Congratulations go out to Sarah Adut, who won the Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis competition on Tuesday evening, April 28, 2020. Her presentation on “The Imagery of Desire” was recognized with the First Place award and a $500 cash prize. She was among 10 finalists who took part in the final round. Congratulations also go out to Mitch Dandignac, who was also a finalist with his presentation on “The Arena of Medical Information and Misinformation.” Finally, kudos go out to Sarah’s (Josh Magee) and Mitch’s (Chris Wolfe) advisors as well!
The department is proud to announce that Lizzi Pettit received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense. The highly competitive fellowship provides three years of support (e.g., stipend, tuition remission, travel), and she was selected from among a pool of more than 4000 applicants. Congrats to Lizzi (and to her advisor, Joe Johnson)!
During Spring Semester, four of our colleagues received official word regarding their promotions at the university. We could not be prouder of these people and their contributions to our students and to our department!
Dr. Joshua Magee was conferred tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. Josh has been a member of our department since 2015, and his research focuses on the consequences of unwanted thoughts for health and well-being, with this work supported by a K23 NIDA Career Development Award. Congrats Josh!
Dr. Brooke Cropenbaker was promoted to Teaching Professor. Brooke has been a member of our department since 2009, and her being a two-time finalist for the Knox Excellence in Teaching Award and her work with the Center for Teaching Excellence was highlighted in the Provost’s letter announcing her promotion. Congrats Brooke!
Dr. Jennifer Green was promoted to Clinical Professor. Jen has been a member of our department since 2005, and her work in securing more than $1M in clinical traineeship support and service on two key Senate committees was highlighted in the Provost’s letter announcing her promotion. Congrats Jen!
Dr. Peter Wessels was promoted to Teaching Professor. Pete has been a member of our department since 2005, and his innovative work in teaching PSY 111 and engagement in TCPL promotion and development issues was highlighted in the Provost’s letter announcing his promotion. Congrats Pete!
The department is pleased that two of its colleagues have been selected to serve on important College P&T committees, starting this fall. Dr. Vaishali Raval will be joining the CAS P&T Committee and Dr. Pete Wessels will be joining the CAS Committee on Promotion of Teaching/Clinical Professors and Lecturers. Congrats to Vaishali and Pete!
The department is proud to announce that Lisa Velkoff received a P.E.O. Scholar Award for the 2020-21 AY. The awards are competitive, merit-based awards to recognize and encourage academic excellence and achievement by women in doctoral-level programs from throughout the United States. Congrats to Lisa (and to her advisor, April Smith)!
We are pleased to announce that two PSY majors, Hannah Caudill and Johanna Alexander, were each recognized with 2020 President’s Distinguished Service Awards! Congrats to Hannah and Johanna for this major university honor!
In addition, Johanna Alexander also received a Fulbright Award to study in Korean later this year. Because of COVID-19, it’s unclear whether she will be able to use her Fulbright this fall, but receiving a Fulbright is quite a major honor. Congrats!