The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the award recipients for the second round of BRAIN Initiative awards. Of the more than $80 million set aside for BRAIN awards in 2015, CBS faculty Daniel Schmidt and Medical School faculty Mark Thomas received an award in the amount of $1.1 million over three years. Schmidt and Thomas will use their BRAIN award to create and implement engineered adeno-associated viruses that provide researchers with the ability to selectively infect specific cell or tissue types. Congratulations to Mark Thomas!
Regents Professor William Iacono and Professor Monica Luciana of the Department of Psychology have received a grant from the National Institute of Health as part of a landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The University of Minnesota is one of 11 research project sites to be supported.
The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will follow approximately 10,000 children beginning at ages 9 to 10, before they initiate drug use, through the period of highest risk for substance use and other mental health disorders. Scientists will track exposure to substances (including nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana), academic achievement, cognitive skills, mental health, and brain structure and function using advanced research methods.
The ABCD Study will seek to address many questions related to substance use and development that will help inform prevention and treatment research priorities, public health strategies, and policy decisions.
Nathan Kuncel and Paul Sackett have been named the 2016 recipients of the Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The award is for their article "Resolving the assessment center construct validity dilemma (as we know it)", published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Congratulations to both of them!
The purpose of this initiative is to reduce or eliminate the number of sexual assault kits that go unsubmitted or untested and to help communities improve their response to sexual assault through the implementation of collaborative community Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs). Professor Frazier will assist with training related to victim-centered care. She will be collaborating with Dr. Linda Ledray who is an Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the founder of the SANE-SART Resource Service. More details on the project can be found here: Congratulations to Pat for advancing this important work!
Professsor Andrew J. Oxenham has been elected a Member of the Executive Council for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). The ASA is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Congratulations Professor Oxenham!
We are very pleased to tell you that Pat Frazier has been selected to receive the Charlotte Striebel Equity Award from the University of Minnesota. The award "... annually recognizes a University of Minnesota faculty or staff member of any gender who goes above and beyond daily responsibilities to promote access for the common good, to undo bias and discrimination, or to build capacity for diverse and equitable campus communities" (this description is from the Women's Center website).
Professor Gordon Legge has been selected to receive the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. Helen Keller Laureates are selected by an international panel of biomedical researchers and physicians. The Prize ceremony occurs at the annual convention of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in May. Congratulations, Gordon!
We are very proud to announce that graduate student Andrea Miller (Social Psychology program, advised by Gene Borgida and Chris Federico) has won the Burton Award for Legal Writing. This is a prestigious award that Andrea has received for a law review paper that brings social psychology to the area of family responsibility discrimination law. Details here. Congratulations to Andrea on this achievement!
We are very pleased to announce that Irving Gottesman has been honored with the 2015 CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement (ANA) award. The CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement (ANA) program was created in 1994 as part of the college's 125th anniversary to celebrate and honor the significant achievements and contributions of its alumni. All ANA honorees have been nominated by CLA alumni, faculty, and staff. Of the college's 120,000 living graduates, approximately 1,300 have been selected as recipients. By honoring its alumni, the college recognizes and celebrates not only their singular accomplishments but also the collective depth and breadth of their interests, talents, career paths and achievements in all sectors of society.
This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in graduate and professional education. By Regents' policy, the award selection process is administered by the Provost's Office; a selection committee is convened and SCEP approves the final awards. As you know, John served as our DGS for many years, has directed the I/O area, and has an admirable history of advising students toward successful careers. His former students wrote glowing letters in support of John's nomination. The title "Distinguished University Teaching Professor" or "Distinguished University Teacher" is conferred, and John will receive a one-time $15,000 award.
Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of teachers for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education. By Regents' policy, the award selection process is administered by the Provost's Office; a selection committee is convened and SCEP approves the final awards. As a recipient of this award, Randy joins members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (ADT). The title "Distinguished University Teaching Professor" or "Distinguished University Teacher" is conferred upon recipients together with a one-time $15,000 award.
The Department is very pleased to announce the creation of the Engdahl Family Research Fund in the Department of Psychology. The establishment of this fund is due to the generosity of our friend and colleague, Dr. Brian Engdahl, and his family.
The fund will support faculty research in the Department of Psychology. The goal is to provide moderate amounts of seed funding for projects that meet the following objectives:
We are extremely grateful for this gift to our department and for the Engdahl family's support of our research mission.
Sekine Ozturk - "Neurocognitive Testing for Identifying Treatment Biomarkers in Adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder"
Christopher Hollowell - "N100 and P300 components in schizophrenia patients, bipolar patients, and their first-degree relatives"
Julie Stuart- "Who Intends to Spread Their Environmental Behavior? Comparing Environmental Attitudes and Moral Beliefs"
Annika Utgaard - "Unintentional Side Effects: Facebook and the Effects of Social Comparison on Body Image and Comfort Food-Seeking Behavior"
Linnae Baird - "Marijuana's Effects on Tobacco Use Onset, Frequency, and Addiction in Adolescents"
Christopher Schott - "Perceived Social Support as a Moderator of Alcohol Abuse in PTSD Population"
The Department of Psychology is home to internationally known scholars with research expertise in ethnic minority mental health, inter-group relations, educational disparities, cross-cultural psychology, women's health, physical disabilities, adoption, and more.
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