2011 Department News
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Two psychology majors, Alex Goldowsky and Joana Bueno, were among the 14 students selected to give this year’s BCTalks. In these talks, modeled after TEDTalks, students give brief and accessible talks about their academic passions.
Shannon Snapp Postdoctoral Position
Shannon Snapp (Ph.D. 2010) has accepted a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the Department of Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. Shannon will join Dr. Stephen Russell and Dr. Adela Licona as a member of the Crossroads Collaborative, an interdisciplinary team dedicated to advancing research, training, public conversation, and ultimately social change in the area of youth, sexuality, health, and rights, funded by the Ford Foundation. Shannon will also conduct research with youth and educators in Arizona and California on identifying the benefits and obstacles of incorporating ethnic studies and LGBT issues into school curriculum.
International Research Fellowship Program Award
Nicole Nelson has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She will be working with Dr. Cathy Mondloch at Brock University, starting in January.
On April 10, the Psychology Department celebrated Scott Slotnick's promotion to Associate Professor with tenure, and Jef Lamoureux's appointment as Lecturer in Psychology.
Brendan Murray Receives Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research
The National Academy of Sciences provides funding, through Sigma Xi, to undergraduate and graduate researchers to promote scientific excellence and achievement.
The Bucharest Early Intervention Project
On January 24, Charles Nelson of Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston gave a talk hosted by the Boston College Psychology Department and recorded for the BC community:
Despite the revolution of 1989, Romania continues to experience high rates of child abandonment to institutional rearing. One of the world's leading experts on early brain and social/emotional/intellectual development, Dr. Nelson will discuss his ongoing efforts to understand the negative impact of institutionalization on children, and the ameliorating effects of early intervention in the form of model foster care.
The effects of early psychosocial deprivation on brain and behavioral development: The Bucharest Early Intervention Project (This link requires an Agora username and password.)
APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarship
Jill Waring was awarded a 2010 American Psychological Foundation/COGDOP graduate research scholarship in psychology.
This award is given to student researchers whose work reflects excellence in psychological science.