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In November, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) appointed Joe L. Martinez Jr., PhD, an AAAS fellow in the area of neuroscience. Martinez is the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Chair at the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) and earned his PhD from the University of Delaware in 1971 with a specialization in physiological psychology. He served for 13 years as a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Martinez received the AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1994. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse and directs the Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics and Survival, a monthlong course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

Martinez serves as the director of APA's Diversity Program in Neuroscience and is the program director of the Cajal Neuroscience Research Center at UTSA, in addition to being the principal investigator of the Specialized Neuroscience Research Program. With a $1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, he is studying the role of opioids in learning and memory.

In May, Deborah Serani, PsyD, became a technical adviser for the NBC television show 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.' Serani previously served as a per diem show consultant for four years. She now works with writers to ensure realistic portrayals of mental illness and psychological symptoms, as well as psychotherapy and treatment, on the show.

Serani also works for the New York Disaster Counseling Coalition, Project Liberty's counseling unit for the New York Fire Department and the American Red Cross September 11 Recovery Program. She's an adjunct professor at Adelphi University and maintains a private practice in Smithtown, N.Y.

In October, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies announced its new members, including the following psychologists:

  • Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, professor and chair, department of psychology, Yale University.

  • Michael S. Gazzaniga, PhD, McLaughlin Distinguished University Professor and director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College.

  • Robert M. Kaplan, PhD, professor, department of health services, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles.

  • M. Jeanne Miranda, PhD, professor in residence, behavioral sciences and psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute.

The Institute of Medicine honors professional achievement in the health sciences and serves as a national resource for independent analysis and recommendations on issues related to medicine, biomedical sciences and health.

Sigmund Hough, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist at the Spinal Cord Injury Service and Psychology Service at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and director of the Boston Consortium Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Training Program, received the 2005 Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. The award was presented during APA's Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. in August. Hough is also co-chair of the Clinical Practice Committee of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers.

Reginald Jones, PhD, once professor emeritus of the African-American studies department at the University of California, Berkeley, died in Oakland, Calif., on Sept. 24 of cancer. He was 74.

During his 17 years at Berkeley, Jones also served as the director of the joint doctoral program in special education at the Graduate School of Education.

Jones received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Berkeley Citation for his service contributions to the university upon his retirement in 1991.

He wrote and edited more than 200 papers, articles and reviews, including widely used textbooks on African-American psychology.

Jones' work has been recognized through a number of awards, including APA's Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in 2003. In fact, he has been lauded by some as a "father of African-American psychology."

Jones also received awards from APA's Board of Ethnic Minority Affairs and the Association of Black Psychologists.

He began his career as a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Riverside. He later served as the psychology department chair at Hampton University in Virginia, following his retirement from Berkeley.

Jones received his PhD in psychology, with a special interest in educational psychology, from Ohio State University in 1959.

- E. Packard

'Even the Rat Was White' author dies

Psychologist Robert Val Guthrie, PhD, an author, researcher and educator, died on Nov. 6 at the age of 75.

During his career in psychology and education that spanned both coasts, Guthrie became a prominent chronicler of racial bias in psychology's theories, research methods and applications, as well as the first black psychologist to deposit his papers in The Archives of the History of American Psychology at the University of Akron in Ohio.

"Dr. Guthrie's work helped to raise psychology's awareness of its shortcomings in addressing issues of diversity," says APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD. "He was way ahead of his time as one of the first multicultural psychologists."

Guthrie published his seminal work, "Even the Rat Was White," (Allyn & Bacon, 2003) in 1976. The book detailed early black psychologists' histories and their scientific contributions, as well as their concerns about the field of social psychology.

From 1990 to 1998, Guthrie taught experimental psychology at Southern Illinois University, where he also chaired the university's Black American Studies program. After retiring, he moved to San Diego where he occasionally taught at San Diego State University. Throughout his career, Guthrie also worked in private practice, as well as within both the military and the federal government.

"[Guthrie] was a man of commanding presence who modeled determined obstinance in his search for truth," says William Parham, PhD, a colleague of Guthrie.

In 2001, when he deposited his papers in the Archives of the History of American Psychology, the archives marked the occasion with a conference in his honor. Last January, Guthrie was named an "elder of the profession" at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, 2005, for his "longtime leadership in and commitment to multicultural psychology" and then-APA President Ronald F. Levant, EdD, presented him with a presidential citation.

Guthrie was born in Chicago on Feb. 14, 1930, the son of a school principal who moved the family to Kentucky because of the area's need for teachers in black schools. Guthrie served in the Air Force during the Korean War and moved with his family to San Diego in 1960. He taught in the public schools and joined San Diego Mesa College as an adjunct lecturer. In 1970, he earned a doctoral degree from United States International University in San Diego.

Guthrie is survived by his wife, Elodia; his children, Sindhu Sadhaka-Gross, Michael, Robert, Paul, Ricardo and Mario; and nine grandchildren.

- Z. Stambor

NSF awards Bertenthal $2 million cybertool grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded University of Chicago psychologist Bennett I. Bertenthal, PhD, one of its first two Next-Generation Cybertools grants. The $2 million awards last for approximately two years. Bertenthal is a professor of psychology and computational neuroscience at the University of Chicago and a senior fellow of the Computation Institute. He received his PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Denver in 1978.

The NSF cybertools initiative helps social and behavioral scientists publish research using "cyberinfrastructure"-vast new webs of computers, networks and data resources-and develop future computational tools that will advance cyberinfrastructure.

"Over the past 15 years, the social and behavioral sciences have arguably been most transformed by new cyberinfrastructure," says David Lightfoot, PhD, head of NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. "Many areas have undergone dramatic changes in the kind of research that has become possible. The goal of this initiative is to explore further innovations that will continue to drive new research possibilities."

Bertenthal will develop tools for collecting and analyzing large-scale, complex human behavioral data in three areas: multimodal communication, neurobiology of social behavior, and cognitive and social neuroscience. His multidisciplinary team of researchers will track human behavior in individual and group settings, collecting detailed data on the participants in real time.

They'll ask such questions as: How is social behavior correlated with the participants' neural activity? How is it connected with their movements, postures, gestures, facial expressions and speech, or their state of development, environmental context and cultural norms?

They'll also create a data warehouse called the Social Informatics Data Grid (SID Grid), a piece of cyberinfrastructure that will encourage data sharing and help researchers develop standards for collecting and coding physiological and behavioral data. The SID Grid will be deployed as part of the larger TeraGrid, a suite of computing resources available to the entire scientific community.

"APA is thrilled to be working as a partner with the SID Grid project, providing avenues for connecting the project with researchers in psychology," says APA Executive Director for Science Steve Breckler, PhD. Bertenthal's work may also contribute to research on how human behavior can be automatically extracted, and even interpreted, from media such as audio and video recordings-opening the way for researchers to mine the vast amounts of data on human behavior that are recorded every day, says Lightfoot.

- E. Packard