Monthly Archives: March 2012

NOPE Speaker Event. Tuesday, April 3rd


Lunch & Learn for Faculty

Lunch & Learn for Faculty

Date and Time: Monday, April 2,  Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Place: Student Activities Building, SAB 117

“Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Engagement with Interactive Instructional Technology”

During this session the presenters will discuss their research findings on increased engagement and learning of children with autism spectrum disorder using interactive white board technology. Using video, the presenters will showcase preschool and elementary students actively engaged with instruction through lessons designed to increase their language, communication, and social skills using the interactive technology.

Bring a drink, we will provide lunch.

For more information, contact Claudia Ruiz, assistant director of Instructional Technology, at (352) 588-7542 or

The Lunch & Learn series is offered throughout the academic year as an opportunity for faculty to share ideas on teaching and learning. If you have a topic you would like to learn more about, or if you would like to present on a topic, please contact Claudia Ruiz.

Addiction and Sobriety Speaker Event

The University Speaker Series concludes the 2011-12 year with a presentation at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, by Sherry Gaba, LCSW, on “Addiction and Sobriety.”  She is a licensed, professional counselor in private practice in California, specializing in addictions of all types.

Her 15 years of experience in helping people create sober, healthier lifestyles has made her a sought-after television guest on programs such as VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, Dr. Drew Live, and Sober House. She writes and speaks frequently on an approach emphasizing ways that people suffering from addictions can attract positive energy to aid their recovery. She contributes frequently to anthologies, newsletters, and blogs, and is the author of The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery, released in 2010 by HCI Books. Gaba holds the Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.

The presentation will be in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center at University Campus.

What Prospective Students Should Ask About Adjuncts

The American Federation of Teachers’ “Just Ask” campaign encourages would-be college students, their parents, and their high schools’ guidance counselors to consider the conditions of adjunct faculty members when judging higher-education institutions. The questions is urges students to ask while visiting campuses include:

  • How likely is it that a first- or second-year students at your institution will be taught by full-time, permanent faculty members?
  • What percentage of undergraduate classes and discussion sections are taught by part-time faculty and graduate assistants?
  • How much do part-time faculty make per course at your institution?
  • Are part-time faculty required to hold office hours? Do they get paid to do so, and are they provided suitable office space to meet with students?

For more information, visit the full article at The Cronicle.

Psi Chi Elections

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Psi Chi elections are coming up, and all perspective candidates must submit a short bio along with the position they wish to run for to Ryan Weston , and Dr. Zacchilli
These entries are due by next Friday! 

Today in the History of Psychology 3/29

1887 — George T. Ladd’s book Elements of Physiological Psychology was published.


1948 — Lithium was first used in a trial treatment of manic behavior. Australian John F. J. Cade gave lithium citrate to “a little wizened man of 51 who had been in a chronic state of excitement for five years. He was amiably restless, dirty, destructive, and interfering.” The treatment was surprisingly effective and the patient was discharged on July 9, 1948.


1977 — The first informal meeting of the President’s Commission on Mental Health was held. President Jimmy Carter created the commission, carrying out a campaign promise of his wife, Rosalynn. Psychologists John Conger and Beverly Long served on the commission.


Text adapted from: History

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Bereavement Week: Closing ceremony 3/30

Date: Friday, March 30th

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Crawford 2

The Linguistic Genius of Babies

“At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.

Patricia Kuhl studies how we learn language as babies, looking at the ways our brains form around language acquisition.”

‘Enemies’ on Facebook

We all have friends on facebook and have the ability to like anything we want and make it known to the world. But what if you could also list your enemies and things that you have issue with? Well, wonder no more, Mr. Terry, who is director of the emerging-media program at the University of Texas at Dallas, decided to fix what he saw as a major flaw in social networking, specifically Facebook.The service encourages users to press the “like” button, but offers no way to signal which ideas, products, or people they disagree with.
Real-world relationships are more complicated than that so social networks should be able to reflect that.


So last month Mr. Terry and a student released a Facebook plug-in called EnemyGraph, which is free to use and allows people to name their enemies, which then show up in their profiles. The term “Enemy” according to this app is defined it as anything you have an issue with whether it is a person, band, idea, etc. similar to how “Friend” is used on the site.
There are concerns that adding an “enemy” button may lead to increases in cyberbullying, bringing real harm to users uninterested in the scholars’ points.
Mr. Terry believes that, “It’s not necessarily going to make us fight, it’s just going to make us have a conversation,” he argues.
So far the most popular enemies are public figures, such as rock stars and politicians. A page of “trending enemies” shows that Rick Santorum now leads, with Justin Bieber and the Westboro Baptist Church following close behind. Also on the list are racism, McDonalds, and hypocrites.
The researchers are eagerly watching to see what happens next, as Facebook users discover their app and become volunteers in a new kind of social experiment.

Psi Chi Meeting Tonight at 6pm

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There is a Psi Chi meeting tonight in Lewis 207 at 6:00 p.m.

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