Neuroscientist Helen Neville who holds the Robert and Beverly Lewis Endowed Chair at the UO, has already landed an honor for 2013.
In May, she was among three U.S. professors chosen to receive the William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science for a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. Also selected were Gerald Clore of the University of Virginia and Roy F. Baumeister of Florida State University. Both are social psychologists.
"This is the most prestigious award offered by APS, and it's an honor for Helen, the Department of Psychology and the University of Oregon," said Lou Moses, head of psychology. "Helen is very deserving of this award because of her groundbreaking research on the neural mechanisms underlying the development of cognitive abilities such as language, attention, and visual perception.
"She is hugely productive, her work is heavily cited and highly influential, and it has attracted other honors and awards, including in recent years her election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007), receiving the Neuronal Plasticity Prize from Fondation Ipsen (2011) and being given the Transforming Education through Neuroscience Award (2011) from the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society," Moses said. "She is one of our most prized faculty members and we are very fortunate to have her with us at UO."
The only previous UO winner of the William James award was Michael Posner, now professor emeritus of psychology.
Recipients of the award are APS members who have been recognized internationally for their outstanding contributions to scientific psychology. Neville, Clore and Baumeister will be formally recognized at the 2013 annual meeting of the APS.
James, often considered the father of modern psychology, was one of the most influential pioneer theorists in psychology. He considered psychology as a division of biology, and he argued that it should study adaptation. "He believed utility is one of the most valid indices of value, and talked about the relevance of investigating the role of consciousness, the nature and effect of emotions, and the usefulness of habits and instincts," according to the APS website.
Neville earned a bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia, a master's degree from Simon Fraser University (British Columbia) and a doctorate from Cornell University.