Psychology Professor Will Spaulding received The Kraepelin-Alzheimer Medal

UNL Prof. of Psychology Will Spaulding received The Kraepelin-Alzheimer Medal in Munich, Germany, where he was an invited speaker at a symposium on schizophrenia. The award cites Spaulding’s “excellent research on treatment and rehabilitation of schizophrenia.” Emil Kraepelin was a scientist and physician who is considered the father of modern psychiatry. He was the first to identify the disorder that came to be known as schizophrenia. More familiar to most is the name of Alois Alzheimer, Kraepelin’s departmental colleague, who described the brain disease that today bears his name. Kraepelin and Alzheimer presided over the dawn of modern brain research at the turn of the 20th century, in a department that included many names familiar to modern neuroscientists, including Franz Nissl, who developed microscopic techniques that made it possible to see within individual brain cells, and Frederic Lewy, who discovered the molecular basis of Parkinson’s and other brain diseases. The symposium at which Spaulding was awarded the Medal was held in the very building at the University of Munich where Kraepelin and his colleagues did their work.

 
Newest volume of Nebraska Symposium on Motivation is available

Genes and the Motivation to Use Substances edited by Scott Stoltenberg is now available from Springer.  If you are on UNL campus or logged in to the UNL library system, go to SpringerLink for direct access to an electronic version of the book.

 
Psychology graduate student Anna Jaffe was awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Graduate student Anna Jaffe received an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for her project entitled Effects of Peritraumatic Alcohol Intoxication on Intrusive Memories.
Congratulations, Anna!

 
Department award ceremony recognizes students and faculty

On April 30th, the Department of Psychology recognized outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty at the Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony/Psi Chi Induction Ceremony. The award winners this year were:
Jensen Award: Tran Le
Wolfe Award: Kate Brungardt
Levine Diversity Award, Undergraduate Student Winner: David Orozco-Garcia
Levine Diversity Award, Graduate Student winners: Vincenzo Roma and Rosa Hazel Delgado
Graduate student TA award for research mentorship: Rosy Maldonado and Laura Watkins
Graduate student TA award for classroom instruction: Josh Haby
Teacher of the year: Cal Garbin

 
The Future Directions in Psychology, Public Policy and the Law conference will be held 11-13 June at the East Campus Union

The UNL Law-Psychology Program is pleased to host its ninth conference on important topics in psychology and law, funded by a UNL Program of Excellence award. The program will feature legal and social science scholars speaking on the topics of immigration, LGBT issues in the law, discrimination, and child welfare.
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Graduate student Anna Jaffe has received a Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship

Psychology graduate student Anna Jaffe was just awarded a Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship. The Fling Fellowship is one of the top two fellowships awarded by the graduate fellowship committee at UNL. The award provides advanced, top-ranking graduate students with a stipend, as well as a tuition and fee waivers that allow them to work full time on their graduate studies. There were three Fling recipients at UNL for the 2013-14 academic year.

 
Graduate student Amy Ort has received an Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant

Psychology graduate student Amy Ort received a Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant. The grant will aid the completion of Amy's thesis work on perspective taking in pinyon jays.

 
Graduate student Alayna Schreier was selected to receive a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

Psychology graduate student Alayna Schreier received a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. These fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The fellows receive an annual stipend for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution.

 
David DiLillo awarded College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award

Psychology professor David DiLillo was awarded the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award. Dr. DiLillo is a member of the Clinical Psychology Training Program, which was recognized nationally in 2013 as the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Outstanding Training Program. He is a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of various forms of interpersonal trauma. For the past 10 years, DiLillo has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for his research conducted in the Trauma, Violence and Abuse Lab. Several of his students have been recognized by the NIH. DiLillo's work has been published more than 80 times, including seven papers currently in press.

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Research by psychology graduate students and faculty featured in USA Today

A new study by UNL psychology graduate students Alyssa Lundahl and Katie Kidwell and faculty member Tim Nelson investigates when and whether parents realize their children are overweight, Lundahl combined and analyzed data from 69 studies conducted worldwide between 1990 and 2012 that involved children ages 2 to 18. In an article published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Lundahl found that more than 50 percent of parents underestimate the weight of their overweight or obese child.

The study has been covered in a number of news outlets, including USA Today.

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Psychology students and faculty win Graduate Teaching awards and Excellence in Graduate Education awards

Psychology graduate students Rosy Maldonado and Laura Watkins were co-awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (research education) and Josh Haby was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (classroom education). Psychology faculty Sarah Gervais recevied the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education. Congratulations!

 
Psychology professor Alan Kamil elected as AAAS fellow

Professor Alan Kamil has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Fellows are selected by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished achievements that advance science or its application. Dr. Kamil was selected for distinguished contributions to the study of animal behavior and cognition, particularly research on search images and prey polymorphism, and spatial memory in food-caching birds.

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Fall 2013 newsletter is out

Read about CB3, kicking addictions, awards, and so much more in the Fall 2013 newsletter.Fall 2013 newsletter

 
Psychology alumnus Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac participates in annual Alumni Masters Week

Nine outstanding alumni returned to UNL Nov. 13-15 to share their experiences and knowledge with students as part of Alumni Masters Week. Among the honored alumni was Major General Daryl L. Bohac, a three-time UNL graduate, most recently served as the assistant adjutant general-air, Nebraska National Guard, and deputy adjutant general of the Nebraska Military Department. Bohac earned three degrees in psychology from UNL in 1987, 1991 and 1994.

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Research by psychology faculty Sarah Gervais and Mike Dodd featured in USA Today

A new study by UNL psychologists Sarah Gervais and Michael Dodd employed eyetracking technology to intricately map the visual behavior of both men and women as they viewed images of different females with different body types. The study was published today in the academic journal Sex Roles and, researchers said, could provide the first steps toward addressing objectifying gazes and limiting their effects on women. Though the men in the study exhibited such visual behavior consistently, the researchers found that women’s eye patterns actually were similar to men’s. However, male participants regarded the curvaceous women more positively than women with fewer curves, whereas female participants viewed these women similarly. 

The study has been covered in a number of news outlets, including USA Today.

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UNL has three neuroscientist positions open

The Department of Psychology at University of Nebraska–Lincoln has two positions available for individuals with fMRI expertise; one at the Assistant Professor rank, and the second at the Associate or Full Professor rank. Review of applications will begin September, 30 2013 and continue until filled.

The Systems Biology of Social Behavior initiative in conjunction with the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of social neuroscience starting fall semester 2014. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by October 25, 2013.

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Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior celebrates East Stadium Expansion

UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst, Athletic Director Emeritus Tom Osborne, Gov. Dave Heineman, University of Nebraska Regent Tim Clare and NU President James B. Milliken shared the honor of leading the first detailed look at the East Stadium Expansion project. East Memorial Stadium will house a more than 50,000-square-foot, first-of-its-kind center of innovation that integrates UNL's athletic and research endeavors. Located inside the expansion near Gate 20, the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) will house UNL researchers who are at the forefront in the study of genetics, neuroscience, physiology, cognition and other areas of brain science. The center will feature state-of-the-art brain imaging technologies for UNL faculty from an array of fields.

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Diana Prescott elected to the APA Board of Directors

Psychology Ph.D. alumna Diana Prescott has been elected to the APA Board of Directors. Prescott currently represents the Maine Psychological Association as APA Council representative, Federal Advocacy Coordinator and Rural Health Coordinator. She was the recipient of the APAPO Federal Advocacy Award. She is a member of the APA Committee of State Leaders and divisions 12, 16, 29, 30, 31, 35, 38, 42, 54 and 56.

 
Mario Scalora receives the Distinguished Achievement Award

Psychology faculty member Mario Scalora received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

 
Clinical Psychology Training Program named outstanding program

Clinical program wins ABCT Outstanding Training ProgramUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Clinical Psychology Training Program has been named as the 2013 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Outstanding Training Program. This recognition is given to only one program every two years. Representatives of UNL’s program will be on hand at the annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., in November to formally accept the award.

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Psychology Undergraduate Award Ceremony honors undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty

The award winners at the Undergraduate Award Ceremonty were:
Jensen Award: Maggie Schauer (thesis supervisor: Sarah Gervais)
Wolfe Award: Kara Brostrom
Levine Diversity Award, Undergraduate Student Winners: Haley Mullin and Maggie Schauer
Levine Diversity Award, Graduate Student winner:
Libier Isas Graduate student TA award for research mentorship: Leah Georges (nominator: Rich Wiener), Mark Mills (nominator: Mike Dodd), Tiffany West (nominator: Dave Hansen)
Graduate student TA award for classroom instruction: Michelle Petracca (nominator: Cal Garbin)
Teacher of the year: Mike Dodd

 
Please join us for the 61th Annual Nebraska Symposium on Motivation

The 60th Annual Symposium on Motivation on Genes and the Motivation to Use Substances will be held at the Nebraska Union, UNL City Campus, 14th and R Streets on April 25-26, 2013. Speakers will include Arpana Agrawal (Washington University, St. Louis), John C. Crabbe (Oregon Health & Science University), David Goldman (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), Matt McGue (University of Minnesota), Robert Philibert (University of Iowa), and Robert A. Zucker (University of Michigan).

 
UNL's Program of Excellence Conference - Security and Terrorism in the Modern World will be held 8-10 April at the Law College

Program of Excellence Conference - Security and Terrorism in the Modern World
Held at the Law School (morning sessions in the auditorium, afternoons in room 109)
April 8 - 8am-6pm
April 9 - 9am-3:30pm
April 10 - group discussion over breakfast, 9am-10:45

More information can be found on the website and the program.

 
Alan Kamil receives Comparative Cognition Society's Research Award

Alan Kamil, professor of biological sciences and psychology and director of the Center for Avian Cognition, has received the Research Award from the Comparative Cognition Society. This award honors scientists who have made major contributions to our understanding of animal cognition during their career. Recipients of the award give a Master Lecture at the Conference on Comparative Cognition and are honored at the conference banquet.  In addition, the journal Behavioural Processes will publish a special issue in honor of Dr. Kamil.

 
Dennis Molfese named to national panel to study brain injuries

Dennis Molfese, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, is serving on the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Committee on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth. The committee is charged with producing a comprehensive report to Congress and President Barack Obama regarding brain injuries in children and young adults.

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Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior approved by Board of Regents

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents on Jan. 25 approved the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior as an interdisciplinary research center at UNL. The center, which the board approved unanimously, is a key component of an emerging collaboration between athletics and research at UNL. Known as CB3, it will be located later this year in half of a 50,000-square-foot research area in the East Stadium addition to Memorial Stadium.

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Psychology undergraduate Kara Brostrom wins Outstanding Student Leadership Award

Kara Brostrom of Grand Island was honored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Student Affairs with UNL’s 2012 Outstanding Student Leadership Awards. The Outstanding Student Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership in academic, co-curricular, and/or extracurricular activities and involvement. Selection committees on behalf of the Office of Student Affairs annually select one male and one female student for recognition for their outstanding leadership contributions at UNL and their efforts to develop leadership qualities in their fellow students.

 
New Psychology Department Chair

Welcome Rick Bevins as the new Psychology Department Chair!  Dr. Bevins received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Behavior from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1993.  He has been a faculty member in the Psychology Department since 1996, when he established the Behavioral Neuropharmacology Laboratory.  He has acted as Vice Chair of Psychology starting in 2001.

Dr. Bevins succeeds David Hansen, who has contributed 11 years of service as Chair.  Thanks, Dave!  Dr. Hansen will continue to direct the Child Maltreatment Lab and will act as Area Advisor for the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program.

 
Sarah Gervais' research on sexual objectification makes headlines

A new study from Sarah Gervais' Subtle Prejudice Lab suggests that two distinct cognitive processes are in play with our basic physical perceptions of men and women – and, importantly, provides clues as to why women are often the targets of sexual objectification.


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Former psychology undergraduate Cara Morgenson has received a Fulbright award to teach in Poland

Cara Morgenson, of Omaha, graduated in August 2011 with degrees in English and psychology and a minor in women’s and gender studies. She will be leaving in the fall to teach English in Poland for a year, thanks to her new Fulbright scholarship.

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Manda Williamson wins ASUN Outstanding Educator Award
Psychology lecturer Manda Williamson has received the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) Student Government's Outstanding Educator Award for 2011-12.  Manda received the award for large classes.  She regularly teaches large sections of Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 181).
 
Psychology undergraduate Mindy Schreiber wins BTN LiveBIG Scholarship with essay  

Mindy Schrieber wins BTN LiveBIG ScholarshipUNL junior psychology major Mindy Schreiber has been awarded a Big Ten Network LiveBIG Scholarship for Outstanding Service. The award was presented during halftime of the Feb. 29, 2012 Husker men's basketball game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The $1,000 scholarship is part of the network's original series, BTN LiveBIG, which celebrates Big Ten students and alumni who exemplify what it means to "live big" through service to others.  Read Mindy's winning essay.
 
Psychology undergraduate Donovan Allen is featured on Collegebound Nebraska
Donovan Allen, Collegebound NebraskaGrowing up in Omaha, Donovan Allen's mother always talked about the importance of college. So it's no wonder education became a priority. Now Donovan is a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and loving the experience. And Collegebound Nebraska is making it a little easier to pay the bills.  Check out the YouTube video.
 
Rosemary Esseks, Celeste Spier, and Scott Stoltenberg received the Certificate of Recognition for Contribution to Students
Rosemary Esseks, Celeste Spier, and Scott Stoltenberg received the "Certificate of Recognition for Contribution to Students" from the UNL Parents Association and the UNL Teaching Council.  Parents of UNL students nominate faculty and staff who have "made a signifcant difference" in their son's or daughter's life.
 
Please join us for the 60th Annual Nebraska Symposium on Motivation

The 60th Annual Symposium on Motivation on Motivational Perspectives on Objectification and (De)Humanization will be held at the Nebraska Union, UNL City Campus, 14th and R Streets on April 16 — 17, 2012.  Speakers will include Rachel Calogero (Virginia Wesleyan College),  Nicholas Epley (University of Chicago),  Susan Fiske (Princeton University),  Barbara Fredrickson (University of North Carolina),  Jamie Goldenberg (University of South Florida), and Nicholas Haslam (University of Melbourne).

 
Cal Garbin named Academic All Star by the College of Arts and Sciences
Cal Garbin, Academic All-StarCal Garbin was named Academic All-Star: "In his 26 years as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, Garbin has left fear by the wayside and blazed new trails as an educator. He has made an impact on generations of students, whether through his talents teaching statistics and breaking through common student fears about the subject, supervising hundreds of undergraduate research presentations at local or regional conferences, scrutinizing dozens of honors and seniors theses, and chairing or co-chairing four dissertation committees.  His efforts have attracted attention at the national level, and certainly locally. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including a University of Nebraska Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA). The award, which recognizes just two individuals each year across the University of Nebraska’s four campuses, is among the system’s highest achievements in teaching."  Read more here.
 

Lesa Hoffman received the Cattell Early Career Research Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology

Lesa Hoffman received the Cattell Early Career Research Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. This award is an early-career award given annually by the Society to a young researcher who has made outstanding contributions to multivariate experimental psychology and who shows promise of continued work of a very high quality.

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Brian Bornstein received the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award from the American Psychology-Law Society

Brian Bornstein has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award from the American Psychology-Law Society. His selection was based on Bornstein's service as an educator, mentor, and his exceptional overall contributions to the psychology and law profession. The award will be presented at the 4th International Congress on Psychology and Law held in Miami this March.

 

Rick Bevins received the UNL Chapter of Sigma Xi's 2009 Outstanding Scientist Award
Rick Bevins, professor, Department of Psychology, received the Outstanding Scientist Award from Sigma Xi for international recognition as a leader in research excellence bridging the areas of psychology, psychopharmacology, behavioral neuroscience and immunology.

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Deb Hope elected ABCT President for 2010-2011
Deb Hope for has been elected President of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) for the 2010-2011 term. ABCT is the leading professional association for empirically-based mental health researchers and providers, primarily psychologists. This is a tremendous honor for Deb, and we are very pleased that she's a member of our department.

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UNL Alumnus serving as Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement
David Washington, a clinical-law/psychology graduate of the UNL psychology department is currently the Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement. He will lead the Office of Public Engagement's "public-private partnerships" efforts.

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Cal Garbin received the University's Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA)
Cal Garbin, professor, Department of Psychology, received the 2009 University's Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA). This university-wide award recognizes recognize faculty whose research and teaching have made an impact on students, the university and the state.

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Nebraska Symposium on Motivation
Reconnect with friends, colleagues, and mentors in the Department of Psychology and celebrate 57 years of the NE Symposium on Motivation!
An open invitation to faculty (former and current), students, alumni, and friends of the department


Date: April 17, 2009
Time: 8-10pm
Location: Great Plains Gallery

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