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Kansas State University
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News

Our alum, Janet Gee, established and endowed the "Curtis Lee and JB Gee Psychological Sciences Scholarship" in January, 2014.  The scholarship will be granted to one psychology major every spring.  A big thanks goes out to Janet for establishing this wonderful way of honoring her family's ongoing commitment to K-State!  

Dr. Mary Cain was selected to be a Fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association.  Congratulations, Mary! 

Congratulations to Christina Peterson, an undergraduate majoring in psychology and biology, who received the Mark Chapman Scholarship.  She is working with Dr. Mary Cain, associate professor of psychological sciences, to research the effects of addiction and drug abuse. In addition to the Chapman Scholarship, she has received an Andrew C. Bell Scholarship, a Mabel Strong Scholarship and a Sherrid Cancer Center Scholarship. 

A team of three graduate students including our own Kyle van Ittersum (I/O Psychology), Lori Kniffin (Masters student in Student Development) and Erin Poppe (Masters student in Public Administration) won the International Leadership Association's student case competition, graduate division.

The Department of Psychological Sciences presented its Distinguished Alumnus award to Mr. J.P. Bilbrey, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Psychology in 1978.

The K-State College of Arts and Sciences presented their 2013 Young Alumna Award to April West who received her BS in Psychology at K-State in 2001.  After leaving K-State, April went on to receive graduate training in I/O at Alliant University and is now the Director of Human Resources for Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Hawaii. 

Maya Wang (sponsored by Dr. Kirkpatrick) and Kathryn Johns (sponsored by Dr. Cain) were among the 1st winners of the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Award.

Grants and Research Awards

Drs. Les Loschky, Sanjay Rebello (K-State Physics), and Andy Bennett (K-State Mathematics) received a 3-year $1.2M grant from the National Science Foundation to study the use of visual cueing and feedback to facilitate physics problem solving starting January, 2014.

Dr. Mary Cain was selected to be a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology), August, 2013.

Dr. Mary Cain received a 3-year $436K grant from the National Institute for Drug Abuse to study the effects of differential rearing on glutamate homeostasis and addiction in May 2013.

Dr. Greg Monaco, Director for Research and Cyberinfrastructure Initiatives of the Great Plains Network and Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kansas State University, was a member of a team receiving a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  

Dr. Gary Brase and Dr. Eugene Vasserman (Computing and Information Sciences) received a 2-year $148K grant from the National Science Foundation to study Education-optional Security Usability on the Internet, in September 2012.

Dr. Les Loschky and Dr. Sanjay Rebello (K-State Physics) received a 2-year $399K grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of cueing attention on Physics problem solving, in January 2012.

Dr. Lester Loschky was awarded a 3-year $1.4M grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to create a new measure of attentional breadth for use in simulators in September 2011.

Dr. Kim Kirkpatrick received a 5-year $1.3M R01 grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health in 2010.

Dr. Michael Young received a 3-year $218K grant from the National Institute for Drug Abuse in 2010.

Dr. Elaine Johannes (BS, 1979) received the 2010 College of Human Ecology Extension Excellence Award.

Teaching Awards Won by Faculty and Graduate Students

2014: Dr. Donald Saucier, Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

2013: Tammy Sonnentag, Midwest Association of Graduate Schools' (MAGS) Doctoral Level Teaching Excellence Award

2012: Dr. Satoris Culbertson, The College of Arts and Sciences William L. Stamey Teaching Excellence Award

2011: Dr. Donald Saucier was awarded a Kansas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

2010: Dr. Donald Saucier, Presidential Distinguished Faculty Award for the Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research

2010: Dr. Donald Saucier, The College of Arts and Sciences William L. Stamey Teaching Excellence Award

2009: Dr. Mary Cain, Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Service & Other Awards

2014: Dr. Kim Kirkpatrick was appointed as an Associate Editor for the journal Behavioural Processes.  

2013: Dr. YoungAh Park was selected to participate in the "Early Career Work and Family Scholars Program," a year-long scholar development program managed by the Work and Family Researchers Network (funded by the Sloan Foundation).  She was one of only 15 early career scholars selected for this year's program.  

2013: Dr. Mary Cain selected for the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. 

2013: Dr. Mary Cain, APA Division 6, Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Service Award, for continuing exceptional contributions to the Division.

Other News

Graduate student Ryan Ringer (Loschky advisee) won both the "Best Student Paper" award and the "Best Long Paper" award at the ETRA (Eye Tracking Research & Applications) Conference in Safety Harbor, FL.  The work will appear as an Association for Computing Machinery proceedings paper.

Graduate student Taylor Wadian (Barnett advisee) won 2nd place for his presentation in the K-State Graduate Research Forum's Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education Oral Session. 

Dr. YoungAh Kim's grad student Sooyeol Kim's study bas been featured on the homepage of SIOP (Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology). He will be presenting the study this May at the SIOP Annual Conference.

Dr. Loschky's research with recent PhDs Drs. Larson & Freeman and current grad student Ryan Ringer, "The Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Scene Gist recognition," and Drs. Kirkpatrick and Loschky's research, “Scene Gist Categorization by Pigeons," are both being featured in APA PeePs (Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psych).

Dr. Donald Saucier's article, Angels and Demons Are Among Us: Assessing Individual Differences in Belief in Pure Evil and Belief in Pure Good, has been getting a lot of press!  It was featured in an article in the Huffington Post and another article in Scientific American

Dr. Gary Brase was featured in an article in the most recent APA Monitor.

Dr. Lester Loschky gave an invited talk at the Yarbus Symposium at the 5th International Conference on Cognitive Science, in Kaliningrad, Russia, and an invited colloquium at the Psychology Department of the Technical University of Dresden, in Dresden, Germany, in June 2012. 

Dr. Gary Brase gave an invited talk at the Workshop on Evolution, Culture, and Reasoning, at the Inamori Center, Kyoto University, Japan, and at the Psychology Department of Osaka City University, in Osaka, Japan, in January 2012.

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