Edward Donnerstein, PhD, has been appointed the Arthur N. Rupe professor of mass communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Rupe chair was founded to increase understanding of issues related to the effects of the media on human behavior and society. Donnerstein plans to uphold the principles of the Rupe professorship through conferences, cutting-edge research and innovative teaching.
Michael Eisenbeiss, PhD, carried the Olympic torch in Mt. Home, Idaho. Eisenbeiss works part-time as an elementary school counselor. He carried the torch for the children and staff of the schools he works with and for all people with mental health disorders.
Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, executive vice president and chief executive officer of APA, has been named one of Washington's Millennium Leaders. The Bachrach Photography and the District of Columbia Public Library exhibit featured influential community leaders from various fields, including business, medicine, education, politics, the arts, music, sports and the media. The exhibit, "Washington's Millennium Leaders — Through the Bachrach Lens," was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Jan. 24 to Feb. 26.
The British Columbia Psychological Association honored William J. Koch, PhD, with the Parke O. Davidson Award for his contributions to psychology in the province. Koch is the director of the health psychology clinic at the University of British Columbia Hospital and of psychology residency training at the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. He holds adjunct appointments as a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at University of British Columbia and in the department of psychology at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
Koch's research focuses on posttraumatic stress disorders following motor vehicle accidents.
Delores L. Parron, PhD, has been elected to the National Academy of Public Administration, which is chartered by Congress to improve the effectiveness of government at all levels — federal, state and local. As an academy fellow, Parron will serve on projects and panels concerning dimensions of the government, including public service as a career, social equity in governance and the organization of the executive branch. Parron is the science adviser for capacity development in the office of the director at the National Institutes of Health.
Sylvia Shellenberger, PhD, has received a Fulbright scholarship to travel to Argentina, where she will teach health-care professionals how to better identify substance abuse problems and how to make health care more comprehensive by focusing on the family. She will also conduct research on how doctors and patients in Argentina view use and abuse of substances.
Shellenberger has been a professor of family medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine for 21 years.