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Appointments and Transitions

James A. Anderson, PhD, Chair of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences at Brown University, was appointed to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. Dr. Anderson is one of five new members selected to serve on the Committee. In his research at Brown University, he has investigated various applications of neural networks and how they relate to cognitive science.

Larry D. Byrd, PhD, was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International). Dr. Byrd, who is APA's liaison to AAALAC, has been a member of the AAALAC International Board since 1990 and a member of the Executive Committee since 1992.

Dr. Byrd is Research Professor and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Biology at Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center. He is also Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Emory University School of Medicine.

Joseph J. Campos, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, was named to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Advisory Council. Dr. Campos brings to the Council considerable research expertise on emotions and the ability to generate interdisciplinary collaborations, especially between physicians and social scientists. He is also a founder of the International Society for Research on Emotions. Dr. Campos holds the title of Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University in China.

President Clinton announced his intention to nominate M. R. C. Greenwood, PhD, to be a member of the National Science Board (NSB), which advises the National Science Foundation on national policy for promoting basic research and education in the sciences.

Dr. Greenwood, Chancellor of the University of California at Santa Cruz, is an expert in the fields of physiology and nutrition and is a member of APA and the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. From November 1993 to May 1995, she served as the Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she worked closely with the behavioral science community. In 1995, Dr. Greenwood received an APA Presidential Citation for her efforts to support the behavioral sciences.

Diane Scott-Jones, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Temple University, was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the newly formed National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC). Dr. Scott-Jones, who was nominated by the Science Directorate, is 1 of 15 specialists in the biological and social sciences, medicine, law, and theology and philosophy to be appointed to NBAC. Dr. Scott-Jones is also a member of the APA Task Force to Revise the Ethical Principles.

President Clinton created NBAC, which will be chaired by Princeton University President Harold T. Shapiro, PhD, by executive order. Its charge is to consider ethical issues that are generated by experiments in human biology and behavior and to advise the National Science and Technology Council on such matters. The Commission's immediate focus will be to consider how best to protect the rights of human participants in scientific research.

Awards and Honors

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) has selected Michael J. Goldstein, PhD, as the recipient of the 1996 Alexander Gralnick, MD, Award. Candidates for this $1,500 award must demonstrate an exceptional contribution to the discovery or treatment of the earliest signs of schizophrenia, emphasizing the psychosocial aspects of the disease process.

Dr. Goldstein's research has focused on the identification of the precursors to schizophrenia, the impact of antipsychotic drugs, and the dosing and testing of family-focused intervention programs for psychotic patients. A Fellow of APA, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the Association for Clinical Psychological Research, Dr. Goldstein recently completed a term as President of the Society for Psychopathology Research.

APF awarded William Irwin the 1996 Henry Hecaen Scholarship for his work in clinical neuropsychology. Mr. Irwin, a PhD candidate at the University of California at Berkeley, is using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the neuroanatomy of normal human affective processes.

The Henry Hecaen Award is made possible by a gift from Arthur Benton, PhD, to honor his colleague, the late Henry Hecaen. It is awarded to a graduate student in neuropsychology who has demonstrated great potential, as well as evidence of need. The award is a 1-year grant of $2,500.

APF announced that John D. E. Gabrieli, PhD, and Michael Riley Weed, PhD, are the recipients of the 1996 Early Career and Robert A. and Phyllis Levitt Best Dissertation Awards. Recipients of the Early Career Award receive a certificate, $1,000, and an invitation to present a paper at the APA Annual Convention. Recipients of the Best Dissertation Award receive $1,000 for travel to the APA Annual Convention in Toronto.

Dr. Gabrieli received a PhD in 1987 in Behavioral Neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently serves as both an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital and Rush Medical College.

Dr. Weed earned a PhD in 1995 from the University of Chicago and presently works as a Research Associate with the Scripps Research Institute, investigating behavioral effects of immunodeficiency in rhesus monkeys. Part of Dr. Weed's dissertation, 'Receptor Dynamics and Reinforcing Effects of Dopamine D1 Receptor Agonists in the Rhesus Monkey,' appeared in the December 1995 issue of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

The University of Minnesota awarded $100,000 to each of 10 professors through its Distinguished McKnight University Professorship Program. Gordon Legge, PhD, Professor of Psychology, and Megan Gunnar, PhD, Professor, Institute of Child Development, were among the faculty members to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding midcareer scholars who have recently achieved the rank of full professor.




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