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  • Congratulations to Professor Nim Tottenham, who has been selected for the Provost's Grants Program for Junior Faculty who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University. The title of her proposal is Critical Periods for Intergenerational Fear Transmission in Humans.

  • Professor Nim Tottenham has been selected by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the2015 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology.

  • Professor Carl Hart testified before Congress about his research on the pharmacological effects of marijuana use, as well as the disproportionate effect of drug policy on minority groups. See Professor Hart's full testimony here.

  • The New York Times Magazine interviewed Professor Carl Hart about his research on addiction and the problems with drug policy.

  • Professor Walter Mischel will deliver the 2014 Tanner Lecture on Human Values at the University of Michigan on April 9th. His lecture, "Overcoming the Weakness of the Will", will be followed on April 10th by an Interdisciplinary Symposium to discuss its implication for public policy and decision-making.

  • The New York Times' Room for Debate series features a piece by Professor Carl Hart calling for a more considered and compassionate approach to treating drug addiction.

  • The Huffington Post discusses the roots of rejection sensitivity, the physiological effects of rejection and coping strategies with Professor Geraldine Downey.

  • Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns appeared on CNN's Headline News to discuss race and the Michael Dunn trial.

  • Professor Carl Hart weighs in on addiction and treatment in The New York Times' Room for Debate series. Read the full conversation here.

  • Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns joined Michigan's State of Opportunity to discuss high-stakes testing and its impact on low-income students and children of color. Click here to hear the entire discussion.

  • Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns has been awarded the prestigious Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. The Lenfest Awards were established in 2005 by University Trustee Gerry Lenfest to recognize exceptional teaching and scholarship. Prof. Purdie-Vaughns will receive an award of $25,000 per year for the next three years.

  • Professor Carl Hart appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss drug addiction and drug policy with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Click here to watch their spirited debate.

  • The Science section of The New York Times featured the research of Dr. Carl Hart in an article entitled "Tracing Addiction Outside the Brain: The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts".

  • Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns has been awarded Columbia's prestigious Research Initiatives in Science and Engineering (RISE) award.

  • Psychology doctoral student Christopher Crew has been selected to receive a Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award.