Bluck Wins Exemplary Research Award
Dr. Susan Bluck (Director, Life Story Lab) is the recipient of the Robert Butler and Myrna Lewis Exemplary Research Award from the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review. Dr. Butler was a physician, Pulitzer-winning author and first director of the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Lewis was a leader in gerontology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Butler and Lewis’s early clinical and theoretical work denounces ageism, suggesting that older individuals have rich life stories that can be used to understand the aging process and inform clinical practice. This award recognizes scholars who have carried on this tradition, making major contributions to the field by extending concepts and theories concerning personal memory.
Dr. Bluck’s nomination and selection was based on her scholarly contribution to understanding the functions of remembering the personal past across the lifespan. Her nomination letter describes her as a "bridge-builder" whose “record of research is truly impressive in terms of both its scope and its influence on other scholars in the field" She is described as “a model researcher because of the exceptionally high quality of her scholarship and its purposeful relevance to…addressing both theoretical and practical questions.”
Dr. Bluck has been dedicated to personal memory research across her career, from some of her earliest published work, Reminiscence as Autobiographical Memory: A Catalyst for Reminiscence Theory Development (1998) to her most current, Remembering the Historical Roots of Remembering the Personal Past (in press). The Life Story Lab consists of a multidisciplinary research team interested in adult development, aging, and autobiographical memory. The Lab welcomes people of all ages to get involved in ongoing research. If interested, please contact the lab at (352) 273-3813.
Psychology Department T-Shirt
The Psychology Graduate Student Organization (PGSO) and Diversity Affirmation and Awareness Committee (DAAC) have joined together to design a Psychology Department t-shirt.
T-shirts cost $12.00, and must be paid for before your order can be placed. The deadline to order t-shirts and submit payment is Wednesday, November 6.
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Welcome to our new faculty and students, Fall 2013
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.