Alum DeKeta Schuckman (nee Nicholson) and her husband, Mark, recently endowed the Nobuko S. Nicholson Opportunity Fund for Psychological Sciences. The purpose of the fund is to perpetuate the memory of DeKeta's mother, Nobuko, who was a wonderful inspiration to DeKeta and many others. Nobuko believed that opportunities could be created and seized with education and a strong work ethic.
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!
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.
Grants and Research Awards
Dr. Mary Cain received a two-year $73k Diversity Supplement on her NIDA grant to support a graduate student from a diverse background starting August, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
An article by Dr. Brase and his graduate student, Lora Adair, titled "Explaining Sex Differences in Reactions to Relationship Infidelities: Comparisons of the Roles of Sex, Gender, Beliefs, Attachment, and Sociosexual Orientation" was featured in an article in the Huffington Post.
A recent book titled "Social Skills Assessment Through Games: The New Best Practice" features Dr. Chelsea Bartel, a graduate of the Department of Psychology at Kansas State University. She is a researcher at 3C Institute, which is an organization that develops programs to improve social and emotional learning for children and adolescents.
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 Park's grad student Sooyeol Kim's study has 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.