In November, Lewis P. Lipsitt, PhD, professor of psychology, medical science and human development at Brown University, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens in Greece. University early childhood education faculty chose to honor Lipsitt's work in infant behavior and development.

In 1958, Lipsitt founded a laboratory for the study of sensory and learning processes of babies at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He was also the founding director for 25 years of Brown University's Child Study Center, administering Brown's participation in the largest National Institutes of Health child development study of that time. The project studied the development of 50,000 infants nationwide and 4,000 in the Providence, R.I., area. The work, begun initially as a study of the perinatal causes of cerebral palsy and other neurological and developmental problems, continues today, with the participants now in their 40s, as a multifaceted study of influences on and consequences of smoking behavior, and is a collaboration among researchers from Brown and affiliated hospitals. Earlier in 2006, Prof. Lipsitt received an award in Kyoto, Japan, from the International Society for Infant Studies and the Japan Baby Society for his child development work, especially his studies of basic learning mechanisms and contributions to the understanding of behavioral factors in crib death.

Plous named Connecticut Professor of the Year

The Carnegie Foundation and Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Wesleyan University psychologist Scott Plous, PhD, 2006 Connecticut Professor of the Year. The honor recognizes educators from all states for their extraordinary dedication to undergraduate education. Plous was honored along with other state winners at a November awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Plous joined the Wesleyan faculty in 1990 and serves as the Psi Chi faculty sponsor. His research interests include decision-making and the psychology of prejudice and discrimination.

Plous is also a faculty associate of the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy. He has served on several committees and panels concerned with technology and computing, and he is principal investigator of a five-year National Science Foundation research grant to develop and maintain Social Psychology Network (, a Web site devoted to psychological research and teaching.

Yost receives medal in psychological acoustics

In December, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) awarded William A. Yost, PhD, a Silver Medal in Psychological and Physiological Acoustics. The medal recognizes Yost, a psychology professor and adjunct professor of hearing sciences at the Parmly Hearing Institute, and adjunct professor of otolaryngology at Loyola University Chicago, for his research in the fields of hearing science on the stimulus of sound, the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system and the perception of sound, as well as auditory behavioral neuroscience. Yost is former director of the Parmly Hearing Institute and of the interdisciplinary neuroscience minor at Loyola University Chicago.

Phelan awarded Department of Education fellowship

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded APA student affiliate Julie Phelan a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. The fellowships allow students of superior academic ability to undertake graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Phelan received her AB, with majors in psychology and art, from Lafayette College in 2005, and she then began a doctoral program in social psychology at Rutgers, where her research has examined intergroup relations, with a focus on implicit social cognition.

Phelan plans to use the fellowship to fund her research and travel to present her work at conferences, she says. The fellowship is renewable for up to four years and consists of a payment to Rutgers, which the school accepts as full compensation for tuition and fees, and a stipend of up to $30,000.

Last year, Phelan collaborated with her adviser, Laurie Rudman, PhD, on studies examining gender roles and gender stereotypes of emotion.

Phelan is also working on her master's thesis, which examines the role of backlash in cultural stereotype maintenance. She presented results of her research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Memphis last month.

-E. Packard