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The U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Parenting Coalition International recognized for his 30 years of service to helping parents raise healthy, drug-free youth. Alvy's achievements include founding the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, where he also serves as executive director, developing skill-building parenting programs for Latinos and African Americans--Los Ninos Bien Educados and Effective Black Parenting--and creating a national training model to prepare human service personnel to deliver parenting programs through local agencies and schools.

Utah representative Judy Ann Buffmire, PhD, is one of six winners to be honored for activism in social work and society at the National Association of Social Workers Meeting of the Profession. Buffmire, also president of the Utah Psychological Association, recently fought for a bill to limit managed care in the face of strong opposition from state business and insurance interests.

She led the platform for insurance parity for mental illnesses, which passed in the House of Representatives this year and almost passed at the Senate level. In March, she helped draft a smaller version of the bill, which passed the House of Representatives. Buffmire has also fought to revise the social work practice law and create a mental health specialist licensure.

Michael A. DeStefano, PhD, has accepted the position of director of the Children's Unit at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment in Philadelphia. There he will oversee the day-to-day activities of Belmont's new inpatient psychiatric program for school-age children. DeStefano will also provide therapeutic services to young patients and their families.

He has more than 15 years of experience in treating children and adolescents with mental health disorders. DeStefano has acted as director of Outcome Research/Cultural Competency at the Beneto Center and as director of residential services at the Mapleton Program, an adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility.

The Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) at The University of Akron hosted a conference April 7­8 to honor its founders, husband and wife John A. Popplestone, PhD, and Marion White McPherson, PhD. McPherson died May 30 at Akron City Hospital. The two-day conference featured nine distinguished scholars in the history of psychology who made special presentations. Wayne Viney, PhD, president-elect of Div. 26 (History) presented Popplestone and McPherson with a Presidential Citation from APA President Pat DeLeon, PhD, JD. Popplestone is director emeritus of AHAP and McPherson served as associate director from 1965 to 1989. As Popplestone gathered information to teach a history of psychology course, he found few historical resources on mental health. Popplestone, along with McPherson, created AHAP to collect unpublished documents and obsolete laboratory equipment to preserve the history of psychology. McPherson was an APA Fellow, a past president of Div. 26 and a member of Sigma Xi.

On May 2, four psychologists were among the 60 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this year. The academy, a private organization of scientists and engineers devoted to furthering science for the general welfare of the public, was established in 1863 to advise the federal government, upon request, on any scientific or technological matter. Members are elected based on their contributions and accomplishments in original research. The four psychologists are:

  • Lila R. Gleitman, PhD, Steven and Marcia Roth Professor of Psychology and professor of linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, who studies language acquisition and the influences and noninfluences between language typology and the organization of thought.

  • Jon H. Kaas, PhD, Centennial Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., who studies the organization of visual cortex in different species and neuroplasticity--how the brain can change after a particular experience (i.e., injury).

  • Leslie G. Ungerleider, PhD, chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md., who researches the cortical mechanisms mediating perception and memory in nonhuman primates and humans by examining the relationship between single-cell recordings studies of primates and functional brain imaging studies of perception and memory in humans.

  • Willem J.M. Levelt, PhD, (foreign associate) professor of psycholinguistics and Max Planck Society Chair at Nijmegen University, and director of Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (Netherlands), who studies language acquisition and language and cognition.

Seventy-eight psychologists now belong to the academy.

Psychologist Karen Shore, PhD, from Long Island, N.Y., and president of the National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, had the opportunity to ask First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's views on managed care at Clinton's town hall meeting in New York, televised by NBC's Today Show on May 11. Shore pointed out the detrimental effects managed care has had on patients--denying needed treatment, killing patients who could have been saved or causing unnecessary pain--and the effect it has had on mental health care and clinicians.

Shore asked Clinton if she would be willing to say that her support of the managed-care system was a mistake, and what she would be willing to do to help devise a better health-care system without the heavy-handed control of either corporations or government.

Clinton said the new managed-care system does not have the same number of safeguards she originally proposed and that the country must go back and set the goal of providing quality, affordable health care for everyone. Clinton went on to say she believes the United States should have mental heath parity anddestigmatize mental health care, but she noted that managed care has begun to cut back on services that used to be under insurance policies.

"I meet so many people around the state who are struggling to find care for themselves or family members--and it's not there," said Clinton.

She added, "This is a very complicated issue, and I know that there are many people who have different points of view and I think we need to get people together again, include everybody, and make sure we take those steps that will move us toward a fair and affordable system of both mental health and full physical health for everybody."

--M. WATERS