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2008 Archived News

November 2008

Alexa Romberg and Jon Willits earned predoctoral NRSA grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!

Congratulations Dan Acheson and Sarah Sahni!

Dan Acheson and Sarah Sahni are recipients of 2008 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Awards.

Psychology Newsletter published. The most recent version of the psychology newsletter is now available. Click here to view the PDF version.

Congratulations! Professor Joseph P. Newman has been named recipient of the R.D. Hare Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy “in recognition of his longstanding and outstanding contributions to the scientific study of psychopathy”. Dr. Newman will follow R.D. Hare and D.T. Lykken as the third recipient of this biennial award.

Congratulations Aaron Heller!
The Psychology department has received a generous donation from Ms. Michelle E. Davis, in memory of her late husband, James L. Davis, to support a graduate student using neuroscience methodology to advance understanding of clinical depression. This award will be presented to Aaron Heller to facilitate his research on “Neural bases of abnormalities in emotion regulation in depression.”

Davidson and Goldsmith
to Receive $9.9 million Grant
Professors Richard Davidson and Hill Goldsmith received notice that they will receive $9.9 million over five years to support a center grant on the Neurobehavioral Bases of Emotion Regulation and Dysregulation in Adolescence. Project PIs also include Marilyn Essex (Psychiatry), Ned Kalin (Psychiatry) and Andy Alexander (Medical Physics and Psychiatry).

Professors Anthony Auger and Christopher Coe received a MERC award with Dr. Pamela Kling to investigate the genetic, social and medical causes of iron deficiency in infancy, “Closing the Gap in Pediatric Health Disparities.”

Ph.D. graduate, Erin Costanzo and Professor Christopher Coe received an award from the Lymphoma Forward Foundation along with Drs. Hematti and Juckett to study predictors of optimal recovery following transplantation in cancer patients.

Professor Coe has alsop received the 2008 Barchas Award for excellence in sociophysiology research from the American Psychomatic Society.

Psychology Website Gets a New Look
We are proud to unveil the new look of our Department website. The image on our home is the centerpiece of the new website design. It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words and the image instantly evokes a variety of reactions that capture our approach to psychological science and to the teaching and learning of psychology. At the heart of our science is the drive to discover new knowledge. To this end, our faculty and students engage in cutting-edge research. In the classroom, students continually traverse the stepping stones of knowledge acquiring the tools that will enable them to become informed and active citizens of the 21st century. With the support of our committed staff, we strive to create a balance between nurturing the intellectual curiosity of our outstanding students and the demands of furthering our science. Together we collaborate in promoting psychological science as a cumulative and unending process of discovery and together we reach new heights. In the Department’s tradition of collaboration among our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, we invite you to visit our classrooms, research labs, offices and the new website to be part of the discovery.

JULY 2008
Hyde receives APA Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science
Professor Janet Hyde been selected as a recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science. This award was initiated by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service. The award will be presented at the APA Science Leadership Conference, to be held this year on October 2-4, 2008, in Tempe, Arizona.

JULY 2008
Abramson receives APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Aw ard
Profoessor Lyn Abramson has been chosen to receive the Association for Psychological Science's James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for 2008-2009. The Cattell Award is the highest honor conferred by APS. It honors distinguished APS members for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research.

May 2008
Ryff receives WARF appointment as Marie Jahoda Professor of Psychology
The Board of Regents has approved Professor Carol Ryff's appointment as Marie Jahoda Professor of Psychology. The professorship is funded by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

April 2008
Department welcomes new faculty
We are delighted to announce the recent decision of three exciting young researchers to launch their independent careers at Wisconsin. Dr. Wen Li is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. Her research centers on psychological and neural mechanisms underlying emotional processing and emotion-cognition interactions in anxiety. A current example of her work is highlighted in the adjacent news item. Dr. Kristin Schutts is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Mind, Brain, & Behavior Institute at Harvard University, where she studies the development of social categories and intergroup bias. Dr. Vanessa Simmering is completing her graduate training at the University of Iowa, in the Spatial Planning and Memory laboratory of John Spencer. She studies cognitive development within the framework of the dynamic field theory.

Gooding receives the Van Hise Outreach Award

Psychology Professor Diane Gooding was honored at this year's 2008 Faculty Distinguished Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception on Tuesday, April 22 at the Fluno Center for Executive Education. Professor Gooding received The Van Hise Outreach Award.

Study shows compassion meditation changes the brain
Can we train ourselves to be compassionate? A new study suggests the answer is yes. Cultivating compassion and kindness through meditation affects brain regions that can make a person more empathetic to other peoples' mental states, say Prof. Richard Davidson and first author Antoine Lutz. Read more

Negligent, attentive mouse mothers show biological differences
In mice, child neglect is a product of both nature and nurture, according to a new study co-authored by Prof. Anthony Auger. As a possible model for human child neglect, these mice offer a valuable opportunity to investigate the biological and behavioral bases of naturally occurring maternal neglect.

More accolades for Wisconsin clinical psychology
In US News and World Report’s latest ranking of Best Graduate Schools, the University of Wisconsin-Madison shares a 3-way tie for top-ranked program in clinical psychology.

"Emotion Makes Nose a Sharper Smeller"
Dr. Wen Li, who will join our faculty later this year, has recently published a remarkably sophisticated investigation of the neural basis of learning about aversive stimuli. For more details, see the full article at Science Magazine.

February 2008
“Psychology gets undergraduate research down to science”
“Choices, choices. In every undergraduate major, a time comes around a student’s junior year to explore different academic specialties within a degree program, moving up the pyramid from general education to refined focus. But in the Department of Psychology, those choices aren’t limited to the classroom.” Click here to see story in Wisconsin Week.

January 2008
John Curtin to receive Distinguished Scientific Award
John Curtin has been selected to receive the 2008 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of psychopathology.


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