ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
Spring Fling for the APA Board of Scientific Affairs
The Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) welcomed three new members at its spring meeting: Leona Aiken (Arizona State University), Jennifer Manly (Columbia University), and Vickie Mays (UCLA). The nine members of the Board were very busy over two and a half days discussing a variety of issues and recommending action be taken on several agenda items. BSA is responsible for overseeing science within APA and overseeing the activities of the Science Directorate in particular.
BSA reviewed the report of the Task Force for Increasing the Number of Quantitative Psychologists. This report provides recommendations on how to increase the number of students in this research area. The Board also reviewed the report of the Task Force on Recommending Changes to the APA Convention That Would Appeal to Scientists. This report is timely because the APA Board of Directors is looking at how changes can be made to the APA Convention.
BSA nominated individuals to a new Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change. The Task Force was established and funded by the Council of Representatives and will be staffed by the Science Directorate. APA president, Dr. Alan Kazdin, appointed the Task Force members. The group will be meeting before the end of the year.
BSA members were very excited to have three representatives from the Science Student Council attend the meeting and participate in the discussions. Their particular viewpoints were well received and contributed a great deal to the general meeting.
BSA reviewed the ongoing activities in the Science Directorate, received a briefing on advocacy issues from the APA Science Government Relations Office, and developed its own slates for members who will be rotating off at the end of the year. BSA reviewed the planning already under way for the fourth annual Science Leadership Conference that will take place in Tempe, Arizona in October 2008. The theme for the conference is Designing the Future: Innovations in Knowledge Dissemination for Psychological Science.
BSA members looked forward to the APA Convention in Boston in August when the programs planned by the Board and its committees will take place. There will be invited talks, symposia, and award winner addresses.