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2010 Archived News

September 2010

High NRC Rankings
On Sept. 28, 2010 the National Research Council released the latest "Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs", and in it our department ranks among the top four departments of psychology nationally, and as the top among public universities. This assessment, released approximately once every decade, is performed and released under the auspices of the the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Click here for full details.

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds receives donation from Dalai Lama
The Center, directed by Prof. Richie Davidson, opened in the Spring of 2010 (see details under "March 2010" on this page). A description of the donation, and profile of Davidson, can be found in this article in the New York Times.

May 2010
Psychology Research Experience Program (PREP) to restart in 2011
We're pleased to announce a renewal of NSF funding to support the relaunch of this highly successful summer research opportunity program. Beginning in June 2011, PREP will provide an intensive 9-week mentored research experience for undergraduates from populations that have historically been underrepresented in psychology: racial and ethnic minorities, low income, and first-generation college students. More details will soon be provided on the Climate & Diversity page of our Web site.

Three outstanding scholars to join faculty
We're delighted to announce the addition of three scientists to our faculty. Markus Brauer is currently Directeur de Recherche [Senior Research Scientist] with the prestigious French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.) at the Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale et Cognitive at the Université de Clermont-Ferrand, where he studies social power, intergroup perception, and civil courage. Paula Niedenthal, also currently C.N.R.S. Directeur de Recherche at the Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale et Cognitive at the Université de Clermont-Ferrand, studies the representation and processing of emotion. Bas Rokers is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Perceptual Systems, University of Texas at Austin. He studies the neural circuits underlying the perception of 3D motion.

March 2010
Grand Opening announced for
Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

The event, scheduled for 15-16 May 2010 and hosted by Director Richie Davidson, will be celebrated with honored guests His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn, best-selling author Daniel Goleman and Wisconsin Governor James Doyle, among many others. For details about the event and about the CIHM, visit

January 2010
Two Wisconsin PhDs receive early career awards
We're delighted that two of our former graduate students have recently been recognized for outstanding early-career contributions to their fields of study. David Amodio (PhD 2003, under Trish Devine and Eddie Harmon-Jones) has received the 2010 Early Career Award from the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON). Benjamin Hankin (PhD 2001, under Lyn Abramson) has been awarded the 2010 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution in the area of Psychopathology.

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