Chicago Hosts Best of Scientific Psychology in August


Scientific psychologists should prepare themselves for a treat at the 1997 APA Annual Convention in Chicago. In addition to more convenient timing for the compressed programming experiment ("Focus on Science") of last year, there will be exceptional programs on prevention research, a highly practical workshop for new academics, and a Chicago "fireboat" trip/lecture that should appeal to many.

Focus on Science

Focus on Science--the 3-day compression of science programs for eight divisions--will occur on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday [August 16-18] in Chicago. This will enable many psychologists to attend most of the programs in their areas of interest in just 3 days. Nearly all programs will be held at the Palmer House. Participating divisions include the following: 3 (experimental), 6 (behavioral neuroscience and comparative), 7 (developmental), 8 (personality and social), 14 (industrial and organizational), 21 (applied experimental and engineering), 25 (experimental analysis of behavior), and 28 (psychopharmacology and substance abuse). Don't forget to attend the combined social hour for these divisions on Sunday, August 17, at 5 p.m.

Prevention: Contributions From Basic and Applied Research>

"Prevention: Contributions From Basic and Applied Research" is the title of a special part of the Convention organized by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) and the Science Directorate. It will feature some exceptional presentations, including a keynote address by Margaret Chesney, PhD, on "The Future of Research in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention," Friday, August 15, at 4 p.m. Immediately following Dr. Chesney's talk, the Science Directorate will host an open reception in the State Ballroom at the Palmer House. Be sure to attend!

To Get, To Have, and To Hold an Academic Job in Psychology

"To Get, To Have, and To Hold an Academic Job in Psychology" is a workshop that has been designed for new assistant professors, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Emanuel Donchin, PhD, University of Illinois, has worked closely with several department chairs to develop a program focused on issues at the heart of looking for and then keeping an academic job. Open sessions on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. will feature presentations and plenty of discussion time on such issues as the "job talk," setting up a laboratory, and obtaining tenure. Afternoon sessions on the same days--open only to workshop registrants--will provide discussions of such issues as dual-career couples, funding opportunities, and ethical issues in academia.

BSA Convention Programming

The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) convention programming includes the Master Lecture series, the APA Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture, as well as topical symposia. The following speakers will participate in the BSA programming: Symposia topics sponsored by BSA include data archiving, test user qualifications, and linking animal and human behavior.

APASSC Conversation Hour

The APA Science Student Council (APASSC), with APAGS, is sponsoring a conversation hour with three leading psychologists--Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, and Shelley E. Taylor, PhD. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to interact with distinguished researchers.

Boat Ride/Architectural Tour

In addition to these substantive programs, the Science Directorate is sponsoring a Sunday afternoon content-oriented "field trip"--a 2-hour boat ride/architectural tour along the shoreline of Lake Michigan on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per adult and $7.50 per child (12 and under). Registration details can be found on page 10 of this issue of Psychological Science Agenda, at http://www.apa.org/science/fieldtrip.html, or at the Science Directorate information booth at the Convention. Information about addresses by the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Awards recipients is located in the "APA Events" section of the Convention Program.

More Information...

A complete listing of convention science programming can be found in the Convention Program and in the Focus on Science Program, which can be obtained from the APA Science Directorate (202/336-0000; science@apa.org) or by stopping by the Science Directorate information booths located at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton. The list of Focus on Science speakers can also be found on the Web [http://www.apa.org/science/conf.html].

Please stop by the Science Directorate's information booths located in the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton.