Science Leadership Conference

APA's Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) recognized a psychologist and two psychology departments for their outstanding contributions to psychological science at APA's Science Leadership Conference in September.

The board honored Jacqueline S. Eccles, PhD, a professor of psychology and education at the University of Michigan, with its Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science. The award cited Eccles's service as editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence and Developmental Psychology, her leadership and administrative roles at Michigan and in professional societies and her teaching and mentoring of students.

BSA's Departmental Awards for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to service by encouraging faculty members to take on service activities. BSA recognized two departments this year. One award recognized the psychology department at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, for its tradition of service to the discipline through its support of faculty taking leadership roles in professional organizations, editing journals, reviewing research proposals, advocating for psychology and promoting the value of psychological science to the public. The award also cited the department's commitment to student research, collaborative study, career guidance and a culture of reflection. BSA recognized the psychology department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for an impressive record of service to the discipline through its support of faculty serving on national boards and committees, editing and reviewing publications, mentoring students, becoming involved in the local community and instilling a commitment to service among its students.

—Rebecca A. Clay