- The State University of New York Potsdam Alumni Association has awarded F. Richard Ferraro, PhD, with its Minerva Award, the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of the university. He was recognized for his career as a prolific author, scholar and master teacher. Ferraro has taught psychology at the University of North Dakota for more than 19 years.
- The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has given Christopher Kearney, PhD, a Distinguished Professor Award for his work as a child psychologist. Kearney directs the UNLV Child Refusal and Anxiety Disorder Clinic and has been teaching at the university for 21 years.
- The Gerontological Society of America has named Bob G. Knight, PhD, of the University of Southern California, the next Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. Knight is the former chair of APA's Committee on Aging and conducts research on stress among people caring for family members with dementia.
- APA's Committee on Aging honored Anderson Dodd Smith, PhD, of the Georgia Institute of Technology with its Award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging at APA's Annual Convention in Washington, DC. Smith's research on memory and aging established foundational structures in that field that have stimulated research on adult age differences in memory.
- The Society for Social Neuroscience has awarded Liane Young, PhD, with its 2011 Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Social Neuroscience. Young, an assistant professor of psychology at Boston College, does research on free will, and cultural and individual differences in moral cognition. She accepted the award at the organization's annual meeting in November.
Psychologist and poet wins the Nobel Prize
Tomas Tranströmer of Sweden was honored with the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature for his surrealistic poems about the mysteries of the human mind, which have made him one of the most influential Scandinavian poets in recent decades.
Tranströmer was born in 1931 and earned his psychology degree in 1956 at Stockholm University, where he also studied literature, history and religion. He worked as a psychologist at the Roxtuna Center for Juvenile Offenders from 1960 to 1966, but also wrote poetry. During his career, he published 15 collected works. Tranströmer is known for crafting his poems by combining his personal experiences with his love of music and nature. His more recent work revolves around darker subjects, taking a deeper look at the existential questions of life, death and disease. Tranströmer has often been characterized as a master of metaphor.