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Release: August 9, 1999

Three UI professors to receive national psychology awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three University of Iowa professors will receive national awards from the American Psychological Association (APA) during the group's annual convention in Boston Aug. 20-24.

Peter Nathan, a UI professor of psychology, will be recognized for accomplishments throughout his noteworthy career with the 1999 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Knowledge. The group's Board of Professional Affairs selected Nathan based on nominations sent by his colleagues nationwide. He will receive a citation from the APA as well as a $1,000 honorarium.

Steven J. Luck, a UI associate professor of psychology, will receive the 1998/1999 APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. Luck was chosen for "contributions that advance not only science, but also the reputation of psychology as a field of scientific endeavor." He will receive a formal award citation and a $1,000 prize.

Alan Christensen, a UI associate professor of psychology, will receive the 1999 Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology. This award is given by the health division of the APA, which is one of 54 divisions within the association. Christensen was nominated for the award by another member of the health division and was then selected by the division’s awards committee to receive the honor. He will receive a plaque at the division's business meeting, held during the APA convention.

Michael O'Hara, chairman of the UI psychology department, said he was pleased to see three members of the department recognized by the APA. "The combination of Alan and Steve's early career awards with Peter's distinguished career award reflects the department's continuing efforts to recruit and retain top-notch faculty members who can carry on the tradition of excellence built over many years by long-time distinguished faculty members," he said.