Archives For: August 2009

Templeton Neuroscience Awards

08/28/2009

Under the direction of Martin Seligman, and supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Penn Positive Psychology Center has established the Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards. We will award up to twenty, 2-year grants averaging $200,000 to talented young investigators pursuing neuroscientific research on topics including:
Virtue, strength, and positive emotion: What are the neural bases of the cognitive and affective capacities that enable virtues such as discipline, persistence, honesty, compassion, love, curiosity, social and practical intelligence, courage, creativity, and optimism?
Exceptional abilities: What is special about the brains of exceptional individuals and what can we learn from them?
Meaning and positive purpose: How does the brain enable individuals and groups to find meaning and achieve larger goals?
Decisions, values, and free will: How does the brain enable decisions based on values and how can decision-making be improved? What can neuroscience reveal about the nature of human freedom?
Religious belief, prayer, and meditation: How do religious and spiritual practices affect neural function and behavior?

We will be accepting applications for the Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards until the September 30, 2009 deadline. The project website www.posneuroscience.org has more information, including the official Request for Applications.

John Freedom
Chair, ACEP Research Committee

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Idealist Graduate School Fairs

08/25/2009

Idealist Grad-School Fairs

If you, or anyone you know, is thinking of going to
grad-school next year for a degree with social impact,
there will be 17 fairs in North America this fall.
Registration is Free

At each fair, you can meet representatives from 50-200 graduate
programs in fields such as Nonprofit Management, Education, Social Work, Global Health, International Affairs, Law, Public Policy, Urban Planning, and many more.
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Saybrook will be at the Washington, DC Fair
Monday, September 21, 2009
Washington Convention Center, Hall C, Washington, DC

and will also be in:
Phoenix
San Francisco
Seattle
Los Angeles
New York

See Dates Below
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Here is the Idealist Grad-Fair schedule for this fall (in parentheses you can see how many schools have already signed
up for each fair):

Sep 10 - New York, NY (200)
Sep 14 - Providence, RI (75)
Sep 15 - Boston, MA (175)
Sep 17 - Toronto, ON (50)
Sep 21 - Washington, DC (160)
Sep 23 - Pittsburgh, PA (50)
Oct 5 - Denver, CO (60)
Oct 7 - Minneapolis, MN (50)
Oct 12 - Chicago, IL (110)
Oct 13 - Phoenix, AZ (50)
Oct 15 - San Francisco, CA (120)
Oct 19 - Los Angeles, CA (120)
Oct 20 - Seattle, WA (90)
Oct 22 - Portland, OR (65)
Oct 29 - New Orleans, LA (60)
Oct 30 - Atlanta, GA (90)
Nov 3 - Virginia Beach, VA (30)

For more informatio and to register (it's free but the sponsors need to know how many people will be there), and to see which schools will be at each fair, go to:

http://www.idealist.org/gradfairs

Please share this message and/or link with friends and colleagues on any relevant mailing lists, blogs, and social networks.

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A Day of Wellness and Self-Care for Psychologists Offered by San Francisco Psychological Association

08/24/2009

San Francisco Psychological Association in conjunction with CLASP (Colleague Assistance and Support Program)
invites all Bay Area Psychologists to:

A Day of Wellness and Self-Care for Psychologists

2 CEUs

The day will begin with invitation to experience mindfulness, followed by a walk, stroll or roll along the water. The lunch and presentations will be indoors overlooking the bay. If you don’t feel up to the walk, you are welcome to join us for the lunch and presentation.

Drs Ilene Serlin and Pearl Werfel will be presenting on Mind/Body tools for Psychologists and My Profession, My Body, My Self. The presentations will include material from Dr. Serlin’s work on Whole Person Health Care, Dr. Norcross’s research on Psychologist Self-Care, Dr. Figley’s work on Compassion Fatigue and numerous self-care tools for Psychologists.

Saturday October 4. 10:00 -4:00

10:00 Gather for mindfulness exercise and walk

1:00 Lunch and Presentations

Where: Fort Mason Conference Center, Building C Room 205

At the intersection of Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street, San Francisco

$35/$30 students (Includes lunch and parking validation), $15 CEU

To RSVP: Send a check made out to SFPA and your chicken, turkey or vegetarian lunch choice to:

Nataliya Bolsheva, PhD
406 16th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 759-8105
nbolshevapsy@ yahoo.com

Please bring water and anything else you might need for the walk. Bring walking shoes and layers for coastal weather.

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Ilene Serlin, PhD is the current President of SFPA and General Editor of Whole Person Healthcare
Pearl Werfel, PhD is SFPA’s CLASP Chair
Both have presented numerous workshops on wellness, self-care and stress reduction.

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Princeton Society of Fellows Invites Applications for Three-Year Postdoctoral Fellowships

08/24/2009

Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts invites applications for three-year postdoctoral fellowships
for recent PhDs (from January 2007) in humanities or allied social sciences, 2010-2013.
Three appointments to pursue research and teach half-time.
Annual stipend: approx. $72,000. Application deadline: October 1, 2009.

Open Fellowship; Fellowship in Humanistic Studies; Fellowship in Latin American Studies.

Contact Info:
Search Committee
10 Joseph Henry House
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

Website: http://www.princeton.edu/~sf

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Alumnus John Carlton-Foss, PhD '81 on the Threat of Global Warming

08/24/2009

The impacts of energy use continue to threaten our society, forcing social transformation. Despite ignorance and denial, the facts of Global warming and demand for energy are crowding their way into our reality. The current concentrations of carbon in the atmosphere are higher than they were during the Pliocene Era, 2-5 million years ago. The global temperatures then were 7 to 10 degrees Centigrade higher than the present ones. In 2008 the cost of energy rose so dramatically before falling again that the financial shortfall threatened to overwhelm the most vulnerable in our culture, reminding all of us of our vulnerability. Many came to recognize adequate availability of fuel as a strategic asset. Demand and supply argue that the world economy must voluntarily cut back on its demand or the price will continue to rise until people are forced to cut back. Hidden in financial urgency, are the emerging symptoms of global warming, and the likelihood that the government will have to mandate cutbacks. In fact, if things do not change, energy usage and price will rise when the economy comes out of severe recession. We can do something about it. One thing would be the successful implementation of such programs as Cap and Trade which creates a market for atmospheric carbon, and technical innovations focused on sustainable energy development. Every solution involves enlightened personal choice and discipline. All people must find ways to reduce consumption dramatically while maintaining the sustainable parts of quality in their lives. Many of us have been working on this for decades, work it is again time to share.

Also important in the long term solution to the Global warming issue is managing significant stakeholders who push for actions which increase carbon into the atmosphere. Believe me. I work with some of them. They understand, but they need to be helped to make the transition. We need to foster a social and organizational transformation. If it is to be voluntary, it must have close to 100% market penetration. It must happen very rapidly, within ten to twenty years. Not easy. Self-contained breathing apparatuses (saving the lives of fire-fighters) required 60 years for 50% adoption. The PC revolution required about 25 years but is still not at 100%.

Social science, personal transformation, and marketing science can play significant roles in this transformation. Let’s talk about it. I am also very technically skilled, and open to technical discussion. I also blog about energy at http://greenenergyglobalwarming.blogspot.com/, about older people at http://everwalk.blogspot.com/. I participate sometimes in the Harvard and MIT alum discussion groups and would hope to do a certain amount of cross-fertilization among these groups.

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Tenure Track Faculty Position Available in Population and Health

08/13/2009

Dear Colleagues:
I am pleased to announce the following faculty position involving Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health, Institute for Policy Research, and the following Schools at Northwestern University: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy, and Feinberg School of Medicine.
I would appreciate your sharing this with your colleagues. Thank you.
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
Director
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Tenure Track Faculty Position in Population and Health. Northwestern University is seeking an experienced scholar in sociology, demography, population health, social epidemiology, economics, or related fields, whose research program includes a focus on biology or health. The scholar will join the multidisciplinary faculty of Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding records of scholarly publication, teaching, and externally-funded research. The successful candidate will help to lead C2S in its goal to become an NICHD-funded population research center.

Please mail a statement of research, vita, representative reprints, and 3 names of references to P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, PhD, Search Committee Chair, Cells to Society, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, 2040 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208. We will begin reviewing application materials on October 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.

Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health

Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University
2040 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4100
847.467.6905 phone 847.467.7094 fax

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Correction to Recent Blog Entry

08/12/2009

There was a recent, improper blog entry that announced that Bill Bruff had been licensed as a psychologist. This was erroneous and entered the blog without being edited by a member of the Alumni Association blog committee-please forgive the error.

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Saybrook at the APA, Day 3, Saturday the 8th

08/11/2009

Access to abstracts: http://forms.apa.org/convention/index.cfm?convention=Names

Saturday the 8th, Saybrook at the Toronto APA Convention

Saybrook's day at the APA began at 9 AM with a talk by Art Bohart, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member titled, Psychotherapy Is Art Because Life Is Art, in the Psychotherapy as Art--- Humanistic Perspectives on Creative Practice symposium.

At 10 AM Dr. Bohart chaired an invited address and philosophical expose' by Pamela Burry, the daughter of "Gloria" of the Gloria psychotherapy films. The address was titled Innocence and Experience: Living With The Gloria Films.

At 11 AM, Stan Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member, was the discussant for a talk by Debbie Joffe Ellis, Ph.D. titled Appeal of Albert Ellis: Why the Media and Millions of Admirers Couldn't Get Enough of Him .

At 11 AM, Saybrook Alumnus, David McGarva, Ph.D. displayed a Division 10 poster titled, Studies in Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

At noon, Dr. Krippner and Joan Hageman, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna participated in the symposium, Neurobiology of Extraordinary Experiences . Stan was the chair and Joan gave a talk titled, Mediumship and Psychophysiological Responses Across Cultural Boundaries.

At 1 PM, Rivka Meir, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna delivered a talk in the Aging in the International Perspective symposium.

Also at 1 PM, Saybrookians displayed posters in a one hour poster session. Ruth Richards, PhD, faculty member displayed a poster in the Division 10 Art Exhibition titled, What is art for?—Response in images and 140 words. Elliot Benjamin,MA, PhD (math) Saybrook Student displayed a Division 10 poster titled, Mathematics as an Art Form through Number Theory.

That is it for this day.

All best for now,

George Aiken, Ph.D.
Saybrook Alumnus and Director of Alumni Affairs

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Day 4, Saybrook at the APA

08/09/2009

Access to abstracts: http://forms.apa.org/convention/index.cfm?convention=Names

At 11 AM on the final convention half-day, there were 4 events by Saybrookians.

Faculty member, Ruth Richards, Ph.D., was the discussant for L. Sundararajan (Chair): A process model of creativity: Theory, research, and live demonstration.

Art Bohart, Ph.D., Faculty member

gave a very powerful and important Invited Address titled, Experiential--Constructivist Psychotherapies: An Evidence-Based Approach.

Alumna, Rivka Meir, Ph.D., was made a Fellow in Division 52 for the third year.

Finally, Sheri J. Hixon, M.A., Saybrook Doctoral Student gave a symposium talk titled, Sharing Results and Research Methodology of Our Diversity Studies.

Well that is it for this years convention, a pretty impressive showing by Saybrook, don't you think.

All best for now,

George Aiken, Ph.D.
Saybrook Alumnus and Director of Alumni Affairs

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SECOND DAY, APA CONVENTION, TORONTO, AUGUST 7

08/07/2009

Access to abstracts: http://forms.apa.org/convention/index.cfm?convention=Names

The second day started early with a 7 AM Div 52-200 Fellow Speakers Reception, with Rivka Meir, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna. This event was held at the Division 52 International Suite.

At 11 AM, Ruth Richards, Ph.D., M.D., Saybrook Faculty member received the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts, and her Invited Address was titled: Paradoxes of Everyday Creativity? Measuring Novelty, Healthy-Unhealthy, Beauty-Chaos The talk was extremely engaging, and Ruth received much applause-well deserved, Ruth!

From 1 to 4:50, Stan Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty participated in the continuing education workshop, Whole Person Approaches to Trauma-Posttraumatic Growth.

At 3 PM, Dr. Ruth Richards was the Co-Chair of the symposium, Dreams of Perfection--- Remembering Del Morrison.

Also at 3 PM, Elliot Benjamin, M.A., Saybrook Doctoral Student displayed the poster Artistic Psychology, Mathematical Giftedness, and Mental Disturbance in Children in the Advances in Humanistic Theory, Research, and Practice Poster Session.

From 3 to 4:50, Art Bohart, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty, and Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty delivered papers in the symposium, Carl Rogers, Rollo May, and Humanity’s Dark Side. Art's paper was titled: Psychotherapy and the Client's Relationship to Negative Experience , and Kirk's paper was titled: Ontology and Depth: Rollo May’s Inseparable Duo. This was an engaging two hour symposium, which featured talks by Peter F. Schmid and Maureen O'Hara, in addition to the talks by Art and Stan. Stan was also the Chair of this symposium.

That's it for today.

All best for now,

George Aiken, Ph.D. Saybrook Alumnus and Director of Alumni Affairs

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FIRST DAY OF THE APA CONVENTION, TORONTO, Thursday August 6

08/06/2009

Access to abstracts: http://forms.apa.org/convention/index.cfm?convention=Names

The first slot of the first day, this symposium was very well attended:
Anisah B. Bagasra, M.A., Saybrook Doctoral Student
Paper: Muslim Americans' Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Mental Health Issues
Symposium: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Religion
Division(s): 36, 17, 19, 45

In the first two-hour slot and also very well attended:
Symposium: Existential--Humanistic Therapy Comes of Age
Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty Member and Orah Krug, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna
Kirk's Paper: Contextual Factors in the Promotion of Therapeutic Depth: An Illustration
Orah's Paper: Case Study Highlighting Contextual Factors in an E-H Therapy
Kirk was also symposium chair.

The next session:
Dana Klisanin, Ph.D. Saybrook Alumna
Symposium: The Internet---A Pathway for Networking, Connecting, and Addictions
Paper: Changing Social Norms: Altruism and the Internet

Phew, by this point, I am running out of breath. The Toronto Convention Center is way big.
The next presentation: Eugene Taylor, Ph.D. Saybrook Faculty Member
Susan Gordon, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna was the chair and Stan Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member was the Discussant
Symposium: Neurophenomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition
Eugene's Paper: Déjà-Vu: William James on “The Brain and the Mind”--1878

Next on the list is Steve Pritzker, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member, presenter and symposium chair, with Ruth Richards, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member as the Discussant.
Symposium: New Ideas About Creativity and Education From K to PhD
Steve's Paper: Does Studying Creativity Improve Students Perception of Their Professional and Personal Creative Ability?

I missed another presentation by Steve and wish I hadn't, it was probably a lot of fun:
Symposium: Humor
Steve's Paper: Comedians and Comedy Writing

Finally, there was a follow-up session on the Neurophenomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition symposium in the Humanistic Psychology Hospitality Suite, and Stan Krippner, Susan Gordon, Eugene Taylor, Benjamin Elliot, and I were present, along with several other interested persons. It was a very interesting discussion with a lot of attention centered on the possibility that phenomenology might be a "first person" approach to the validation of neurophenomenological considerations.

I am off to a Invited Address by Ruth Richards, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member, who will be receiving the Arnheim Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

All best for now,

George Aiken, Ph.D.
Saybrook Director of Alumni Affairs

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