Michael B. Cantor, PhD, a human factors psychologist and president of Atlanta-based WayPoint Research Inc., a company that provides services to test operational personnel, recently was selected as a 2003 Columbus Scholar and Homeland Security Award winner by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, an independent federal government agency that supports research on new innovations that benefit society.
The foundation gave Cantor a $2,500 prize--one of the four Homeland Security Awards they presented. Now in their ninth year, the awards recognize those who demonstrate creative thinking that leads to homeland security products.
Cantor is the creator of WayPoint, a four-minute test that evaluates human-machine interactions. Among other skills, it can assess a driver's risk of having a preventable collision, a pilot's competence or a person's aptitude for quality-control inspection. For example, the test identifies which people can best perform tasks such as correctly filling drug prescriptions or accurately screening luggage in an X-ray machine.
Cantor has tested more than 10,000 people with WayPoint since he developed the test in 1997, and this year he has applied for a patent on the test--potentially the first on a psychological test in U.S. history.
Asa G. Hilliard, EdD, a professor of educational psychology at Georgia State University, received the Thurgood Marshall Award for Advocacy in Education at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in February in Chicago. The one-time honor was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in schools unconstitutional.
AACTE's Committee on Multicultural Education selected Hilliard and commended him for his "exceptional advocacy in the provision of educational opportunity and social justice, particularly in the teacher education arena." A former dean of education at San Francisco State University and superintendent of schools in Monrovia, Liberia, Hilliard has authored more than 200 reports on testing, teaching strategies and child growth and development.
Psychologist Frederic L.R. Jackman, PhD, chancellor of the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, was one of 27 Ontario residents to receive a 2003 Order of Ontario award in March. The award recognizes and honors those who have attained the "highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field."
The award honored Jackman for his work in media psychology, including his service as president of Invicta Investments Inc., chairman of the Jackman Foundation and chairman of the TV Ontario Foundation. He is also the former president of the Empire Club, a longtime Canadian speakers forum, and most recently was appointed Grand Prior for Canada of the Order of St. Lazarus, the world's oldest chivalric order, which promotes good citizenship, care of the sick and elderly and the like.
The Grawemeyer Foundation at the University of Louisville awarded Aaron T. Beck, MD, president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, the 2004 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology in December. As one of five annual Grawemeyer Awards given by the foundation to recognize achievements in the arts and sciences, the psychology honor includes a $200,000 prize.
The Grawemeyer is awarded for a person's originality, creativity and breadth of impact in their field. The foundation honored Beck, a professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine, for his five decades of research in cognitive therapy.
William F. Pfohl, PsyD, a professor of psychology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., has been elected president of the National Association of School Psychologists for the second time. The association works to promote school-based mental health programs.
Pfohl, who previously had served as the association's president during the 1996-1997 academic year, will serve as president-elect in 2004-2005 and as president the following year. He is also a member of the organization's National Emergency Assistance Team, which helps schools and students cope in the wake of crises and disasters.
University of Oregon graduate teaching fellow George Slavich received the first-ever Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award in March. The award honors graduate students for outstanding empirical research in psychology.
Slavich won the inaugural award, co-sponsored by national honor society Psi Chi and the American Psychological Society (APS), for his paper, "The role of life stress in the activation of dysfunctional attitudes in depression." His research examines how severe life stress affects self-attitudes during depression.
Slavich, who studied under Bandura while an undergraduate at Stanford University, received the award at the APS convention in Chicago in May.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in February awarded Stanford University psychology professor Anthony D. Wagner, PhD, a 2004 Sloan Research Fellowship, which provides him with $40,000 in unrestricted grant money to use over the next two years. Designed to support promising young scientists in seven academic areas, the fellowship program each year honors 116 researchers--including 16 in its neuroscience category--in the United States and Canada.
Wagner, a 1997 Stanford graduate who heads the Learning and Memory Lab in the university's psychology department, researches how human memory is organized and supported by the mind and brain, with an emphasis on the interaction between attention and long-term memory.
Gail E. Wyatt, PhD, a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute, was honored by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women in March as a 2004 Woman of the Year. The 19th annual award recognized 13 women who have served as outstanding role models in the community, championed women's equality, successfully advocated for women's rights within their professions and worked to bring about social and economic change.
Wyatt, director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program and an associate director at the UCLA AIDS Institute, was the first African-American woman to become licensed as a psychologist in California. Her focus on HIV prevention and intervention in women of color and their partners has led her to conduct research in India, Angola, Jamaica and South Africa.