On Feb. 18, Illinois State University (ISU) inducted psychology professor Joseph French, PhD, into its College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. French earned his BS in social science in 1949 and his MS in school psychology in 1950 from Illinois State Normal University (ISNU), which is now ISU. Ten other nominees were inducted in 2006. Induction into ISU's Hall of Fame is based on outstanding performance in one's field, leadership and service to the institution. All inductees have a degree from an ISNU or ISU program that is now in the College of Arts and Sciences.

French received his EdD in educational psychology and measurement from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 1957. He taught educational psychology on the faculty of the University of Nebraska, University of Missouri and Penn State University and directed the Penn State School Psychology Program from 1965 until his retirement in 1997.

To date, French is the only psychologist of the 44 ISU graduates who have been inducted into its Hall of Fame.

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) awarded Gregory Ball, PhD, a professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University, the 2006 Region 2 Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award at its annual conference in March.

A Kansas-based association of professional advisers, counselors, faculty, administrators and students working to enhance the educational development of students, NACADA chose Ball as the mid-Atlantic region's winner because of his rapport with students and his attention to their needs, says Joanne Damminger, chair of NACADA's Region 2 Awards Committee.

The Johns Hopkins Office of Academic Advising nominated Ball for the award.

"Hopkins is often thought of primarily as a research university, yet we do so many other things well, from teaching undergraduates to mentoring them in a variety of disciplines," Ball says. "I am happy to have received this award because it recognizes that we work hard to cultivate worthwhile relationships with our students."

Each semester, Ball advises 50 to 60 students. "I challenge students by asking them to ask themselves questions such as 'What are your life goals?' and 'Where would you like to be a year from now?'" Ball says. "This helps students along in the process of making a decision themselves, rather than having me tell them what to do."

The California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) awarded Brent Duncan, PhD, professor and director of the school psychology program at Humboldt State University (HSU), its Sandra Goff Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions and distinguished service to the profession of school psychology.

Barbara Lewis Mill, CASP awards committee chair, presented the award to Duncan at the association's convention in February in Monterey, Calif. Established in 1980 and named for the association's first executive director, the award recognizes distinguished service, long-term contributions to school psychology and efforts that have an impact throughout California and the nation.

Duncan guided HSU's school psychology program to National Association of School Psychologists accreditation and to training school psychologists as school-based mental health consultants and intervention specialists, says Lewis Mill. Prior to taking a professorship at HSU, Duncan was the academic coordinator for the APA-accredited doctoral program in school psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a school psychologist in the Vallejo City Unified School District and a special education teacher at Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, Calif. He also served as a school psychologist for two schools in the Arcata School District and in the Hoopa Valley area for the Humboldt County Office of Education.

The International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) awarded Michael J. Kavanagh, PhD, an Excellence Award at its annual conference, April 9-12, in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes IHRIM members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of IHRIM's mission and goals through volunteer service or their leadership of a project that positively affected IHRIM.

Kavanagh is a management and psychology professor at the University of Albany of the State University of New York. He received his PhD in industrial psychology from Iowa State University and is former editor of the international journal Group & Organization Management.

Kavanagh has served the New York Chapter of IHRIM as treasurer on its Board of Directors and as the student outreach chair since May 2004.

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Lewis receives APA grant award

APA's Science Directorate has awarded Michael Lewis, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development (ISCD) at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, an $11,000 grant to hold a research conference co-sponsored by APA on gender differences in fetal development after exposure to harmful agents. Lewis is also a professor of psychology, education and biomedical engineering at Rutgers University.

The APA grant program seeks to promote the exchange of important new contributions and approaches in scientific psychology, especially through innovative channels.

Lewis received the conference award based on his large National Institute on Drug Abuse-sponsored longitudinal study in which he follows children from birth through age 12 who were exposed before birth to teratogens-chiefly drugs, as well as chemicals or environmental conditions that affect fetal life and subsequent development. Lewis focuses on exposure to cocaine, but other teratogens in his study include lead, cigarette smoke, alcohol and marijuana.

Data indicate that teratogen exposure may create more neurological, psychological and cognitive difficulties in males than females, says Lewis, even when controlling for other variables such as environmental risk and medical status. Lewis applied for the APA grant to fund a conference on the topic of gender differences and teratogen exposure. The conference, titled "Gender Differences in Effects of Prenatal Substance Exposure," is scheduled for Oct. 7-8 at ISCD.

"The conference hopes to bring to the attention of the community that all sorts of trauma may interact with gender," says Lewis. He also plans to publish a book based on the findings presented at the conference.

For more information about the conference, contact Lewis. More information on the conference grant can be found on the Science Directorate Web site.

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