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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Facebook Diplomacy means harder work - fewer wars

07/28/2009

Recently Robert Faris, research director at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, made a distressing prediction to the National Endowment for Democracy:  international diplomacy is going to get harder than it used to be.

The reason?  Not terrorism (though sure) or fighting over increasingly scarce resources (though yet):  but rather, social media like Facebook.

As more people in different countries get on social media, Faris said, more people in different countries talk directly to each other, and this virtual citizen diplomacy makes it very difficult for diplomats to control the conversation.

"The role of diplomacy given social media is going to be more complicated than it used to be," Faris said.

Nor are diplomats the only ones trying to figure the implications of the new technology out.  Gail Ervin, a Saybrook PhD student in Human Science who works as an environmental mediator, says that “at this point, most mediators are just learning the basics of social media, and we are far from experiencing the promise of it regarding reducing conflicts.”

“I think we are at the dawn of a grand global experiment regarding these questions,” Ervin added, “and there are only inquiries at this point, no answers.”

However, according to Joel Federman, who directs Saybrook’s concentration in Social Transformation, there is reason for optimism.  More people talking to each other directly means more people reacting to actual human beings, instead of crude stereotypes and propaganda.  Diplomacy might get harder, but more human relationships across borders means it might get better.

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