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Adrian Staub and Lisa Sanders awarded NSF grant, exploring lexical predictability in reading

Adrian Staub (PI) and Lisa Sanders (Co-PI) have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, entitled, "Effects of lexical predictability on parafoveal and foveal processing in reading." It is awarded from 7/1/17-6/30/20, with total costs $457,845.

Kirby Deater-Deckard member of several international research teams

Kirby Deater-Deckard is part of several international teams that are studying the interaction between biological factors and family/peer social environments in cognitive and social-emotional development in childhood and adolescence. The US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (www.bsf.org.il) has just awarded a grant to Dr. Naama Atzaba-Poria of Ben-Gurion University in Israel and Deater-Deckard, to study parenting and sibling relationships following low- and high-risk births of a second child.

Brian Lickel promoted to Professor!

Brian Lickel will be promoted to Professor on September 1st! Congratulations!

Lickel's research focuses on how people interpret events in intergroup conflicts and how these interpretations affect their emotions, self-concepts, and support for different social and political policies. A key assumption in his work is that understanding people’s emotions is important for unlocking the processes that amplify or reduce intergroup conflict. 

Adam Grabell receives Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from NIH

Adam Grabell, Assistant Professor, starting Fall 2017 in the UMass Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences has received an NIH K23 Award! This Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award will train Grabell to probe deliberate regulation in preschoolers ranging from low to severe irritability, over a period of rapid development, and connect findings to translational implications.

Bernhard Leidner receives tenure!

Bernhard Leidner has been promoted to Associate Professor, receiving tenure within the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program. Leidner's research focuses on processes of social identification and intergroup relations, primarily in the context of large social categories such as nations and ethnic groups. Specifically, his research is at the cross-road of the social psychological areas of norms and morality (e.g., moral disengagement in response to in-group wrongdoings), intergroup threat (e.g., threat-induced shifting of moral principles such as fairness or loyalty), and social justice (e.g., reparations after in-group wrongdoings; conflict resolution).

Nilanjana Dasgupta receives UMass Public Service Endowment Grant to work with Girls Inc. of Holyoke

​Nilanjana Dasgupta’s new project with Girls Inc. of Holyoke will study whether participation in a summer program has the potential to boost young female student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students will have the opportunity to Interact with positive role models while developing potential interests in STEM fields. Girls Inc. offers after school and summer programs focused on literacy and academic success, STEM, leadership and critical thinking, as well as health, wellness, and sexuality.

Danielle O’Connor Dean ’10 Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Danielle O’Connor Dean '10 was one of six recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award this year. She was presented the award by UMass Amherst Alumni Association President Michaella Morzuch at the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House on April 24. Also in attendance was UMass President Marty Meehan, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, and Dean of Natural Sciences Steve Goodwin.

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