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Queen's University

WEEK of  9 October  2009  

UPCOMING MEETINGS (all meetings are held in H228 CONFERENCE ROOM unless otherwise noted)

 Oct. 22, 2009
 Graduate Committee
 2:00 p.m.
 Oct. 22, 2009
 Departmental Meeting [note date]
 3:30 p.m.
 Nov. 5, 2009
 Clinical Meeting
 1:30 p.m.
 Nov. 5, 2009
 Undergraduate Meeting
 3:00 p.m.

(Tess Clifford)

Brown Bags will be held on Mondays from 12 noon - 1 p.m. in the Conference Room (Humphrey 228). [Pizza at cost of $2/slice will be available]

Oct. 26 - Dr.Raphael Braga Electroconvulsive Therapy:Current State and Historial Misconceptions
Nov. 9 - Dr. Meredith Chivers
Gender Differences In Sexual Response
Nov. 30 - Dr. Paul Comper (Toronto)
 Psychologist as an Expert Witness


Queen's has installed a new Emergency Notification System that consists of pole-mounted outdoor speakers on top of Humphrey and Chernoff Halls on main campus and near John Orr Tower on west campus.  In the event of an emergency, Campus Security can broadcast sirens and pre-recorded messages across campus to faculty, staff and students. The installation will be completed tomorrow,Saturday October 10th.  Final testing will include the broadcast of chimes and test messages to check for feedback and echoes. This will occur sometime between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  PLEASE DISREGARD ANY CHIMES OR TEST MESSAGES YOU MAY HEAR.


Please check the Emergency Notification System (ENS) webpage for more information, message samples and siren tones.

OFFICES CLOSED (Theresa Brennan) 
Monday, October 12th is designated as an observed holiday (Thanksgiving Day).  The University will be closed.  The Departmental offices will re-open on Tuesday, October 13th at 8:30 a.m.

THANK YOU(Susan Lederman/Brian Butler)
"I wanted to thank all in the department for the very pleasant event last Friday honouring Brian, Vern and me on our retirement.  The gifts were especially thoughtful, and much appreciated!  Hope to see you many of you around in the future. Susan "

From Brian Butler. "I would like to thank everyone for the warm reception we enjoyed this evening.  It feels a little bit like the final graduation ceremony and you made it special.  Thanks to everyone, but especially to Rick and Theresa who did the planning.  Thank you as well for the gift certificates to the restaurants.  Someone seems to have the same taste in restaurants as we have.  I promise we'll enjoy them."

Nominations are being solicited for the Queen's University Chair in Teaching and Learning and/or The Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award.  Submission deadline is November 30, 2009.  For further details and nomination guidelines please see attached. Website:

FALL TERM DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SPEAKERS (all lectures begin at 2:30 p.m. in BioSciences Room 1103 unless otherwise noted)
  • Friday, October 23: Professor Katherine Burdick - Genetics of Major Mental Disorders:The role of cognition
  • Friday, November 6: Professor Steve Spencer
  • Friday, November 27: Professor Xinyin Chen

The Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Research Special Interest Group (RSIG) is inviting proposals for presentations and posters for its annual research conference, Friday, April 9th, 2010 at the Yorkdale Holiday Inn, Toronto. Deadline for abstracts/poster submissions is December 1, 2009. For further information please see the attachments: Abstracts and Awards.

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) established the Janet Taylor Spence Award to recognize the transformative early career contributions to psychological science by our field's rising stars.  Nominees must be members of the Association for Psychological Science and must have completed their PhD within seven years of the date of the annual meeting at which the award would be conferred. The nomination deadline is November 15, 2009.  Detailed information is available at

Read4Fun, a division of Queen's Student's for Literacy and Frontier College,  coordinates several free reading circles around the community. Children engage in one-on-one literacy activities with their "buddy" for forty minutes and then the group plays a literacy-themed game. Anyone who is interested please contact Allison Rinne at  Website:

David Pizarro from Cornell University will give a talk on "Grime and punishment: How emotions shape our moral judgments and actions". Thursday, October 15 at 11:30 a.m. in Humphrey Hall Room 228(NOTE ROOM).

Centre for Neuroscience Studies  presents Dr. Kazuhiko Seki, National Institute for Neuroscience, Tokyo who will speak on "Function of Spinal Interneurons for Controlling Voluntary Movements". Wednesday, October 14, at 4:00 p.m., Botterell Hall, Room B143.

The Mood & Anxiety Disorders 9th Annual Conference
is scheduled for Saturday, November 14  and will be held at the Donald Gordon Centre. Great student rate.  Registration brochure is attached.

Cognitive Workshops- From Chaos to Clarity A Step-by-Step Model for Complex Cases. For dates and registration information please go to website:

Teaching position  available in Department of Psychology, Queen's University for the winter term for January 1, 2010 to April 30, 2010. PSYC-300/1.0 Advanced Experimental Psychology.  Details attached.
Opening for a permanent Psychometrist position with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (Bluewater Youth Facility) in Goderich, Ontario.  The job ad will be posted on the OPS Careers website from October 8, 2009 to October 30, 2009 and applicants should apply online at

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