No – we aren’t planning to play the favorite children’s game at the next PHD Club meeting. Instead, we wanted to let you know to whom to direct your Chair-related concerns! Beginning his first term as Chair of the Human Development Department this year is Prof. Regan Gurung. Back from sabbatical is Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, who resumes her position at Chair of Psychology. We want to extend great thanks to Prof. Dennis Lorenz, who stepped in as Interim Chair of Psychology for Spring 2007. A big PF standing ovation (A point to ponder: Can flamingos actually clap?) goes to Prof. Lloyd Noppe who, over his time at UWGB, has been HUD Chair so many times we’ve actually lost count!!
Human Development and Psychology welcome Professor Jennifer Zapf, our newest faculty member. Dr. Zapf is teaching Psychology of Cognitive Processes and Experimental Psychology this semester. She earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University this summer, and her research interests include cognitive development and language acquisition in young children. She’s an outstanding teacher and researcher, and we are thrilled to have her join us.
It’s hard to believe that one day before we go to press, a flamingo-related story comes over the wire. It seemed too good not to include so, in order to enhance your avian awareness, we introduce a new feature: Flamingos in the News.
We want to express our great joy that the flamingo survived unscathed, though it’s hard to measure the sort of trauma that comes with being trapped inside a cage inside a turnstile. Our lead investigator reported the flamingo may attempt to sue airport officials, but The Pink Flamingo legal expert says he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
Last spring, the Human Development and Psychology departments launched the Experiential Research Learning Program (ERLP), which is designed to expose introductory students to HUD/Psych research in a way that is interactive and fun. Students enrolled in Intro classes need to earn research points by attending research presentations or panel discussions, serving as a research participant, or reviewing research articles. After a successful first semester, the program is up and running again this fall. To learn more about the ERLP, including the results from our assessment of the program, go to: http://www.uwgb.edu/martinr/erlp.htm