Personalities

Jessica Horst, PhD, has won the Council of Graduate Schools Distinguished Dissertation Award in Social Sciences. Horst's dissertation, "Turning Novel Names into Known Names" used lab experiments and computer modeling to show that, contrary to conventional wisdom, full-word learning happens throughout childhood, and recognition alone doesn't mean a word has been fully learned. Horst now works as an assistant psychology professor at the University of Sussex in England.

Psychology professor Janet Kottke, PhD, has won the University of California–San Bernardino's Outstanding Professor Award. Kottke received the award for her outstanding commitment to student learning. Kottke has served on more than 130 master's thesis committees, half of them as chair, in her 24 years at the university. Kottke also founded the university's industrial/organizational psychology master's program and has taught for the university's education doctorate program and its MBA programs.

California State University–Dominguez Hills psychology professor Larry Rosen, PhD, has earned a Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Award from the university in recognition of his cutting-edge research on how new communication styles, such as texting and instant messaging, affect literacy, and how social networking sites such as MySpace affect the relationships between parents and teens.

Four psychology professors received Texas A&M–Kingsville's Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award. Cindi C. Walker-Ewert, Mario Casa de Calvo, PhD, Elizabeth Casa de Calvo, and Laura C. Garza, PhD, received the highest evaluation scores from students who assessed them on subject material knowledge, stimulation of critical thinking, creation of an atmosphere of learning and instructor enthusiasm.

—J. Clark