Psychologist Wins National Jesuit Book Award

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Prof. Ellen Winner (Psychology) has won a 1996-97 Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Award for her book Gifted Children: Myths and Realities .
Two other Boston College faculty members won honorable mention in the national Jesuit honor society's 18th annual book competition, administered by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Prof. Howard Straubing (CSOM) was cited for Finite Atomata, Formal Logic and Circuit Complexity , and Prof. Peter Gottschalk (Economics) for America Unequal , which he co-authored with Sheldon Danziger.

"I was delighted, honored, thrilled - and surprised," said Winner, whose 1996 book prevailed over 35 other entries in the Physical and Natural Sciences category. The book examines the distinctive sets of abilities of exceptional children and urges a strengthening of educational programs for such youngsters.

"The study of gifted children has often been marginalized in psychology," said Winner. "I tried to study this topic seriously by holding some common misconceptions up to the light of the best scientific evidence. I was pleased and honored both to have won this award, and to have won it in the category of science."

College of Arts and Sciences Dean J. Robert Barth, SJ, said the Alpha Sigma Nu award results reflect the top-caliber scholarship of Boston College faculty.

"We're very proud of what Ellen has done. Her work manifests not only her skill, but the strengths of her department," said Fr. Barth. "The Alpha Sigma Nu competition traditionally has been very strong nationally, and Boston College has been well-represented in the past. The win this year continues a tradition of Boston College success."

The AJCU is accepting nominations for the 1998 competition, which is open to scholarly books published between 1995 and 1997 in one of the following categories: architecture, business, communications, dentistry, education, engineering, fine arts, foreign service, law, medicine, music, nursing, pharmacy and social work. For more information, contact the AJCU at (202) 862-9893.

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