Friday, October 10, 2014

PBS to Recognize Five Outstanding Alumni at Annual Banquet, Oct 17

On Friday, October 17 PBS will hold its second annual Alumni Recognition event, a day of symposia and celebrations to honor the IU psychological and brain sciences community. The annual daylong event includes talks by PBS alumni and faculty at the cutting edge of their fields. It also includes undergraduate career and professional development round table discussions for PBS majors interested in business, social work, and law, as well as the mental health professions and graduate research. The day culminates in a banquet to honor five outstanding alumni with a series of awards.

(For a list of the day's events, see schedule below.)

Amy Marshall (PhD ’04) and Brian Mustanski (PhD ’04) will each receive a Young Alumni Award

Marshall is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Pennsylvania State University whose research interests include intimate relationships, family violence, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mustanski is an associate professor in Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology at Northwestern University.  He is director of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program, which seeks to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBT community and increases understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Receiving Distinguished Alumni Awards are David T. Pfenninger (BA ’83) and Wilson (Bill) Geisler (PhD ’75)

Pfenninger’s career spans academia, clinical psychology, business, and technology. Formerly an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a clinician and administrator at the Roudebush Veteran Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis, he became the founder and key entrepreneur of several successful companies. Currently, he is an executive consultant, investor, and board member to companies at the interface of internet technology, human behavior, and cognition.

Geisler joined the psychology faculty at the University of Texas in 1975, where he is currently the David Wechsler Regents Chair and director of the Center for Perceptual Systems. Bill’s primary research interests are in perception and perceptual neuroscience, with an emphasis on vision in humans and monkeys. 

John Monahan (PhD ’72) will receive the Richard C. Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Monahan, an expert in law and psychiatry, is a leading thinker on the issue of violence risk assessment. He currently holds the John S. Shannon Distinguished Professorship in Law at the University of Virginia. Last year he attended the department’s 125th Anniversary Celebration to deliver a lecture, “Danger and Disorder,” in which he challenged the links made between violence and mental illness in American media and culture. The award is named in honor of its first alumni recipient, president emeritus of the University of California and a distinguished scientist, administrator, and teacher.


Schedule of Events
  • 12 PM: Luncheon, Lobby of Multidisciplinary Science Building II, (behind the Psychology Building, 702 North Walnut Grove Avenue)
  • 1PM: PBS @ IU: #GameChangers (presentations from alumni), Room 100, Psychology Building
  • Teresa Treat, University of Iowa, “Enhancing the Accuracy of Men’s Perception of Women’s Sexual Interest”   
  • Joshua Gulley, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Amphetamines during Adolescence: #BrainChangers”   
  • Scott Gronlund, University of Oklahoma, “Conducting an Eyewitness Lineup: How Did We Get It Wrong?”
2PM: Break
  • 2:15PM: PBS@IU: #TheCuttingEdge, Faculty Symposium, Psychology Building, Room 100
    • Brian D’Onofrio, Indiana University, “The Importance of Translational Epidemiology for Clinical Science”
    • Karin James, Indiana University, “How Visual-Motor Experience Changes  Symbol Learning During Development:  An Educational Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective”   
    • Josh Brown, Indiana University, “Computational Psychiatry: Where Higher Cognitive Function Intersects with Computational Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, and Clinical Science”
  • 3:30PM: Graduate Research Symposium & Poster Session. Lobby of Multidisciplinary Science Building

  • 6:00PM: Cocktail Reception, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall

  • 7PM: Alumni Awards Dinner, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall




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