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The Courage Center, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit rehabilitation center for people with disabilities, honored psychologist Arnold Abels, PhD, in August with its Jay and Rose Phillips Award, an annual award given to people with disabilities living in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota or South Dakota who have achieved professional success and contributed to their community.

One of five recipients of this year's award, Abels received a $1,500 cash award during the center's annual gala.

Abels, who is legally blind from cataracts, retinoblastoma--a cancerous tumor that attacks the eye's retina--and progressive degeneration of the retina, was until recently a staff psychologist, clinical coordinator and training director at the University of North Dakota Counseling Center in Grand Forks. He is now at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Doris Twitchell Allen, PhD, posthumously became a 2004 Everyday Freedom Hero at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in August.

Allen, who died in 2002, was a child psychologist who founded the Children's International Summer Village, a program that brings children of different ethnic backgrounds together to foster commonalities among people. Today, more than 65 countries participate in the nonprofit program. For her work, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

The center--a new museum that opened in August in Cincinnati--defines Everyday Freedom Heroes as individuals that personify the spirit of the Underground Railroad by establishing or advancing freedom. Allen will be featured alongside other Everyday Freedom Heroes in an exhibit at the center.

Richard S. Luck, EdD, was appointed director of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, Va., in August.

Also a rehabilitation psychologist at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, Va., Luck is a member of three APA divisions, including Div. 22 (Rehabilitation).

J. Bruce Overmier, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Minnesota and a member of APA's Board of Directors, was elected president of the International Union of Psychological Science at the 28th International Congress of Psychology, held in August in Beijing.

The union aims to develop the exchange of ideas between psychologists in different countries. Overmier will hold the position until the congress, held every four years, meets again in 2008 in Berlin.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed psychologist Ann McKee Parker, PhD, as an at-large representative of the state's Board of Community Health in August. The board sets policy and direction for the state's community health department.

The vice president of human resources and the corporate psychologist for Waffle House Inc., Parker serves on the state's Health Planning Review Board and is a former president of the Georgia Psychological Association.

Psychologist Judith Rodin, PhD, president of the University of Pennsylvania for nearly a decade, will become the Rockefeller Foundation's next president in March.

The New York City-based foundation she'll head is one of the oldest and--with assets of $3 billion--biggest philanthropies in the country. The foundation aims to enrich and sustain the lives of poor and excluded people worldwide and has initiatives ranging from global health to agriculture to the arts and humanities.

Rodin leaves Penn as the first woman to lead an Ivy League university. At Penn, she helped revitalize the Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding the university. The university saw its research grants more than double and endowment more than triple during her tenure.

Rena Subotnik, PhD, director of the APA Education Directorate's Center for Psychology in Schools and Education and its Center for Gifted Education Policy, was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in August.

The Washington, D.C., nonprofit association aims to improve the quality of education for all students, as well as address the needs of talented and gifted youth and others who may develop their talent with appropriate educational experiences.

Subotnik began her three-year term with NAGC in October.

-- M. GREER