September 27, 2006

2007-2008 APA CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The APA Congressional Fellowship Program, now in its 31st year, offers members the opportunity to spend one year as a special assistant with a member of Congress or congressional committee on Capitol Hill. The program intends to:

-- Provide psychologists with an invaluable public policy learning experience
-- Contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government
-- Broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government

Congressional Fellows often engage in conducting legislative or oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates, and preparing briefs and/or writing speeches.

Programs include:

Congressional Fellowship Program: Applicant must be a psychologist, a Member of APA, and have a doctorate in psychology or related field, with a minimum of two years of experience post-doctorate preferred. An applicant must also be a U.S. citizen. Application deadline is January 3, 2007.

William A. Bailey Health and Behavior Congressional Fellowship: A prospective Fellow must demonstrate competence in scientific and/or professional psychology related to health and behavior issues, such as HIV/AIDS. . An applicant must be a psychologist, a Member of APA, and have a doctorate in psychology or related field, with a minimum of two years of experience post-doctorate preferred. An applicant must also be a U.S. citizen. Application deadline is January 3, 2007.

Catherine Acuff Congressional Fellowship: Applicant must be a psychologist, a member of APA, and have a doctorate in psychology or related field, with a minimum of five years of experience post-doctorate. An applicant must also be a U.S. citizen. Application deadline is January 3, 2007.

Public Policy Graduate Internship Program: Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program in psychology, in at least the second year of graduate training, and have a strong interest in applying psychological research findings to the development of public policy. The intern must be able to work quickly and communicate effectively on a wide range of topics, and be able to work cooperatively with individuals having diverse viewpoints. The intern must demonstrate competence in conducting literature reviews and summarizing findings for a non-scientific audience. Applicants should be members of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) and must be available to work 15 to 20 hours per week in APA’s Central Office in Washington, D.C., from September 2007 until August 2008. Application deadline is March 2, 2007.

Detailed information is available at http://www.apa.org/PPO/FELLOWS/

Posted by kwalter at 2:50 PM

IN THE NEWS: Ernest Davenport

Take a look at the profile on Ernest Davenport's work helping minority students prepare for college: http://www1.umn.edu/umnnews/Feature_Stories/PartnersWork_helps_bridge_achievement_gap.html

Posted by kwalter at 7:52 AM

September 22, 2006

IN THE NEWS: Virginia Clinton

Virginia Clinton, a doctoral student in Psych Foundations, was just profiled in today's Star Tribune's business section, in a feature called "Cash Check:" http://www.startribune.com/745/story/692700.html.

Posted by kwalter at 1:51 PM

September 21, 2006

DISSERTATION SEMINAR

The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Annette Alliman-Brissette

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of the University of Minnesota

Factors Associated with African American Adolescents Math Career Self-efficacy

Wednesday, October 4, 2006
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
128 Burton Hall

COMMITTEE:
Dr. Ernest Davenport (chair)
Dr. Sherri Turner (co-advisor)
Dr. Michael Goh (co-advisor)
Dr. Pearl Barner

Posted by kwalter at 11:52 AM

Center for Neurobehavioral Development Colloquium

The Center for Neurobehavioral Development presents: 2006-2007 Academic year Colloquium Dual Series on Dopamine Systems: Reward and Executive Functioning. To kick off this series Mark Thomas, Ph.D. from the Department of Neuroscience will be speaking on Synaptic Plasticity in the Mesolimbic Dopamine System.

Abstract: Long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) are thought to be critical mechanisms that contribute to the neural circuit modifications that mediate all forms of experience-dependent plasticity. It has, however, been difficult to demonstrate directly that experience causes long-lasting changes in synaptic strength and that these mediate changes in behaviour. To address these potential functional roles of LTP and LTD, we have taken advantage of the powerful in vivo effects of drugs of abuse that exert their behavioural effects in large part by acting in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and ventral tegmental area (VTA); the two major components of the mesolimbic dopamine system. Our studies suggest that in vivo drugs of abuse such as cocaine cause long-lasting changes at excitatory synapses in the NAc and VTA owing to activation of the mechanisms that underlie LTP and LTD in these structures. Thus, administration of drugs of abuse provides a distinctive model for further investigating the mechanisms and functions of synaptic plasticity in brain regions that play important roles in the control of motivated behaviour, and one with considerable practical implications.


This event will take place on Tuesday, September 26th at 4pm in the CNBD conference room, located on the third floor of the VFW Cancer Research Center. Food and beverage will be provided. Make sure to check out other upcoming events at http://www1.umn.edu/cnbd/research/events.php

Posted by kwalter at 11:50 AM

September 19, 2006

COMMENCEMENT PARTICIPATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 25

The Graduate School’s Fall 2006 commencement ceremony will be Friday, December 8 at 1 p.m. in Northrop Auditorium. If you are interested in participating, you must submit your Commencement Attendance Approval Form to Kathy Walter (206C Burton) for DGS approval no later than Monday, September 25.

In order to be approved, MA students must have an approved Degree Program on file; PhDs must have had their Thesis Proposal approved. You may have received a copy of this form with your Graduation Packet; forms are also available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/gs54.pdf

Posted by kwalter at 1:34 PM

ISSS: SMALL WORLD COFFEE HOUR

The International Student and Scholar Services office will host the SMALL WORLD COFFEE HOUR WELCOME EVENT on Friday, September 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Join them for coffee, tea, food, and fun in 110 Heller Hall to welcome new students and greet familiar faces from the past! Come, relax, and make some new friends for this upcoming academic year.

Posted by kwalter at 1:31 PM

September 18, 2006

PEACE FOUNDATION: NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY TOUR

The PEACE Foundation hosts a monthly tour of the Northside, focusing on its assets and challenges. This two-hour tour by bus is lead by Council Member Don Samuels and is designed to give a deeper understanding of the Northside community to partners. It runs the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am to noon and starts at St. Philips Church at the corner of 26th Ave N and Bryant Ave N.

Next Tour:

Saturday, September 23
10am to noon
26th Ave North and Bryant Ave North

Please join us.

Email the PEACE Foundation at michelle@citypeace.org to reserve your spot.

Posted by kwalter at 11:02 AM

September 15, 2006

ICD BAG LUNCH COLLOQUIUM

Tomoko Imura, Kwansei GakuinUniversity, Hyogo, Japan and Albert Yonas, ICD, will present: “The development of visual perception: research on infant humans and chimpanzees in the US and Japan.?

Thursday, September 21, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. , 172 ICD

Posted by kwalter at 1:10 PM

NSF: EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC SUMMER INSTITUTES

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-sponsor the Summer Institute in Japan.

Applicants must be:
-- U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
-- Enrolled at U.S. institutions in a research-oriented master’s, M.D. or Ph.D. degree program;
-- Pursuing studies in fields of science and engineering research and education supported by the National Science Foundation (Biology; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Cyberinfrastructure; Education; Engineering; Environmental Research and Education; Geosciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Polar Research; and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences). See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/browse_all_funding.jsp for descriptions of these fields. For Japan, fields of study may also include those supported by the National Institutes of Health (http://www.nih.gov/science/); and
-- Pursuing studies in fields of science and engineering research and education that are represented among the potential host institutions at the desired location.

Application deadline: December 12, 2006
For more information, see www.nsf.gov/eapsi

Posted by kwalter at 8:31 AM

September 13, 2006

U.S. INSTITUTE FOR PEACE DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

USIP invites applications for Peace Scholar awards offered by the Jennings Randolph program. These fellowships are intended to support the research and writing of doctoral dissertations addressing the sources and nature of international conflict and ways of preventing or ending conflict and sustaining peace.

Dissertation projects from all disciplines are welcome. Priority will be given to projects that contribute knowledge relevant to the formulation of policy on international peace and conflict issues. USIP expects to award at least ten Peace Scholar fellowships for 2007-2008.

The 2007-2008 Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship:

Provides fellowships for dissertation research and writing on projects addressing international peace and conflict resolution at U.S. universities.

-- Awards $17,000 for 12 months beginning September 2007.
-- Is open to citizens of any country.
-- Applications are due January 10, 2007.

More information is available at http://www.usip.org/fellows/scholars.html

Posted by kwalter at 2:57 PM

C&I DIVERSITY DIALOGUE

Please join the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for the year’s first Diversity Dialogue:

Exploring differences and common ground: Acting on the social science behind the Michigan Case with Heidi Barajas, PSTL.

These monthly gatherings are sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. It features a presentation by faculty, staff, student or community member, with time allotted for conversation. Complimentary pizza will be provided. No reservations are necessary.

Location: 40 Peik Hall
Date: Mon 9/18/2006
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m

Posted by kwalter at 2:53 PM

September 12, 2006

WINTER COMMENCEMENT

The Graduate School’s Fall 2006 commencement ceremony will be Friday, December 8 at 1 p.m. in Northrop Auditorium. If you are interested in participating, you must submit your Commencement Attendance Approval Form to Kathy Walter (206C Burton) for DGS approval no later than Monday, September 25.

In order to be approved, MA students must have an approved Degree Program on file; PhDs must have had their Thesis Proposal approved. You may have received a copy of this form with your Graduation Packet; forms are also available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/gs54.pdf

Posted by kwalter at 3:13 PM

ISSS WELCOME OPEN HOUSE

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is having an event to welcome students and scholars with their families to Minnesota:

Date: Thursday, September 28th
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: 110 Heller Hall, West Bank

Come and meet staff from the International Student and Scholar Services office, and other campus organizations that serve international families, receive information for your family, and socialize with other families.

-Bring your children and spouse
-Activities offered for children
-Refreshments provided

If you have questions about the open house, please call Stacey Buachart at 612-626-7100.

Posted by kwalter at 2:47 PM

ISSS CROSS CULTURAL DISCUSSION GROUPS: International & U.S. Students

You are invited to join the International Student and Scholar Services Fall 2006 semester cross-cultural discussion groups. Group members will meet once a week to share cross-cultural experiences, personal thoughts, and feelings in a relaxed small group atmosphere. The groups will start soon. These groups might fill quickly, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

For more information and to complete a participant application, visit the following web page: http://www.isss.umn.edu/programs/disgroup/default.html

Posted by kwalter at 2:44 PM

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE FALL CONFERENCE

Community and School Partnerships: Creating a System Committed to Educational Equity and Social Justice

Save the Date: October 12th, 2006

REGISTER BEFORE 9/22/06 and save! Fees: $80- before 9/22 ; $95- after 9/22

Schools Cannot Fulfill Our Children’s Needs on Their Own.
The conversations about how to better educate our children—particularly those who are economically disadvantaged—have changed. These conversations have become more focused on the achievement gap and the No Child Left Behind policies as well as the results these policies seek to achieve. Consequently we have come to the recognition that schools alone cannot meet the learning needs of our children.

We must begin to build and strengthen partnerships with non–school supports that both complement learning in schools and collectively result in better developmental outcomes. Keynote speaker Dr. Heather Weiss of the Harvard Family Research Project will bring school, district, and community leaders together in addressing the achievement gap in an effort to foster learning for all children through a Complementary Learning approach.

Click on the following to register online and find out more! : http://www.neighb.org/updatedlearning/index.htm

Posted by kwalter at 2:37 PM

September 11, 2006

2006 GUY STANTON FORD MEMORIAL LECTURE

The 2006 Ford Lecture will be presented by Elaine Pagels, a preeminent figure in the theological community, whose impressive scholarship has earned her international respect. Details of the lecture are as follows:

Place: Ted Mann Concert Hall, West Bank Campus

Time: 12:15 p.m., Friday, October 6

Title: "Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Da Vinci"

'what we know from the gnostic gospels, including the Gospel of Judas'

Her bestselling books include, The Gnostic Gospels, an analysis of 52 early Christian manuscripts that were unearthed in Egypt; The Origin of Satan, which chronicles the evolution of Jewish and Christian concepts of evil; Adam, Eve and the Serpent, which examines the creation myth and its role in the development of sexual attitudes in the Christian West; and Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, which focuses on religious claims to possessing the ultimate “truth.? She has written many scholarly articles and book reviews and has been profiled in Time, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, and The New Yorker. In three consecutive years, she was awarded the Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Fellowships.

Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University.

This lecture is free and open to the public. More information is available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/news/ford/index.html

Posted by kwalter at 9:44 AM

DISSERTATION SEMINAR

The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Aruyna Tuicomepee

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of the University of Minnesota

Perceived Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Child and Adolescent Experiences of the 2004 Tsunami Disaster among Thai Youth: A Mixed Methods Study

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
240 Burton Hall

COMMITTEE:
Dr. Michael Goh (chair)
Dr. John Romano (advisor)
Dr. Kay Herting Wahl
Dr. Gerald Fry

Posted by kwalter at 8:22 AM

September 5, 2006

FALL 06 REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Be sure to register by September 18. Students who don't register by that date will become inactive in the Graduate School and have to reapply.

Posted by kwalter at 3:43 PM

BOYNTON'S INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OPEN HOUSE

Boynton Health Service cordially invites you and your family to attend our 4th Annual International Student Open House on Tuesday, September 26. Enjoy free food from all over the world, meet Boynton staff, and get answers to your questions about health care services. For directions and more information, visit www.bhs.umn.edu/openhouse.

Posted by kwalter at 2:10 PM

2006-07 INTERNATIONAL PIZZA & TALKS

Join Us for Free Pizza and Talk on:

Multicultural Education in the New College of Education and Human Development

Presented by:
Heidi Barajas & Walt Jacobs
Department of Postsecondary Teaching & Learning

Monday, Sept. 11, 2006
Noon to 1:30pm
250 Wulling Hall, Minneapolis Campus

Sponsored by the International Education Committee for the College of Education and Human Development.

Posted by kwalter at 2:08 PM