Personalities

  • The governing board of California State University, Long Beach, has named Jane Close Conoley, PhD, the university's new president. Conoley was previously dean and professor of educational counseling in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and before that was a dean and professor of educational psychology at Texas A&M University.
  • The College of William and Mary presented Danielle Dallaire, PhD, with an alumni fellowship award for her contributions to teaching, mentoring and scholarship. Dallaire, an associate professor of psychology at the college, conducts research on children with incarcerated mothers and is principal investigator of the William and Mary Healthy Beginnings Project, which supports women who are pregnant while incarcerated.
  • San Diego State University psychology professor Lisa Kath, PhD, was named president-elect of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. The industrial-organizational psychologist studies worker stress and safety, harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and other aspects of employee well-being. She will serve two years as president-elect of the society, two years as president, and two years as past-president.
  • The National Academy of Sciences has presented its first Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences to cognitive psychologists James L. McClelland, PhD, of Stanford University, and Elizabeth Shilin Spelke, PhD, of Harvard University. McClelland uses neural network models to understand learning, memory and development, and Spelke studies how infants, children and adults represent numbers and characterize their physical and social surroundings.
  • Daphna Oyserman, PhD, and Norbert Schwarz, PhD, joined the faculty at the University of Southern California, where they will open the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center, where research will address how perceptions of social issues affect behavior. Schwarz, who serves as provost professor of psychology and marketing, studies how cognition impacts public opinion, consumer behavior and social science research. Oyserman, who was named USC's dean's professor of psychology, studies how culture, identity and environments interact to affect cognition and behavior in various settings. The psychologists, who are married, came from the University of Michigan.
  • The American Educational Research Association is presenting its Distinguished Public Service Award to Ruby Takanishi, PhD, for her advocacy for improved early childhood education. Takanishi is a former president of the New York–based Foundation for Child Development, one of the oldest philanthropic groups devoted to low-income children and their families.

Psychologists honored with presidential awards

Several psychologists are among the researchers named as recipients of the 2013 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early career scientists and engineers.

The psychologist recipients are:

  • Jeremy Clark, PhD, of the University of Washington.
  • Katherine Iverson, PhD, of the VA Boston Healthcare System.
  • Jeffrey Karpicke, PhD, of Purdue University.
  • Yael Niv, PhD, of Princeton University.
  • Jonathan Pillow, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin.