Personalities

  • The Asian American Psychological Association has awarded Palo Alto University assistant professor Joyce Chu, PhD, its Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research. Chu's research focuses on improving mental health services for ethnic-minority individuals with depression and at risk for suicide, particularly older adults and Asian-Americans.
  • Kevin J. Corcoran, PhD, began his tenure as dean of Oakland University's College of Arts and Sciences on July 1. Corcoran has served as dean for the College of Arts and Science at Northern Kentucky University for the past three years.
  • Maureen E. Kenny, PhD, has been named dean of Boston College's Lynch School of Education. Kenny has been interim dean since 2011. Her research interests include school engagement and career development among urban high school youth, and interventions for promoting healthy development among urban elementary school children.
  • Michael Lewis, PhD, received the 2013 Society for Research in Childhood Development award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development. Lewis is the University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and is the director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is also professor of psychology, education and biomedical engineering and a member of the Rutgers Cognitive Science Center.
  • The University of North Carolina class of 2013 selected Jeannie Loeb, PhD, to deliver its "last lecture" in April. The senior lecturer in UNC's department of psychology specializes in behavioral neuroscience but has taught classes in a variety of topics, including biological, general and abnormal psychology.
  • The University of Wyoming Graduate Council has awarded Carolyn Pepper, PhD, with its Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. Pepper is known for cultivating her students' research skills, involving them in the publishing process and helping them develop their own research and professional interests.
  • American University psychology professor Arthur Shapiro, PhD, placed second in the Neural Correlate Society's ninth annual "Best Illusion of the Year" contest along with AU education student Alex Rose-Henig. An expert in visual perception and cognitive neuroscience, Shapiro is best known for creating illusions that stem from his research on color, motion, visual camouflage and low-light-level vision.
  • James N. Butcher, PhD, a University of Minnesota psychology professor emeritus and Korean War veteran, and his wife Carolyn L. Williams, PhD, also a psychologist and Minnesota professor emeritus, took part in a wreath-laying ceremony on July 27 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. "I could never have imagined that my wife and I would be sitting in a VIP section surrounded by admirals and generals at a presidential ceremony, listening to President Obama acknowledge those of us who fought in the battle of Pork Chop Hill and other engagements," he says. Butcher says the president's remark that "Korea was the fire that helped forge you" resonated with him. Butcher recently completed his memoir, "Korea: Traces of a Forgotten War."