Parrot famous for cognitive abilities dies

Alex, the famous African grey parrot who participated in groundbreaking language and cognitive studies, died on Sept. 6 at age 31. Harvard University psychologist Irene Pepperberg, PhD, spent 30 years studying Alex, who learned to identify 50 different objects, seven colors, five shapes, numbers up to eight and a "zerolike" concept. "Alex shattered all of our preconceived notions about what it meant to be a 'bird brain,'" Pepperberg says. "His abilities matched those of apes, dolphins and young children."

Lowman is Lake Superior president

Lake Superior State University (LSSU), in Michigan, selected Rodney L. Lowman, PhD, as its sixth president. He began work in early October, soon after the university's fall semester began. Formerly of Alliant International University, Lowman holds a doctorate in psychology with specializations in industrialorganizational andclinical psychology from Michigan State University. Lowman is working to address LSSU's enrollment and retention needs and to help make the institution's considerable strengths more visible.

Campbell retires from Center for Creative Leadership

David Campbell, PhD, whose work on career development made him well-known in industrial and organizational psychology, retired from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) this summer. The CCL is a nonprofit organization that focuses on teaching and training to improve leadership around the world. Campbell created the Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory and its successor, the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey, which became a widely used assessment tool among career counselors. He wrote several popular books on careers and leadership.

Toblin joins CDC's injury prevention division

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention welcomed Robin Toblin, PhD, as a new Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. Her research interests include behavioral risk factors for injuries in children and adolescents, and injury prevention. Toblin just finished a one-year clinical psychology internship working for the state of California with adolescents and adults with mental retardation and criminal charges.