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Rice to create lab for the study of recovery from brain damage
The T.L.L. Temple Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant for the establishment of a neuroplasticity research laboratory at the Rice BioScience Research Collaborative. Psychology professor Randi Martin will lead the research team.

Susan Xie received the William C. Howell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Jenny Wen received the John W. Brelsford Award for Superior Scholarship, Leadership, or Service

Professor Mikki Hebl wins LGBT award
Professor Hebl was jointly awarded the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Committee's Research Award (2013) by the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) for best peer reviewed submission focusing on LGBT issues.

Psychology Major receives Watson Fellowship
Rice news reports that senior psychology major Jenny Wen is one of 40 students across the country to be awarded with a prestigious Watson Fellowship.

Conscientious people are more likely to have higher GPAs
In a recent meta-analysis published in the APA journal Psychological Assessment, graduate student Sam McAbee and Professor Fred Oswald found that higher levels of conscientiousness consistently predict higher GPAs.

Test-taking may improve learning in people of all ages
In a new study published in the APA journal Psychology and Aging, recent graduate Dr. Ashley Meyer and Professor Jessica Logan found that testing and feedback improve information retention in both young college students and older adults.

Professor Randi Martin has been invited to be a discussant in the Nijmegen Lectures series at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Professor Martin gave a talk on the history of the neurobiology of language since 1950 at the annual lecture series in January 2013.

Rice alumna Virginia Moyer '74 was named one of Time Magazine's "People Who Mattered" in the 2011 "Person of the Year" edition
Dr. Moyer earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Rice. Read more at the Rice press release or visit her profile on Time's website.

Roberta Diddel has been selected as a co-recipient of the Texas Psychological Association 2011 Outstanding Contribution to Public Service Award
The award will be presented on November 18 at the TPA Annual Convention.

Professor Randi Martin has been elected as the Chair of the Governing Board for the Academy of Aphasia
This is a three-year appointment.

Professor James Pomerantz has been invited to deliver the next Kanizsa Lexture in Italy
Each year the Department of Psychology at the University of Trieste celebrates the work of the pioneeer visual scientist Gaetano Kanizsa with the Kanizsa Lecture. Kanizsa (1913-1993), whose name is widely known from the illusory figures and contours he created such as the famous Kanizsa Triangle, was an influential cognitive psychologist working in the Gestalt tradition, but he was also an artist. He was the founder of the Institute of Psychology of Trieste. Previous Kanizsa lecturers include Irvin Rock, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Philip Johnson-Laird, Richard Gregory, Elizabeth Spelke, Melvyn Goodale, and Steven Palmer.

Professor Randi Martin delivered the Broadbent Keynote Lecture at the 17th meeting of The European Society for Cognitive Psychology in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.
On Friday, September 30, 2011, Professor Martin delivered her keynote lecture, "Working memory and language processing: An updated multiple-components view."

This is a high honor for Professor Martin, and one that recognizes her significant and substantial contributions to our understanding of language processing and working memory. The list of previous Broadbent Lecturers shows that Professor Martin is in esteemed company.

Broadbent Lecturers:
Donostia-San Sebastian 2011 - Randi Martin
Krakow 2009 - Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Marseille 2007 - C. Bundesen
Leiden 2005 - D.L. Schacter
Granada 2003 - P. Johnson-Laird
Edinburgh 2001 - I. Biederman
Gent 1999 - W.J.M. Levelt
Jerusalem 1998 - A.M. Treisman
Wurzburg 1996 - M.I. Posner
Rome 1995 - W Prinz
Lisbon 1994 - A. Baddeley

For those interested, a brief overview of Donald Broadbent's work is included in his obituary at JSTOR.

Amy Crook has been selected for the American Psychological Association's Division of Experimental Psychology 2011 New Investigator Award in Experimental Psychology: Applied

Gunes Avci has won the Gardner Award for the best dissertation in Social Sciences for 2011

Anna Cragin has won the Laughery Award for the best master's thesis in Psychology for 2011

Amy Crook has been awarded a Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship for 2011-12

Lanita Martin has received the Graduate Student Association Faculty/Staff Service Award for 2011