APA reduces dues by $40 for full members

Beginning with the 2012 cycle, APA is reducing dues for all full APA members by $40. The reduction — from $287 to $247 annually — was recommended by the APA Membership Board and approved by the Council of Representatives.

“We recognize that the difficult economy has put pressure on everyone’s family budget,” says APA President Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD. “This reduction is designed to give our full members the very best value we can for their dues dollars.”

Members will receive their 2012 dues invoices this month. To pay dues electronically, go to your MyAPA account on the Web or call APA Membership Services at (800) 374-2721.

'Clinician's Corner' webcasts begin airing this month

Starting this fall, APA's Office of Continuing Education in Psychology will provide live webcasts of its popular "Clinician's Corner" workshop series. The monthly series highlights distinguished scholars and practitioners who provide education and training in critical areas of contemporary practice.

The first of the series, "Ethics and Self-Care: Balancing Our Lives and Reducing Risk," will air Sept. 23, 1–4 p.m., EST. Presented by Erica Wise, PhD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the workshop will focus on applying ethical and self-care principles in challenging professional and multicultural contexts.

The next webcast in the series, "Ethics of Trauma Treatment," will air Oct. 28 1–4 p.m., EDT. All workshops offer three credits. The cost is $55 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Programs will be archived and available one week after the live broadcast. For more information or to sign up, call the Office of CE in Psychology at (800) 374-2721 or visit Office of Continuing Education in Psychology.

Represent the needs of early career psychologists

APA's Committee on Early Career Psychology seeks nominations for a new committee position for governance and membership issues who will serve a three-year term beginning in January.

Candidates must be APA members who have received their doctoral degrees within the last seven years and have an interest in APA governance. Committee members must be able to attend three committee meetings: one in the spring and two in the fall.

Nominations are due by Oct. 31. For more information, visit APA's Early Career Psychologists or contact Kraig R. Scott.

Attention psychology departments: Sign up for new publications

By participating in the APA Psychology Department Program, you can receive many of APA's teaching and advising publications, as well as subscriptions to APA magazines and newsletters. The cost is $300 a year.

The 2011–12 program is offering three new APA books, as well as the "Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology" report, the "Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major" pamphlet, the "Careers in Psychology" video and three student affiliate memberships and subscriptions to the American Psychologist, Monitor on Psychology, gradPSYCH, Psychology Teacher Network and The Educator.

Subscribing departments also gain access to PDP-NEWS, a listserv for psychology departments. APA also provides a link to participating psychology departments on APA's website.

APA honors International Science and Engineering Fair winners

More than 1,500 students worldwide competed at the 62nd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held May 8–13, in Los Angeles. As a Special Awards Organization, APA granted seven awards to the best psychological science projects:

  • First Place Award of $1,250 (tie): Adelina Corina Cozma, Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, for "Growing Up 'In Sync': Connecting a Bridge to an Autistic Mind's World," and Liza Joely Strauss, Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, N.Y., for "A Study of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Arithmetic Combinatorial Processing Using Magnetoencephalography."

  • Third Place Award of $500 (five winners): Olivia A. Dure, The Altamont School, Birmingham, Ala. "Brain Plasticity: The Effect of Age (A Two Year Study)."

  • Neel Sanjay Patel, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Fla. "An Analysis of Listener Perception and Visual Replication of Sonifications: A Third Year Study."

  • Samantha Michelle Phillips, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, N.Y. "Strategies Utilized by People with Autism and Neuro-Typical Individuals to Determine Emotion in Faces."

  • Rachel Emily Reon, The Governor's School for Science and Technology, Hampton, Va., for "Behavioral Evidence for Cerebral Asymmetry in Green Anoles."

  • Heitor Geraldo da Cruz Santos, Colegio GGE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. "Problematizing Pedagogy as a Nutritional Education Strategy: A Social Constructivist Approach."

All winners also received an award certificate and a one-year student affiliate membership to APA.

Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain joins APA's family of journals

Since 1981, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain has published cutting-edge research in the field of music cognition. In July, APA took over publication of the journal, a move that will allow Psychomusicology to expand its reach at a crucial time in the history of the field, says Annabel Cohen, PhD, the journal's editor and a psychology professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, in Canada.

"There's been an explosion of research in music psychology," she says. "In the '70s, there may have been a handful of papers on the topic, but now there are hundreds of new studies each year."

Neuroimaging has constituted a big part of that research boom, says Cohen. In particular, scientists are exploring ways that music processing overlaps with and differs from language processing in the brain. That trend spurred a slight adjustment in the journal's name, from Psychomusicology: A Journal of Research in Music Cognition to Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain, Cohen says.

As before, the journal will focus on publishing empirical studies in the areas of music and cognitive science, neuroscience and cognitive musicology, while making room for theoretical articles and occasional profiles of psychomusicology programs and book reviews.

"This is a valuable development for the field of psychology," says Cohen. "We want to make psychomusicology a household word."

—S. Dingfelder