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UI psychology professors Kochanska and Wasserman honored

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa psychology professors Grazyna Kochanska and Edward Wasserman have been honored with Stuit Professorships, which are designed to recognize distinguished psychology department faculty. The professorships were established in 1997 by Dewey and Velma Stuit. They are awarded for five-year terms and are renewable.

Kochanska has been named the Stuit Professor of Developmental Psychology and Wasserman is the Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology.

Kochanska is a scholar in developmental psychology, particularly the area of social development. Her work on the development of conscience in children is supported by the National Science Foundation, and she recently received an Independent Scientist Award to support her work for the next five years. The recipient of a Faculty Scholar Award in 1994, Kochanska joined the UI faculty in 1991.

Wasserman is a leading authority on animal and human cognition whose research focuses on the processes of learning and memory. He has received national and international attention for his research into pigeons' ability to recognize visual images. Wasserman's findings challenge traditional assumptions about animal cognition. A member of the UI faculty since 1972, Wasserman received his doctorate from Indiana University in 1972.

Dewey Stuit was recruited by the UI in 1938. He devoted more than 58 years to the department of psychology and the UI through his scholarly and professional contributions. He lives in Iowa City with his wife Velma. Their endowment will provide funding to further academic excellence for years to come.