Psychologist Martha Burk, PhD, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, faces an uphill--and through the rough--battle in her quest to get women admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club. In April 2001, Burk discovered that the prestigious Masters Golf Tournament was being played at a club that doesn't admit women as members. As the Washington Post reported on Sept. 26, Burk sent a letter to the club requesting the admission of women, but when the club publicly rebuked her, she approached the television network and major corporations that sponsor the television appearance of the tournament. The club responded by financing the tournament privately and the network has been unresponsive, but Burk perseveres. Her efforts have received national attention, with newspaper and television appearances--and even several days in the syndicated comic strip "Tank McNamara."
John D. Corrigan, PhD, director of the division of rehabilitation psychology at Ohio State University Medical Center, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for Injury Prevention and Control, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The committee recommends policies and priorities for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, one of 12 centers administered by the CDC.
Neal Miller, PhD, died March 23 at the age of 92. Miller, APA's 1961 president, conducted groundbreaking research into the autonomic system that led to the development of modern biofeedback techniques. For decades, he championed the unpopular idea that people could learn to control their heart rate until it became widely accepted. A recipient of numerous awards, Miller was known as a scientist and a mentor to many other psychologists. During World War II, he directed research at the Army Air Corps' Psychological Research Unit No. 1 and the Psychological Research Project of the Flying Training Command. He also taught at Yale, Cornell and Rockefeller Universities.
Carolyn Gotay, PhD, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is the co-chair of the Cancer Outcomes Measurement Working Group at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The aim of the working group, formed in early 2001 and composed of 35 medical, behavior and social scientists, is to critically evaluate outcomes measures used in oncology. She is also co-editor of Outcomes Assessment in Cancer: Findings and Recommendations of the Cancer Outcomes Measurement Working Group, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
A Sept. 19 congressional briefing included two psychologists as speakers: Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, of the Yale University School of Medicine, and Mark S. Goldman, PhD, of the University of South Florida. The event, titled "A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges," was co-sponsored by the Research Society on Alcoholism and the office of Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.).
APA Health Policy Fellow William L. Wallace, PhD, is also a a fellow for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. His fellowship is in the Office of Organization and Financing, which conducts analyses of how mental health services are organized and financed in the United States. The staff researches the effects of parity laws, how private and public mental health services are financed and how managed care affects those services. Wallace hopes to study the effects of parity laws on people's access to mental health services.
Donald T. Saposnek, PhD, a lecturer in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been honored by his peers with the 2002 John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award. The award is presented annually by the international Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in recognition of an individual's contributions to the field of mediation. Saposnek was selected from more than 7,000 members of the ACR, for which he edits Family Mediation News and the family section of Mediate.com. The award was presented in August at the association's annual convention in San Diego.
On Sept. 19 APA President Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, officially opened the new Operant Conditioning Laboratory at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md. The laboratory facilitates the psychology curriculum at the school, which is recognized as one of the best high schools in the country and offers its students outstanding resources and facilities in preparation for college. Pictured with Zimbardo are Walt Whitman High School Principal Jerome M. Marco and Craig G. Gruber, head of the school's psychology department.