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Call for Abstracts – SPARC 2015

February 24th, 2015 by Ron Rogers

Abstracts are currently being accepted for the 58th Annual Spartan Psychological Association Research Conference (SPARC). All graduate and undergraduate students involved in psychological research or related fields are encouraged to apply. Submission forms and conference information can be found at the following link:

Submission deadline: Friday, March 27, 2015

SPARC will be held on May 4, 2015 with the Keynote address given by Dr. Andrew F. Hayes(SJSU, 1991)

Call for abstracts

Kevin Jordan: 2015 President’s Scholar

February 12th, 2015 by Ron Rogers

Washington Square: Feb 2015

by Allison Arbuthnot Sanders, staff writer

The President’s Scholar Award recognizes a faculty member who has achieved widespread recognition based on the quality of scholarship, performance or creative activities. This year’s winner comes from the College of Social Sciences. He will be honored at the 16th Annual Faculty Service Recognition and Awards Luncheon on March 11, 2015. Tickets are available for purchase.

Photo: Thomas Sanders, ’14 MFA Photography

To examine Kevin Jordan, professor of psychology and this year’s President’s Scholar, by the numbers is impressive. In 30 years of service to the university, Jordan has supervised 80 master’s theses, secured nearly $200 million in research funding, and authored or co-authored (often with students) some 80 academic papers and presentations. This marks the seventh professional award he’s received from SJSU, NASA and the Western Psychological Association. He’s also a veteran surfer who has been braving waves for 50 years.

“I don’t fit the traditional mold of a scholar, but it’s wonderful to train scientists and get them in the right place to do great science.”As project director of numerous cooperative agreements between San Jose State and the Human Systems Integration Division at the NASA Ames Research Center, Jordan’s current human factors research supports the Congress-mandated Next Generation Air Transportation System project, which aims to improve safety and efficiency of air travel while minimizing environmental impact by 2025. It’s a tall order that Jordan and his team are tackling though research on the visual perception and ergonomic issues of air traffic control operations.

“Our team is making great inroads with the Next Gen Air Transportation System project,” says Jordan, citing outcomes like new virtual vision technology that allows planes to move through fog and software solutions for safely sequencing planes arriving on runways. Says nominator Sheila Bienenfeld, former dean of the College of Social Sciences: “Professor Jordan’s research has an impact on the lives and safety of all air travelers, as well as anyone involved with aviation.”

Not bad for a researcher self-taught in human factors. “The SJSU job description I applied to in 1984 said ‘human factors or visual perception,’ which was my specialty,” says Jordan with a laugh. “When I arrived, the dean kept introducing me as his new human factors person. I would correct him: ‘No, I’m your new perception person!’ Eventually they said it enough that I believed them. Necessity is a great teacher.”

Jordan says the hallmark of his career has been his work with graduate students as research assistants. “It’s the most gratifying thing in the world to know that I’ve contributed to the next generation of scientists who will contribute to the next generation of breakthroughs.” Though he spent over two decades on campus, Jordan hasn’t been in the classroom for five years. “I loved teaching,” he says. “I miss it immensely. But you come to a point in your career where you have to ask yourself: How can I best serve the university? And I do that through research at NASA Ames.”

African American History Month Events

February 10th, 2015 by Ron Rogers

San Jose State University

African American Faculty and Staff Association


African American History Events

25th Annual Psychology Convocation Ceremony

February 10th, 2015 by Ron Rogers

25th Annual Psychology Convocation Ceremony
May 21, 2015 at 4:00p.m.

More information is available on our event page.



Keith Humphreys to give Alan E. Kazdin Lecture

January 16th, 2015 by Ron Rogers

This annual lecture is the result of a generous endowment to honor the remarkable work of Professor Alan E. Kazdin who is the Musser Professor of Psychology at Yale University, Director of the Yale Parenting Center, and an alumnus of our department, graduating with “Great Distinction” in 1967.

Each year we invite distinguished and influential psychologists from across the nation to inspire a new generation of psychologist to shape the future of our field and our society.

2014 – 2015 Lecture

How Psychologists Can Improve Public Policies Regarding People with Addiction and Mental Illness

Dr. Keith Humphreys

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Student Union Ballroom C

3:00 – 4:30 pm


Image: Dr. Keith HumphreysKeith Humphreys is a Professor and the Section Director for Mental Health Policy in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Health Services Research Center in Palo Alto and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.  His research addresses the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, the formation of public policy and the extent to which subjects in medical research differ from patients seen in everyday clinical practice.

For his work in the multinational humanitarian effort to rebuild the psychiatric care system of Iraq and in the national redesign of the VA health system’s mental health services for Iraq war veterans, he won the 2009 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Public Interest.  He and the authors of “Drug Policy and the Public Good” won the 2010 British Medical Association’s Award for Public Health Book of the Year.

Dr. Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of public policy, having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communities, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, and the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  During the Obama Administration, he spent a sabbatical year as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has also testified on numerous occasions in Parliament and advises multiple government agencies in the U.K.

Event Flyer (.pdf)

UC Davis School of Law – Outreach Program

January 9th, 2015 by Ron Rogers

UC Davis School of Law

proudly announces the

King Hall Outreach Winter Program

The 2015 KHOP Winter Session Application is Now Open!

Application Deadline is February 2, 2015.

KHOP Winter Session Participants

The KHOP Winter Session is designed to equip high potential undergraduate students from underrepresented communities with the skills necessary to excel in the law school admissions process, while also introducing students to current law students, lawyers and faculty members at UC Davis School of Law. The no-cost program consists of a series of full-day Saturday presentations and workshops throughout the winter and spring quarter/semester. During the program, participants prepare for the law school application process, gain insight into the law school experience and receive exposure to a variety of legal fields.

KHOP Winter Session participants:

  • Attend workshops on pre-law preparation and law school admissions
  • Attend presentations and panels featuring UC Davis law school professors, alumni attorneys and law students
  • Participate in individual pre-law advising with School of Law Admissions Staff to develop law school admission action plans
  • Complete critiqued writing assignments concentrating on critical analysis and reasoning

Application Materials

Applications for the 2015 KHOP Winter Session are now being accepted.  The final application deadline isFebruary 2, 2015.

The 2015 KHOP Winter Session application can be downloaded by clicking here .
The KHOP Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form can be downloaded here .

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the 2015 KHOP Winter Session must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Currently attend a four-year college with one or two years before graduation.
  • Be considered a first-generation college student (no parent or legal guardian has a bachelor’s degree) OR come from an economically under-served community or background defined as having a household income less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher as calculated on a 4.33 scale. Cumulative GPA includes grades received from your current college, prior and current community college(s) and any other college(s) you have attended.
  • Intend to apply to law school, but are not currently in the process of applying for 2015 enrollment.
  • Have not previously completed an outreach program at UC Davis School of Law. Prior applicants who meet the eligibility requirements are welcome to re-apply.
  • Attend all 2015 KHOP Winter Session Saturday meetings on March 7, March 14, March 28, and April 4, 2015.

2015 KHOP Winter Session Dates

The 2015 KHOP Winter Session will be held on four Saturdays: March 7, March 14, March 28 and April 4, 2015.

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Failure to attend a session may result in dismissal from the program. Applicants should plan to spend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at King Hall for each session.

Direct questions to Scott Vignos, Associate Director of Admission and Outreach, at

Volunteer Participants Needed for NASA Study

January 7th, 2015 by Ron Rogers

I SeaTele-Robotic Navigation / Exploration Study

NASA Ames Research Center

Researchers in the Human-Systems Integration Division at NASA Ames Research Center, working in the Advanced Controls and Displays Lab, are soliciting paid volunteer participants for a study being conducted on multimodal display concepts for tele-robotic exploration. The experiment is a simulation in which a remote astronaut controller navigates a rover on the surface of Mars while localizing other rovers and astronauts. As the controller, you must use either visual information (2D map) or/and auditory information (spatialized sound) to perform the task. Simultaneously, you must monitor EVA consumable levels (O2, CO2, H2O, battery level) and ensure that they don’t go below threshold. Some participants will also experience experimental conditions in which the primary visual environment is degraded.


Your rover viewpoint as localization trial starts with the targeting reticle. The consumable gauges are displayed on the top left of the display


The experiment takes place in Building 262, Rm 147 (the Audio Lab) at NASA Ames. The study requires that you have normal hearing and normal (or corrected to normal) vision. Also, you cannot already have participated in previous conditions of the study. Usually, the study takes about 2 hours; ~15 mins for you to get familiar with the task, half an hour for training, and an hour or so for the experiment itself.

We need approximately 55 participants.

Please contact Kari Jordan ( if you are interested in participating. Afternoons are generally best, but we will work to accommodate your schedule.

Kevin Jordan Receives the Wang Family Excellence Award

December 19th, 2014 by Ron Rogers

Image: Wang Family Excellence Award 2015

JordanDr. Kevin Jordan has been awarded the Wang Family Excellence Award in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service.  The award acknowledges Kevin’s unique and distinguished contributions as a CSU faculty member over his remarkable career.

The Wang Family Excellence Award recognizes four outstanding faculty members and one outstanding staff member who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. Their activities advance the university’s mission, bring benefit and credit to the CSU, and enhance the CSU’s excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

The Wang Family Excellence Award was originally established in 1998 when then-CSU Trustee Stanley Wang provided $1 million to recognize the remarkable contributions of the CSU’s faculty and administrators over a 10-year period. Trustee Emeritus Wang has generously agreed to reinstate the award with a $300,000 gift that will provide a $20,000 award to each of four faculty members and one staff member annually for three years, beginning in 2015.

Congratulations to Kevin and thank you for all you’ve done for our students, department, and university.


Dr. Jim McGaugh wins 2015 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology

December 3rd, 2014 by Ron Rogers
Photo: James McGaugh

Dr. Jim McGaugh

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 2, 2014

A brain scientist who helped explain how our emotions affect what we learn and remember has won the 2015 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.

James McGaugh, a neurobiology and behavior research professor at University of California-Irvine, received the prize for discovering that stress hormones play a key role in determining why we remember some things more vividly than others.

Hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol activate the brain’s emotional center, the amygdala, which in turn regulates other brain areas that process and consolidate memories – a sequence that explains why our emotional experiences are easier to recall, he found.

“His work has transformed the field,” said award director Woody Petry. “It has profound implications for helping us understand and treat memory disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.”

McGaugh began studying emotion and memory in the 1960s when he found that giving animals stimulants immediately after training helped them remember their exercises. Later, he learned that naturally occurring stress hormones had a similar memory-enhancing effect.

Recently, he has studied people with highly superior autobiographical memory to see if differences in their brain structure may account for the trait.

McGaugh joined UC-Irvine in 1964. Besides founding and directing its Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, he also served as executive vice chancellor, academic affairs vice chancellor, biological sciences dean and department chair. The university named McGaugh Hall on its campus after him in 2001.

He held posts in the psychology departments at University of Oregon and San Jose State University after earning his doctorate in physiological psychology at University of California-Berkeley and his bachelor’s degree at San Jose State.

His work has been featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” described in dozens of textbooks and cited in more than 15,000 academic papers.

This year’s award is $100,000 each.

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