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January

Dr. Asia Eaton was interviewed about the psychological and social implications of the recent legalization of same sex marriage in Florida. She spoke on WPBT about the American Psychological Association's (APA) position on same sex unions.

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February

Professor Emeritus Joan Erber's new book, Great Myths of Aging , has received global attention for its research based critique of aging myths. Written with Dr. Lenore Szuchman, a graduate of our doctoral program, this book looks at the generalizations and stereotypes associated with older people and, with a blend of humor and cutting-edge research, dispels those common myths.

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Two articles by 1st year Doctoral Student Emily Boeving were recently published in Experimental Brain Research and the Journal of Museum Education.

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March

Sandy Gonzalez, a doctoral student in the Developmental Doctoral Program mentored by Dr. Eliza Nelson, has been awarded a Minority Biomedical Research Support- Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS RISE) Fellowship. This competitive award will provide Sandy with a $25,000 stipend, tuition waiver, and funding to attend scientific conferences and professional development workshops.

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Dr. Eliza Nelson's recently published article in the journal Animal Cognition contributes to the fields' knowledge of hand dominance. Understanding patterns of how or why one hemisphere is dominant is important because a number of human disorders including autism, and schizophrenia are associated with atypical lateralization. Her findings have been heralded as ground breaking.

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April

Two Developmental Graduate students won top awards at FIU's Annual University Graduate School (UGS) Scholarly Forum for their oral and poster presentations. Alina Nazareth took 1st place in Social Sciences Oral Presentation Category. Carla Abad was awarded second place in the same category. Dr. Leslie Frazier was also awarded the honor "Outstanding Graduate Director". The UGS Scholarly Forum is a university wide competition to celebrate graduate students and their training programs.

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May

Vanessa Vieites and Alina Nazareth published a paper with their mentors, Bethany Reeb-Sutherland and Shannon Pruden. Sandy Gonzalez also published a paper with her mentor, Eliza Nelson. Both articles were published in Frontiers in Psychology.

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June

Alina Nazareth to defend dissertation June 22

Dissertation Year Fellowship winner Alina Nazareth will be defending her dissertation on June 22. Titled "Factors Affecting Adult Mental Rotation Performance", Alina's dissertation examines cognitive and experiential factors that affect adult mental rotation performance. Results suggest two distinct cognitive strategies indicated by eye movement patterns significantly predict mental rotation performance. Everyone is welcome to attend her presentation; it begins at 10am in DM 258.

July

Graduating doctoral student Alina Nazareth to be recognized as World's Ahead at graduation

Dr. Alina Nazareth, who recently successfully defended her dissertation, was honored as a World's Ahead Graduate. Her faculty advisor, Dr Shannon Pruden, nominated Alina because of her outstanding academic and personal achievements. President Rosenberg recognized Alina at Commencement on August 3rd.

Incoming doctoral student Vanessa Vieites awarded a McKnight Fellowship

Incoming doctoral student Vanessa Vieites has been awarded a McKnight Fellowship for outstanding academic achievement. Only 50 McKnight Fellowships are awarded to first year graduate students attending state universities in Florida. As part of this award, Vanessa will receive full tuition and fees waiver, and an annual stipend for five years. The award also includes a comprehensive system of academic support. Vanessa will be working with Dr. Bethany Reeb- Sutherland.

September

First Year Doctoral Student Brittany Boyd awarded 2 fellowships

First year Doctoral Student Brittany Boyd has been award both a Southern Regional Education Board's State Doctoral Scholars Program Fellowship and FIU Graduate Minority Opportunities Fellowship. Both provide a financial award, academic/research funding, career counselings, and scholar counseling and advocacy. Her doctoral research program examines the influence of Black women's intimate relationship schema on sexual risk taking beliefs and outcomes; her faculty advisor is Dr. Dionne Stephens.

December

Iris Broce awarded Dissertation Year Fellowship

Congratulations to Iris Broce for being awarded a FIU Dissertation Year Fellowships (DYF). The selective DYF provides support to highly-qualified doctoral students during the writing phase of their dissertation. This award is given to students who are conducting outstanding research in and have established a notable record of scholarship during their doctoral studies.