Spear win's NIAAA's Keller Award!; SOMAS: Support of Mentors and their Students in the Neurosciences; Hurricane Relief: APA's Response; Grants Available for Scientific Conferences Proposals Invited; Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE)

Spear Wins NIAAA's Keller Award
By Suzanne Wandersman

Dr. Linda Spear, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, was selected to receive the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Mark Keller Award and to deliver the accompanying lecture, “Adolescence: Neurobehavioral characteristics, differential alcohol sensitivities and intake,” on November 3, 2005 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Spear’s lab has published landmark studies on the effects of alcohol on the developing brain. Her work centers, in particular, on alcohol sensitivity and use during adolescence, the age when many young people first drink alcohol. Dr. Spear’s investigations use animal models to identify factors that might contribute to adolescents’ propensity to experiment with alcohol and to determine why this age group seems to be at particular risk for alcohol’s deleterious effects. Her findings are helping scientists understand how alcohol affects the developing brain and ultimately how drinking during adolescence may contribute to alcohol-related problems later in life.

This award is given annually to "an outstanding alcohol researcher who has made significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of how alcohol affects the body and mind, how we can prevent and treat alcohol abuse and alcoholism, and how today's scientific advancements can provide hope for tomorrow."

SOMAS: Support of Mentors and their Students in the Neurosciences

The SOMAS Program is pleased to announce the 2006 SOMAS summer fellowship program designed to support junior faculty ( untenured/pre-tenure assistant professors, typically within 5 years of having completed Ph.D. and postdoctoral training) in the neurosciences seeking to launch research programs with undergraduate student collaborators. Faculty from predominantly undergraduate institutions will be eligible for awards of up to $10,000 to cover a supply budget, summer student housing, faculty and student stipends, and travel expenses to the joint Annual Meetings of the Society for Neuroscience and Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. Application deadline is December 1, 2005, with awards made in early February for the 2006 summer research effort. Up to six awards will be made for the 2006 program. Faculty members with little experience in grant-writing or those from institutions serving women and minority groups underrepresented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.For more information, go to SOMAS.

Hurricane Relief: APA’s Response

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, APA is responding to the needs of the public and the discipline of psychology in unprecedented ways. In addition to providing financial assistance for direct relief efforts, APA will grant dues relief to affected APA members, give grants to colleges and universities to replace damaged materials, provide funding to state psychological associations, and continue to provide information on mental health services to those in need.

There are several articles in this issue of Psychological Science Agenda about these efforts. Please read them and pass the information along to those who might need it. For example, the Science Directorate will administer a new grant program designed to assist colleges and universities in their efforts to replace ruined materials. Further, there is an announcement from the National Institutes of Health about flexibility in grants management rules.

For the latest in news about APA’s involvement in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, please visit the Science Directorate homepage. In addition to information about APA programs, both of these sites have extensive links to federal agencies and other sources of information of use to those in the research and academic community.

Grants Available for Scientific Conferences Proposals Invited

The Science Directorate is currently seeking proposals for research conferences in psychology. The purpose of this program is to promote the exchange of important new contributions and approaches in scientific psychology. The next deadline for applications is December 1, 2005.

Grant money ranging from $500 to $20,000 is available for the scientific conference. Proposals will be considered using such formats as “add-a-day” conferences ($500-$3,000 available), “stand alone” conferences ($5,000-$20,000 available), and festschrifts ($5,000-$20,000 available). APA is also open to innovative ways of holding conferences. The conference must be additionally supported by the host institution with direct funds, in-kind support, or a combination of the two. Please note that a detailed budget including institutional support is required for application.

Conference proposals must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • One of the primary organizers must be a member of APA.

  • Only academic institutions accredited by a regional body may apply. Independent research institutions must provide evidence of affiliation with an accredited institution. Joint proposals from cooperating institutions are encouraged.

  • Conferences may be held only in the United States, its possessions, or Canada.

  • APA governance groups, APA Divisions and other related entities are not eligible for funding under this program.

Conference proceedings and presentation materials (including electronic presentations) must be submitted to APA three months after the date the conference is held. APA will hold the conference proceedings for three years. If a book has not been published by APA or another publisher within the three-year holding period, APA will place the conference proceedings in PsycEXTRA.

Seventy-five percent of funds will be distributed to grantees prior to the conferences, and the remaining twenty-five percent will be released following the conference and after the submission of a final financial report detailing conference expenditures equal to or exceeding Grantee’s proposed total budget.

Conference review committee members are: Anita Davis, PhD; Michael Domjan, PhD; Irene Frieze, PhD; Kathleen McDermott, PhD; Kevin Murphy, PhD; and James W. Pennebaker, PhD.

For more information on review criteria, proposal contents, and budget guidelines, please contact Deborah McCall, Science Program Manager, at (202) 218-3590.

Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2005
Please mail proposals to:
APA Science Directorate
750 First Street, NE
Attn: Scientific Conferences Proposals
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE)

JERHRE (the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics), is a new, international nonprofit journal that publishes empirical and methodological research and reviews of empirical literature on human research ethics. The Journal is looking for good authors and articles. Additional information about JERHRE can be found at the JERHRE website. Note that a variety of kinds of articles are welcome, including research agendas, and very brief research reports (e.g., pilot studies). For additional information, contact Joan Sieber.