Psychologist Martin M. Chemers, PhD, has stepped down as dean of the division of social sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, to take on a new job: interim campus provost and executive vice chancellor of the Santa Cruz campus. In December, Chemers assumed his new role as the chief academic and chief operating officer and became responsible for campus operations, budgeting and academic personnel programs.
Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine, has been appointed to a new nine-member national advisory panel on homeland security, the Academe and Policy Research Senior Advisory Committee. APA recommended Cohen Silver to the committee for her expertise in stress, coping and adjustment to traumatic events; for instance, she is the principal investigator on an ongoing longitudinal study of responses to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The committee--which includes experts in international studies, law, environmental resources and policy--is part of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which reports to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Committee members will provide technical expertise and advice on a variety of issues, and they were sworn in by Ridge at their first meeting, which took place in Miami in December.
Daniel Holland, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has received a 2004 Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship. Thanks to this grant--one of a series of small-scale Fulbright grants--Holland will travel to Austria in May to develop curricula for public health and health sciences in the country's higher education system and teach a course in meditation.
In November, the Gerontological Society of America presented awards to Monisha Pasupathi, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Utah, and Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Pasupathi received the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award for her article, "The social construction of the personal past and its implications for adult development," in Psychological Bulletin (Vol. 127, No. 5), and Whitbourne received the Award for Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology for her mentorship of undergraduates and innovations in identity theory and psychosocial development.
Central Missouri State University selected Jerome Sattler, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology at San Diego State University, to receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree during its winter commencement. Sattler was chosen because of his prolific research in children's and family issues as well as his work improving the visibility of the university's psychology department. Sattler conducted several workshops for the department and created an endowment to support student research on campus.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has awarded $5.6 million to the University of Rhode Island and principal investigator Mark Wood, PhD, associate professor of psychology, for two projects to reduce alcohol abuse among college students. The first grant will fund a project to investigate the effects on alcohol consumption of environmental elements, such as designated driver programs, increased enforcement from local police departments and publicity for anti-drinking campaigns. The second grant will fund and test a combination of two successful approaches--student-based and parent-based interventions--to see if the combination yields improved success rates.