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eDialogue: December 21, 2018

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Tuesdays with Phil: A Reflection on the Life, Career and Legacy of Phil Shaver
Omri Gillath, a University of Kansas professor and former student of Phil Shaver, offers a personal reflection on the impact – professional and personal - of our 2019 Legacy Honoree.

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Promoting Gender Equity in STEM Environments
Small Conference Grant recipient Toni Schmader works to support gender equity in STEM through the Excellence and Gender Equity in Science and Technology (EGEST) conference, held recently at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

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Convention Updates

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Already Registered for SPSP 2019? This year’s program offers five Deep Dive Workshops. These sessions provide in-depth learning experiences for a variety of audiences. To allow for an optimal learning environment, space is limited at workshops, and an application to attend is required.


SPSP has secured discounts with Delta Air Lines and Alaska Air Lines for travel to Portland!

Use the following codes at checkout when booking your travel with Delta or Alaska Airlines.


Delta Airline Code: NMSFX

Alaska Airlines Code: ECMZ919


*Some restrictions apply, not valid with other discounts or promotions

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OMSI After Dark
Join us for an Opening Networking Reception at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This interactive museum includes several exhibits spanning various science areas. Hors d’oeuvres and a drink ticket are included with the price of the event ticket. 

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Get an endorphin boost before the start of Friday’s programming with a 5k run or walk through the streets of Portland. To guarantee a t-shirt with your registration, be sure to sign up by January 11.

Connect with colleagues and experts in the field at discussion tables centered on a variety of issues, including career development, research challenges, graduate school and postdocs. Space is limited, so sign up today!

With more than 3,500 attendees registered to attend the Portland convention, opportunities abound to find potential candidates for current and future positions. Add your company’s listing to our mobile app and connect with attendees for interviews or informal conversations.

Questions about SPSP 2019?

Or contact SPSP Meetings Manager, Andrew Alix



The Search Begins for Our Next Blog Editor
Help define the vision for SPSP’s Character & Context blog by nominating yourself or a peer for a three-year term as Editor. C&C receives thousands of readers each month, and many of its submissions garner additional exposure on partner sites and social media channels. Review of nominations begin January 7.

Apply for the 2019 Summer Institute for Social and Personality Psychology
Offered bi-annually, this intensive, two-week summer experience offers unique courses and workshops led by the top researchers and teachers in the field. One hundred pre-doctoral students will be selected to attend the July 2019 Institute at New York University. Be sure to submit your application by February 20.

SPSP Graduate Program Directory is Growing
More than 150 postbac, master's, and doctoral programs in 8 countries have been added to the directory! Is yours there? If not, please ask your program’s director to submit a listing.

RMarkdown Webinar Now Available to SPSP Members
Watch “Creating Reproducible Research Reports Using R Markdown” presented by Stanford University's Michael Frank. SPSP Membership is required to view

Join the #SPSP2019 Twitter Team
Coming to Portland? Do you love tweeting science? Share your excitement leading up to the convention, and then tweet your perspectives from the events and sessions.

Apply for a Community Catalyst Grant
With awards of up $1,500, these grants can help SPSP members from underrepresented groups in their efforts to develop community and professional development. Hurry, the deadline for the current submission period is January 1.

Community Updates

Member Spotlight: Katie Wang
An assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health, Dr. Wang's research focuses on health and interpersonal consequences of stigma for members of diverse marginalized populations. She is also interested in developing interventions that mitigate the adverse impact of stigma on their health.


ICYMI: This month, we discussed being a first-generation academic in social and personality psychology with UCLA’s Amanda Montoya, Duke University’s William Krenzer and Sonya Dal Cin of the University of Michigan.

Mark Your Calendar for #SPSPchat 14
Join us on Tuesday, January 22nd, from 1:00-2:00pm EST when Jessica Remedios, Jackie Chen and Jim A.C. Everett share tips and advice on making the most of the SPSP 2019 convention in Portland.

We Want to Share Your News
Share your news with the SPSP community, whether it’s professional (a new job, book, or award) or personal (a wedding, children, or the passing of a colleague).

News Center

Hate: Dropping the H-Bomb
Four studies across different cultural groups show that people perceive “hate” to be most clearly characterized by the desire to see another experience harm.

Top Character & Context Posts in 2018
Here's a recap of our most visited blog posts in 2018. If there's one thing to learn from this list, it's that they are all worth a read.

If you have new or timely research you want to share with the public, consider writing a post for the SPSP blog, Character & Context. Send your proposal or a draft to Dave Nussbaum Check out recent posts for style ideas. Writing for the public is a terrific New Year's resolution and we can help!


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