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April 3, 2006

Noted Psychologist To Visit UI April 11-14 As Ida Beam Professor

Diane F. Halpern, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Calif., will visit the University of Iowa April 11-14 as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. Her visit is sponsored by the UI Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program, with generous support from the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program.

Her public lecture, "Sex, Lies, and Audiotape: A Cognitive Analysis of the Clinton-Lewinski Scandal," will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the Englert Theater in downtown Iowa City.

She is also scheduled to conduct:

-- A 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 seminar, "Converging Evidence and Large Effect Sizes Say We Should Move from 'Can We?' to 'Best Practices' in Developing College Students' Critical Thinking Skills," in Room 301, Lindquist Center, corner of Burlington St. and Madison Ave.

-- A 3-4 p.m. Thursday, April 13 seminar, "Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities," 101 Biology Building East, corner of Dubuque St. and Iowa Ave.

-- A 10-11 a.m. Friday, April 14 appearance on radio station WSUI-FM 910, "Talk of Iowa-Live at the Java House," hosted by Ben Keiffer, at the Java House-Downtown, 2111/2 East Washington St., downtown Iowa City. In addition to Halpern, the program, "Gender Differences & Live Reggae by Public Property," will feature music by a popular local band, and views on sex differences in cognitive abilities by Sheryl Sorby, associate dean of engineering and chair of the Engineering Fundamentals Department at Michigan Technological University.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Halpern, a recent guest on National Public Radio's "Science Fridays," has given many invited talks, published numerous papers in reviewed journals, and currently serves as principal investigator on such projects as "Web-based Program to Enhance Critical Thinking Skills in Economically Disadvantaged Adolescents," funded by the Jacobs Foundation; "Critical Thinking among Chinese Students: Characteristics, Assessment, and Relationship with Dispositional Factors," funded by the Chinese Research Council Grant, and "How Paid Family Leave Affects Home Care and Health Outcomes," funded by The California Wellness Foundation.

In spring 2001, she provided a briefing for the U.S. White House Staff Office of Science and Technology on "The Science of Learning and Assessment." The Fellow and 2004 President of the American Psychological Association earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1979.

Her UI visit is co-sponsored by the following: Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Department of Psychology; UI Intercollegiate Athletics; Graduate Program in Neuroscience; College of Public Health; College of Engineering; Department of Psychological & Quantitative Foundations; CLAS Department of Physics and Astronomy; University Libraries, Council on the Status of Women; Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, CLAS Department of Women's Studies; Undergraduate Program Office; and Tippie College of Business.

The UI established the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program in 1978-79 based on a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to the UI Foundation. The proceeds from the farm's sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact in advance Ruth Kenton-Sieck, WISE program, at (319) 335-3530 or at

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