DATA News: August 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 8:15am


Administrative Updates & Announcements

Esther Maruani accepted a position as an Academic Technologist at the Carlson School of Management. Her last day with the Department of Psychology was July 17th.

Requests for support for web changes, Moodle changes, and videotaping: please send an email to with the subject line <FOR T2 CLA PSYC>. One of us from PsyIT will respond to you as soon as we can.

WiFi: The UM Twin cities upgraded the wireless network over the summer. This should lead to improved performance. It also means that eduroam is the preferred wireless access point on campus rather than UMSecure. To login to eduroam use your full UM email address <> and your email password.
A bonus of the eduroam network is that the UM eduroam is connected to other wireless networks across universities across the world. If you can get on eduroam in another country, it is as if you are on eduroam here.
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Awards & Accomplishments

Regents Professor Bill Iacono was given the Dobzhansky Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to Behavior Genetics at the June 2017 meeting of the Behavior Genetics Association in Oslo, Norway. Congratulations to Bill on this honor! Prior recipients from our department are Tom Bouchard, Irv Gottesman, and Matt McGue.

The 2017-2018 recipients of the Engdahl Family Research Funds awards are:
Professor Nicola Grissom: Transcriptional Signals for Habit Memory
Professor Sheng He: Understanding Individual Differences in Temporal Dynamics of the Human Brain
Professor Gordon Legge: Optimizing the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System for Visual Functioning Using Brain Signals

Upcoming Events

Wondering what you can do with your major in Psychology?
You're not alone! Visit the PsyCareer Exploration Fair to talk to alumni about various psychology career pathways. Stop by as your schedule allows! Light refreshments provided.

When: September 20th, 2017 6-7pm
Where: Elliott Hall N219