Natalie Ebner Selected as 2014 Recipient of the LIFE Outstanding Alumni Award
Natalie Ebner, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Faculty in Aging and Geriatric Research, has been named the recipient of the 2014 International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE) Outstanding Alumni Award. LIFE is a joint international PhD Program of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Zurich. The Research School takes an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding human development in a changing world, connecting evolutionary, ontogenetic, historical, and institutional perspectives.
The award Dr. Ebner receives is in recognition of continued excellence in interdisciplinary devel-opmental science in the awardee’s independent research career post PhD. It is given out annually and is sponsored by the APA Board of Education¬al Affairs Award to Advance Interdisciplinary Education and Training in Psychology. Dr. Ebner is invited to join the LIFE Spring Academy at the University of Michigan in May 2015 and to deliver an award lecture based on her research.
Stepping Up: Stepping Out
The UF Aging Scholars Team (uFAST) stepped up and stepped out into the community this year joining the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease. Thanks to generous donations from Psychology faculty and students, and friends and families of the team, uFAST was the third highest fundraiser of the sixty teams participating in the walk.
Alzheimer’s Disease is ultimately fatal and there is, as yet, no cure. The annual walk brings people together in a compassionate, dedicated effort to raise awareness about this devastating disease. The funds raised go to advancing research that will help treat and prevent this progressive brain disorder.
uFAST includes grad students and faculty from Psychology (Co-captains: Carla Strickland Hughes and Susan Bluck, and team members Hsiao-wen Liao, Katie Dillon, Yao Guan, Natalie Haddad, Kim Smith, Jingwen Liu, Vanessa Diaz, Danielle Davis and Scruffy) and colleagues in Sociology (Wanlu Shi), Marketing (Ilyoung Ju), Political Science (Mauro Caraccioli), NICAP (Jacqueline Baron-Lee and Baby Lourdes), and the community (Susie Rudder).
The Alzheimer’s Association provides programs and support to improve the lives of affected Americans and their families. Visit the North & Central Florida Chapter at http://www.alz.org/cnfl/
Brian Iwata Honored as Distinguished Professor
In a rare action, the university has promoted Brian Iwata to the rank of Distinguished Professor. As noted in the university guidelines, “The title of Distinguished Professor acknowledges an exceptional record of achievement in the areas of teaching, research and publication, and professional and public service that is recognized both nationally and internationally.” This is indeed an unusual honor because Brian is the first Distinguished Professor in the history of our department.
Brian came to UF in 1986 from Johns Hopkins University, where he taught in the departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and pioneered experimental approaches to behavioral assessment, which have changed the course of treatment for a wide range of behavior disorders in pediatric populations, especially those diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and autism. As a member of the Behavior Analysis area, his record of preparing students for future leadership in the field has been exceptional. For example, 124 undergraduate students from his lab have gone on to graduate studies over the past 10 years. Even more impressive is the fact that nine of the 20 recipients of the B. F. Skinner young investigator award from APA have been his former Ph.D. students. Research from his lab has resulted in over 240 publications and has been supported by grants from the ARC, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, NIH, and the Pew Memorial Trust.
Brian is the former chief editor of the major research journal in his field, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, president of five societies, including a division of APA, and chair of review panels for both NIH and NIMH. In addition to receiving awards from every major organization in the field of behavior analysis, he has been the recipient of research awards from APA and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Robin West Selected as 2014 Recipient of APA Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology
Robin West, Professor of Psychology, has been named the recipient of the 2014 American Psychological Association Division 20's M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology. The Distinguished Contribution Award in Applied Gerontology is presented in honor of the memory of M. Powell Lawton to recognize those whose contributions have improved the quality of life of older persons. The award Dr. West receives is in recognition of her work in Applied Gerontology in the areas of memory training and everyday memory research. Dr. West is honored for her extensive community involvement in training workshops and public speeches for lay audiences on the topic of aging and memory and how to improve memory.