Papa Ola Lo-kahi, the Native Hawaiian Health Board, awarded former APA President Patrick H. DeLeon, PhD, JD, a Kaonohi Award in July in Honolulu. The awards recognize people who have made significant contributions to improving Hawaiian health and well-being. DeLeon received the award for his work on the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act, passed in 1988 and reauthorized in 1992.
DeLeon served as APA president in 2000, and he holds degrees in clinical and forensic psychology, public health and law. He has served on the staff of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) for more than 30 years.In July, The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration awarded Michael D. Knox, PhD, director of the University of South Florida Center for HIV Education and Research, a $14 million grant to train physicians and nurses to treat HIV and related diseases.
"My perspective as a psychologist is highly relevant to this work," says Knox. "Since HIV is usually spread by individual human behavior, HIV is preventable using behavioral interventions." He plans to use the grant monies to improve the care of HIV-infected people, increase the number of health-care providers capable of diagnosing and treating HIV and disseminate up-to-date prevention and treatment information to health-care providers.
Knox, an APA fellow and Distinguished Professor of Mental Health Law and Policy, Medicine and Global Health, will lead a faculty of 80 health-care professionals to provide education and consultation to health-care providers in Florida and the Caribbean. Knox founded the center in 1988 and works on issues of HIV, ethics, prevention and community mental health care.APA member James Jackson, PhD, assumed the post of director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan in July. Jackson is a social psychologist who began working at the University of Michigan in 1971. He previously led the institute's Research Center for Group Dynamics.
ISR is a social science research organization that developed scientific sampling and interviewing methods that are widely used by government statisticians and private polling and market research industries.
Jackson received his PhD in social psychology from Wayne State University in 1972. In 1980, Jackson led the National Survey of Black Americans, which was the first survey of a nationally representative sample of blacks.
The Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation, in Prague, will present its Vision 97 Award for the year 2005 to Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, for his efforts to enhance the human condition by countering evil, ignorance and shyness through his research, teaching and social action. Zimbardo served as 2002 APA president and is an emeritus psychology professor at Stanford University.
The foundation, established by Czech ex-president Havel and his wife, Dagmar, has annually awarded the prize since 1999 to those who have made a major contribution to broadening human horizons, drawing attention to lesser known phenomena and contexts, integrating science into the general culture and promoting human views of the world. Past winners include Austrian-born U.S. neurosurgeon Karl Pribram, MD, PhD, Italian writer Umberto Eco, PhD, Czech philosopher and biologist Zdenek Neubauer, PhD, economist and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Robert Reichand, PhD, and German-born U.S. thinker Joseph Weizenbaum, PhD.