Div. 2 to promote statistics mastery among students
APA Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) has formed a task force to boost statistics skills among students taking psychology at the high school and undergraduate levels. Two subcommittees will examine minimal standards of statistical literacy as defined by high school and college psychology course curriculums. Chaired by Susan Nolan, PhD, of Seton Hall University, the task force will propose guidelines and learning goals for high school and undergraduate teachers related to statistical literacy, develop toolkits for best teaching practices and assessment and compile bibliographic materials. To get involved, visit the Div. 2 website.
Webcast of Div. 17 career development conference now available
Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) has posted talks from its recent conference "Forging Career Policy for the Greater Good" on its website. The meeting, hosted by the division's Society for Vocational Psychology section Nov. 5 — 6 in Boston, focused on how psychologists can use research to inform policymakers about the need for lifelong access to career and workforce development.
Speakers included Raimo Vourinen, PhD, director of the European Lifelong Guidance Partnership Network, who outlined how the European Union has embraced career planning and management skills as critical to creating a strong economy. Speaker Joan Wills, a senior policy analyst with the National Collaborative for Workforce and Disability for Youth, urged attendees to advocate for career development funding to their state and federal policymakers.
Div. 17 calls for video contest submissions
Div. 17 is holding a video contest to raise awareness of counseling psychology. Students and professionals can submit creative, short videos that emphasize the unique contributions of counseling psychology. The winning video will premiere at APA's 2012 Annual Convention, Aug. 2 — 5, in Orlando, Fla., and the winner will receive a $1,000 prize. For more information, visit Division 17's video page.
Div. 22 conference to focus on newest developments in rehabilitation
Div. 22 (Rehabilitation) and the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology are co-sponsoring the 14th Annual Rehabilitation Psychology Conference, Feb. 24 — 26, in Fort Worth, Texas. Speakers will present on the newest developments in rehabilitation theory and practice. Other events include a workshop for people seeking board certification in rehabilitation psychology, mentoring and networking sessions, and student professional development workshops.
The division will also host a pre-conference workshop on research methodology on Feb. 23. Continuing-education credits are offered for the preconference and the conference. For more information, go online or contact Tricia Kirkhart by email.
White House honors Div. 17 member
The White House presented Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) member Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, with a "Champion of Change" award on Dec. 9 for her work to help build the ranks of women in the nation's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce. Byars-Winston is an associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research examines how to promote the recruitment and retention of racial and ethnic-minority doctoral students in the biological and behavioral sciences. Byars-Winston also studies how culture influences academic and career development. She has translated her research into interventions for middle school students through early career professionals that are aimed at increasing the representation of women and racial and ethnic minorities in STEM fields. The "Champions of Change" program is part of President Barack Obama's "Winning the Future" initiative, which honors people who are working to improve their communities.