It's been a busy time for Ronald Abeles, PhD, special assistant to the director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has received the NIH Health Award of Merit "for exceptional leadership in advancing a program of research to understand and apply knowledge about the relationship between psychosocial factors and health." In addition, Abeles has been appointed to the Gerontology and Geriatric Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Abeles also recently achieved fellow status in the Gerontological Society of America, and received a certificate of appreciation from the American Sociological Association's Section on Aging and the Life Course for his services as newsletter editor from 1989 to 2002.

Daniel Crimmins, PhD, director of community services at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, has been selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow for 2002 to 2005 by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The fellowship recognizes outstanding, midcareer professionals who work in academic health centers, medical schools and other community-based health-care organizations. Crimmins was recognized for his contributions to the treatment of children who have cognitive and behavioral disorders. He was particularly honored for his work in improving services for children with autism.

Virginia Commonwealth University counseling psychology graduate student Rob Fazio, who lost his father in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has co-founded the Hold the Door Foundation. Dedicated in honor of his father, who helped people evacuate the World Trade Center, the foundation was formed "to help others deal with loss of any kind and still achieve their dreams in the face of adversity," he says. The foundation's Web site,, has information on its upcoming events.

David Kaplan, PhD, chair of the department of counselor education and rehabilitation programs at Emporia State University, has been elected president of the American Counseling Association. His yearlong presidency coincides with the organization's 50th anniversary.

The University of California, Irvine has recruited memory expert Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, to join its faculty as a distinguished professor, the highest honor conferred on faculty. Loftus, who recently ranked among the 100 top psychologists of the 20th century, will join the department of psychology and social behavior. She was previously a professor of psychology at the University of Washington.

Ly Nguyen, PhD, a Kellogg Fellow in the department of public health at Morgan State University, moderated a panel at a Sept. 10 Con- gressional Black Caucus Forum. Nguyen's panel on the politics of activism was part of a larger forum on activism, advocacy and civil disobedience.

The Policy Studies Organization has presented its Donald T. Campbell Award to William R. Shadish, PhD, Dunavant University Professor in Psychology at the University of Memphis. The award is given annually for outstanding methodological innovations in policy research.

The U.S. Department of Education has given four psychologists and their universities grants of up to $500,000 to fund work on cognition and student learning. The principal investigators for the three-year projects are Robert S. Siegler, PhD, of Carnegie Mellon University, David H. Uttal, PhD, of Northwestern University, Robert A. Bjork, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Harold Pashler, PhD, of the University of California, San Diego.

A three-day bike ride commemorating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks had at least one psychologist participating. Nina Thomas, PhD, a clinical psychologist in New York City who works with a local fire company, joined the firefighters on the 270 mile journey from New York City to the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.

Thomas also serves as co-chair of the Disaster Outreach Task Force for the American Group Psychotherapy Association. A grant from the New York Times Company Foundation has allowed the group to provide direct services to victims as well as to educate staff at agencies in direct contact with survivors.

Diana Zuckerman, PhD, discussed the dangers of methylmercury exposure from eating fresh and canned tuna, particularly for pregnant women and children, before a recent meeting of the Food and Drug Administration Food Advisory Committee. Trained in epidemiology and public health, Zuckerman is the president of the National Center for Policy Research for Women and Families. In 1995, she served as a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.