Ten UCSD Professors Honored

Ten UCSD professors from the division of social sciences were recently recognized for their achievements in their fields.

Diana Deutsch, a professor of psychology, was named a fellow of the division of applied experimental and engineering psychology of the American Psychological Association.

“”I was pleased, not in the sense that it was inappropriate, but it wasn’t something I’d worked toward,”” Deutsch said. “”But I was obviously very pleased. I felt good about it.””

Deutsch had previously been named a fellow to two other divisions of the APA: the division of psychology and the arts in 1991 and the general psychology division in 1997.

Deutsch’s work is heavily integrated with audio studies, particularly with differences in how music is perceived. She has also done studies involving balance and placement of instruments within an orchestra.

Deutsch has been named a fellow to many other societies in areas of psychology and audio engineering. She founded the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and is the founding editor of the journal Music Perception. She gave a speech on perfect pitch at a Mozart festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1998.

“”The fact that I’m fellow of all these societies really does reflect that my work is interdisciplinary,”” Deutsch said.

Economics professor Rob Engle was named a fellow of the American Statistical Association, for his individual contributions to the advancement of statistics. Engle has been a member of this society since 1989. He has been a member of UCSD staff since 1975. Engle is currently working in New York for a year.

“”A People’s History of the Supreme Court”” (1999, Viking; 2000, Penguin), by political science professor Peter Irons has received a 2000 Silver Gavel Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association for its “”contribution to public understanding of law and the legal system.””

Irons, a UCSD staff member since 1982, received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Boston University and a J.D. degree from Harvard University.

Rebecca Klatch, an associate professor of sociology, received various awards for her book, A Generation Divided: the New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s (1999, UC Press). The book was chosen Book-of-the-Month by the libertarian organization Freedom Network. She was honored by the American Sociological Association with the 2000 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the section on social movements and collective behavior.

Klatch was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, which is given to authors whose books are written in the tradition of Mills.

“”I’m very happy to have received such recognition from scholars and the larger community,”” Klatch said.

“”A Generation Divided”” is currently being translated into Chinese.

Andrew Kehler, assistant professor of linguistics, was awarded two grants for his work in the area of computational linguistics. One grant was awarded by the National Security Agency for Leveraging Minimal Training Data to Improve Information Extraction Performance, and the other was from the National Science Foundation for Multimodel Access to Spatial Data.

Kehler received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s and Ph.D degrees in computer science from Harvard.

Arend Lijphart, 22-year UCSD faculty member, research professor emeritus in the political science department, and former president of the American Political Science Association, was named a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar for 2000-2001. He will travel to several colleges nationwide, meeting with undergraduate students in both informal and classroom settings to give a major address at each campus for the entire academic community.

Phi Beta Kappa’s visiting scholars program is designed to enrich the intellectual atmosphere of colleges with chapters and to let undergraduates meet and interact with distinguished scholars of many disciplines.

The British Society for the History of Science awarded sociology professor Steven Shapin the Dingle Prize for “”Best Book Bringing the History of Science before a Wider Audience for his book, The Scientific Revolution.””

Shapin holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of UCSD’s staff since 1989.

Political Science professor Kaare Strom was elected a fellow of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. This organization is the oldest scholarly society in Norway, Strom’s country of origin, and it is similar to the United States’ National Academy of Sciences. Strom lived in Norway until 1974, and then again from 1983-1985.

The society, which is based in Trondheim, Norway, has meetings six times per year. Strom will be attending a meeting in May for his official induction.

Strom received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Olaf College, and his master’s and Ph.D. in the same area from Stanford. He also studied at the University of Oslo, Norway.

David Swinney, a professor in the psychology department, was named an honorary university professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Swinney, a UCSD faculty member since 1992, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s in language disorders and speech pathology from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in psycholinguistics and cognition from the University of Texas.

Twelve-year UCSD faculty member psychology professor John Wixted received the 2000 George A. Miller award as a co-author of his 1999 paper “”Psychophysics of Remembering,”” which appeared in the “”Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior.””

The “”Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior”” publishes basic experimental psychological research in animals and humans, with an emphasis on behavior.

Wixted, who teaches Psychology 144: Memory and Amnesia, co-authored the paper with K. Geoffrey White, a professor of psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand. “”I was notified through e-mail first [of winning the award] and I thought it was a joke,”” Wixted said. “”I thought they preferred super high-profile papers.”” Wixted felt his paper was more laboratory-based than most winners of the award.

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