From the Science Directorate

John Cacioppo, Megan Gunnar, and Joseph LeDoux have been chosen to participate in the 2002 APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program.

Distinguished Scientist Lecturers Chosen for 2002 Regional Meetings

John Cacioppo, Megan Gunnar, and Joseph LeDoux have been chosen to participate in the 2002 APA Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program. As part of this program, which is sponsored by APA’s Science Directorate, three of the seven regional psychological associations’ annual meetings will feature an address by one of the 2002 Distinguished Scientist Lecturers. The remaining four regional meetings will feature an APA G. Stanley Hall Lecturer, sponsored by APA’s Education Directorate. The Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA), with the support of the regional association presidents, developed this program 12 years ago as part of its ongoing mission to promote scientific psychology.

Cacioppo will present his research on “Social isolation and health: The subtle differences between social isolates and social stars" at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois, May 2-4, 2002. Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is also the director of the social psychology program and the co-director of the University of Chicago’s Institute for Mind and Biology.

Gunnar is a professor of Child Development at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, where she has taught since 1979. Her research deals with the psychobiology of stress in infants and young children, particularly the HPA system, a stress-sensitive hormonal system that plays a key role in resistance and adaptation to threat in humans. Gunnar will speak on “Stress and early development” at the New England Psychological Association meeting, October 18-19, 2002, in Nashua, New Hampshire.

LeDoux is currently the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University’s Center for Neural Science. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of memory and emotion and is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, which has awarded him a MERIT Award and a Research Scientist Award, in addition to several research grants. LeDoux’s address, titled “Synaptic Self,” will be featured at the Southwestern Psychological Association meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas, April 18-20, 2002.

Call for Nomination for 2003 Distinguished Scientists

Do you know someone who would make an outstanding Distinguished Scientist Lecturer? The Board of Scientific Affairs is currently seeking nominations for the 2003 Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program. All nominations must include the nominee’s name, university affiliation, and a brief statement of recommendation. Nominees must be actively engaged in research and be excellent public speakers. Please send nominations by Friday, February 15, 2002, to Elizabeth Klint in the APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242. For further details, call (202) 336-6000 or e-mail Elizabeth Klint. More information about the Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Program, including a list of past speakers and their topics, can be found on-line.