March 27, 2008


"Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count"

Richard E. Nisbett
Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor, Department of Psychology
Research Professor, Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan

Friday, April 11, 2008
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Cowles Auditorium,
Hubert H. Humphrey Center
West Bank, Twin Cities Campus

Abstract: IQ, which measures only one aspect of intelligence, is not as heritable as has been assumed in the past, and is highly population-specific. Heritability in any case poses no limits on modifiability. IQ -- and intelligence broadly defined -- are profoundly affected by schools, subcultures, and societal forces, and have been increasing for the past 90 years. Interventions, including early childhood education and ambitious school reforms can have very large effects on IQ, academic achievement and ultimate occupational attainment. Much can be done to reduce the SES and racial gaps in IQ and academic achievement.

Posted by kwalter at 1:55 PM

March 13, 2008


The Graduate School cordially invites you to the first Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Research Showcase on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, Noon – 2 p.m., in the Mississippi Room, 321 Coffman Memorial Union.

Come meet more than 30 of the top recipients of 2007-08 doctoral dissertation fellowships—outstanding, final-year Ph.D. candidates—as they describe their work in fields from engineering to English. Candidates for these fellowships are nominated by their programs' directors of graduate studies in a University-wide competition sponsored by the Graduate School. This year, 114 fellowships were awarded.

Registration is requested by April 9 at

Posted by kwalter at 2:14 PM

March 11, 2008


Congratulations to Michelle Trotter (CSPP doctoral student) for being chosen to receive the 2008 President's Student Leadership and Service Award. Michelle will receive the award from President Bruininks at the awards banquet in May. Michelle is being recognized for her many valuable contributions to the University and Twin Cities communities, including her pivotal role on the Stamp Out Stigma campaign. Way to go, Michelle!

Posted by kwalter at 9:12 AM

March 10, 2008


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

Yasmine L. Konheim-Kalkstein

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

Facilitation of Bayesian Decision Making

Wednesday, April 2, 2008
11:00 a.m. -- noon
320 Education Sciences Building

Professor Jay Samuels, chair
Professor William Bart, advisor
Professor Michael Harwell
Professor Darwin Hendel
Professor Paul Schrater

Posted by kwalter at 11:48 AM


The APA Science Directorate supports science-oriented psychology graduate students each year through its Student Awards Program. Currently the Dictorate is advertising for four awards:

-- Travel Awards (April 1, 2008 deadline)

-- Early Research Awarder (August 22, 2008 deadline)

-- Dissertation Resarch Awards (September 15, 2008 deadline)

-- AFP/Todd E. Husted Memorial Award (September 15, 2008 deadline)

Posted by kwalter at 10:05 AM


March 2008

Monday-Friday, March 17-21
—Spring break

Monday, March 24
—First day of second 7-week session

Monday, March 31
—Last day to receive 100% refund for second 7-week session
—Last day to register without instructor approval for second 7-week session

April 2008

Tuesday, April 1
—Graduate School April graduation application deadline

Sunday, April 6
—Last day to receive 50% refund for second 7-week session
—Last day to cancel a course without receiving a "W" on transcript for second 7-week session
—Last day to add a course without instructor and college scholastic committee approval for second 7-week session

Tuesday, April 8
—Summer registration begins for admitted students

Thursday, April 10
—Queued registration begins for fall 2008

Tuesday, April 15
—Summer registration begins for non-admitted students

Sunday, April 20
—Last day to cancel a course without college scholastic committee approval for second 7-week session


Thursday, May 1
—Graduate School May graduation application deadline

Friday, May 2
—Open registration begins for fall 2008

Friday, May 9
—Last day of instruction

Saturday-Sunday, May 10 &11
—Study days

Monday-Saturday, May 12-17
—Final examinations

Saturday, May 17
—Last day of spring 2008 semester

Wednesday, May 21
—Final grades due for spring 2008

Posted by kwalter at 9:12 AM

March 7, 2008

GLBTA Awards & Scholarships -- March 21 deadline

The GLBTA Programs Office is dedicated to improving campus climate for all people, regardless of their gender identify or sexual orientation. In order to recognize the accomplishments and talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally students, faculty, and staff, that office makes awards and scholarships. See for details.

Posted by kwalter at 4:03 PM

March 4, 2008


Topic: Counseling Clients of East Asian Origin: Research and Clinical Practice with Koreans
Date: Monday March 10, 2008
Time: 12-1:30pm
Speaker: Sung-Kyung Yoo, Ph.D.

Professor Yoo is a graduate of the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology (CSPP) Program in the Department of Educational Psychology, CE+HD. She is presently an Associate Professor at Ewha Women's
CE+University in Seoul, Korea and a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont California.

This bag lunch is co-sponsored by CSPP/Department of Educational Psychology and the CE+HD Office of the Director of International Initiatives and Relations.

Posted by kwalter at 8:51 AM