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San Francisco Plus Psychological Science: A Great Combination!

Highlights of the meeting included invited addresses as well as symposia on such topics as working with Institutional Review Boards, opportunities for translational research, and “diversity science.”

Participants must have had their weather “blinders” on, because even those remarkable August days in San Francisco did not keep participants from attending exceptional science programming at the APA Convention.

Highlights of the meeting included invited addresses by such notables as Albert Bandura, Martha McClintock, Martin Seligman, and Paul Slovic, as well as symposia on such topics as working with Institutional Review Boards, opportunities for translational research, and “diversity science.”

Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award recipients Peter Bentler, Marilynn Brewer, Karl Joreskog, and Paul Rozin received their awards and presented their award addresses (recipient Jean Mandler was unable to attend). Early career awardees Robert Gray, Chris Fraley, and Matthew Lieberman received awards and chaired sessions (recipients Jorn Diedrichsen and Patrik Vuilleumier were unable to attend).

The APA Science Student Council’s long-awaited “data blitz” session was very successful – 18 students summarizing their research papers, each with just two slides and two minutes! Their topics ranged from “Temperament Predicts Stereotypy,” to “Applying Cognitive Psychology to Enhance Educational Practice.” Cheers for all the participants erupted at the end of the session.

The Science Directorate featured a new activity at the Convention: a one-day Advanced Training Institute (ATI), taking place the day before the Convention began. “Geographic Information Systems for Psychological Research” drew 40 participants, who learned some of the basics of this new technology and how it could be applied to their own research projects. The tuition for this training opportunity was kept low ($50) in order to make it a truly affordable option. A pre-Convention ATI will be scheduled for the 2008 APA Convention in Boston; the topic will be announced in late fall. Visit APA's Science Directorate for regular updates on all ATIs.

The 2008 APA Convention will be held August 14 – 17 in Boston, Massachusetts. Submissions are due to APA Divisions on December 3 (see the APA Convention Web site for details). Look for news on science programming plans and registration information over the next few months.