Chicago Prepares for Science!

Several important changes and additions promise to make science programming at the 1997 APA Annual Convention more stimulating, convenient, and enjoyable for scientists and academicians.

First, the Board of Convention Affairs will allow Focus on Science--the new format in which eight divisions have compressed their programming into a 3-day period--to be held Saturday through Monday. This will permit attendees to take advantage of Saturday-night-stay airline fares and to have a truly full plate of science offerings. The Palmer House will be the headquarters hotel for these divisions, so there will be many opportunities to rub shoulders with colleagues.

All of the science sessions of the participating divisions will occur from early Saturday morning (August 16) through late Monday afternoon (August 18). Also scheduled for this time period are the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Awards addresses, the Master Lecture series, and the Neal Miller Lecture. Divisions participating in Focus on Science include Experimental, Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative, Developmental, Personality and Social, Industrial and Organizational, Applied Experimental and Engineering, Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse.

The Science Directorate will cosponsor a special event at the Convention--the Conference on Prevention Research--with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research. The goals of the conference are to showcase the basic and applied prevention research sponsored by NIH and to stimulate new research and new researchers. Many APA science divisions have donated program time to this effort.

Postdocs and newly minted professors of psychology who are interested in academic survival skills will be interested in an innovative workshop being offered by the Education and Science Directorates. Workshop pro-gramming, which will be arranged by the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP), will focus on how to prepare for a job talk, how to approach salary negotiations, and how to 'fit' in the department. More information about the workshop, including how to register, will be published in future issues of Psychological Science Agenda.

More information about all of these programs and the people participating will be available soon, both in this newsletter and at the APA web site.

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