Announcements

March 2008 Announcements

Looking for Training in New Research or Statistical Methods? Let APA Help!;Culture of Service Nominations Due; Call for Nominations for APA Distinguished Science Awards; Call for Nominations: Meritorious Research Service Commendation; CARE Seeks Comments on Guidelines For Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Animals; Deadline Nears for Student Travel Award Competition; Community Science Fellowships and Community Teachers Fellowships; Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship

Looking for Training in New Research or Statistical Methods? Let APA Help!

Application deadlines are quickly approaching for this summer’s APA Advanced Training Institutes on Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research (June 9-13, Univ. of Virginia) and Non-Linear Methods for Psychological Science (June 9-13, Univ. of Cincinnati). Applications for these programs must be submitted online by March 31.

The application deadlines for this summer’s other ATIs are in April, but we encourage you to apply now for these exciting programs –

Using Large-Scale Databases: NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (Aug. 4-8, University of North Carolina, deadline: April 15)

Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups (June 23-27, Michigan State University, deadline: April 18)

Geographic Information Systems for Behavioral Research (July 16-18, University of California, Santa Barbara, deadline: April 30)

ATIs tackle the big issues confronting researchers who use (or want to use) innovative, emerging methodologies. Through lectures, labs, and discussions, expert instructors examine the ways in which emerging methods and technologies can be applied within psychological science. As well as taking a big-picture view, instructors make a special effort to address how individual ATI attendees can incorporate these methodologies into their own research.

Financial support is available for some ATI participants. Details can be found on the ATI website or by e-mail.

The APA website also provides an up-to-date list of training opportunities sponsored by other organizations. Suggestions for other training programs to be added to this list may be sent to the Science Directorate.


Culture of Service Nominations Due

The APA Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service.

Nominees will have demonstrated their service to the discipline by aiding in association governance; serving on boards, committees and various psychological associations; editing journals; reviewing grant proposals; mentoring students and colleagues; advocating for psychological science’s best interests with state and federal lawmakers; and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye. Nominees may be involved in one service area, many of the areas, or all of the service areas noted above. An individual’s service to the discipline and not a person’s scholarly achievements are the focus of this award. The submission deadline for the 2008 award is March 31, 2008.

Past Recipients 2007: Roxanne Cohen Silver; 2006: Robert Balster, Nora Newcombe; 2005: Robert Bjork, J. Bruce Overmier

The APA Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences. Departments selected for this award will show a pattern of support for service from faculty at all levels, including a demonstration that service to the discipline is rewarded in faculty tenure and promotion. Successful Departments will also demonstrate that service to the profession is an integral part of training and mentoring.

Service to the discipline includes such activities as departmental release time for serving on boards and committees of psychological associations; editing journals; serving on a review panel; or chairing an IRB. Other culture of service activities that a department would encourage include mentoring students and colleagues; advocating for psychological science’s best interests with state and federal lawmakers; and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye. The focus of this award is a department’s faculty service to the discipline and not their scholarly achievements. The submission deadline for the 2008 award is March 31, 2008.

Past Recipients 2007: George Mason University Dept of Psychology, University of Florida Dept of Clinical and Health Psychology; 2006: Davidson College Dept of Psychology, University of Minnesota Dept of Psychology.


Call for Nominations for 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; 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 (1999 or later). The 2009 Early Career Awards will be given in five areas:

  • Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience

  • Social

  • Perception, motor performance

  • Applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research)

  • Individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics)

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, visit the APA Board of Scientific Affairs, 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 e-mail. The deadline for all award nominations is June 2, 2008.


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 17, 2008. Please send nominations to Suzanne Wandersman (swandersman@apa.org). For a list of past recipients, visit the BSA website.


CARE Seeks Comments on Guidelines For Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Animals

The Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE) is seeking comments on the revision of its Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Animals.

The Guidelines, which were last published in 1996, were based on Section 6.20 of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (1992). CARE is undertaking a revision of the guidelines in light of current regulations, practices, and the 2002 APA Ethics Code. CARE developed these guidelines to assist psychologists who work with nonhuman animals in ensuring humane treatment of the animals and compliance with regulatory and policy requirements.

Comments maybe submitted via e-mail to Sangy Panicker, Staff Liaison to CARE.

The deadline for comments is June 1, 2008.


Deadline Nears for Student Travel Award Competition

Graduate students: Are you looking for a little extra cash to get to this summer’s APA Convention in Boston? If you are a Student Affiliate and are first author of your paper or poster accepted for presentation at Convention, you could be the recipient of a cool $300 travel grant!

The Student Travel Award competition is sponsored by the Science Directorate, and is intended to encourage pre-doctoral research by providing funds toward presentation travel. Applications are due by April 1, 2008. For more information visit the APA award website or contact the Science Directorate at 202-336-6000.

All members of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) who present first-authored papers or posters at the Convention are also eligible for a waiver of their Convention registration fees. Information about this fee waiver will be mailed to current APAGS members. For more information, or if you do not receive the mailing by mid-May, contact the APA Convention Office at 202-336-5500 or via e-mail before registering.


Community Science Fellowships and Community Teachers Fellowships

The Community Science Fellowship (CSF) and the Community Teachers Fellowship (CTF) was established to provide individuals who wish to exist at the forefront of science education and outreach in relation to population needs and community issues with an opportunity to explore their interests in public education, museum philanthropic efforts, public and social policy, youth development, and science outreach advocacy. The fellowship program concentrates on these areas of informal science education as they impact on problems of our communities and is intended to address rising issues in science education inequity.

In addition to building professional qualities and academic qualifications that characterize the best agents of change in our profession, fellows are expected to help shape policies and lead research in cross-cultural and community science. They will be equipped with skills to improve programming for diverse populations in their own communities.

Five summer fellowships of $5,000 will be announced at the beginning of May. A $500 travel grant will be additionally awarded contingent on an accepted abstract/proposal to a national conference of the fellow’s choice.

Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with youth facing multiple risk factors in the Saint Louis Science Center’s Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program for 10 consecutive weeks during the summer 2008.

  • Collaborate with an assigned supervisor to develop and explore a research question for presentation at a national conference or a written grant proposal.

  • Experience the culture and professional setting of museum programming.

  • Learn and experiment with pedagogical techniques in informal science education

  • Converse with distinguished leaders and visionaries of the Saint Louis Science Center, philanthropic organizations, public education, and advocacy organizations.

  • Meet legislative leaders in science education reform.

Applications are open to individuals of all educational backgrounds and experiences (undergraduate, graduate, inservice, etc). Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applications are available on the Youth Exploring Science website. All applications must be emailed by March 30, 2008. No exceptions. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview in April. Final decisions will be made by May 1, 2008. Fellows must attend orientation/training beginning May 25, 2008. Selection is highly competitive.

If there are further questions or concerns, please contact Krystal Salamon by e-mail or by phone at (314) 289-1438.


Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship

This fellowship is administered in conjunction with APA’s Minority Fellowship Office, and provides an opportunity for a graduate student of color to work on public policy issues in Washington, DC. Applicants must be graduate students in good standing and a member of an ethnic minority group (including, but not limited to, African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander) and/or demonstrated a commitment to a career in psychology or a related field with a focus on ethnic minority issues. The summer stipend will be $3000 plus housing and travel funds. We will also assist the successful candidate in finding housing in Washington.

The application should include:

  • A cover page stating your name, institution, address, telephone number, fax number (if applicable), and email address.

  • A 3-page statement detailing (a) reason for interest in this fellowship; (b) previous and current research experiences; (c) description of interest in ethnic minority psychological issues; (d) statement of how the fellowship would contribute to your career goals. 

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Current curriculum vitae

Online submission is the preferred method. Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online. At the time you submit the application, please also send an email. As the subject of the e-mail write “Taylor application.” In the body of the email include the information from your cover page. Applications must reach SPSSI Central Office by March 31, 2008. Announcements will be made by May 1st, 2008.