CNS Women in Science Initiative

The CNS Women in Science Initiative (WISI) focuses on increasing the success of women scientists at all stages of their academic careers. WISI offers special programs and events, and connects women scientists through campus organizations and community outreach, and provides helpful off-campus resources for women scientists.

Linda R. Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences, published a letter-to-the-editor to the Wall Street Journal where she says increased racial diversity on college campuses can reduce prejudice and foster understanding between different groups of people. Wall Street Journal

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) selected three CNS students among seven recipents of the 2016-2017 student research grants and awards. Gennarina D. Santorelli, a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program, received one of four CRF Family Research Graduate Research Fellowships. Michael Lemieux, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major, with a minor in mathematics, received the CRF Family Research Honors Thesis/Capstone Award. Alexandra Santiago, an undergraduate honors student pursuing a degree in psychology on the neuroscience track, received the CRF Family Research Undergraduate Assistantship. Read more

The Environmental Conservation announced student awards and scholarships for 2016 during their departmental picnic. Photos and full list of awardees

Students in a wood design class taught by Peggi Clouston, Building and Construction Technology program, have engineered and constructed a massive and intricate wooden dome temporarily adorning the plaza of the Fine Arts Center. This timber grid shell was a collaborative effort by an interdisciplinary and multicultural mix of 35 students from many fields and backgrounds across campus. Fabrication of the shell was headed up by John Fabel, Building and Construction Technology. Read more

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, comments in a CNN story about false memories related to recent questions about whether one of the soldiers in the iconic flag-raising photograph from Iwo Jima was actually a participant in the event 70 years ago. She says people can have false memories of events and over time they tend to grow if they are reinforced. Whitbourne says when events happen at times of great stress, when they are given credibility by outside observers and are repeated over time, people can misremember. She also points out that false memories usually aren't products of dishonesty. CNN