In addition to thought-provoking invited addresses covering a broad range of topics in psychological science, science programming at this year's APA Annual Convention includes symposia, workshops and other sessions that speak to practical issues (such as obtaining grants, institutional review board issues), social issues in which psychology has something significant to say (such as standardized tests) and areas where psychology still has much to contribute (including global climate change).
Graduate students will find science programming especially attractive, as they behold their peers in another round of last year's successful "Datablitz," in which students present their research in a rapid-fire session; hone their grant-writing skills in a session on locating funding; pick up pointers from seasoned researchers in "What I Wish I Had Known"; and learn how to "give psychological science away" to friends, relatives and even strangers in "Flaunt Your Science!"
These programs were organized by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs, its committees and APA's Science Directorate. Highlights include:
Talks by Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award winners:
Michael Gazzaniga, PhD, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, on "Human Brains Divided," Aug. 15.
Janellen Huttenlocher, PhD, of the University of Chicago, on "Some Comments on Language Development," Aug. 15.
Hazel Markus, PhD, Stanford University, on "Race, Ethnicity and Psychology," Aug. 16.
The Neal Miller Lecture: Klaus A. Miczek, PhD, of Tufts University, on "Aversion and Pleasure: How do Social Stress Experiences Promote Neural Mechanisms for Drug Taking?" on Aug. 15.
Mark E. Bouton, PhD, of the University of Vermont, on "Optimizing Extinction Learning," Aug. 15.
Jose M. Cortina, PhD, of George Mason University, on "When Small Effect Size Tells a Big Story, and When Large Effect Sizes Don't," Aug. 15.
Michele J. Gelfand, PhD, of the University of Maryland, on "Culture and Social Situations: A Multilevel Analysis of Situational Constraint," Aug. 15.
Connie Hammen, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, on "Adolescent Depression: Risk Factors and Consequences," Aug. 15.
Linda Smith, PhD, of Indiana University Bloomington, on "Weird Loops: From Object Recognition to Symbolic Play to Learning Nouns and Back," Aug. 15.
Committee on Animal Research and Ethics Invited Address: Gregory Miller, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, on "Monkey Genes Come in Human Flavors: Translational Models of Human Neuropsychiatric and Substance Abuse Disorders in Rhesus Monkeys," Aug. 16.
Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment Invited Symposium: "Standardized Testing: Prospects and Pitfalls," Aug. 16.
Science Student Council programming:
"What I Wish I Had Known--A Guide for Graduate Students," sponsored by the APA Membership Board, Aug. 15.
"Psychological Science Graduate Superstars--Datablitz," Aug. 16.
"Show Me the Money: Grant Writing Basics for Graduate Students," Aug. 16.
"Flaunt Your Science!" sponsored by the APA Policy and Planning Board.
Ad hoc Committee to Advance Responsible Research:
"IRBs and Psychological Scientists: Working Together to Protect People and Advance Research," Aug. 16.
Co-sponsored with Div. 34 (Population and Environmental):
"Psychology of Global Climate Change," Aug. 16.