March 2005 Announcements

Call for Nominations: APA Distinguished Science Awards; 2005 Academic Career Workshops; National Science Foundation's "Next Generation Cybertools"; National Science Foundation Announces Cyberinfrastructure Competition; Conference on the Contemporary Applications of Psychological Testing

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
  • psychopathology
  • health
  • developmental
  • 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 web page 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


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 careers 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.


National Science Foundation's "Next Generation Cybertools"

The NSF’s SBE and CISE directorates have released a new joint program announcement, “Next Generation Cybertools.” This program solicitation should be of interest to many in the psychology community. For additional information contact one of the program officers listed in the announcements:

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13553&org=SBE&from=home
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13553&org=CISE&from=home


National Science Foundation Announces Cyberinfrastructure Competition

For more information, visit:

Cyberinfrastructure TEAM )CI-TEAM): Demonstration Projects


Conference on the Contemporary Applications of Psychological Testing

The Psychology Department at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center is presenting its 9th Annual Conference on the Contemporary Applications of Psychological Testing, which will feature John Exner and Jim Butcher, reflecting on their history and the future of psychological testing. The conference will be a wonderful opportunity to see Exner and Butcher discuss the development and current applications of the Rorschach Comprehensive system and the MMPI revision. Exner and Butcher will conduct case conferences, and a mock trial will demonstrate how to present and defend psychological testing in court. The conference will be preceded by a pre-conference institute, "Recent Developments in Assessing Children and Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental and Acquired Disorders," which will feature Edith Kaplan and Nancy Hebben, among other speakers.

The preconference institute will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2005, and the conference will be held on April 1 and 2, in Boston. Please contact (617) 998-5028 for more information.