In September, the National Science Foundation awarded $36.5 million over the next three years to the three programs headed by psychologists that will establish Science of Learning Centers to serve as hubs for a network of research on learning.
APA fellow and psychology, mathematics and biomedical engineering professor Stephen Grossberg, PhD, who directs Boston University's Center for Adaptive Systems and chairs the university's cognitive and neural systems department, will head the multidisciplinary Center for Excellence for Learning in Education, Science and Technology (CELEST). NSF granted $20.1 million to CELEST in September to study the brain processes involved in learning, including speech and language, visual perception and remembering.
Also, psychologist Kenneth R. Koedinger, PhD, an associate professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, will head the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. His team will aim to understand how robust learning--that is, learning where information is retained for a long time--assists further learning.
Meanwhile, APA fellow Andrew Meltzoff, PhD, a University of Washington psychology professor and co-director of the university's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, is part of a five-person, interdisciplinary research team at the University of Washington that received $12.4 million from NSF to create the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Center. There, Meltzoff will work alongside neuroscientists and education professors to better understand how informal, formal and implicit learning occurs in the brain.
Some of the 29 studies LIFE Center will launch this year include investigations on what children learn from playing video games, how exposure to books, television, movies and school instruction shape children's ideas about science and what role imitation plays in learning.
Edward W.L. Smith, PhD, a psychology professor and clinical training coordinator at Georgia Southern University, received in August one of the university's 2004 Awards of Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity, as well as its 2004 College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Award of Distinction in Scholarship. Both awards honor Georgia Southern faculty members who excel in scholarship within their fields. Smith received both awards for his consistent history of scholarship, which includes seven books, such as his most recent, "The Person of the Therapist" (McFarland & Co., 2003).
The Mensa Education and Research Foundation (MERF) awarded Camilla Benbow, EdD, dean of education and human development at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, its 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award in August.
The $1,000 award recognizes outstanding professionals for a lifetime of scholarly pursuits in intelligence, giftedness or creativity. MERF is a Mensa-funded philanthropic organization that offers scholarships, education and awards.
Benbow received a medal with the award, and the Mensa Research Journal will dedicate an issue to some of her research articles.
She has largely focused on ways to identify, characterize and facilitate the development of gifted children. With her husband and fellow Vanderbilt professor David Lubinski, PhD, Benbow co-directs a long-term study--the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth--that examines the development and impact of education on more than 5,000 people throughout their lives. Begun by Benbow's mentor, Julian Stanley, EdD, in 1971 at Johns Hopkins University, the study is now in its fourth decade.
Arthur MacNeill Horton Jr., EdD, became president-elect of the National Academy of Neuropsychology after winning the professional society's election in September. He will begin his one-year presidential term in January.
A current member of the State of Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Horton runs a private practice in clinical neuropsychology in Bethesda, Md., and is a member of 17 APA divisions.
A former program administrator at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Horton has also served on the faculties of the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, West Virginia University and the University of Maryland Medical School.
The Jupiter, Fla., native and APA Div. 19 (Society for Military Psychology) member endured 62-degree, choppy water to average 85 strokes a minute. Rice, 30, swam the 22-mile-wide channel between Dover, England, and Cap Griz Nez, France, in 10 hours and 21 minutes, so far the fastest time for a woman this year and the third fastest overall in 2004.
APA member Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, a professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, will head a multidisciplinary team that received nearly $600,000 in a National Science Foundation grant to create assessment methods for three risk domains: adolescent safety and violence, the spread of disease from animals to humans and radiological emergencies.
Fischhoff's is one of 37 research projects on complex human and social dynamics issues, such as decision-making and risk, that received $21.7 million in NSF grants in September.
The award recognizes outstanding teaching and scholarly achievement among the university's graduate school faculty.
A UNT faculty member since 1991, Rogers earned the award for his many contributions to forensic psychology. He developed the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms, a method to evaluate if people feign mental disorders during interviews, and has authored five forensic psychology books on topics such as conducting insanity evaluations and assessing deception.
Raymond Crossman, PhD, president of the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, became president of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) in September for its 2004-2005 term. Founded in 1976, NCSPP aims to promote the quality of graduate education and training in professional psychology.
In October, psychologist Edmund W. Gordon, EdD, director of the Institute of Urban and Minority Education in the Teachers College at Columbia University, delivered the first-ever American Education Research Association (AERA) Brown Lecture in Education Research.
Gordon, an APA fellow and professor emeritus at Columbia and Yale Universities, spoke about achieving equitable access to excellent education in his lecture at the Washington, D.C., association.
The annual Brown Lecture features research's role in advancing the understanding of equality in education. AERA inaugurated the lecture this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education.
James Campbell Quick, PhD, psychology professor and executive director of the John and Judy Goolsby Leadership Academy at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), became one of three Goolsby Distinguished Professors at UTA in September.
Quick has received seven research, teaching and service awards at his university. An APA fellow, Quick received the American Psychological Foundation's 2002 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for outstanding contributions to consulting organizational psychology.
Kenneth R. Fineman, PhD, a Fountain Valley, Calif.-based clinical and forensic psychologist, received the Andrew Muckley Memorial Award at the Third International FireWatch Conference on juvenile fire-setting identification and intervention, held in August in Cherry Hill, N.J.
FireWatch--an independent consortium of firefighters, law enforcement personnel, educators and mental health professionals aiming to prevent child and adolescent fire-setting--honored Fineman for his "long-term dedicated efforts and his continued commitment to provide a fire-safe community." Fineman consults with local, state, national and international organizations that deal with juvenile fire-setting and arson.
Former APA President Norine G. Johnson, PhD, a full-time private practitioner and assistant professor of neurology at Boston University Medical School, donated $10,000 in September to Wayne State University, her alma mater, to establish the Norine Johnson Clinical Psychology Endowment. The money will fund a third-year clinical psychology student.
Johnson, who donated the money at a Wayne State clinical psychology alumni association meeting, also pledged to match any other contributions up to an additional $10,000.
To contribute funds, send a check made out to Wayne State University--with "Norine Johnson, PhD, Endowment" on the memo line--to Susan L. Emfinger, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, College of Science, Wayne State University, Suite 2155, Old Main, 4841 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.