[DIV28SUPER] job opening at Univ Florida

The Department of PSYCHOLOGY at the UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA invites applications for a full time (9-mo) Assistant Professor (tenure track) in BEHAVIORAL AND COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE. The position starts in August 2012. A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience are required. We invite applications from individuals working in any area of Behavioral Neuroscience, who can interface with existing focuses within the Psychology Department, McKnight Brain Institute, and other resources across campus. Those focuses include (but are not limited to) studies of the neurobiology of drug addiction, learning and memory, aging, neurodevelopmental disorders, and other research areas that have translational implications. Applicants should provide evidence of outstanding research, with strong potential for extramural funding. Applicants are also expected to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of a diverse student population at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Minorities, women, and individuals from other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The selection process will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida’s Government in the Sunshine and Public Records Laws. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests/plans, statement of teaching interests/philosophy that includes a description of the commitment to diversity in mentoring, up to four reprints or pre-prints, and three letters of recommendation to psysrch@grove.ufl.edu. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

--  Jesse Dallery, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Psychology University of Florida PO Box 112250 Gainesville, FL 32611 dallery@ufl.edu (352)-273-2182 


[DIV28M] Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities

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Subject: [CWP-NET] Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities
Please distribute widely. Thank you!
Sent on behalf of Shari Miles-Cohen, PhD, American Psychological Association:
We hope that you are aware of the upcoming conference, "Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities", sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Howard University Women's Health Institute, and Gallaudet University, and taking place in Washington, DC on October 17-18, 2011.  We invite psychologists, other health care providers, researchers, educators, policymakers, women and girls with  disabilities, and advocates to join us as we work to develop an integrated health care agenda that will improve health outcomes for women with disabilities.  For more detailed information, please visit the conference website at: http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/disabilities-conference/index.aspx. 
We have confirmed the following plenary speakers at this conference:
v  Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy:  Ms. Martinez advises the Secretary of Labor and works with all DOL agencies to lead a comprehensive and coordinated national policy regarding the employment of people with disabilities.  Blind since birth, Ms. Martinez comes to ODEP with a background as an internationally recognized disability rights leader specializing in employment, asset building, independent living, international development, diversity and gender bias. 
v  Linda R. Mona, Ph.D., Director of Postdoctoral Psychology Training at VA Long Beach Healthcare System:  Dr. Mona is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in a variety of settings conducting clinical work, training, and research focusing on the psychological well-being of people with disabilities. For the past nine years, she has worked at the VA Long Beach providing mental health services to Veterans with disabilities. At present, the majority of her time is spent providing clinical services and training psychology interns in the Spinal Cord Injury and Polytrauma services. Much of her work focuses on providing education and psychotherapy services on sexual health for people with disabilities.
v  Margaret A. Nosek, Ph.D., founder and Executive Director of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine and Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:  Over her 27 years at BCM, Dr. Nosek has investigated community integration of women with SCI, the assessment of independent living outcomes, concepts of independence among persons with disabilities from cultural minority groups, personal assistance services, independent living program operations and management, and disability-related public policy.
v  Marsha Saxton, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Disability Studies Program World Institute on Disability: Dr. Saxton teaches Disability Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with special interests in women's health issues, violence prevention, genetic technologies and Personal Assistance Services. She has published numerous articles and three books including a literary anthology of disabled women's writing. She has been a board member of the Our Bodies, Ourselves Collective, served on the Council for Responsible Genetics, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ethical, Legal Social Implications (ELSI) Working Group of the Human Genome Initiative.
How can you and/or your organization help in this effort?  There are several ways:
v  Register online at: https://cyberstore1.apa.org/cyb/cli/casinterface1/women/ to attend, so that you can be involved in the development of research, practice and policy recommendations on behalf of women with disabilities
o   All participants must register to attend, including speakers and those presenting posters
o   Separate hotel information can be found in the downloadable registration (pdf) form: http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/disabilities-conference/equity-application.pdf
v  Offset the cost of registration for another attendee by making a tax-deductible contribution ($325; deadline: 10/7/2011)
v  Submit your university's or organization's logo for use in conference signage ($150; deadline: 10/3/2011)
v  Sponsor the conference poster session ($1000; deadline 9/30/2011)
v  Make donations toward need-based scholarships to help defray registration, travel, and hotel expenses for presenters and attendees who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference ($500 per scholarship)
v  Spread the word about the conference to all interested friends, colleagues, and organizations via email, website postings, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, pointing interested parties to the conference website at: http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/disabilities-conference/index.aspx
Thank you for your interest and your assistance in this worthy effort.  Questions regarding registration or donations should be emailed to Shari Miles-Cohen (smiles@apa.org) or Kari Hill (khill@apa.org).  Donations should be mailed to: Ms. Kari Hill, American Psychological Association, Public Interest Directorate, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.
Shari Miles-Cohen
Shari E. Miles, PhD | Senior Director, Women's Programs Office
Public Interest Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
Tel: 202.336.6156 |  Fax: 202.336.6117

[DIV28M] Position at Wayne State University in Department of Psychology


This position is a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Psychology, part of the University's initiative to enhance existing programs of excellence. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Psychology and will study complex behavior using multiple levels of analysis.  Examples include gene-environment interactions; epigenetics; imaging; gene expression and gene interference; protein expression; and hormonal and/or neurochemical mechanisms.  Applicants complementing one or more of the Department's strengths in mechanisms of development, aging, cognition, drug abuse, health, emotion, pain, and social relationships will be viewed more favorably. The person selected for this position is expected to develop nationally recognized, extramurally funded research. Normal teaching load is 2:2; candidates who can teach one or more courses among Psychopharmacology, Learning & Memory, Brain & Behavior, or Sensation & Perception are preferred.  This position is contingent upon final budgetary approval.

Wayne State is committed to innovative approaches to neuroscience.  It supports a state-of-the art MRI Research Center with a staff of MR physicists and technologists dedicated to research.  The University also has an Applied Genomics Technology Center for DNA or RNA isolation, microarray, and next-generation sequencing, among other services, as well as access to confocal microscopy.  Wayne State University holds Carnegie Foundation designations as a RU/VH Research University (very high research activity) with Community Engagement of curricular and outreach and partnerships.  We are located in the cultural center of Detroit, a metropolitan area of five million people.  See http://www.clas.wayne.edu/Psychology and http://www.wayne.edu for more information about the Department and the University.  Applicants must submit a CV, key reprints/preprints, statements of research and teaching interests.  Review of applicants will begin on October 15, 2011.  Three letters of reference should be sent to R. Douglas Whitman, Chair, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University, 5057 Woodward Avenue, Suite 7908, Detroit, MI 48202.

Scott E. Bowen, PhD
Area Chair, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Program
Psi Chi Advisor
Department of Psychology
Wayne State University
5057 Woodward Ave., Suite 7908
Detroit, MI USA 48202
Office:(313) 577-9546
FAX:(313) 577-7636

[DIV28SUPER] Voting recommendations for APA President

Dear all

Voting is now open for APA President.  In prior years, it has been customary for Division 28 leadership to survey the field of candidates to consider who we might endorse for APA President.  After review and consultation, we have the following recommendation:

James Bray and Robert McGrath are both qualified to be APA President, and would be likely to support issues related to our division interests.  I would note that Bray is a Past President, did well, and perhaps has more scientific credentials.  However, among our leadership, there is agreement that it's a pretty close pick.

First, I encourage you to vote.  Second, in the interest of Division 28, please strongly consider a vote for Dr. Bray or Dr. McGrath.

Finally, the way the Hare voting system works, you will need to rank your vote.  If you definitely don't want one of the several candidates in the running, then you should rank them last (rather than leaving a blank).

Thanks, Mark

Mark Greenwald, PhD
President, Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse)
American Psychological Association


[DIV28SUPER] NIDA Neuroscience Update, September 27, 2011

Table of Contents.

I. Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF): One-stop Shopping for Data, Resources, and Databases

II. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 2011 recipients of the Medications Initiative for Tobacco Dependence (MITD) Phased-Innovation (UH2) Awards

III. NOT-DA-11-021 Request for Information (RFI): Expansion of sharing and standardization of NIH-funded human brain imaging data

IV. NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitations - NIDA Opportunities

Proposal Submission Date:  Monday, November 7, 2011


V. Funding opportunity concepts presented to NIDA’s Council



I. Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF): One-stop Shopping for Data, Resources, and Databases

The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF; http://neuinfo.org) has recently federated its 100th data resource.  NIF provides access to the largest searchable collection of neuroscience data and to the largest catalog of biomedical resources available. Researchers can access this data via a semantically-enhanced portal and unified framework that expose the contents of more than 108 federated databases (more than 320 million data records), the published literature (PubMed and full text indexing of open access literature from PubMed Central) and deep or “hidden” web resources, allowing users to discover content that is normally hidden from traditional search engines. NIF continually adds new information sources in response to community demand.  Our latest additions include posters, videos, blogs and podcasts.  Register your data resource with NIF today http://neuinfo.org/cindy.php!


II. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 2011 recipients of the Medications Initiative for Tobacco Dependence (MITD) Phased-Innovation (UH2) Awards:

  1. Dr. Selena Bartlett of the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center,
  2. Drs. Patrick Griffin and Paul Kenny of Scripps Florida, and
  3. Dr. Doris Jane Rouse of the Research Triangle Institute (RTI)

This award program brings together expertise from diverse areas to accelerate the development of more effective and accessible anti-smoking medications in the form of product-development partnerships (PDP). These multidisciplinary collaborations between public, non-profit, and private-sector organizations serve NIH’s mission to improve public health through biomedical research in a fast, efficient, and more effective way by leveraging the strengths and resources of diverse parties to achieve a common, focused goal.

The selected proposals describe innovative approaches for building a therapeutic research and design (R&D) pipeline. RTI’s Dr. Doris Rouse will  identify medications (e.g., nicotinic, dopaminergic targets) at different stages of development to populate a R&D pipeline; Drs. Patrick Griffin and Paul Kenny at Scripps Florida will construct a bioinformatics database to identify worthwhile targets to treat nicotine addiction, and will host a symposium including members of the pharmaceutical industry, academia, government, and charitable organizations to gather key information for more efficient translational drug development; and, Dr. Selena Bartlett from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center will employ an array of  approaches to identify novel lead compounds for future development, while concurrently exploring leads based on existing compounds for other indications.  Each awardee will receive $125,000.

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and illness; more than 440,000 people die each year from tobacco related illnesses in this Country alone, and a billion people are expected to die prematurely from it over the next century. Each year, tens of millions of American smokers attempt to quit, but fewer than 7% are able to remain abstinent for more than six months at a time.  Thus, current approaches to smoking cessation are inadequate, and pharmaceutical industry investment in this area remains modest, with most efforts directed at medications to treat the consequences of tobacco dependence (e.g., lung cancer) and not its root cause (i.e., nicotine addiction).

All of the results and accomplishments from the activities of this NIDA-funded PDP initiative will be made available to the public. For more information about the Medication Initiative for Tobacco Dependence (MITD) UH2/UH3 Phased-Innovation Awards, click here.


III. NOT-DA-11-021 Request for Information (RFI): Expansion of sharing and standardization of NIH-funded human brain imaging data

The Blueprint Workgroup on Neuromaging Data-Sharing and the Blueprint Lifespan Human Connectome Project Team are seeking input from the scientific community, health professionals, patient advocates, community-based organizations, students, and the general public about the administrative and technical issues involved in removing barriers to the sharing of human brain imaging data collected using NIH support.  Read more:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-11-021.html



IV. NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitations - NIDA Opportunities

Proposal Submission Date:  Monday, November 7, 2011

·      139 - Confirming Compliance with Experimental Pharmacotherapy Treatment of Drug Abuse

·      140 - Development of a Solid Oral Dosage Form for Fenobam

·      141 - Recovery Warrior: Behavioral Activation Video Game for Substance Abuse via a Commercially Available Active & Interactive Gaming Platform (e.g., Wii, Play Station Move, or Xbox Kinect)

·      142 - Highly Effective Methods for Systemic In Vivo Targeted Delivery of shRNAi to the Brain for Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Other Brain Disorders

·      143 - Feasibility of Development of RNAi-based Therapeutics for Treatment of HIV and HCV Infections in Drug Abusing Populations

·      144 - Smokescreen: Genetic Screening Tool for Tobacco Dependence and Treatment Approaches

·      145 - Feedback-regulated Naloxone Delivery Device to Prevent Opiate Overdose Deaths

·      146 - Drugged Driving: Future Research Directions


Mr. Brian O'Laughlin
Phone: (301) 443-6677
Fax: (301) 443-7595

Proposals to the NIDA must be mailed or delivered to:

Mr. Brian O'Laughlin
NIDA R&D Contracts Management Branch
Neurosciences Office of Acquisition
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 4211, MSC 9559
Bethesda, MD 20892-8402 *
*Change the city to Rockville and the zip code to 20852 if hand-delivered or delivered by an overnight service to the NIDA.

For Full NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation - see NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation Information .  This includes information about contract solicitations from other NIH Institutes and the CDC.


V. Funding opportunity concepts presented to NIDA’s Council

At the September 2011 meeting of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse (NACDA), program staff presented potential initiatives to NACDA members for their consideration.   These are


Title:  Role of glial cells in mediating the effects of HIV-1 infection and substance use disorders

Title:  Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services

Title: Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies for Adolescents (CJ-DATS-A)

Title: Synthesis and Early-Stage Evaluation of Medications to Treat Substance Use Disorders (SUD)

Title: Joint Ventures for Medications Development to Treat Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)


The purpose of this announcement is to make you aware of recent discussions between NIDA program staff and NACDA.  It is important to note, however, that presentation of a concept to NIDA’s Advisory Council does not imply that the concept will become an Institute initiative. NIDA makes that decision based on programmatic priorities and the availability of funds. Concepts, however, do reveal interest in areas of research important to the scientific mission of NIDA. 





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[DIV28M] Fwd: [EARLYCAREER] 2011 CECP Call for Nominations

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2011 Call for Nominations


The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) is seeking nominations for a representative to serve a three-year term (2012-2014):

CECP Governance and Membership Representative:

  • Serve as CECP liaison to the Membership Board and help advise the board on successful recruitment, retention, and engagement efforts aimed at early career professionals
  • Serve as the point of contact for the membership representatives on all boards and committees within the APA governance structure.
  • Work closely with the CECP staff liaison to develop activities focused on early career membership and strategies for increasing recruitment, retention, and involvement of early career members, and  provide feedback on early career initiatives and activities
  • Work with CECP staff liaison to provide suggestions for social media initiatives and other electronic initiatives focused on the needs of early career members
  • Promote and support activities, projects, and programs that foster early career membership and engagement in APA
  • Responsible for submitting information for the monthly news box in the Monitor re CECP activities and highlighting best practices in early career member involvement
  • Responsible for monitoring early career outreach communications via listservs, social media, and other electronic outlets and actively stimulating topics of discussions and conversations. 
  • Write a report of activities for the consolidated meeting for distribution to the committee and inclusion in CECP's annual report
  • Membership and or governance experience at the division or SPTA level is a plus.




Candidates must be an APA member within seven years' receipt of their doctorate degree on January 1, 2012.

In addition, you must be able to attend mandatory committee meetings; one in the spring, and two in the fall.  Some committee members may be asked to attend additional meetings depending on their position.  Meeting expenses are reimbursed by APA. 

Although not reimbursed, committee members are highly encouraged to attend APA's annual convention and participate in developing early career programming for the convention.  The committee works extensively through listserv and email. Applicants should expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week engaged in committee activities.


All candidates should include:

1. Statement of Interest from the nominee 

2. Current Curriculum Vitae

3. One Letter of Recommendation


Nomination materials must be received by October 31, 2011.  Applicants will be notified in December 2011.

Send nominations via email, mail, or fax to:        Kraig Ronald Scott

American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Fax: (202) 216-7628
Email: kscott@apa.org

CECP seeks to represent the interests and concerns of early career psychologists throughout APA.  For more information about the committee and other early career resources, please visit the APA early career website at www.apa.org/earlycareer. If you have any questions, please contact the current Chair, Oksana Yakushko, PhD at oyakushko@gmail.com.









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NIDA Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Learning and Health
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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[DIV28M] Faculty Positions at Mississippi State University



The Department of Psychology at Mississippi State University is experiencing an exciting period of growth and seeking to fill up to three tenure-track positions in Psychology for Fall 2012. The first two positions are in Clinical Psychology, one at the Assistant Professor level and one at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, approved for Fall 2012. A third position is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level (pending availability of funding) and the area of specialization (e.g., Cognitive, Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical, Social) is open. 


For the positions in Clinical Psychology, applicants must have completed an APA-accredited doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Successful candidates will maintain a program of scholarly research with potential or demonstrated history of obtaining external support), teach undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise graduate student research, and contribute to the department's clinical-emphasis M.S. psychology program. The area of specialization in Clinical Psychology is open. Applicants are expected to be willing to pursue professional licensure in Mississippi. A successful advanced level candidate would have potential to contribute to the administration of the MS Clinical program. The M.S. program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council and enrolls excellent students through competitive admission, many of whom are subsequently admitted to doctoral programs. Candidates may have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a clinical Ph.D. program.


Mississippi State University is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a "very high research activity" institution with an array of centers and institutes receptive to collaborative research. In particular, the Department has a number of existing ties to the University's neuroimaging research center, which houses a 3.0T MRI, and to the Social Science Research Center. The Department also has an interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Ph.D. program and an experimental-emphasis M.S. program. These research centers and additional graduate programs may be beneficial to those candidates whose research could utilize such resources.  Applicants whose research complements existing strengths in the department and across the university are particularly encouraged to apply.


Interested applicants should apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu

and also send electronic copies (e.g., pdf or doc) of a cover letter, statements of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, reprints/preprints, and teaching evaluations (if available) to: Dr. Kevin Armstrong, Chair, Psychology Search Committee, search.committee@psychology.msstate.edu - review of applications will begin December 1st, but applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Mississippi State University is an AA/EOE.


Mitchell E. Berman, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5025
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Telephone: (601) 266-4570
Fax: (601) 266-4175

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[DIV28M] Position at West Virgina in Department of Psychology

West Virginia University's Department of Psychology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2012 in Behavioral Neuroscience. The position will require an active research program in the Neurobiology of Affective or Addictive Disorders (particular areas include, but are not limited to, mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders), a Ph.D. by the starting date, and evidence of strong potential in research and teaching. Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching (including student research supervision) and research. Obtaining significant external research support will be expected. Laboratory facilities will be assigned in our Life Sciences Building, which houses the Departments of Psychology and Biology. Additional facilities and collaboration opportunities are available through the University Health Sciences Center, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Center for Advanced Imaging, and Center for Neuroscience. The Department of Psychology has 24 full-time faculty, 90 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate pre-majors and majors. This position is part of our continued development of our Behavioral Neuroscience program area. Psychology Ph.D. training also is currently offered in Behavior Analysis (ABA accredited), Clinical and Clinical Child Psychology (APA accredited), and Life-Span Developmental Psychology. Review of applications will begin September 15, and continue until the position is filled. Send a letter outlining teaching and research interests and plans for obtaining external research support, a vita, three letters of recommendation, and three (p)reprints to the Behavioral Neuroscience Search Committee, Department of Psychology, P.O. Box 6040, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6040. Inquiries may be directed to Hawley Montgomery-Downs (304-293-2001 ext 31610, Hawley.Montgomery-Downs@mail.wvu.edu). WVU is the academic home to 29,000 students and is one of 10 U.S. land-grant institutions with an academic medical center. Morgantown, West Virginia is located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 4 hours of Washington D.C. It has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. WVU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. West Virginia University's Dual Career Program is designed to help meet the needs of professional couples.

Kelly Dunn, Ph.D.
NIDA Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Learning and Health
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Baltimore, MD 21224
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[DIV28SUPER] job posting

Hi.  Attached is a job listing that I was hoping that you could post on the Division 28 list serve.  Thanks a lot.

~Linda Spear


[DIV28SUPER] Postdoctoral Opportunities at NDRI

"Postdoctoral Fellowships in Drug Abuse Research – Technology and Health Focus, Behavioral Sciences Training Program, New York, NY"
There are immediate openings for two Postdoctoral Fellows with a focus on research pertaining to technology-based interventions for drug abuse. Fellows will be enrolled in The Behavioral Sciences Training (BST) program, the largest training program supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (16 postdoctoral and predoctoral fellows). The program is housed at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., a non-profit research and training center with over 25 nationally renowned Principal Investigators and 70 major grants and contracts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, other Federal and state agencies, and a variety of private sources. BST is administered by Public Health Solutions, the largest non-profit organization providing public health services and conducting health-related research in New York City, and affiliated with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
All BST fellows attend weekly seminars at NDRI to receive advanced training in substance abuse research and methods. All postdocs also work closely with senior researchers at NDRI on on-going research and develop their own research projects and grants. The two Technology and Health Fellows will have the opportunity to participate on research projects including a web-based intervention for adolescents with substance use disorders, a web-based contingency management intervention for adult smokers, and a web-based intervention for recent Veterans with problematic substance use and post-traumatic stress. A study developing and testing a mobile intervention for methadone maintenance clients is expected to begin in December, 2011. These two postdocs also will receive support from BST staff and subject matter experts in NDRI's Center for Technology and Health in preparing technology-based grant applications to obtain funding for their own research.
Fellows will receive an annual stipend, health insurance, and a modest amount for travel and research-related expenses. Postdoctoral fellowship appointments are made for one year and are renewable for a second year, based upon satisfactory progress. Interested candidates can submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, dissertation abstract, and a publication or paper to Gregory Falkin, Ph.D. at falkin@ndri.org and Bethany Raiff at raiff@ndri.org.  Please make sure to indicate at the top of your letter that you are applying for the Technology and Health Fellowship.
Detailed information including eligibility, application, award details are available at http://www.ndri.org/jobs/postdoc.html. More information about ongoing projects in the Center for Technology and Health can be found at http://www.ndri.org/ctrs/cth.html."

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The Winter Conference on Animal Learning and Behavior will convene in Winter Park, Colorado from Saturday, January 28, through Wednesday, February 1, 2012.  If you are interested in attending WCALB 2012, we need your small refundable deposit by October 15, 2011 to know how many condominiums to reserve.  See instructions under "DEPOSITS" section below.


 Project Nim.  The Untold Story

 Herb Terrace
Columbia University

 Abstract--In the mid-70’s, I directed a project at Columbia University to teach Nim, an infant chimpanzee, to use American Sign Language.  Project Nim, a documentary that opened on July 8, loosely describes the project.  It shows Nim interacting with his teachers after he arrived from his birthplace at the Primate Institute in Norman, Oklahoma when he was two weeks old.  Viewers would have to close their eyes not to appreciate Nim’s loveable personality and his endearing antics.  But, unfortunately, they would be hard pressed to see the science on which the project was based.


That’s because the documentary pointedly avoided that topic, -which is a shame because the project provided important scientific insights into what chimpanzees can tell us about humanity.  The project’s goal was to determine whether a non-human primate could learn to use grammatical rules to create particular meanings, the essence of language.  Positive evidence of Nim’s grammatical ability would undermine the claim of human uniqueness in the animal kingdom.  Negative evidence would raise the question, “Why can’t a chimpanzee learn a grammatical language?”  My talk today addresses that question and also outlines what there is about the evolution of humans that made them specifically equipped to learn language.


 Herbert Terrace obtained his PhD at Harvard University in 1961 with B.F. Skinner. Until 1972, he investigated discrimination learning with and without errors in pigeons.  In 1972 he began a new project whose goal was to teach sign language to a one-month old chimpanzee (Nim Chimpsky).  After painstaking analyses of videotapes, Terrace concluded that most of Nim’s signs were prompted by his trainers and/or imitative of their most recent signs.  More recently, he has been concerned with how an animal thinks without language, with one of his goals distinguishing between problem solving and social factors in explaining how language evolved. He is currently writing a book, Why Two Minds are Better than One: Some Missing Links in the Evolution of Language.


 Theory of Mind:  Current Status of the Controversy

 This Focus Session related to the Keynote Address is being organized.  The format will be up to 25-minute presentations followed by discussion among participants.  Let me (sweiss@american.edu) know if you would like to join that session.

 Recent WCALB Focus sessions have been concerned with:

 Bi-directional Links Between Obesity & Learning & Memory Dysfunction (2011)
            Rational Rats:  Causal Inference and Reality Monitoring (2010)
            Economic Demand, Reinforcer Essential Value and Drug Addiction (2009)
            Remembering and Anticipating Events in Time (2008)
            Modeling Data: From Description & Significance to Behavior & Theories (2007)
            The Question of Animal Consciousness and Cognition (2006)
            Choice in Humans and other Animals (2005)
            Associative Mechanisms and Drug-Related Behavior (2004)
            Learning, Choice and Context Effects (2003).

 The 2004 Focus Session was, and the 2010 Focus Session will soon be, published, as Special Issues of the International Journal of Comparative Psychology.


 The Winter Conference is a friendly and informal meeting that provides an opportunity to combine intensive, scientifically rigorous discussions on a variety of topics related to animal conditioning, behavior and learning with skiing at one of Colorado's premier ski areas, Winter Park.  The breadth of WCALB paper sessions that reflect the research interests of participants can be seen in recent programs posted on the website.  All participants are invited to make a presentation and suggest topics.  Graduate students are welcome, and can make presentations with the written recommendation of their advisor.

 There is downhill skiing for all skill levels, up to black diamond, as well as exciting cross-country skiing in the Arapaho National Forest, Devil's Thumb and Snow Mountain Ranch.  The majestic snow-covered Rockies in winter are breathtaking.

 The all inclusive cost for registration, four nights in a shared Snowblaze condominium, an opening buffet reception, snacks during sessions and a dinner at a fine restaurant in Winter Park is only $360 per person or $720 per couple (couples have their own room, usually with private bath, in a condo).  The Snowblaze is located in Winter Park near restaurants and shops.  It has an excellent health club with sauna, steam room, hot tub, pool, weight room and handball courts.  All units have complete kitchens.

 A family can have an entire 2-bedroom condominium unit for $1,080 plus $100 for each person over three. The 2-bedroom units each sleep up to six people if a convertible sofa in the living room is used.  All family members are invited to the opening buffet reception, Conference dinner and sessions.


 We will be in the Colorado Rockies just a week before the prime ski season starts.  Therefore, condominiums need to be reserved early.  If you think you would like to attend WCALB 2012, please let me (sweiss@american.edu) know ASAP by e-mail and send your refundable (until November 30) deposit ($50 per person, $100 per couple, $200 per family) by October 15, 2011.

 Make deposit checks out to Stanley Weiss, WCALB with “WCALB 2012" in the lower left corner.  Final payment is due November 30, 2011, when receipts will be sent.  Until that date, your deposit can be returned if conditions develop that prevent you from attending the Conference.  But timely deposits are very important for appropriate planning and to ensure we reserve enough condominiums.  

 Please send your deposits to:

 Stan Weiss, Convener
Winter Conference on Animal Learning & Behavior
Department of Psychology
American University
Washington, DC 20016

 Accommodations at the indicated rates cannot be guaranteed once the reserved condo units are filled.  We will do our best to include late registrants in the Conference, but often they have had to pay substantially more for their accommodations because they couldn't be housed in a reserved condominium.  Therefore, if you are interested in attending the Conference let me know soon and send your refundable (until November 30) deposit by October 15, 2011.  A CALL for presentations will go out to registered participants by mid December.  If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me at sweiss@american.edu.

 Hope to see you in Winter Park!


 WCALB 2012 Organizing and Program Committee

Stan Weiss (Convener) <sweiss@american.edu>
Rick Bevins <rbevins1@unl.edu>
Cody Brooks <brooksc@denison.edu>
Kevin Myers <
Mark Reilly <reill1mp@cmich.edu>
Bill Timberlake <timberla@indiana.edu>



Stanley J. Weiss
Professor of Experimental Psychology
American University
Washington, D. C. 20016
 Phone:  202-885-1724
Fax:  202-885-1023
e-mail:  sweiss@american.edu