John R. (Jack) Durrance
John R. (Jack) Durrance, one of the first students in our Psychology graduate program, died on April 15th 2013 at the age of 89.
He lived most of his life in Gainesville, Florida, graduating from Gainesville High School in 1941. He served as a Staff Sergeant with the 103rd Infantry Division in World War II and received a battlefield commission to Second Lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, Paratrooper Badge, Glider man Wings, and the Combat Infantry Badge. After the war, he attended UF and received a B.S. degree in 1947 and an M.A. degree in 1949, in Psychology. He was an instructor while working toward his doctorate. Prior to completing his Ph.D. he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent stationed in the New York City area. He returned to Gainesville where he was an elected Alachua County Commissioner from 1954 until 1982, and served as president of the State Association of County Officials. Jack was among the first members of our graduate program and he helped to establish the Pioneer Scholarship that we award annually to an exceptional Ph.D student.
Annual PGSO Undergraduate Research Forum
The Psychology Department's annual Undergraduate Research Forum highlighted the significant contributions that undergraduate researchers make to our department. We had 24 poster entries from over 15 labs, exemplifying the range and quality of research in our department. You can find the full program including abstracts here. The event was put on by the Psychology Graduate Student Organization and we were grateful to McGraw-Hill for again sponsoring the event, including providing generous gift cards to the top three posters. The winners and their research topics this year were:
DAAC organizes Bridging Gaps Conference
With the help of applicants Esther Tebbe and Engin Ege, the Psychology Department’s Diversity Affirmation and Awareness Committee (DAAC) received a grant from APAGS and its affiliates CEMA AND CLGBTC. The $1,000 grant (along with sponsorships from the Counseling and Wellness Center, LGBT Student Affairs, and the Psychology, Women Studies, and Political Sciences Departments) will fund The first annual Bridging Gaps conference on Friday, April 12th at the Health Professions/Nursing/Pharmacy Complex (HPNP) at the University of Florida. This interdisciplinary conference is intended to advance discourse on LGBTQ-related scholarship across academic disciplines. More information, including registration can be found at:
The People’s Scientific Conference to Promote Health and Eliminate Health Disparities
University of Florida, June 14-15 2013
Florida health disparities data show that racial/ethnic minority and underserved communities experience significant health disparities. The People’s Scientific Conference is a first-of-its-kind conference in which members of these communities and diverse psychology, health, and biomedical researchers and health care providers will come together to learn from and teach each other information that will foster evidence-based interventions to promote health and eliminate health disparities. The conference will launch a Health Disparities Research Fellow Mentoring Program that aims to inspire and train the next generation of researchers (e.g., post-docs and assistant professors) to conduct research that has implications for promoting health and eliminating health disparities in racial/ethnic minority and underserved communities.
The People’s Scientific Conference is a statewide conference that will occur June 14 – 15 here at UF. It is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (PIs: Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker, UF Department of Psychology, and Dr. Linda Cottler, UF Department of Epidemiology). For more information about the conference, please visit ufhealthdisparities.med.ufl.edu, phone 352-273-2167, or email