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In October, Kenneth DeLuca, PhD, received the Award of Excellence from the Ohio Psychological Association during their annual convention in Columbus, Ohio. He was recognized for his service to professional psychology and the community, and as chairman of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health. The Ohio Senate also presented DeLuca with a proclamation.

DeLuca is a psychology professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

In November, Jeffrey A. Beard, PhD, received the 2005 Michael Francke Award from Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell during the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) conference in Dallas.

Beard is a licensed psychologist who holds a PhD in counseling from Pennsylvania State University. He is the secretary of corrections at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

"Jeffrey Beard is setting a positive example not just in Pennsylvania, but nationally," Rendell said at the award presentation. "His exemplary leadership has ensured the improved management of Pennsylvania's state prison system, and a safe place for inmates to rehabilitate."

ASCA established the annual award in 1992 in memory of Michael Francke, who was murdered while leaving his Oregon Department of Corrections office, where he was director. Past honorees choose new winners based on their leadership, contributions to corrections, accomplishments and service to their state.

Beard's contributions include drafting and soliciting support for Pennsylvania's first state intermediate punishment law for low-level drug offenders, and revising inmate education policy. He helped deploy new inmate assessment tools and systems to better target treatment resources. He also created standardized treatment programs and implemented pilot reentry initiatives focusing on linking with the community.

ASCA is a national organization that shapes correctional policy, serves as a clearinghouse for proven correctional practices and offers training and professional development programs.

APA member Armand R. Cerbone, PhD, was recently awarded the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) Distinguished Psychologist Award for applying psychological research on sexual orientation to the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Illinois. Cerbone, a fellow of APA Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues) and Div. 44 member Gregory M. Sarlo, PsyD, serve as co-chairs of the IPA Committee on Diversity and Multiculturalism. Cerbone is also the chair of the APA Board of the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

--E. Packard

87-year-old psychologist publishes novel

Psychologist Seymour B. Sarason, PhD, an emeritus professor of psychology at Yale University, has recently published a novel titled "St. James and Goldstein at Yale," (iUniverse, 2005).

Sarason, 87, has written 45 books. "St. James and Goldstein at Yale" is his first novel. The story explores an unlikely friendship between two Yale academics, one Jewish, one not, who meet on the train from Grand Central Station in New York to New Haven, Conn., on the day World War II breaks out in Europe. The tale follows them through anti-Semitic movements, the war years, the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Vietnam War and the Black Power Movement.

Sarason examines the pair in the context of how Yale, New Haven and the world were changing.

"The novel is a fictional way of telling an interesting story that says a lot about an era," says Sarason. "It's very liberating not worrying about footnotes, indexes or even the truth!"

Sarason wrote the book to explain the nature and origin of social changes.

"It's as if the world was born if not yesterday than a few years ago," he says. "The post-World War II social change has been one of the fastest and most consequential social changes that society has ever gone through, and I've lived through the whole thing."

As an example, the book describes how until the end of World War II, Yale students were all male, and they wore jackets, ties and dress shirts to meals. But when the veterans returned from the war, that dress code fell by the wayside because, as Sarason says, nobody was about to tell the returning vets how to dress.

Sarason received his PhD in psychology from Clark University in 1942. He joined the faculty at Yale in 1945 and retired from the university in 1989.

"St. James and Goldstein at Yale" is available in hardcover and paperback through major booksellers and as an Adobe eBook from www.iuniverse.com.

--E. Packard