Curtis J. Bonk, PhD, professor of counseling and educational psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington, received two awards in April. The first, Innovative Teaching: Teaching in a Distance Education Program, was from the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education. Later in the month, the U.S. Distance Learning Association gave Bonk an award for Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in Higher Education.
Hilda Borko, PhD, professor of education and chair of the educational psychology program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the new president of the American Educational Research Association. She assumed the office at the end of the association's annual meeting in April.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a four-year, $8 million grant to the Helping Young Smokers Quit Project at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The project's principal investigator is Susan Curry, PhD, director of the UIC Health Research and Policy Centers. Curry and her team will use the grant to investigate best practices in smoking cessation programs for adolescents and to develop a plan to spread those practices.
Robyn Dawes, PhD, the Charles J. Queenan Jr. University Professor in the department of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected to the social relations division of the academy's social science class, and according to the academy, he was chosen for his research in the areas of intuitive expertise, human cooperation, retrospective memory, methodology and U.S. AIDS policy.
Jenelle S. Krishnamoorthy, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at Brown Medical School, has been named a 2003-2004 policy fellow of the Society for Research in Child Development. Fellows participate in a two-week orientation program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and then spend a year as resident scholars within a federal agency or congressional office.
In April, the American Academy of Political and Social Science celebrated the election of 10 new fellows, including two psychologists: Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology and director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University.
Two psychology majors were among nine students honored by the academy with undergraduate research awards: Adam Grant of Harvard University, for his paper "Working hard, or hardly working? Predictors of group effectiveness," and Sara Pfister of the University of Wisconsin, for "The effect of facial expression and age-related information on impression formation."
Stanley Sue, PhD, professor of psychology and psychiatry, and director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), has been awarded the 2003 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. The $30,000 prize, funded by the UC Davis Foundation, was given to Sue for his work on race, ethnicity and mental health. According to the university, the award also recognizes Sue's "ability to help his students create the intellectual and interpersonal tools to be culturally competent in a global community."
Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, the newly installed president of Spelman College in Atlanta, received a commendation and letter from APA President Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, and APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, on her inauguration to the post in March. They congratulated Tatum, who participated in APA's Minority Fellowship Program during her doctoral training, on her achievements as a researcher and as an academician. "In a time when our society is characterized more than ever by its cultural and racial diversity," the letter said, "your ability to demystify race and to expose our common humanity teaches important lessons."
Louise C. Wilkinson, EdD, has been named dean of Syracuse University's School of Education. Wilkinson, who is currently dean of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, will take up the post later this year. While at Rutgers, she established two endowed professorships, increased research funding for education and conducted research on children's language and literacy.