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William Collins, PhD, former director of the Federal Aviation Administration's Civil Aeromedical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City, was inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame honors Oklahomans who have made significant contributions to the advancement of aviation, exploration of space and development of aviation in aerospace industries and the U.S. military. Collins worked as a CAMI research psychologist and headed the institute's aviation psychology laboratory from 1961 to 1989, when he was appointed director of the institute--the only nonphysician to hold that position. He retired from federal service in 2001.

Leonard A. Jason, PhD, a psychology professor at DePaul University and director of DePaul's Center for Community Research, was elected to a two-year term as vice president of the American Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (AACFS) in October. Jason has served on the board since 2001.

The AACFS promotes, stimulates and coordinates the exchange of ideas related to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia research, patient care and treatment.

Jason is the only psychologist on the AACFS Board of Directors. In August, the Association for the Advancement of Psychology (AAP) presented U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) with the AAP Congressional Advocacy Award for his longstanding support of mental health legislation.

A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Becerra has supported mental health legislation throughout his six terms in the U.S. Congress.

AAP is a national, bipartisan organization that operates Psychologists for Legislative Action Now, a political action committee that advocates and promotes a national legislative agenda for psychology. AAP is formally affiliated with APA's Practice Organization.

Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, PhD, addressed a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) symposium in October on how psychology can be used to combat terrorism.

The symposium, held at the Ministry of Defence in London, addressed anti- and counterterrorism systems and strategies.

Koltko-Rivera delivered a paper co-authored with Peter A. Hancock, DSc, PhD, examining the potential uses of various psychological subdisciplines--including human factors and applied experimental, cognitive, personality, social, counseling, clinical, consumer, environmental design, positive psychology and psychometrics--in fighting terrorism.

Koltko-Rivera is the research director at Professional Services Group Inc., in Winter Park, Fla.

Kerby T. Alvy, PhD, director of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC), launched a national campaign in October to identify children with special needs who are 5 years old or younger.

Alvy and his group will encourage parents and other child-care providers to use an online screening tool that assesses children's developmental progress.

The Web-based evaluation, originally developed with a $2 million grant from Los Angeles County, guides the user through a series of questions about a child's developmental milestones--such as whether the child imitates adults or plays with other children. The test-taker also fills out a checklist of possible problem behaviors, given the child's age. Then the program either suggests the child see a professional for further evaluation or notes that the child is developing normally.

The program charges $14.95 for each assessment, but Alvy will meet with family resource centers, head start agencies and other groups and ask them to partner with CICC to provide the service free to their members. The CICC Web site is http://ciccparenting.org.

--Z. STAMBOR AND S. DINGFELDER