Through his Sacramento Bands Together project, Bruce L. Thiessen, PhD, has created a CD featuring songs to help the nation cope with grief, including a song he wrote, called "One September Mournin'."
Thiessen's recent work has focused on how psychologists can use music to cope with social trauma. He will donate his profits from the sale of the CD to the American Red Cross.
A professor of the psychology of music at Chapman University and history and systems of psychology at the California School of Psychology, Thiessen gained national recognition when the band Cake featured him offering a brief psychological analysis in its MTV top-10 video, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket." He wrote and recorded music to offer stress reduction and raise funds for farmers in central California whose orange crops were killed by an early freeze in 1991. Two years later, he released a Christmas album to heighten awareness of the needs of the homeless mentally ill. Sales of his song "Oklahoma" raised more funds than expected for victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and increased awareness of victims' needs. All profits went to aid victims of the tragedy.
Social psychologist Felice J. Levine, PhD, will be the American Educational Research Association's new executive director beginning May 6.
Levine will leave her executive officer position at the American Sociological Association (ASA) to succeed William J. Russell, who held the position for 28 years.
Levine is a member of the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee and the Decennial Census Advisory Comm-ittee. She is also on the executive committee of the Consortium of Social Science Associations and on the board of the National Human-ities Alliance. In addition, she serves on the advisory committee of the National Consor-tium of Violence Research. At ASA, among other leadership roles, she served as principal investigator for the Graduate Fellowship Program for Under-represented Minorities funded largely by the National Institute of Mental Health. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
--K. HEWLETT AND R. BALLIE