[#DIV28SUPER] Peter B Dews Award

Dear Colleagues-
I am passing along this exciting information about this year's winners of the ASPET Peter B. Dews Award, Drs. Travis Thompson and Roy Pickens. Both Dr. Thompson and Dr. Pickens have made very important contributions to the field of psychopharmacology and substance abuse research and Dr. Thompson is a past Division 28 president.
Thanks to Bob Balster for sharing this information.

William W. Stoops, Ph.D.
email: william.stoops@uky.edu
phone: (859) 257-5383
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Associate Professor
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Department of Behavioral Science
Department of Psychiatry
Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology

Regulatory Knowledge and Support Core
University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science

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[#DIV28SUPER] job announcement

Please find in the attached file a (revised) position opening at MD Anderson Center Center, Department of Behavioral Sciences.

// Scott Lane

Scott D. Lane, Ph.D.
Professor & Vice Chair for Research
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Director of Research
Harris County Psychiatric Center
Professor of Neuroscience
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston
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[#DIV28SUPER] University of Florida NIDA Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health

*** Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral positions available now! ***


T32 Training Program

University of Florida

Department of Epidemiology


Director, Dr. Linda B. Cottler

Co-Director, Dr. Sara Jo Nixon


The core innovative aspect of this new public health oriented T32 is the focus on the epidemiology and prevention of substance use and its consequences and co-morbidities, with an emphasis on social determinants of health and health inequalities, and the development of behavioral interventions to reduce substance use and its harmful consequences.


To apply, contact Tamara Millay at tmillay@ufl.edu.


For more information, visit http://epidemiology.phhp.ufl.edu/training/nida-t32-training-program/ .


An excellent opportunity is available for training in population health united with other sciences through the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida (UF). The NIDA Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health T32 training program is directed by Linda B. Cottler and co-directed by Sara Jo Nixon. We can support 4 Pre Docs and 2 Post Docs each year.  The justification for the T32 is: a) increased health disparities related to the harmful consequences of drug use; b) a significant shortage of scientists in the drug abuse field; c) the excellent academic and research environment at UF which is ripe for producing public health oriented scientists and clinicians; d) a strong and enthusiastic group of mentors who have an excellent track record to train nationally and internationally prominent substance abuse researchers; and e) the commitment of the State and UF's President to be a top ten public university, which brings additional resources for research. Additionally, the T32 is in sunny Florida, which is now the third most populous state. The core innovative aspect of this new public health oriented T32 is the focus on the epidemiology and prevention of substance use and its consequences and co-morbidities, with a focus on social determinants of health and health inequalities, and the development of behavioral interventions to reduce substance use and its harmful consequences. The training program is crafted with a clear application to practice and public health both domestically and internationally.  The program trains individuals to work from the individual level to the population level to eliminate health inequalities related to substance use and its consequences, provides an apprenticeship style education to master skills to critically evaluate data, conduct multiple aspects of addiction research and become successful and independent investigators, and trains individuals to understand, apply and maintain the highest ethical standards in their science and scholarship.


Join Addiction Psychologists at the University of Florida in an interdisciplinary research environment:


·            JeeWon Cheong, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Education & Behavior

·            Robert F. Leeman, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Education & Behavior

·            Sara Jo Nixon, PhD, Professor & Co-Vice Chair Research, Department of Psychiatry

·            Jalie A. Tucker, PhD, MPH, Professor & Chair, Department of Health Education & Behavior

·            Richard Yi, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Education & Behavior


[#DIV28SUPER] New Fellows Nominations

Dear all,

Division 28 is seeking nominations for new Fellows. As described by APA, “Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person's work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level. A high level of competence or steady and continuing contributions are not sufficient to warrant fellow status. National impact must be demonstrated.”

In Division 28 a successful nominee will typically be 10-15 years post-doctorate, have a minimum of 30 publications and a track record of external funding, and can document national impact of her or his research.

If you would like to nominate a colleague for consideration for Fellow status, please send her or his CV and contact information to the address below. ​You may also nominate somebody who is already an APA Fellow (with relevance to our Division), but who is not yet a Fellow of Division 28.  Self-nominations are also welcomed.



Contact Information for Fellow Nominations:

Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D.

Division 28 Fellows Chair

Email: mwj@jhu.edu​


[#DIV28SUPER] Event: Psychological Factors and Cancer Control (Mar. 19 application deadline)

Dear Colleagues: Apologies for cross-posting but wanted to be sure you saw this innovative scientific activity being hosted by NCI




NCI "Sandpit" on Psychological Factors and Cancer Control (March 19 Application Deadline): The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch, within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, will host a“ SANDPIT,” (i.e., ideas lab) on May 16-18, 2016, in Montgomery County, MD. This sandpit seeks to generate new insights into how, for whom, and in what contexts a given population-level cancer control strategy is most effective.


NCI invites prospective participants to apply for attendance with a CV, two references, and cover letter by 3/19/16 via email at: ncidccpsbrpadvances@mail.nih.gov. Population-level cancer control strategies include public and private policy, federal or state regulation, and media campaigns that aim to influence modifiable behaviors such as tobacco use, sun safety, diet and exercise, and adherence to medical recommendations such as HPV vaccination and cancer screening guidelines.


If you would like to transform the future of population-level cancer control strategies, we invite you to apply – irrespective of your research expertise or background. We are most interested in new ideas, underpinned by radical and innovative thinking. More details are available here at: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/docs/Sandpit.pdf.





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Science Directorate
American Psychological Association
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[#DIV28SUPER] Visualizing the latest from NIDA, NIAAA and the best of both (with a little NCI thrown in for good measure)

Dear Colleagues:

Many NIH Advisory Committee presentations are rich in content but are generally seen by only a handful of people sitting in an NIH conference room.  Last month we pulled together all the presentations from NIDA, NIAAA and the joint NIDA-NIAAA-NCI Council meetings, opened up a little APA server space, and plunked them all down here.  You might not be interested in all of them, but you’re probably not going to find them anywhere else.  So for your viewing pleasure…


For NIDA Council:

Want to know what Dr. Volkow is highlighting to NIDA Council? 

What’s the NIH Common Fund doing to advance that Genotype Tissue Expression (GTEx) project you’ve been hearing about?

You’ve probably also heard that NIH has new AIDS research priorities but not sure what they are?


For the Joint NIDA/NIAAA/NCI Councils:

How did Dr. Koob paint the big picture for the Joint Council meeting?

How did Dr. Volkow paint the big picture for the Joint Council meeting?

What’s the latest on Tobacco Control Research at NCI?

How’s the NIH Personalized Medicine Initiative going to deal with all that sensitive SUD data?  

Need to get the latest overview on changes to the Common Rule?

Want the latest on the Collaborative Research on Addictions at NIH?

What’s the status of that huge longitudinal Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study?


For NIAAA Council:

Want to know what Dr. Koob is highlighting to NIAAA Council?

Curious about the targets of low doses of alcohol in the brain?

Need an update on the BRAIN initiative?

Want to learn more about the unique Healing to Wellness Courts of the Hualapai Nation?

What does a rat model of voluntary ethanol consumption tell us about fatty livers in alcohol dependence?


Until next time,


Geoffrey K. Mumford, Ph.D. | Associate Executive Director for Government Relations

Science Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
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[#DIV28SUPER] position announcement

Dear Colleagues,

Please find the following position announcement that may be of interest to the membership:

TENURED / TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITION. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Behavioral Science, is accepting applications for one open rank tenured or tenure-track position in addiction neuroscience. For this position, we are interested in outstanding scientists with interests in applying neuroscience approaches to the study of nicotine dependence in humans. Individuals with expertise in applying cognitive or affective neuroscience paradigms to the study of addiction using imaging technology (e.g., fMRI) are of particular interest. Additional areas of interest include developmental neuroscience, neuropharmacology, learning, behavioral economics, and genetics, as applied to the study of nicotine dependence. The successful candidate will join a group of investigators with complementary expertise in tobacco research. She/he will have an opportunity to conduct research in the context of large clinical trials for smoking cessation in community populations utilizing behavioral and pharmacological treatments, and/or stand-alone human laboratory paradigms.

This position is fully funded, with an obligation for only 40% extramural support following the third year of appointment. Salary is extremely competitive and commensurate with experience. MD Anderson offers excellent benefits, including a very generous start-up package with value depending on the rank of the appointment. Information about the Department of Behavioral Science can be found at http://www.mdanderson.org/education-and-research/departments-programs-and-labs/departments-and-divisions/behavioral-science/index.html<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mdanderson.org_education-2Dand-2Dresearch_departments-2Dprograms-2Dand-2Dlabs_departments-2Dand-2Ddivisions_behavioral-2Dscience_index.html&d=BQMFAw&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=5vaE3IBw6zz-86SyHJInHsFEiwslapZNIH07dRsjURA&m=F1Kno3bRGPHV6YXlTKaTv3i8DtmCoQ4UYPm6h-jCAx4&s=lyTiekVZ7xKPg3BRxJClUndWZt6gZIQ8G7l7RiH2WXQ&e=>

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a doctoral degree in neuroscience, psychology, or a related discipline, and a focus on neuroscience approaches applicable to the study of nicotine dependence in humans. Preferred qualifications include a demonstrated potential of peer-reviewed funding and scientific publication, a commitment to collaborative and transdisciplinary research, and a commitment to mentoring trainees and junior scientists.

To apply, send cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of current and proposed research, and 3 letters of recommendation by email to Dr. Paul M. Cinciripini, Professor and Chair, Department of Behavioral Science, email: BehSciFacultySearch@mdanderson.org<mailto:BehSciFacultySearch@mdanderson.org>. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is a smoke-free environment. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The MD Anderson campus is located in Houston, Texas (http://www.visithoustontexas.com/about-us/<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.visithoustontexas.com_about-2Dus_&d=BQMFAw&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=5vaE3IBw6zz-86SyHJInHsFEiwslapZNIH07dRsjURA&m=F1Kno3bRGPHV6YXlTKaTv3i8DtmCoQ4UYPm6h-jCAx4&s=hG_17TUWjAygWYKU_EzFNwnKPrtdmp8zokKgEgcsBLg&e=>) - the 4th largest city in the nation, which is highly regarded for its beautiful neighborhoods, world class restaurants and coffee shops, museums, and cultural and outdoor activities. Houston is also home to the Texas Medical Center (http://www.texasmedicalcenter.org/<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.texasmedicalcenter.org_&d=BQMFAw&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=5vaE3IBw6zz-86SyHJInHsFEiwslapZNIH07dRsjURA&m=F1Kno3bRGPHV6YXlTKaTv3i8DtmCoQ4UYPm6h-jCAx4&s=HvM754sKRMd_ivPGg6-4K64-2qvFtMMK_80-tcAnbfs&e=>), the largest medical complex in the world - and therefore an extraordinary environment to conduct scientific and medical research.

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[#DIV28SUPER] NIDA Neuroscience Update, March 4, 2016

Table of Contents

I.                    NIH is Seeking Qualified Scientists to Serve as Program Directors for the BRAIN Initiative

II.                  SciCrunch:  A resource for Enhancing Reproducibility Through Rigor and Transparency

III.                Enhance your biomedical research training with the following Data Science free or online courses

IV.               Upcoming NIDA Imaging Genetics Webinars



I.        NIH is Seeking Qualified Scientists to Serve as Program Directors for the BRAIN Initiative

Do you have a vision for the future of neuroscience research and the role of new technologies in determining how neural circuits function?  The BRAIN Initiative is a multi-agency effort focused on developing and applying cutting edge technological advances and innovation to understanding the brain.  As a Program Director, you would use your scientific expertise as well as your  understanding of the funding process to manage and optimize research efforts from some of the world’s top scientists.  You would collaborate with Program Managers and staff from multiple NIH Institutes, other federal agencies, and non-profit organizations.  Your efforts will be guided by the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group, an oversight body of leaders in neuroscience.  Your specific expertise will inform implementation of the strategic goals laid out in the landmark report BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision.  Multiple openings are anticipated, with specific interest in cellular/molecular neuroscience, neuroengineering and neurotechnology, imaging and non-invasive neuromodulation, systems neuroscience, and computational/theoretical neuroscience.  We recommend that you act as soon as possible to ensure consideration.  Send your letter of interest and c.v. to Dana Schloesser at BRAIN-Jobs@mail.nih.gov.   For more information see http://braininitiative.nih.gov/about/jobs.htm




II.   SciCrunch:  A resource for Enhancing Reproducibility Through Rigor and Transparency


In October 2015, NIH and AHRQ introduced new requirements for rigor and transparency for most research grant and individual mentored career development award applications (see NOT-OD-16-004, NOT-OD-16-011 and NOT-OD-16-012).


The first step in reproducible methods is authentication of key biological and/or chemical reagents.   


NIH supports reproducible methods especially reagents, and would like you to know that there is a tool that can help with compliance for your next paper, just go to scicrunch.org/resources 


The RRID, Research Resource IDentifier, is a stable and unique archival identifier for antibodies, organisms and software tools. Adding the RRID will substantially improve the list of materials such that looking for the right mouse or antibody will become much easier, appropriate databases will maintain the entry even when reagents are discontinued at commercial vendors. 


The process is easy: 0. write a methods section, 1. go to scicrunch.org/resources, 2. find your reagents/tools, 3. copy the "cite this" text into your methods, 4. publish your next paper.


These RRIDs are now recommended by Neuron (cell.com/neuron/rrid), the Journal of Comparative Neurology and many others and look like this:


·       Antibody: Millipore Cat#MAB377, RRID:AB_2298772

·       Rat: RRID:RGD_737903

·       Software tool: ImageJ, v10, RRID:nif-0000-30467


III. Enhance your biomedical research training with the following Data Science free or online courses:


1.       A basic and gentle way to be introduced to computational tools and techniques is to begin with a 2 day Software Carpentry workshop.  These can be taught anywhere — they are in-person, volunteer-taught courses based on crowd-sourced lesson plans (we offer them here at NIH).  These will introduce UNIX, R/Python, GitHub in a way that helps newbies get over the fear of a command line.  

2.       EdX Data Analysis for Life Sciences — this is a data science course specifically for biomedical scientists, taught by Rafa Irizarry (BD2K supported)

3.       Hopkins has a few Coursera data science MOOC specializations: one that is general data science, one for genomics (BD2K supported), and one under development for neuroscience (BD2K supported


Once a learner has chosen and completed one of the options above, a next step might be to dig deeper into some aspect of data science. To do this, there are good online options.  


4.       For example, in machine learning one option would be to take Andrew Ng’s Coursera course.  

5.       Another would be to take the Coursera specialization from UW.  None of these are biomedical-focused, but at that level of granularity, I don’t think it has to be.  

6.       Hastie and Tibshirani’s Statistical Learning course


VI.   Upcoming NIDA Imaging Genetics Webinars

NIDA is pleased to webcast its weekly series on Imaging Genetics that started January 21, 2016 and ending Mar 31, 2016.  To join see instructions below.  The invited speakers are


Mar 10. Hao Yang, Imaging Genetics of Schizophrenia/Psychosis

Mar 17. Barbara Franke, Cognomics: from gene-finding to understanding the biology underlying psychiatric disorders

Mar 24. Anand Mattay, Genetics of Cognitive Aging

Mar 31 Elliot Stein  Imaging genetic insights into nicotine addiction



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[#DIV28SUPER] NYTimes: Wesley A. Clark, Who Designed First Personal Computer, Dies at 88


Mr. Clark's designs built a bridge from the era of mainframe systems that were programmed with stacks of punch cards to personal computers that respond interactively to a user.

NIH subsequently funded a small cohort of researchers to see if in fact the Laboratory Instrument Computer could be put to productive use. Bernie Weiss and Donald Blough were in that cohort. My first laboratory computer thanks to Bernie's vision, a miraculous advance. The precursor to modern systems that demonstrated the small computer's utility for the study of behavior.

Thank you Wesley Clark


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