February 2005 Announcements
Call for Nominations: APA Distinguished Science Awards
The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) invites nominations for its ongoing awards program. Awards are given in three categories:
The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award is presented to individuals who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology.
The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology is given to individuals who have made exceptional theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.
To submit a nomination for the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for the Applications of Psychology, you should provide a letter of nomination; the nominee's current vita with list of publications; the names and addresses of several scientists who are familiar with the nominee's work; and a list of ten most significant and representative publications, and at least five reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution (reprints, preferably in electronic form).
The Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology is awarded to outstanding young psychologists who are 9 years or less post-PhD (1996 or later). The 2006 Early Career Awards will be given in five areas:
- animal learning and behavior, comparative
- cognition/human learning
The categories should be interpreted broadly and are not meant to be exclusive; all areas of psychology are of sufficient merit to be considered for awards.
To submit a nomination for the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, you should provide a letter of nomination, the nominee's current vita with list of publications, and up to five representative reprints.
To obtain nomination forms and more information, you can go to the Science Directorate or you can contact Suzanne Wandersman, Science Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; by phone, (202) 336-6000; by fax, (202) 336-5953; or by email.
The deadline for all award nominations is June 1, 2005
Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP) Program Accepting Applications
The ASTP will be held at the University of Maryland July 9 – 17, 2005. Applications will be accepted until February 23, 2005. ASTP is an intensive, hands-on seminar in which students learn about psychological statistics and research methods in a dynamic setting that emphasizes the skills it takes to analyze and interpret real data. Much of the statistical instruction will be geared toward the use of computer-assisted statistical packages (SPSS). ASTP will target students from traditionally underrepresented groups in psychology. The definition of underrepresented groups for this program is extremely broad. The seminar will undoubtedly include students who are members of ethnic minority groups, but it will also include first generation college students and students who have had to overcome other kinds of social, physical or economic barriers on the road to academic excellence.
Call for Nominations: Meritorious Research Service Commendation
The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for the Meritorious Research Service Commendation. This commendation recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their service as employees of the federal government or other organizations. Contributions are defined according to service to the field that directly or indirectly advances opportunities and resources for psychological science. This may include staff at federal or non-federal research funding, regulatory or other agencies. Nominees may be active or retired but ordinarily will have a minimum of 10 years of such service. The individual’s personal scholarly achievements (i.e., research, teaching, and writing) are not considered in the selection process independent of their service contributions.
To submit a nomination provide the following:
- A letter of nomination that describes and supports the individual’s contributions (e.g., nature of the individual’s service to psychological science, positions held, program development activities). The nomination letters should be no more than two pages long.
- A curriculum vita
- Three letters of support from scientists, at least two from outside the nominee’s organization
Deadline for submitting nominations is March 1, 2005. Please send nominations to Suzanne Wandersman via email. For a list of past recipients, visit Meritorious Award.
2005 Academic Career Workshops
The Science Directorate’s Academic Career Workshops have become an integral part of many scientific society meetings. We continue to receive rave review from attendees. The purpose of these workshops is to introduce graduate and postdoctoral students to the nuts and bolts of pursuing an academic career. Topics range from a description of variations in the academic culture across institutions to the pragmatics of the recruiting and hiring process.
See the career website for the 2005 Academic Career Workshop schedule. If you are interested in additional information about the workshops, such as co-hosting or attending one, please contact Deborah McCall by phone at 202-218-3590 or via email.
Closing Date Extended for National Science Foundation Rotator Recruitments
The National Science Foundation has extended the closing dates for several positions of interest to psychological scientists. Please see the links below for information about the openings in Developmental and Learning Sciences, Geography and Regional Sciences, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Social Psychology. The new closing date is February 28, 2005.
Summer Research Fellowships in Counterintelligence
Spend eight weeks in the summer of 2005 as a Research Fellow in the Department of Defense's (DoD's) Counterintelligence Field Activity Office (CIFA), headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area.
National Science Foundation Names David Lightfoot as New Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
The National Science Foundation has named eminent linguistic scientist and veteran administrator David W. Lightfoot to head its Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. He will take office on June 1. Read the complete press release here.
Daniel Schacter Receives NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing
The National Academy of Sciences selected Daniel L. Schacter as the recipient for the NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing - a prize of $10,000 awarded annually for excellence in scientific reviewing within the past 10 years (psychology in 2005). Schacter (William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, department of psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass) was chosen "for his numerous books and reviews, which illuminate and explain the psychology and neuroscience of human memory for specialists, scientific colleagues, and the public." The award is supported by Annual Reviews Inc., the Institute for Scientific Information, and The Scientist in honor of J. Murray Luck and has been presented since 1979.