After considering seven major areas for development, the Subcommittee members presented their recommendations on March 19 to Robert Resnick, PhD, APA President, Raymond Fowler, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, and Board of Directors members Robert Brown, PhD, and Kurt Salzinger, PhD (who were present at the initial meeting in December). The Subcommittee recommended that APA develop four specific programs to further science efforts within the organization. The first involves educating science writers at major media outlets by sponsoring fellowships in which the writers would visit major psychological science centers. The second project entails direct presentations to the public about scientific psychology via a nationally syndicated radio show. A third project focuses on electronic exchange of information via the Internet; APA would develop up to 500 special interest groups in scientific psychology (with bulletin boards and real-time conferencing), with divisions and individual scientists chairing the various groups. A plan was also recommended to develop a prototypical model for use of hypertext in electronic journals. Finally, a fourth project involves the development of a Psychological Science Institute for exceptional undergraduates at which they would be exposed to our highest caliber scientific psychologists and their ideas and paradigms.
Details of the exciting and visionary projects recommended for adoption under the Science Initiative, and plans for getting them off the ground, will appear in the next issue of Psychological Science Agenda.