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DEPARTMENTAL NEWS

2011 Archived News

September 2011
Devine Receives 2011 Scientific Impact Award

Professor Trish Devine has been selected to receive the 2011 Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. The Scientific Impact Award honors the author(s) of a specific article or chapter offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contribution that has proven highly influential over the last 25 years. The award will be presented in October at the annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology..

August 2011

Lupyan Named Rising Star in Psychological Science
Professor Gary Lupyan has been identified as a Rising Star in psychological science by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Each year, APS identifies young scholars who, though not advanced in years have already made great advancements in science. For more details, see feature on Lupyan in the September issue of the APS Observer.

Saffran Receives MERIT Award
Professor Jenny Saffran has been selected as a recipient of an NIH MERIT Award. This award is provided only to the most outstanding scientists and is a highly prestigious award. The committee made this award in recognition of Prof. Saffran's prior, ongoing, and anticipated scholarly accomplishments.

May 2011
Newly hired faculty to arrive in summer of 2011

We're delighted to announce that two groundbreaking scientists have recently accepted faculty positions, and will be joining us in time for the Fall 2011 semester. Allyson Bennett joins us from Wake Forest University Primate Center, where she studies the genetic, environmental, and experiential factors contibuting to individual differences in health across the lifespan. Specific foci or her work include risk factors for alcoholism and vulnerability to the consequences of alcohol consumption, the long-term consequences of early life stress, and enduring outcomes of pediatric pharmacological treament (e.g., methylphenidate exposure). C. Shawn Green joins us from the University of Minnesota, where has been studying computational factors underlying perceptual learning and decision making. Specific interests include model-based learning and action video gaming as a tool to study neural plasticity and for education. Joining Bennett and Green as new faculty this fall are Marcus Brauer and Paula Niedenthal, who are featured in a May 2010 entry on this page.

April 2011
Davidson Receives MacLean Award, Elected to AAAS Chair

Professor Richie Davidson has received the Paul D. MacLean Award from the American Psychosomatic Society for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine.

Professor Davidson was also elected the Chair of the Psychology section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This is a 3-year term as Chair-elect, Chair, and Past Chair.

February 2011
Wisconsin PhD Students Publish Student-Authored Article in The Journal of Neuroscience
Jennifer Stevenson (Individualized Graduate Major) and Kristina Kellett (Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience) recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience an article titled, "Can Magnetic Resonance Imaging Aid Diagnosis of the Autism Spectrum?" [hotlink http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi/reprint/30/50/16763]. The publication was part of the editor's "journal club," which comprises "short, critical reviews of recent papers in the Journal, written exclusively by graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, and intended to summarize the important findings of the paper and provide additional insight and commentary." Stevenson and Kellett's article critically evaluates a recent finding, which had gained considerable media attention, and their article brings clarity and reason to this important issue.

January 2011
We are pleased to announce the most recent edition of the Psychology Department newsletter, The Update. Click here for the pdf version.

 

 
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