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Duke University honored its former provost William Bevan, PhD--also a former APA president--in April during a ceremony in which the new headquarters of the school's Talent Identification Program (TIP) was named after him.

TIP, which Bevan founded, identifies academically talented students and provides programs to develop their academic potential. Since its inception in 1980, TIP has served more than a million students through weekend and summer programs.

Also a former president of the American Psychological Foundation (APF), a former director of the health program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and former chair of the APA Insurance Trust, Bevan retired from the university in 1991. Yet he continues his philanthropic work: He has created endowments that award scholarships to Duke TIP students and received the APF Gold Medal Award for Enduring Contribution by a Psychologist in the Public Interest in 1991 for his donations to APF.

Ileana Arias, PhD, became the acting director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in May.

She was most recently chief of the Etiology and Surveillance Branch in NCIPC's Division of Violence Prevention, where she planned, directed and coordinated epidemiologic, behavioral and social science research to understand the underpinnings of violence.

A reviewer for 11 professional journals, Arias' areas of special interest include intimate partner- and family-violence prevention.

Robert Woody, PhD, JD, a psychology professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), in May became the oldest graduate ever of basic police academy training at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee, Fla., one of the largest of Florida's 39 police academies.

As the director of UNO's psychology training program, a faculty member at the school since 1975 and a practicing lawyer since 1981, the 67-year-old took the academy's 20-week training course to complement his research interests, which focus on police psychology. He was even elected president of his nearly 50-person class, in which most students were more than 40 years younger than he.

The University of Rhode Island's Association of Professional and Academic Women named psychology professor Lisa Harlow, PhD, as the university's 2004 Woman of the Year in May. The award recognizes an individual who has gone beyond her job requirements in working for equity for professional and academic women.

Harlow, the APA Div. 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics) representative to the Committee on Division/APA Relations, led the university's Women's Equity Committee, which deals with women's status issues and has helped the university gain a National Science Foundation grant to facilitate professional development of women in science, technology, math and engineering.

Clinical psychologist Glenn J. Veenstra, PhD, an associate professor in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department of the University of Kansas Medical Center in Wichita, received the 2004 Outstanding Teacher Award from the Kansas Psychological Association in May.

Veenstra, a 25-year veteran of the medical school, earned the award for his high evaluations as a teacher and his extensive contributions to the professional literature on marital, family, individual and group therapy.

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) in May named Peter Blanck, PhD, JD, to its board of directors. Blanck is a law professor at the University of Iowa and director of the university's Law, Health Policy and Disability Center.

NOD aims to promote full participation in all aspects of life for people with disabilities.

Blanck was a chair of APA's Committee on Standards in Research before the committee concluded its work in 1993. He is the lead author of "Disability Civil Rights Law" (Thomson West, 2003), a book that covers the history, development and details of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability law and legislation. His center seeks to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through law, technology, education and research.

The Dan David Foundation awarded its $1 million Dan David Prize in May to psychologists Robert Wurtz, PhD, the 1997 recipient of the APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, William Newsome, PhD, the 2002 recipient of that same award, and neuroscientist Amiram Grinvald, PhD, for their research in mapping connections between behavior and neural processes.

The Tel Aviv, Israel-based Dan David Foundation annually grants prizes for achievements that have an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on the world. The foundation awarded one of this year's prizes under the theme of brain sciences, and the foundation elected to split the prize among the three researchers.

Wurtz, the principal investigator at the laboratory of sensorimotor research at the National Eye Institute, researches behavioral neurophysiology in the visual system. He has investigated how the brain comprehends various elements of a visual scene, such as by segregating color and processing motion and form. He focuses on people's ability to visually coordinate movement.

Newsome, a professor in the neurobiology department at Stanford University, has studied the correlation between specific brain cells and visual perception, such as how the brain interprets signals delivered from the eye.

Grinvald, of the Weizmann Institute of Science, is a pioneer of functional optical imaging. He has developed brain-mapping methods that can map individual cortical columns.

The Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) honored J. Bruce Overmier, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Minnesota, with its 2004 Outstanding Contribution to Psychology Award at its annual conference in May.

The award recognizes an MPA member who has made distinguished contributions to psychology in Minnesota. Overmier received the award for his commitment to state, national and international psychological organizations. A member of APA's Board of Directors, he is an APA fellow and member of five APA divisions.

Bruce Crosson, PhD, a professor in the department of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida and a scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Brain Rehabilitation Research Center, received the VA's Research Career Scientist award in May.

The award recognizes leaders in neuropsychology who demonstrate a commitment to the VA and rehabilitation research.

Crosson studies brain changes after stroke or other injury with a view to designing effective rehabilitation treatments.

Mary Beth Kenkel, PhD, assumed the post of dean of the College of Humanities and Social Science at the Florida Institute of Technology in June. A member of APA's Council of Editors and the editor of the journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Kenkel was most recently the dean of the school of psychology within the College of Humanities.

The State University of New York at Buffalo has named William E. Pelham Jr., PhD, a professor of psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry, as one of six distinguished professors.

The designation recognizes full professors at the university who have achieved national prominence and are leaders in their fields.

A member of APA's Council of Representatives, Pelham specializes in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), directing his university's ADHD program and serving as a principal investigator on the National Institute of Mental Health Multisite Treatment Study for ADHD.

The University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) Academic Senate Committee awarded UCSC psychology professor Anthony Pratkanis, PhD, one of eight 2003-2004 Excellence in Teaching Awards in May.

The annual awards recognize student-nominated faculty who demonstrate exemplary and inspiring teaching. It includes a $500 prize.

According to the committee, Pratkanis was honored for his "enthusiastic and effective teaching of social psychology, for telling stories, asking questions and encouraging research and for working alongside students to discover new things."

--M. GREER