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ALUMNI NEWS

2013:

Daryl Cameron started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa.

Lahanna Catalino began a postdoc at the University of California San Francisco.

Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk started a postdoc at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Joseph Simons took a job as a scientist at A*Star Institute of High Performance Computing.

2012:

Bethany Kok began as a Postdoc on August 1st in the Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Sciences, in Leipzig, Germany. Congratulations, Bethany!

Paul Miceli recently began his new position as Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services in the Duke University Career Center. Congratulations, Paul!

PROGRAM AND RESEARCH NEWS

2014:

TimWilson Graduate student Elise Rice awards University of Virginia Professor Tim Wilson the inaugural “John Thibaut award.” The John Thibaut award is given by the social psychology graduate students for inspiring research in social psychology. The award is named after the influential social psychologist and former UNC Professor, John Thibaut.

Kurt Gray received the Janet Taylor Spence Award from the Association for Psychological Science for early career transformative research (see here).

Kristen Lindquist received a grant from the UNC University Research Council entitled “Increasing emotion differentiation through Mindfulness v. Loving Kindness Meditation.”

Sara Algoe discusses research on laughter in relationships on WUNC’s the state of things.  Listen here.

Sara Algoe to discuss her research on gratitude at the upcoming “Greater Good Gratitude Summit” in Berkeley, CA (June).

Sara Algoe and her co-investigator were awarded a grant from the Templeton Foundation to develop a Smartphone intervention related to her research on gratitude.

Kristen Lindquist‘s research on language and emotion is discussed in the New York Times. Read more here.

Erin Cooley was awarded the UNC Dissertation Completion Fellowship and the UNC Earl and Barbara Baughman Dissertation Research Award.

Kent Lee received an Honorable Mention for his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship submission.

Brett Major received a grant from the Mind and Life Foundation.

Carrie Adair received a grant from the Mind and Life Foundation.

Postdoc Patty Van Cappellen was awarded a research grant from UNC’s Positive Psychology Science Fund for her proposed studies on “Pride and Religion.”

2013:

Barbara Fredrickson was honored with the Christopher Peterson Gold Medal by the International Positive Psychology Association “for distinguished and extraordinary service to the Association and the field of Positive Psychology.”

Barbara Fredrickson’s Love 2.0, selected as among the Greater Good Science Center’s “Favorite Books of 2013” identified as “the most thought-provoking, important, and useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.”

Keith Payne received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation entitled, “The Politics of Inequality in a “Classless” Society.”

Chelsea Schein, Zan Isgett and Keenan Jenkins received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

Graduate student Erin Cooley was awarded a research grant from UNC’s Positive Psychology Science Fund for her proposed study, “The Role of Facial Mimicry in Sharing Positive Emotions between Races.”

Graduate student Laura Kurtz was awarded a research grant from UNC’s Positive Psychology Science Fund for her proposed study, “The Relational Implications of Laughter within Social Contexts.”