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August 2014

Administrative Updates & Announcements

The University of Minnesota will be hosting CoSMo 2014 (Summer School in Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience) from 8/3/14 - 8/17/14. Associate Professor Paul Schrater is a co-organizer, with financial support provided by the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science & Engineering. The goal of the summer school is to provide cross-disciplinary training in mathematical modelling techniques relevant to understanding brain function, dysfunction, and treatment. The summer school is directed at graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, including Life Sciences, Psychology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering. Also accepted are highly motivated outstanding under-graduate students. More information on the program can be found here.

Summer Grades - Faculty who are sponsoring summer undergraduate RAs or Honors Thesis students must submit those class grades through Rachel Goeller. Summer Research Assistant and Thesis courses do not have assigned instructors, which means faculty cannot submit grades online. Please send the following information to Rachel Goeller by August 25th.

  • Student Name
  • Student ID#
  • Term - Course Number
  • Grade

Questions? Contact Rachel Goeller or Holly Hatch-Surisook.

Awards & Accomplishments

Emeritus Professor Tom Bouchard will be receiving the American Psychological Foundation (APF) Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology at the APA convention this year. The award will be presented to Tom on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. The award recognizes distinguished and enduring records of accomplishment in four areas of psychology: the application of psychology, the practice of psychology, psychology in the public interest, and the science of psychology.

Adjunct Professor Scott Sponheim (Minneapolis VA Medical Center) was awarded a 4-year grant entitled "Quantitative Modeling of Visual Perception Endophenotypes in Schizophrenia". Associate Professor Cheryl Olman is a primary co-investigator, and the research will involve using paradigms she has developed in her laboratory in order to better understand the basis of visual perceptual abnormalities in psychosis. Emeritus Professor Irv Gottesman and Professor Dan Kersten are consultants on the project.

Former Graduate Student Stephanie Pituc (Counseling Ph.D., 2013) is the recipient of the 2014 APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs' (CEMA) Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology. The CEMA Selection Sub-committee determined her dissertation research titled, Foreigner Objectification, Bicultural Identity, and Psychological Adjustment in Asian American College Students (University of Minnesota, 2013), to be the most outstanding. The APA CEMA will be hosting a reception and a brief awards ceremony at the APA 122nd Annual Convention in Washington, DC to present Dr. Pituc with an award to honor her efforts.


Congratulations to our June 2014 Ph.D. graduate!

Katrina Archambault
Area: CAB
Advisor: Chad Marsolek
Dissertation Title: How Stimulus Similarity Impacts Spacing and Interleaving Effects in Long-term Memory

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