Passion in American Politics: What Happens When Citizens Become Deeply Committed to Pressuring Government on a Policy Issue
JON A. KROSNICK, PH.D.
For decades, political scientists have presumed that American citizens lack real opinions about what they want government to do on specific policy issues and that citizens’ votes in elections are driven by other considerations, including identity-based affiliations with political parties, assessments of incumbent performance and personality, and more. But new work on the social psychology of attitudes suggests a different perspective: to understand a person’s opinion on a policy issue requires measuring the strength of that opinion. And strength is multifaceted. For more than 20 years, Professor Jon Krosnick has been studying how people form and change their opinions on issues of government policy, what causes some of those opinions to become strong, and what the cognitive and behavioral effects of strong opinions are in the political arena. This perspective casts the American democracy in a new light, one that is more encouraging about its integrity than some alternative accounts.
The Gierach Lectureship: This lectureship is funded by the Christopher Gierach Memorial Fund. In 2007, it was established in loving memory of Christopher E. Gierach by his family. Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in psychology in 2000. He attended the University of Denver Law School for his law degree and became a member of the Colorado Bar Association. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved the Gators, politics and family. He passed away on June 5, 2007 at the age of 28.
Dr. Darlene Kertes named CLAS International Educator of the Year
Darlene Kertes, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Member of the UF Genetics Institute, is the recipient of a CLAS International Educator of the Year Award for 2015. The International Educator of The Year recognizes faculty at the University of Florida with outstanding international accomplishments and their impact on the recipient's field of study, students, and international partners. Dr. Kertes received this award in recognition of her international research accomplishments, teaching and mentoring that has contributed to student learning and engagement with international issues, and international outreach. Dr. Kertes is shown receiving the award from the University of Florida President at the International Awards Ceremony.
Antonio E. Puente, PhD
Dr. Antonio Puente, graduate of the University of Florida (Bachelor's in Psychology) has been elected the new president of the American Psychological Association. During his time as an undergraduate he worked in the lab of Dr. Donald Dewsbury.
He has served psychology vigorously as an advocate and leader, the public in his clinical practice, the scientific community (in the United States and abroad) and generations of students as a professor of psychology. After 35 years of leadership with APA and other national health, pedagogical and science organizations, he seeks to establish APA as a leader while holding true to its long, diverse and rich history.
Full Biography on APA site.
Andreas Keil: Appointed to serve a six-year term as a member of the Mechanisms of Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Processes Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, NIH. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors.
Natalie Ebner: Invited to participate as a Session Chair for the National Academy of Sciences’ 27th annual Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium on November 5-7, 2015. This symposium series is the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists, designed to provide an overview of advances and opportunities in a wide-ranging set of disciplines and to provide an opportunity for the future leaders of science to build a network with their colleagues. Attendees are selected by a committee of Academy members from among young researchers who have already made recognized contributions to science, including recipients of major fellowships and awards.
Marty Heesacker: Elected President of the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA Division 17), effective August, 2016.