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Release: August 9, 1999
Three UI professors to receive national psychology
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 divisions 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,"