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A Few Scientific Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Pull That All-Nighter This Week

“Want to ace that test tomorrow? Here’s a tip: Put down the coffee and hit the sack.”

sleep-deprived1Don’t believe me? Tons of recent research has shown that pulling all-nighters, and the sleep deprivation that results, will actually harm you rather than help you.

“Sleepless night can make us cranky and moody. But a lesser known side effect of sleep deprivation is short-term euphoria, which can potentially lead to poor judgment and addictive behavior, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley.”

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Lack of sleep can result in decreased immune system function and reduced ability to consolidate recently formed memories, says Boston College. Therefore you are more susceptible to catching whatever icky bug is floating around campus and all that information you’re trying to stuff into your head as the wee hours of the morning tick by probably won’t stick as well as you hope.

I could go on. But before you leave, please promise me that you’ll get some sleep every single night this week. Taking a three hour study break to catch some Z’s is actually more helpful than taping your eyelids open and attempting to memorize the neurotransmitters and their functions with a double espresso in your hand. Your grades, and your sanity, will thank you.

Read more about the science here:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150123121735.htm
http://psychology.berkeley.edu/news/pulling-all-nighter-can-bring-euphoria-and-risky-behavior
http://www.bc.edu/offices/healthpro/health-campaigns/sweet-dreamzzz/Sleepforhealth/the-cost-of-sleep-deprivation.html

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New Majors Orientation TOMORROW!

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It’s that time again!
The department is excited to welcome some of its newest members on April 13th and 14th from 6:30-8:00p in LS 502. Come hear about the invaluable tools the department can provide you with during your years at Roanoke and what all you can do with a major in Psychology, among other things. There will be food, fun, and signing the Majors poster in the hallway. Don’t miss out!

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New Majors Orientation

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It’s that time again!
The department is excited to welcome some of its newest members on April 13th and 14th from 6:30-8:00p in LS 502. Come hear about the invaluable tools the department can provide you with during your years at Roanoke and what all you can do with a major in Psychology, among other things. There will be food, fun, and signing the Majors poster in the hallway. Don’t miss out!

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EPA Highlights 2016

The Eastern Psychology Association saw a wonderful group of students and professors represent Roanoke College in early March. Collectively there were four posters presented and lots of fun had by all.  Here are Michalla Braford and Dr. Osterman proudly presenting their research!

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EPA 2016 Highlights

The Eastern Psychology Association saw a wonderful group of students and professors represent Roanoke College in early March. Collectively there were four posters presented and lots of fun had by all.  (Not pictured: Michalla Braford and Dr. Osterman.)

Vicki Peterson presented a poster dealing with grandparental investment and got much more than she anticipated out of her trip to EPA!

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EPA 2016 Highlights

The Eastern Psychology Association saw a wonderful group of students and professors represent Roanoke College in early March. Collectively there were four posters presented and lots of fun had by all.  Stay tuned for more pictures!

Diane Nguyen presented research on threatening rival characteristics.

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EPA 2016 Highlights

The Eastern Psychology Association saw a wonderful group of students and professors represent Roanoke College in early March. Collectively there were four posters presented and lots of fun had by all.  Stay tuned for more pictures!

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Dr. Buchholz presented research previously done by alum Aly Beard ’15 on ASMR.

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Faculty Presentations at Fintel Library

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This Thursday at 3 pm, come enjoy a two-fer!
This is the first of four events in the 2016 Faculty Showcase series. The series gets kicked off with Dr. Janelle Gornick and Dr. David Nichols of the Roanoke College Psychology department. See you on the main floor of Fintel Library!

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Fall 2015 Poster Session

Last semester the seminar students of the department put on a poster session at Fintel Library to share the results of their exciting research. Hany Hosny graciously provided some cool shots of the action. Take a look!

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Teach For America is hiring Psychology majors – FINAL DEADLINE 3/4

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Teach For America’s FINAL Application Deadline: March 4
Start your online application here: http://bit.ly/ApplyTFA

Right now, fewer than 10% of students from low-income communities graduate from college. All children in this country deserve an education that gives them the opportunity to realize their fullest potential. Teach For America (TFA) seeks passionate, social justice-driven seniors and graduate students of all majors and backgrounds. March 4th is also the first chance for undergraduate juniors or Fall 2016 graduates to apply for early admission to the 2017 corps.

Apply by March 4th (job offers go out April 25 and your decision deadline is May 3) for the Teach For America corps member position, a two year (minimum) teaching commitment (ranges from pre-K to 12th grade) in one of 52 low-income communities across the country. You’ll earn a full salary (up to $51,000/year) and benefits, state teaching certification, and an optional Master’s degree. Beyond the two years, our alumni are change agents, inside and outside of schools, tackling issues in education, law, medicine and beyond.

Who We Look For | Where & What You’ll Teach | Training & Support| How to Apply | TFA Alumni Profiles

Experience an inspiring moment from TFA’s 25th Anniversary Summit – Julio Garcia describes how his TFA teachers inspired him to return home to the Rio Grande Valley as a 2013 corps member:

Questions? Contact your Recruitment Director, Tom Milteer, at Tom.Milteer@teachforamerica.org

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Fall 2015 Poster Session

Last semester the seminar students of the department put on a poster session at Fintel Library to share the results of their exciting research. Hany Hosny graciously provided some cool shots of the action. Take a look!
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Department Feature: Dr. Katherine Luci

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Dr. Luci (adjunct lecturer) has enjoyed teaching at Roanoke College for the past few years in addition to her “day job” as a clinical geropsychologist at the Salem VA Medical Center. She received a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Mary Washington College in 1999, a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech in 2003, and a Psy.D. in clinical and school psychology in 2010 from James Madison University. Dr. Luci’s teaching and research interests include aging, resilience, best practices in dementia care, and third-wave psychotherapies for caregivers and older adults.

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Local Volunteer/Job Opportunity

Round Hill Elementary School in Roanoke is looking for volunteers as well as students who need a job and like working with children. The program is called 21st Century and it is an after school program that involves supervising children. If you are interested or have any questions concerning the program, please email Emily Leimbach ’14 (she currently works at Round Hill as a teacher) and she’ll gladly hook you up with any information you might need: eleimbach@rcps.info

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Fall 2015 Poster Session

Last semester the seminar students of the department put on a poster session at Fintel Library to share the results of their exciting research. Hany Hosny graciously provided some cool shots of the action. Take a look!
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Department Feature: Dr. Brian Shenal

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Dr. Shenal (Adjunct Associate Professor) began teaching at Roanoke College in 2012.  He received his B.S. (’95), his M.S. (’98), and his Ph.D. (’01) from Virginia Tech.  Dr. Shenal completed his clinical internship and fellowship at the University of Florida. He is a practicing neuropsychologist and an Associate Professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. His research interests include the neuropsychology of emotion, lateralization/cerebral asymmetry, and teleneuropsychology.

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Fall 2015 Poster Session

Last semester the seminar students of the department put on a poster session at Fintel Library to share the results of their exciting research. Hany Hosny graciously provided some cool shots of the action. Take a look!

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Conference Fun

Dr. Osterman, Dr. Buchholz, and Dr. Gili Freedman attended the SPSP conference (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) this past weekend over in San Diego and presented on a variety of socially intriguing topics. Below you’ll find Dr. Osterman being her majestic self, as always, preparing to impart upon the world the research she and her research assistants found about friend choices.

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Dr. Buchholz was also prepared to tell the world about agency, empathy, and mindfuless in prosocial behaviors.  20160130_124514

Dr. Freedman was of course also excited about her research dealing with gender and social rejection beliefs.

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Keep up the good work, RoCo!

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Camp Easter Seals UPC Camp Counselors

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CAMP COUNSELORS LOOKING FOR LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES NEEDED!

Camp Easter Seals UCP offers children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy fun and challenging activities in a unique and supportive camp atmosphere.  To help contribute to this environment we are seeking general counselors for summer employment.  We are located about forty five minutes northwest of Roanoke Virginia in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Who we serve – Our campers have a variety of disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and several other physical and mental disabilities.  Camp Easter Seals Virginia offers camp sessions for adults and kids/teens.  Physical, occupational, and speech therapy camp sessions are also offered for kids/teens.  The summer ends with a week for families that have a child with a disability.

Why our camp – Camp Counselors gain experience through supervising and caring for campers’ personal needs as well as leading and assisting campers with camp activities. Counselors come from around the country and world to work at the camp.  Many staff have described their experience at camp as “life changing!”

All levels of experience and education welcome to apply.  For more information please visit us:
February 1st
Internship Fair
4:30 – 6:00 PM
Roanoke College Colket Center

Also visit our website www.CampEastersealsUCP.com, watch our YouTube video, and contact

Alex Barge, the camp director, will be on Roanoke’s campus on Monday and would be open to visiting and/or speaking with organizations or classes anytime.

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Psi Chi Feature

In the winter edition of Eye on Psi Chi two of our events were featured! Dogs and Donuts and Zentangle got recognition – you can find the details by going to this link and scrolling to page 36. Great job, RoCo!

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.psichi.org/resource/resmgr/Eye_PDF/Winter16Eye-web.pdf#page=31

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A Few Scientific Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Pull That All-Nighter This Week

“Want to ace that test tomorrow? Here’s a tip: Put down the coffee and hit the sack.”

sleep-deprived1Don’t believe me? Tons of recent research has shown that pulling all-nighters, and the sleep deprivation that results, will actually harm you rather than help you.

“Sleepless night can make us cranky and moody. But a lesser known side effect of sleep deprivation is short-term euphoria, which can potentially lead to poor judgment and addictive behavior, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley.”

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Lack of sleep can result in decreased immune system function and reduced ability to consolidate recently formed memories, says Boston College. Therefore you are more susceptible to catching whatever icky bug is floating around campus and all that information you’re trying to stuff into your head as the wee hours of the morning tick by probably won’t stick as well as you hope.

I could go on. But before you leave, please promise me that you’ll get some sleep every single night this week. Taking a three hour study break to catch some Z’s is actually more helpful than taping your eyelids open and attempting to memorize the neurotransmitters and their functions with a double espresso in your hand. Your grades, and your sanity, will thank you.

Read more about the science here:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150123121735.htm
http://psychology.berkeley.edu/news/pulling-all-nighter-can-bring-euphoria-and-risky-behavior
http://www.bc.edu/offices/healthpro/health-campaigns/sweet-dreamzzz/Sleepforhealth/the-cost-of-sleep-deprivation.html

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Summer Internship Opportunity

Application Deadline: December 16, 2015
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
2016 HS-STEM Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at:  Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required
Application deadline: December 16, 2015, 11:59PM EST
How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/1468
Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at
http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/

For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org.
The DHS Education Programs Team
ORAU/ORISE

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Noke500: Are you in?

20151203_125223The faculty of the Psychology Department challenge our alumni to make a donation between now and December 10th. Only two days left!

Alumni are being challenged during the Noke500 to go ALL IN for Roanoke and make a gift of any size between now and December 10th at noon. If 500 alumni give during this time period, a generous alumni donor will give the College $25,000.

https://afrapp.roanoke.edu/race/coming

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VT Carilion Lecture: Can We Live to 100?

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You are invited to attend the next VTCRI Distinguished Public Lecture by Marie Bernard, M.D., on Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 PM in room M203 at the VTC on, “Can We Live to 100? New Evidence from the National Institute on Aging.” Dr. Bernard is the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.    Dr. Bernard is  a charter fellow and past president of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education; she has received the Tibbitt’s award from the Association of gerontology for outstanding contributions to gerontology and gerontology education; and she has served on the board of directors of the international longevity center.  She has been repeatedly recognized among the best doctors in America. Prior to serving as the Deputy Director of NIA, she was the Reynolds Chair of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  Dr. Bernard has played major roles and served in leadership positions in identifying programs and policies to promote healthy aging, in the identification, treatment and care of adults with dementias, in comparative effectiveness research, and in identifying and growing the workforce for healthcare for older Americans.  Dr. Bernard’s own research program has addressed issues of medication and healthcare management as well as nutrition for the elderly as well as workforce training and education.

The public lecture will be preceded by an open reception in the VTC café at 5:00 PM. Come out if you can!

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Poster Session Dec. 10th!

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Come out to Fintel library from noon to 1pm this Thursday, December 10th and see what our students have been up to! There will be pizza and it’s open to everyone. Hope to see you there!

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“What’s Up With Pokes?” Facebook Lecture

FBCollageDr. Erin Baker, employed at Facebook, discussed the mission of Facebook, what it’s like to work there, and the multitude of job options for students with a Liberal Arts degree. Thanks again for a fantastic lecture, Dr. Baker!

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Noke500: Are you in?

20151203_125223The faculty of the Psychology Department challenge our alumni to make a donation between now and December 10th.

Alumni are being challenged during the Noke500 to go ALL IN for Roanoke and make a gift of any size between now and December 10th at noon. If 500 alumni give during this time period, a generous alumni donor will give the College $25,000.

https://afrapp.roanoke.edu/race/coming

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New Majors’ Orientation = Success!

CollageFor those of you who missed out on this awesome opportunity to get more involved in the department and learn about all of its valuable resources, don’t worry! We’ll be holding more sessions in the spring, which you should definitely attend. We take pride in our department and we want to share it with you!

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Fall Feast

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New Majors’ Orientation

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This Wednesday and Thursday night from 6:30 – 8pm the psych department is hosting an event to welcome all newly declared psych majors! Both are in room 502. Come to one and see what the department has to offer!

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UVA Master’s Program Webinar

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UVA Counselor Education Master’s Degree Program – Information Webinar with Curry Faculty

Hello – Have you considered a career counseling youth and promoting their academic, career, and personal development? Are you inspired to serve as an advocate for youth and be a social change agent? Then the UVA Counselor Ed Master’s degree program is the place to start. Learn more about our CACREP accredited program on an interactive online webinar. Hear directly from Curry School faculty and Counselor Ed students on the importance of this career path, and how Curry will prepare you.

WEBINAR:

Learn more from Curry faculty at our online informational webinar.

Date and Time: Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 6:00 – 7:00pm EST

Go to the Counselor Ed website below to register.  All you need is access to the internet to join. We hope to see you on the webinar!

http://curry.virginia.edu/academics/offerings/counselor-education

Karen Barnes, MBA
Director of Communications & Marketing
Curry School of Education
University of Virginia
Tel: 434-924-6939
kbarnes@virginia.edu
http://curry.virginia.edu/

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New York Times asks, “Can You Get Smarter?”

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The New York Times ran an op-ed piece last week about the idea of getting smarter in a way similar to lifting weights. Take a read at the link below!

http://nyti.ms/1R1tfLM

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EPA Conference Deadline!

EPALogoThe submission deadline is November 15, 2015 5:00pm, EASTERN STANDARD TIME.

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association will take place at the Marriott Marquis in New York City Thursday March 3 – Saturday, March 5.

For more info, go here: http://www.easternpsychological.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

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SEPA Deadline!

nola-logoSEPA is a regional psychological association affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA). Dates & Location: March 30-April 2, 2016, at the Sheraton New Orleans.

The deadline is Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time!

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Linked In:  https://www.linkedin.com/ (Join RC Psychology group)

Check Out Our New Student Study Center!

Some of you may know that we have a student lounge on the fifth floor of Life Science for anyone to hang out and possibly nap on the comfy couches. This semester we’ve been able to open up another room designated more for studying and other quiet activities! It used to be faculty office space, but is now a place for students to use. It is located on the left side of the same hallway the other student lounge is. Come check it out!

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Get connected!
Instagram & Twitter:  #PsychRC
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/rcpsychology
Blog:  https://psych.pages.roanoke.edu/
Linked In:  https://www.linkedin.com/ (Join RC Psychology group)
Website:  http://www.roanoke.edu/inside/a-z_index/psychology

Katie Jensen, Attorney General Intern

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“During my semester in Washington, DC, I interned at the DC Office of the Attorney General’s Mental Health Section. As a Psychology major with a Legal Studies concentration, this internship has given me valuable experience in a fascinating field of law. The Assistant Attorney Generals that I shadowed work to ensure that people who are likely to injure themselves or others as a result of mental illness legally get the help they need, while protecting the public and the rights of the patient. On a daily basis, I analyzed medical records, filed petitions for emergency hospitalizations, and occasionally attended witness interviews at psychiatric hospitals. I also had the opportunity to go to court and observe probable cause hearings, commission hearings, and jury trials. My internship at DCOAG taught me so much about the legal process and mental healthcare system in Washington, DC, because I got to experience it every day. Living, learning, and interning through the Washington Semester was an amazing experience!”

Get connected!
Instagram & Twitter:  #PsychRC
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/rcpsychology
Blog:  https://psych.pages.roanoke.edu/
Linked In:  https://www.linkedin.com/ (Join RC Psychology group)
Website:  http://www.roanoke.edu/inside/a-z_index/psychology

DR. NICHOLS’S INQ 277: EXPERIENCING VISION

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These photos, taken by Sumi Yi, were a part of Dr. Nichol’s INQ 277 May term titled “Exploring Vision Through the Eye of the Lens”.

This class utilized the digital camera as both a metaphor for the human eye and as a tool to create photographic representations of principles of human vision.  Cameras and the human eye were compared and contrasted in order to better understand both. Mechanisms of human visual perception, such as color vision, depth perception, and motion perception, were discussed in lecture format and then assignments carried out wherein students take purposeful photographs to illuminate the discussion topics.  The idea is that application through photography of principles discussed in relation to human vision, i.e. how we sense and perceive the world, may give us a better understanding of how and why the human vision system works the way it does.  Photographic expeditions were done both around campus and as part of full day trips.

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DR. NICHOLS’S INQ 277: EXPERIENCING VISION

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These photos, taken by Stephanie Buturla, were a part of Dr. Nichols’s INQ 277 May term titled “Exploring Vision Through the Eye of the Lens”.

This class utilized the digital camera as both a metaphor for the human eye and as a tool to create photographic representations of principles of human vision.  Cameras and the human eye were compared and contrasted in order to better understand both. Mechanisms of human visual perception, such as color vision, depth perception, and motion perception, were discussed in lecture format and then assignments carried out wherein students take purposeful photographs to illuminate the discussion topics.  The idea is that application through photography of principles discussed in relation to human vision, i.e. how we sense and perceive the world, may give us a better understanding of how and why the human vision system works the way it does.  Photographic expeditions were done both around campus and as part of full day trips.

DR. NICHOLS’S INQ 277: EXPERIENCING VISION

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These photos, taken by Gaby Ghosn, were a part of Dr. Nichols’s INQ 277 May term titled “Exploring Vision Through the Eye of the Lens”.

This class utilized the digital camera as both a metaphor for the human eye and as a tool to create photographic representations of principles of human vision.  Cameras and the human eye were compared and contrasted in order to better understand both. Mechanisms of human visual perception, such as color vision, depth perception, and motion perception, were discussed in lecture format and then assignments carried out wherein students take purposeful photographs to illuminate the discussion topics.  The idea is that application through photography of principles discussed in relation to human vision, i.e. how we sense and perceive the world, may give us a better understanding of how and why the human vision system works the way it does.  Photographic expeditions were done both around campus and as part of full day trips.

SYNAPSE Conference 2015

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Dr. Nichols, Dr. Allen, and Dr. Shenal assisted students in neuroscience-based research and a few of those students got to present their findings at the SYNAPSE conference! They went to the University of North Carolina at Asheville and represented Roanoke College.

Jacob Johnson, Christy Blevins, and Dr. Nichols presented on exploring the individual factors of temporal processing and the variability of the internal clock.

[Johnson, J., Blevins, B., & Nichols, D.F. (2015, March). Exploring the individual factors of temporal processing and the variability of the internal clock. Poster presented at the SYNAPSE conference, Asheville, NC.]

Charis Flamburis, The Goodtimes Project

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Charis Flamburis ’15 was accepted as a counselor at The Goodtimes Project! How exciting!

“Each year over 13,000 children in the US are diagnosed with cancer. Camp Goodtimes was established in 1984 to provide a no cost camp environment for children affected by cancer where they can recapture the joys of childhood.”

Learn more about the project here: http://www.thegoodtimesproject.org/

SYNAPSE Conference 2015

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Alex Grant, Nataniel De Young, and Dr. Shenal worked on a comparison between QOL in TBI and Memory Disorder Clinics.

[Grant, A., De Young, N., & Shenal, B. (2015, March). A comparison between QOL in TBI and Memory Disorder Clinics. Poster presented at the SYNAPSE conference, Asheville, NC.]

SYNAPSE Conference 2015

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Dr. Nichols, Dr. Allen, and Dr. Shenal assisted students in neuroscience-based research and a few of those students got to present their findings at the SYNAPSE conference! They went to the University of North Carolina at Asheville and represented Roanoke College.

Stephanie Shields, Caitlin Morse, and Dr. Nichols also presented on the effect of attractiveness and facial expression on EEG responses.

[Shields, S.M., Arrington, P., Morse, C.E., & Nichols, D.F. (2015, March). There’s something about a smile: Effect of attractiveness and facial expression on EEG responses. Poster presented at the SYNAPSE conference, Asheville, NC.]

SYNAPSE Conference 2015

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Dr. Nichols, Dr. Allen, and Dr. Shenal assisted students in neuroscience-based research and a few of those students got to present their findings at the SYNAPSE conference! They went to the University of North Carolina at Asheville and represented Roanoke College.

Caitlin Morse, Stephanie Shields, and Dr. Nichols presented on “An exploration on the reduction of artifacts in EEG studies.” 

[Shields, S.M., Morse, C.E., & Nichols, DF. (2015, March). An exploration on the reduction of artifacts in EEG studies. Poster presented at the SYNAPSE conference, Asheville, NC.]

Recognizing Graduating Seniors: Lydia Fujimura

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Lydia is attending Vanguard University’s Masters of Organizational Psychology program in Costa Mesa California! She hopes to go into organizational conflict resolution involving factors such as self esteem and cultural differences.

Lydia had a hard time nailing down one class as her favorite from her time here at Roanoke. “​Every semester it changes!” she said. “I have taken so many wonderful courses here: the sociology of sex and gender, health illness and healing, the meaning of life, learning, and many others. Since it is still fresh in my mind, I would probably say Learning because Dr. Early conveys the material with both material from the book and good graphs to explain phenomena. I also loved Research Seminar because of the hands-on learning we were able to do. I really liked being able to master the material by actually using software like SPSS and conducting our own research.”

Lydia also worked in Dr. Buchholz’s research lab for 3 semesters and conducted an independent study on investigating the effect of empathy and agency on social mindfulness. Lydia is always cheerful and a pleasure to be around. She is smart and a hard worker.

Good luck, Lydia! We’ll miss you!

Alumni Weekend is Almost Here!

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The Psychology Department will be having an alumni reception over Alumni Weekend (Saturday, April 11th) on the outdoor balcony of Lucas Hall (2nd floor) from 4:00 to 5:30pm. (Rain Location: Lucas 215)

Please stop by for some drinks, snacks, and fun activities with the Psychology Department! This year we will also be honoring the years of dedicated service from Dr. Jan Lynch and Dr. Chuck Early, who will both retire at the end of this year. Contact Chris Buchholz (buchholz@roanoke.edu, 540-375-4904) for more information.

Follow us on Facebook! (https://www.facebook.com/rcpsychology)

Summer Psych Classes!

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It’s not too late to sign up for classes over the summer!

Summer Term 1 (June 1st to June 26th):
Psych 270 A – Drugs & Behavior with Dr. Allen
“An examination of the mechanisms of actions, uses, effects and abuse liability of a range of drugs. Both therapeutic drugs (such as antidepressants and antipsychotics) and recreational drugs (such as alcohol, stimulants and marijuana) will be addressed.”

Summer Term 2 (June 29th to July 24th):
Psych 325 A – Social Psychology with Dr. Osterman
“Study of the influence of people on each other’s behavior, including social influence and social interaction.

Psych 450 A – History of Psychology with Dr. Buchholz
“Examination of the major systems in psychology with an emphasis on its 19th-century origins to the present.”

Aly Beard’s New Job!

Aly Beard Headshot“I’m a 360 Transition Specialist with Intercept Youth Services in Lexington, VA.  I’m going to be doing primarily one on one with children 5 – ~14 working on improving social, emotional, and daily living skills (i.e.: pro-social skills, coping skills, and healthy relationships).”

Congratulations Aly!

 

Allyson Brothers ’03, Featured Alum

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“I am in my 4th year of the Applied Developmental Science (ADS) PhD program. ADS is a unique degree program that trains students in Human Development (also sometimes referred to as Developmental Psychology), with a rigorous training in both basic and applied research methodology. Although I am trained in research across the human life span, my primary area of focus is on adult development, including middle-age and later life. I study attitudes and stereotypes about aging, and their effects on health and well-being in later life. I am so passionate about this research because it turns out that seemingly simple and harmless jokes and negative perceptions about “old people” are actually robustly predictive of so many negative outcomes – including worse cognitive function, poorer walking and balance, lower life satisfaction, and even shorter life span by an average of 7.5 years! Plus, many stereotypes about aging are very inaccurate, and are contradicted by a growing body of research. Therefore, during my work here at CSU, I have collaborated with my advisor to design an intervention program that aims to help adults re-think the aging process. We hope to find out whether changing people’s attitudes about aging can result in meaningful behavioral changes, especially health promotion through increased physical activity.

The PhD program has been intense and lots of hard work – but has offered so many gratifying experiences. I have been part of an international research collaboration, and attended a conference in Heidelberg, Germany. I have had the opportunity to learn advanced statistical methods, to present work at national and international conferences, to gain teaching experience, and to mentor undergraduate students in our research lab. I plan to graduate in the next year, and am currently looking for post-doctoral and job opportunities that will allow me to use the research and teaching skills I have gained during the past several years.”

Allyson is also volunteering as a contact for our psych majors considering graduate school, so if you have any questions about graduate school, she would love to chat with you! (Allyson.Brothers@colostate.edu )

Also check out her feature on the Psych Department’s Roanoke Alumni page! (http://roanoke.edu/Academics/Academic_Departments/Psychology/Alumni.htm)

Get Ready for Alumni Weekend!

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The Psychology Department will be having an alumni reception over Alumni Weekend (Saturday April 11th) on the outdoor balcony of Lucas Hall (2nd floor) from 4:00 to 5:30pm. (Rain Location: Lucas 215)

Please stop by for some drinks, snacks, and fun activities with the Psychology Department! This year we will also be honoring the years of dedicated service from Dr. Jan Lynch and Dr. Chuck Early, who will both retire at the end of this year. Contact Chris Buchholz (buchholz@roanoke.edu, 540-375-4904) for more information.

Follow us on Facebook! (https://www.facebook.com/rcpsychology)

Summer Scholars Applications

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Would you rather flip hamburgers (or paint houses or mow lawns) or spend a summer on the Roanoke campus using your mind? Would you like to get paid $2,500 (and free housing and independent study credit) for feeding your curiosity?

The Summer Scholar Program at Roanoke College is a grant program that enables thirteen students of any major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to conduct rigorous, independent research for eight to twelve weeks during the summer. This is a full-time, tuition-free, paid position with free housing provided. In addition to the research project, summer scholars will be trained to give professional presentations. Learn more: http://roanoke.edu/Academics/Real-world_Learning/Research/Summer_Scholars.htm

Application materials and guidelines can be found here: http://roanoke.edu/Academics/Real-world_Learning/Research/Summer_Scholars/Application_Guidelines.htm

Applications are due March 15th. The above link details where to send the completed application materials. Check it out!

Upcoming SEPA Conference

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SEPA is a regional psychological association affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA). The annual meeting is coming up from March 18 – 21 in Hilton Head, South Carolina! Register on-site or go here to find out more: http://www.sepaonline.com/

Some of this year’s program highlights include:

  • Deborah Best, Wake Forest University – Culture and the Socialization of Gender
  • Steve Kass, University of West Florida – Driver Attention: Findings and Future Directions
  • Scott Lilienfeld, Emory University – Lies My Psychology Teacher Told Me: The Myths of Popular and Academic Psychology

TAP: Total Action for Progress

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Next week, the Education Job Fair will take place in the Wortmann Ballroom on Wednesday, February 4th from 9am-3pm. One of the many employers that will be on campus that day is TAP: Total Action for Progress.

TAP’s mission is to help “individuals and families achieve economic and personal independence through education, employment, affordable housing, and safe and healthy environments.” TAP’s goal is provide everyone with an equal opportunity for economic development and obtaining the American way of life. TAP offers over 30 different programs for Education & Career Development, Business & Economic Development, and Housing & Community Scholars.

TAP offers many regular entry-level jobs that Psychology, Teacher Licensure Program, Sociology, and Spanish majors would qualify for. There will be a representative at this event for graduating seniors. The representative will be looking to fill positions that teacher licensure candidates many wish to fill. The representative will not be conducting formal interviews, but an informal interview where you can ask more questions about the opportunity and TAP.

It is recommended that you bring your resume along with you to meet the representative. Business attire is not required, however very nice business casual attire is recommended.

Explore the opportunities TAP and many other employers have to offer by visiting their tables on February 4th from 9am-3pm at the Education Job Fair!

For more information,  you can visit their website at http://www.tapintohope.org/

Dr. Vernon Mountcastle Passes On

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Dr. Vernon Mountcastle, the “father of neuroscience,” died Sunday, January 11th  at the age of 96. He is a Roanoke alumnus who graduated in 1938. Throughout his life he made many important discoveries in neuroscience. You can learn more about him and his discoveries here:
http://roanoke.edu/Alumni/Alumni_Medalists/Medalists_Archive/Dr_Vernon_Benjamin_Mountcastle_Jr_38.htm

To read The Roanoke Times report, which President Maxey and Dr. David Nichols both feature in to talk of Dr. Mountcastle’s discoveries, go here:
http://www.roanoke.com/news/former-roanoke-resident-father-of-neuroscience-dies-at/article_929f0939-caaa-5475-9d1d-0028373d8523.html

Career Services Workshops for February

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Every semester the Office of Career Services (located in the Fowler House, to the right of Fintel library) offers workshops throughout the semester that mainly deal with internships, job searching, and grad school practice exams. Do you need help writing a résumé? Are you unsure what LinkedIn is? Visit these workshops! The Career Services staff are there to help!

Below are the events going on in February:

FEBRUARY
2 4:30-6:00 Internship & Summer Camps Job Fair (Colket Center Atrium & Pickle)
4 9:00am-3:00pm Education Job Fair (Wortmann Ballroom)2
4 4:30-6:00 Health Careers Graduate School Fair (Wortmann Ballroom)
9 5:30-7:00 Interviews – How to Make a Great Impression
16 4:00-5:30 Etiquette Dinner Workshop (Wortmann Ballroom)3
18 5:00-6:30 Department of State Careers Information Session (Kime Conference Room)
21 10am-2pm Kaplan Practice Graduate Exams (West Hall)

2 By appointment only.  Contact Career Services as soon as possible.

3 Reservation for the Etiquette Dinner Workshop must be made in Career Services no later than MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16.  Students on the college meal plan must pay a $4 fee, while non-meal-plan students must pay $8 for this workshop.  Maroon Card may be used for this purpose at the Cashier’s desk in College hall, or cash or check may be used in Career Services. Bring receipt for payments made at the Cashier’s desk to Career Services to complete your registration.

Alyssa Bostrom’s Post-Undergrad Activities

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Alyssa Bostrom, a 2013 Roanoke graduate, has been up to quite a bit since she embarked on her life after Roanoke! The following is her description of these numerous activities:

“I completed 2 AmeriCorps terms with Rebuilding Together Roanoke as a Project Specialist. Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit that provides critical home repairs to low-income homeowners for free. This past year I received the AmeriCorps Member of the Year award from Rebuilding Together for the the 2 terms of service I completed during 2013 and 2014. As of January 2015 I moved to the Denver area in order to pursue a Masters in Christian Leadership with a concentration in the Outdoor at the Denver Seminary. My career goal is to stay in non-profit management and ideally work for an organization that promotes Youth Development and Leadership Development through hands on and service learning. While going to school I am working at OpenWorld Learning a non-profit in Denver that partners with Denver Public Schools and provides an after school program for at risk/low-income elementary and middle school kids.The focus is computer and technology skills. This program along with most of the partnering schools have a bi-lingual English/Spanish curriculum so I am using my BA in Spanish in order to aid in the facilitation of the program and support children who do not speak English as their first language.”

-Alyssa

Career Services Workshops for January

Every semester the Office of Career Services (located in the Fowler House, to the right of Fintel library) offers workshops throughout the semester that mainly deal with internships, job searching, and grad school practice exams. Do you need help writing a résumé? Are you unsure what LinkedIn is? Visit these workshops! The Career Services staff are there to help!

Below are the events going on in January.

January
19              5:30 – 7:00          Résumé Writing – Coming to Life on Paper (bring laptop!)

22              12:00 – 1:00       LinkedIn – A Powerful Networking/Job & Internship Search Tool (bring laptop!)

26              5:30 – 7:00          Networking & Internships – Who Knows You, & How Can They Help

28              4:00 – 5:30          Etiquette in the Workplace (West 210)