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APA Convention Set for Boston

Make plans now to attend the APA Convention in historic Boston, Massachusetts, August 14 – 17!

Make plans now to attend the APA Convention in historic Boston, Massachusetts, August 14 – 17!

The Board of Scientific Affairs, its committees, and the Science Directorate have strong traditions of organizing exceptional programming for the Convention. This certainly holds true for 2008, as noted in the programming listed below.

In addition to exciting invited addresses covering a broad range of topics in psychological science, there are a number of symposia, workshops, and other sessions that speak to practical issues (e.g., obtaining grants, IRB issues), social issues where psychology has something significant to say (e.g., standardized tests), and areas where the discipline still has much to contribute (e.g., global climate change).

Graduate students will find Science programming especially attractive, as they witness their colleagues in another round of last year’s successful “datablitz,” where students present their research in an exciting, rapid-fire session; hone their grant writing skills in a session on locating funding; learn lessons vicariously from those already established in their field in a session called “What I Wish I Had Known;” and learn how to “give psychological science away” to friends, relatives, and even strangers in “Flaunt Your Science!”

APA Divisions have arranged rich programs that will appeal to the science community, and there are many plenary sessions to draw participants. Just a few of the many featured speakers at the Convention include Keynote speaker Malcolm Gladwell, David Barlow, Kelly Brownell, Catherine Lord, Pamela Trotman Reid, and Robert Sternberg. Distinguished psychologist Edward Zigler will receive the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology at the Opening Session.

Hotel rooms often are booked early for Boston Conventions, so visit for information about registration, hotels, travel, as well as additional information about special programming.

Watch this space in early summer for more news about science programming at the Convention!

Distinguished Scientific Contribution Awards

Michael Gazzaniga, University of California, Santa Barbara
Human Brains Divided

Janellen Huttenlocher, University of Chicago
Some Comments on Language Development

Hazel Markus, Stanford University
Race, Ethnicity and Psychology

Neal Miller Lecture

Klaus A. Miczek, Tufts University
Aversion and Pleasure: How do Social Stress Experiences Promote Neural Mechanisms for Drug Taking?

Master Lectures

Mark E. Bouton, University of Vermont
Optimizing Extinction Learning

Jose M. Cortina, George Mason University
When Small Effect Size Tells a Big Story, and When Large Effect Sizes Don’t

Michele J. Gelfand, University of Maryland
Culture and Social Situations: A Multilevel Analysis of Situational Constraint

Connie Hammen, University of California, Los Angeles
Adolescent Depression: Risk Factors and Consequences

Linda Smith, Indiana University at Bloomington
Weird Loops: From Object Recognition to Symbolic Play to Learning Nouns and Back

Committee on Animal Research and Ethics Invited Address

Gregory Miller, Harvard Medical School
Monkey Genes Come in Human Flavors: Translational Models of Human Neuropsychiatric and Substance Abuse Disorders in Rhesus Monkeys

Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment Invited Symposium

Symposium: Standardized Testing: Prospects and Pitfalls

Science Student Council

Symposium: “What I Wish I Had Known” – A Guide for Graduate Students (sponsored by the APA Membership Board)

Symposium: Psychological Science Graduate Superstars—Datablitz

Workshop: Show Me the Money: Grant Writing Basics for Graduate Students

Symposium: Flaunt Your Science!
(sponsored by the APA Policy and Planning Board)

Ad hoc Committee to Advance Responsible Research

Symposium: IRBs and Psychological Scientists: Working Together to Protect People and Advance Research

Co-sponsored with Division 34:

Symposium: Psychology of Global Climate Change