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Psychology Alumnus Dr. Robert Plomin Receives Outstanding Alumnus Award

Robert Joseph Plomin, an alumnus of the Department of Psychology, has been named a 2015 Outstanding Alumnus by the Graduate School at UT Austin.

Each year the Graduate School presents awards to recognize individuals for their contributions to excellence in graduate education. The Outstanding Alumnus/a Award recognizes an alumnus/a of the Graduate School for academic or professional achievements since graduating from the university.

Dr. Plomin received his doctorate from UT Austin in 1974 and is considered one the Department of Psychology's most distinguished alumni, one who has truly achieved preeminence in his academic and professional career. His work has had great impact on medicine and psychology.

After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Plomin joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado, where he was promoted to full professor eight years later. From there, he was asked by Penn State to create an interdisciplinary research center called the Center for Developmental and Health Genetics. In 1994, he was lured away by the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London where he remains Professor of Behavioral Genetics today. (3/13/2015)

Read more information about Dr. Plomin's work and this year's awardees.

Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Lima Selected as 2015 Texas Distinguished Scientist by Texas Academy of Sciences

Psychology Professor Francisco Gonzalez-Lima has been awarded the 2015 Texas Distinguished Scientist award of the Texas Academy of Sciences for his "outstanding contributions to the neurosciences and education in the state of Texas."

Dr. Gonzalez-Lima is the George I. Sanchez Centennial Professor at UT, and is an internationally recognized neuroscience leader who investigates the relationship between brain energy metabolism, memory and neurobehavioral disorders.

The Texas Academy of Science was first organized in 1892 at UT by 14 scientists, and since then has grown to include hundreds of academy scientists. For the past 35 years they have been awarding annually the Texas Distinguished Scientist award to the most distinguished Texas scientists nominated by academy members, selected by an honors committee, and approved by the Board of Directors. The first awardee was Dr. Michael DeBakey of Baylor College of Medicine, and other awardees have been Texas scientists of high distinction, including Nobel Prize winners.

The award will be given to Dr. Gonzalez-Lima in a dinner ceremony at the 118th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science in San Antonio, March 7, 2015. (1/15/2015)

Dr. Cristine Legare Awarded Prestigious APS Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions

Dr. Cristine Legare has been recognized as one of the 2015 winners of the Association for Psychological Science's Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions.

The APS Board of Directors established the Janet Taylor Spence Award to recognize transformative contributions to psychological science by rising stars in the field. It celebrates the many new and cutting edge ideas coming out of the most creative and promising investigators who embody the future of psychological science.

The Spence award recognizes young researchers who cross traditional sub-disciplinary lines in psychological science and honors contributions that reveal the organization underlying complex behavior by drawing upon multiple fields of psychological science.

The announcement states that the award places Dr. Legare "among (the) brightest minds in our field, setting an impressively high standard for the award in years to come." (1/9/15)

More information on the Spence award here.

Prof. Gawronski Named Recipient of SPSP's Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize

Dr. Bertram Gawronski has been named the recipient of the The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize, given annually by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize recognizes an article or book chapter judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to social/personality psychology within a given year. It recognizes theoretical articles that are especially likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social/personality psychology. The emphasis of the prize is on a contribution's conceptual innovation and potential to motivate new research and further conceptual investigation, rather than on its current level of empirical support. (1/9/15)

Read more about the prize on the SPSP website here.


2015 Dean's Distinguished Graduates List Includes Psychology Students Courtney Crosby & Michelle Jackson

Two Psychology students—Courtney Crosby and Michelle Jackson—were included in the Dean's Distinguished Graduates Honorable Mention list for 2015.

Courtney Crosby is a student working in Dr. Cristine Legare's lab, as well as in Dr. Cindy Meston’s lab. Michelle Jackson is a Psychology Special Honors student.

Dean Randy Diehl announced on March 6 that twelve graduating seniors were named 2015 Dean’s Distinguished Graduates. His letter of announcement stated that, "The College of Liberal Arts instituted this award in 1980 to recognize graduating Liberal Arts students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service to the College and University community. It is the highest award the College offers and truly reflective of the remarkable caliber of our graduates. The students will be honored at the College of Liberal Arts spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22."

See the complete list of awardees here.

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