April 2019 Newsletter
Natalia Vélez receives NIH Blueprint D-SPAN (F99/K00) Award

Developmental psychology PhD student Natalia Vélez has received the NIH Blueprint D-SPAN (F99/K00) Award. This 5-year grant will fund Natalia's work in the last year of her PhD and for up to 4 years in her postdoc. Natalia's research examines how children and adults vicariously explore costs and rewards within their environment by reasoning about the contents of other people’s minds.
Catherine Thomas receives Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship

Social psychology PhD student Catherine Thomas has been selected for the three-year, university-wide Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship recognizes her integration of methods and theories from psychology, economics, and sociology towards understanding and remedying the roots of poverty and inequality.
Jamil Zaki receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Professor Jamil Zaki has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. 
Gregg Sparkman wins SESP Dissertation Award

Social psychology PhD student Gregg Sparkman has won the 2019 Dissertation Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. His dissertation is titled, "When Others Change: The Social Influence of Dynamic Norms." 
In The News
Kathryn Humphreys discusses parent–child separation and child neglect at the border

Dr. Kathryn Humphreys, a former postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Professor Ian Gotlib and current Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, is speaking out about the harmful consequences of separation and neglect of immigrant children by the United States Government. She has been interviewed by media outlets and recently presented her paper on the subject at the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Future Directions Forum in Washington, D.C.
Amit Goldenberg investigates emotional influence in political situations

Led by Affective Science graduate student Amit Goldenberg, new research from the lab of Professor James Gross finds that the motivation to feel weak emotions may lead people to be more influenced by weaker emotions than their own, whereas the motivation to feel strong emotions lead people to be more influenced by stronger emotions than their own both in the lab and on Twitter.
Kalanit Grill-Spector describes the intersection of science and art 

Professor Kalanit Grill-Spector, who found painting a creative outlet when she was an engineering student, sees a clear relationship between understanding art and the ability to communicate science. For this reason, she incorporates an art project in her undergraduate class, Introduction to Perception.
Diversity Committee: 2018-2019

Graduate students Mika Asaba, Erin Bennett, Tyler Bonnen, Lucy King, and Kiara Sanchez served on the Diversity Committee for the 2018-2019 academic year and remain hard at work over the summer. In October 2018, the Diversity Committee led another highly successful Paths to PhD event. Mika Asaba recently received a grant from the Stanford Diversity Inclusion and Innovation Fund to support this annual event, and we are now recruiting fellow students and faculty to assist with Paths to PhD '19. In Spring 2019, the Committee hosted a conversation among graduate students, research staff, and postdoctoral fellows on gender dynamics in academia and identified several key issues and potential solutions which will be shared and examined as part of our annual departmental graduate student climate survey (forthcoming). 
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