Personalities

  • Margaret A. Chesney, PhD, is the new associate director in the University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Medicine and a professor at the university's School of Medicine. Chesney is the former deputy director of the National Institutes of Health's Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

  • R. Lorraine Collins, PhD, a researcher from the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions for 22 years, has been appointed associate dean for research in the university's School of Public Health and Health Professions and a professor in its department of health behavior.

  • The Cleveland Psychological Association has honored Gary DeNelsky, PhD, with its 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. DeNelsky is the retired head of the Section of Psychology at the Cleveland Clinic and founder of its Smoking Cessation Program. He chaired the Cuyahoga County Tobacco Control Coalition in the drive for Ohio's 2006 smoke-free indoor air law.

  • U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Michael O. Leavitt has appointed Doug Evans, PhD, vice president of the research institute RTI International's Public Health and Environment Division, to serve on the Advisory Committee on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. The group will advise Leavitt on ways to improve Americans' health by 2020.

  • The National Academy of Sciences named Miguel P. Eckstein, PhD, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Isabel Gauthier, PhD, of Vanderbilt University, winners of its 2008 $50,000 Troland Research Awards. The annual honors recognize unusual achievement in psychology research and promote further work. Eckstein won for his theoretical analysis and modeling that address people's perception of and cognition during medical imaging. Gauthier was chosen for her work on visual expertise in the recognition of complex objects.

  • Gallaudet University will name Virginia Gutman, PhD, professor emeritus on May 16. Her 30-year career at the university includes serving as chair of the psychology department since 2001, director of the counseling center and special assistant to the dean of student affairs.

  • Judy Ho, PhD, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association for a two-year term. The National Postdoctoral Association works to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience.

  • Illinois State University has appointed Glenn Reeder, PhD, as a distinguished professor. Reeder joined the faculty of the psychology department in 1977.

  • The career and accomplishments of Joel Warm, PhD, a University of Cincinnati professor of psychology, will be celebrated at a May 15, 2008 conference in his honor. Warm, who has taught at the university since 1967, has spent more than 40 years researching human factors. The conference is open to everyone. For registration information, visit www.artsci.uc.edu/psychology/warm.


A teacher gets global reach

Thanks to a Web site that broadcasts free lectures by Yale instructors, students from around the world are auditing the introductory psychology course taught by Paul Bloom, PhD.

"I've gotten quite a few e-mails ... some from Iran, some from India, one from Ethiopia," says Bloom, noting that lectures on Freud and on research into happiness turned out to be particularly provocative.

The class is one of seven courses that anyone can view at http://open.yale.edu. Bloom's lectures are proving to be among the site's most popular. That may be because the class addresses topics that broad audiences find interesting, such as the meaning of dreams, child development and mental illness.

"I am sure there is a lot of really exciting stuff going on in high-energy physics, but the average person can't go on the Web and understand lectures on it," Bloom notes.

-S. Dingfelder