Scientists Convene at 103rd APA Annual Convention in New York City

This year, at the 103rd APA Annual Convention in New York City, psychologists attended research presentations of some of their most distinguished colleagues. Scientists, students, and others interested in psychological science converged at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, where most of the science sessions took place, to hear about cutting-edge research on "Emotion and Motivation" and "Learning, Memory, and Cognition." Even though the Marriott sits practically on top of Times Square, providing ample distractions, many lecture halls were still packed, with people standing in the back of the halls when seats were all taken.

The Science Directorate attended the Convention in full force, presenting an informative Science Weekend program, award addresses from Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award recipients, and a Research Ethics Symposium sponsored by the APA Science Student Council, to name but a few events.

Next year, the 104th APA Annual Convention in Toronto promises to be particularly successful for the science community. Many of the APA "science" divisions have agreed to hold all of their sessions on the same 3 days--instead of spread out over 5. Heeding the advice of the research/academic community, APA will be experimenting with this new format as a means of making the Convention more useful to this important constituency. We hope to see you there!

At the APA Annual Convention in New York: Raymond Fowler, PhD, APA Chief Executive Officer (left), William C. Howell, PhD, APA Executive Director for Science (right), with Norman Anderson, PhD (center), Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health, and an honored guest at the Science Directorate reception.

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