This year's Focus on Science at APA's 2001 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 24-28, includes:

Plenary speaker Frans de Waal, PhD

De Waal will discuss "The inevitability of evolutionary psychology and the limitations of adaptationism: lessons from the other primates" on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. De Waal is the director of Living Links, Center for the Advanced Study of Human and Ape Evolution at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, and author of the recently published "The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections by a Primatologist."

De Waal is a distinguished ethologist and primatologist whose studies have significant implications for human social issues such as violence, aggression and peacemaking.

Master lectures

This year's master lectures feature:

  • Eliot Aronson, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz, "How the Columbine massacre could have been avoided."

  • Laura Carstensen, PhD, Stanford University, "The centrality of emotion in human aging."

  • Michela Gallagher, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, "The aging brain and cognition."

  • Larry Jacoby, PhD, Washington University, "Aging, subjective experience and cognitive control: effects of accessibility bias."

  • Karen Matthews, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, "Behavior, socioeconomic context and cardiovascular disease: a lifespan approach."

Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

This year's addresses feature:

  • Alan Baddeley, PhD, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, "Is working memory still working?"

  • Irving Gottesman, PhD, University of Virginia, "Psycho- pathology through a lifespan-genetic prism."

  • David Lykken, PhD, University of Minnesota, "Licensing parents."

  • Michael Merzenich, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, "Cortical plasticity contributing to human performance variability: implications for neurorehabilitation."

The Neal Miller Lecture

The Annual Neal Miller Lecture will be presented by Steve Maier, PhD, University of Colorado, who will speak on "Bi-directional communication between the immune system and the brain: implications for understanding stress and depression."

Invited addresses

This year's invited addresses include those by:

  • Donald Norman, PhD, Unext Learning Systems, "Applying psychology to high tech: there are lots of opportunities for psychologists, but forget what you learned about experimental design."

  • Fred Gage, PhD, Salk Institute, "Birth of new neurons in the adult brain: regulation and function," sponsored by APA Presidential Task Force on Emerging Opportunities in Science.

Other highlights

The Task Force on Emerging Opportunities in Science is also sponsoring "Healthy minds symposium: maintaining vitality across the life span,"co-sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, and a symposium on "Nontraditional career paths in science."

Student-oriented programming includes:

  • "Up close and personal" an informal conversation with David Barlow, PhD, Boston University, Christina Maslach, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, and Henry L. Roediger III, PhD, Washington University.

  • "Academic career FAQs: Five burning questions about joining the professoriate," a workshop designed for new academics and those interested in academic jobs.

  • Thematically organized poster sessions, featuring nearly 600 posters in 13 different themes, held on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25.

  • "Psychology reaches out: introducing psychological science to local schools," featuring talks about Behavior Awareness Week with practical advice about making presentations in middle and high schools.

  • "Finding a rung for teaching in the academic ladder," a symposium on the importance of establishing evidence of quality instruction in faculty hiring, tenure review and merit raises.

Other symposia sponsored by the Board of Scientific Affairs include:

  • "Human research in a new regulatory environment," featuring discussion of Institutional Review Board and federal agency scrutiny of social and behavioral science research.

  • "Participants, settings and ethics in alcohol and drug research."

  • "Task force on statistical inference: where we are and where we're going."

  • "Internet-based assessment: state of the art in testing," co-sponsored by the Board of Professional Affairs.

Focus on Science Divisions social hour will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, in conjunction with late-afternoon poster sessions.

Further Reading

Focus on Science is sponsored by the Board of Scientific Affairs and Divs. 1 (General), 3 (Experimental), 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics), 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative), 7 (Developmental), 8 (Personality and Social), 12 (Clinical), 14 (Industrial and Organizational), 15 (Educational), 20 (Adult Development and Aging), 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering), 25 (Experimental Analysis of Behavior), 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse), 38 (Health), 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) and 50 (Addictions).