research are also encouraged. For announcements, contact persons, and types of applications, forms, and deadlines see the NIDA Website: www.nida.nih.gov/ResearchTraining/Traininghome.html.

Grants for Research on Gambling Disorders
The Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders at Harvard Medical School's Division on Addications is pleased to announce the availability of grants for scientific research on disordered gambling behavior. The Institute is requesting proposals for investigator-initiated research that consideres the role that cognitive, personality, emotional, and psychosocial processes play in the etiology, maintenance of and recovery from gambling disorders. Deadline for Letters of Intent: Friday, June 29, 2001. The Institute encourages research in the following study areas: Subclinical epidemiology, resilient and vulnerable population segments, treatment outcome, screening instruments, and comorbidity. However, rigorously designed projects focused on other topics within the domain of the behavioral-social sciences and epidemiology will receive serious consideration. Send e-mail requests for the detailed announcement, including instructions for preparing the letter of intent, to: christine_reilly@hms.harvard.edu.

Conference Announcements

The Jean Piaget Society announces the 31th Annual Meeting to take place in Berkeley, California, May 31-June 2, 2001. Scholars interested in the development of knowledge are invited to participate whatever their discipline. A panel of distinguished plenary speakers and invited symposia will address the program theme, Biology and Knowledge Revisited: From Embryogenesis To Psychogenesis, which explores the mutual implications of evolution and development. Plenary speakers Terrance Deacon, V. S. Ramachadran and Annette Karmiloff-Smith will address the constructive nature of brain development and evolution and Daniel Slobin and Elizabeth Bates will speak on the evolution and acquisition of languages. In addition, a special feature seminar on Piaget's, Biology and Knowledge will be led by several Piagetian scholars. Registration information can be obtained from the Jean Piaget Society website: http://www.piaget.org or write to: Dr. Eric Amsel Weber State University 1202 University Circle Ogden, Utah, 84408-1202 e-mail: Eamsel@weber.edu.

Social Cognitive Neuroscience Conference UCLA will host the first international conference on Social Cognitive Neuroscience, April 26-28, 2001. The conference will bring together researchers studying how the human brain carries out its social functions. Speakers and discussants will include social psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, brain mappers, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, cognitive scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, and others. NSF, NIH, and UCLA have provided generous funding. The conference will take place on the campus of UCLA, and is open to anyone interested.

Symposia and roundtables will include the following topics:

  • Stereotyping
  • Self-control
  • Emotions
  • Language and Symbolism
  • Social Relations
  • Theory of Mind
  • Questions We Should Ask and Questions We Can Answer
  • Funding, Training, and Infrastructure
    Program staff from NSF, NIMH, and private foundations will be attending.

    A detailed program, including speakers and titles of talks, is available in stages as is finalized at www.scn.ucla.edu.

    Attendance is open to all; the only requirement is registration at the conference web site. Qualified participants are encouraged to present posters. We will be able to offer financial assistance to some graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Further details on these stipends and hotel reservations are available at the conference web site.

    Inquiries should be addressed to:

    Matthew Lieberman (lieber@ucla.edu)
    Alan Fiske (afiske@ucla.edu)
    Marco Iacoboni (iacoboni@loni.ucla.edu)
    Susanne Lohmann (lohmann@ucla.edu)

    The Hudson Valley Undergraduate psychology conference will be held at Dominican College on May 4, 2001. The conference is being co-sponsored by the United Military Academy at West Point. Undergraduates are invited to submit original research papers for presentation in either a paper presentation format or a poster presentation format. Research prizes will be awarded in both categories. Abstracts will be due by April 19, 2001. Please contact Beth Kornreich, conference coordinator, at beth.kornreich@dc.edu for further information.

    The South Carolina Bicentennial Symposium on Attention will be held May 17th to 20th 2001 at The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC on the theme "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Attention: New Approaches and New Questions." This international symposium includes keynote speakers Robert Desimone, George Houghton, Glyn W. Humphreys, Nancy Kanwisher, James L. McClelland, Giacomo Rizzolatti, Daniel Simons, and Steven P. Tipper. For full details see our website http://www.cla.sc.edu/PSYC/faculty/richards/attconf.htm or contact Gordon C. Baylis: PsycAttention@gwm.sc.edu

    The First Annual Summer National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology
    July 8-11, 2001, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida
    The First Annual Summer National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, co-sponsored by the American Psychological Society, will be held July 8-11, 2001, at the Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center, in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Registration is limited to 120 participants; preregistration before June 15 is recommended. Poster and Participant Idea Exchange proposals should be received by May 8, 2001 to guarantee space in the program, although later submissions from registered participants will be considered if poster space remains available. The conference program includes a preconference lecture-enchancing workshop, a poster session, a participant idea exchange, an optional dinner cruise, book displays, and 10 featured speakers, well-known for their excellence in teaching psychology. The conference fee is $295, which will also include breakfasts, refreshments at coffee breaks and other events, and an evening reception. For more information, contact Joanne Fetzner, National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, 2208 Harrington Court, Champaign, IL 61821, or by phone at 217/398/6969 or by email at jfetzner@uiuc.edu; WWW: http://www.nitop.org.

    THE SOCIETY FOR INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (SIOP) has initiated an on-line placement service designed to match job seekers and employers in the highly competitive market for industrial and organizational psychologists. Called JobNet, the service enables those looking for jobs, primarily in Academic or business/industrial settings, to post their resumes. The resumes are accessible only to those employers who have subscribed to JobNet, said Linda L. Sawin, an industrial psychologist with the Boeing Company in Seattle and SIOP's Job Placement Committee chair. Also, a listing of available positions is posted on the web site and can be viewed by anyone visiting the site at www.siop.org. SIOP's more than 6,000 members conduct a wide range of applied and academic research on issues related to the workplace.

    Satisfaction in their work, employers' ability to select and promote the best people and to generally make the workplace better and more productive for the men and women who work there. JobNet is a win-win situation. "Those looking for positions have said they would like to be able to post their resumes on a password-protected section of the website and employers have been asking us if we could make the resumes of potential candidates available," Sawin said. "With JobNet, we can now do both. " Previously, SIOP's website (www.siop.org) listed only job openings and that listing received more than 4,200 hits a week," said Larry Nader, SIOP's webmaster. "JobNet makes the search more productive for the job seeker as well as the employer." The cost to post a resume for three months is $25 for SIOP members and $60 for nonmembers. For an employer to list positions and have the ability to scan resumes of prospective candidates, the cost is $400 for one position and $550 for two or more jobs.

    The Center for Creative Leadership is sponsoring the Kenneth E. Clark Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center. The winner of this award will receive a prize of $1,500 and a trip to the Center to present the paper in a colloquium. Submissions may be either empirically or conceptually based. Non-traditional and multi-disciplinary approaches to research are welcomed. The paper should focus on some aspect of leadership or leadership development.

    Submissions will be judged by the following criteria: The degree to which the paper addresses issues and trends that are significant to the study of leadership; The extent to which the paper shows consideration of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature; The extent to which the paper makes a conceptual or empirical contribution; The implications of the research for application to leadership identification and development. Papers must be authored and submitted only by graduate or undergraduate students. Center staff and submissions to other Center awards are ineligible.

    Entrants must provide a letter from a faculty member certifying that the paper was written by a student. Entrants should submit four copies of an article-length paper. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. The name of the author(s) should appear only on the title page of the paper. The title page should also show the authors' affiliations, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers. Papers will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of researchers associated with the Center. Papers are limited to 25 double-spaced pages, including title page, abstract, tables, figures, notes, and references. Papers above this limit will not be eligible for the Award and will be returned to authors unreviewed. Papers should be prepared according to current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. In the absence of papers deemed deserving of the award, the award may be withheld.

    Entries (accompanied by faculty letters) must be received by September 7, 2001. The winning paper will be announced by November 9, 2001. Entries should be submitted to: Cynthia McCauley, Ph.D. Vice President, New Initiatives Center for Creative Leadership One Leadership Place P.O. Box 26300 Greensboro, N.C. 27438-6300

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