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Institute for Diversity Sciences Awards Inaugural Seed Grants

​Nilanjana  Dasgupta, director of the campus's new Institute of Diversity Sciences, also College of Natural Sciences director of faculty equity and inclusion, and the institute steering committee have announced the first six multidisciplinary teams that have won seed grants of up to $12,000 to conduct preliminary studies investigating new research questions about the causes or consequences of group disparities or diversity from multiple scientific angles. 

Study by Alexandra Jesse and Michael Bartoli Suggests We Can Recognize Speakers by Dynamic Facial Movements Alone

alexandra jesseFindings from a new study by cognitive psychologist and speech scientist Alexandra Jesse and her linguistics undergraduate student Michael Bartoli found that adults can recognize unfamiliar people by not only their static facial features but by the dynamic ways they move their mouth and facial muscles while speaking.  

Linda Isbell Awarded the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Linda IsbellLinda Isbell, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has received the 2018 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Presented by the UMass Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, this award honors one outstanding faculty member from each of the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts.

Jason Sidman ’99 Shares His Career Experience Applying Psychology in Industry

Jason Sidman ‘99, Vice President, Business Development, at tool, Inc., graduated from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) with a focus in developmental science. He has worked extensively in the field of Research and Development (R&D) as a cognitive scientist, user experience designer, and director of cognitive training systems.

Susan Whitbourne Receives the Distinguished Membership Award from Psi Chi

psi chi awardSusan Krauss Whitbourne, professor emerita of psychological and brain sciences, has received the Distinguished Membership Award from Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Individuals selected for this honor "have national or international reputations because of contributions made to psychology and Psi Chi" in the disciplines of research, service, and/or teaching. Whitbourne was presented with this award at the Keynote Psi Chi address at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, on March 1, 2018. She is the 37th person to receive this distinction; other notable recipients include B.F. Skinner, Albert Bandura, and Florence Denmark.

Wisniewski, Breviglia, and Woodman Publish Article in the Journal of Clinical Medicine

Hannah Wisniewski '18 Neuroscience, Emily Breviglia '17 Developmental Disabilities and Human Services, and faculty member Ashley Woodman (pictured left to right) have published a new article in the Journal of Clinical Medicine entitled "The Effect of Music on Exercise Intensity among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Pilot Study".

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