|Psychology conference is Oct. 28|
The 2006 Northern Lights Psychology Conference, sponsored by the UND
psychology department, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, on the third floor of the Memorial Union. The all-day conference features paper and poster presentation from faculty, students, and practitioners working in
the Northern Plains. There will be a special invited panel discussion from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Lecture Bowl on the topic of "Sexual Predators and Their Victims." The keynote speaker will be Dr. Frank Farley, past president of the American Psychological Association and internationally recognized scholar for his 30-year work studying the thrill-seeking (or T-type) personality. The title of Dr. Farley's keynote address is "Thrill-Seeking, The Behavior That Has Changed the World: Genes, Culture, Consequences." His talk is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union and is free and open to all.
A listing of the conference program, including papers and poster titles,
can be found at http://ndwild.psych.und.nodak.edu/dept/NLCON/. Those wishing additional information about the conference should contact Doug Peters in the psychology department at 777-3648.
Our outstanding alumni award winner for 2006 is Dwight Harshbarger, who received his Ph.D. in 1969. Dr. Harshbarger is currently the executive director of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Concord, Mass., with the mission to advance the study of behavior and its humane application to practical problems along with the prevention and relief of human suffering. Previously, he worked in high-level positions in charge of human resources at several prominent organizations including Reebok International Ltd. and Sealy, Inc. He was also a professor of psychology at West Virginia University during the 1970s. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society and the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. He has numerous journal publications and six books or monographs including one published by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Dr. Harshbarger will present his research in a psychology department colloquium Friday, Oct. 27, in 302 Corwin-Larimore Hall from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The title of his talk is "Behavioral Research: Advancing Humane Applications," which will include a brief overview of Cambridge Center initiatives that advance applications of behavioral research, then focus on one of their most successful efforts, the improvement of workplace safety through a behavior-based program.
-- Jeffrey Weatherly, Psychology.