In January, Nicholas A. Cummings, PhD, distinguished professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and 1979 APA president, received the Distinguished Contribution to Education in Professional Psychology Award from the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. The award was presented to Cummings--who founded the organization in 1976--at its midwinter conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., at which Cummings also served as the keynote speaker.
David Featherman, PhD, professor of sociology and psychology and director of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, will be the interim director of the university's new Center for the Advancement of Behavioral and Social Science. The center provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration on a variety of subjects, including globalization, the environment, evolution and society, population, and the human spirit.
A. David Mangelsdorff, PhD, professor of health-care administration at the U.S. Army-Baylor University Army Medical Center and School, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright German Studies Seminar in June. During the three-week trip--part of the larger Fulbright Scholars program--Mangelsdorff and the other participants will take part in a seminar titled "The challenges of demographics."
Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology and Cary Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of psychology, have received a $100,000 grant to expand a mental health training clinic at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. The grant, from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, will help fund psychology students working with the homeless of Skid Row. The new grant will also allow the mission to partner with the university's law school to provide assistance to families with child-custody and other family issues.
Two psychologists will be among the 18 people receiving awards this month from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. David C. Plaut, PhD, associate professor of psychology and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, and Michael J. Tarr, PhD, professor of cognitive and linguistic sciences at Brown University, will receive Troland Research Awards, each worth $50,000.
According to the NAS, Plaut was chosen "for his penetrating computational analyses of reading, language and other aspects of cognition, which elucidate normal function and the consequences of brain injury." Tarr was selected "for his empirical and theoretical investigations of object recognition and for demonstrating the importance of expertise in organizing brain areas for faces and other objects." The awards were established by a bequest from the late psychologist Leonard T. Troland to support research in experimental psychology.