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2007 Archived News

November 2007

"Study pinpoints factors for early sex"
A study by graduate student Myeshia Price and Professor Janet Hyde indicates that there's a "recipe" that raises the odds of a teen starting sex early, and the more risky ingredients in a child's life - for example, not feeling close to parents, low self-esteem and lots of TV - the more likely he is to be sexually active by age 15. The results of the study, presented at the recent conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, were featured in this story in USA Today.

October 2007

Madison Magazine names Professor Richard Davidson "Person of the Year"
"Richard Davidson has known all along this is what he wanted to do. Years before he came to Madison. Years before there was such a thing as an MRI. Years before he'd been chosen as one of Time magazine's one hundred most influential people or had been summoned to present his work to the Nobel Committee. Years before any of these things, a very young Richie Davidson knew he wanted to understand what goes on in our heads". Click here to see the full article.

September 2007
Over a decade at #1
The just-released data from the National Science Foundation's report on "Total and federally financed R&D expenditures in psychology ... ranked by FY 2004 total " (the most current data available), ranks the UW-Madison's Department of Psychology where it as been in these rankings since 1995 -- #1. In 2004 our total R&D expeditures of over $29 million topped all other departments of psychology by a factor approaching 2.0 (with the exception of Penn State, all campuses, with $18.5 million), as did the figure of $22.9 million corresponding to the federally financed portion (NYU and Penn State come in next at around $12 million). This ranking is all the more remarkable when one considers that it is accomplished with a faculty of only half the size or less that most of the remainder of the top 25 in this ranking. The full data can be found in table #58 of the NSF's report on Academic Research and Development Expenditures.

May 2007
Dept. celebrates alumnus and honorary degree recipient Dr. Leslie Hicks.
Dr. Leslie Hicks did his graduate training in the laboratory of Professor Harry Harlow and received his Ph.D. from the Dept. of Psychology in 1953. For the ensuing 50+ years he has been a scientist, educator, graduate mentor, and administrator at Howard University where, among many accomplishments, he initiated the first accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology at an historically black university. See photos and read citation for Dr. Hicks's Honorary Doctor of Science degree.

February 2007
David Williams to be featured guest at Fall 2007 Diversity Day.
The event will feature a department-wide roundtable discussion focused on practical issues related to climate and diversity, and a scholarly talk by Dr. Williams. Dr. David R. Williams is the Florence Sprague Normal and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Dept. of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard University.

June 2006
UW Department of Psychology Professor
Among 100 Most Influential People of 2006

Professor Richard Davidson has devoted his career to understanding how the brain regulates human emotions. He was recently selected by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 prominent personalities featured by the magazine.
TIME annually honors the vision, ideas and accomplishments of individuals around the world, from artists, to scientists, business titans and cultural icons. The Department of Psychology is proud to have one of its many stellar faculty members receive this honor.

March 2006
From bands to electroencephalograms
Graduate student Erin McMullen and her research are highlighted in the March 2006 issue of gradPsych.

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