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Suicide Prevention Seminar Features Dr. Farkash

Thanks to the efforts of Vicki Long, the Administrative Assistant of the Psychology Department who has organized the Out of Darkness Walk in Baldwin Park, Rollins College hosted a local meeting of the 2008 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention National Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, November 22. Nationally, these conferences reach out to thousands of people who have lost a loved one to suicide. Locally, approximately 105 people attended the conference at Rollins. The day of conferences connected survivors of suicide loss through a 90-minute broadcast, allowing them to share their experiences of loss. The broadcast featured a panel of experienced survivors and mental health professionals and offered emotional support and information about resources for healing after the loss of a loved one to suicide. This day of activities included a talk from our own Dr. Martin Farkash who was the event's Keynote Speaker. Dr. Farkash's topic was Moving Ahead: The Dynamics of Survivor Intervention.
Empty Phrases
by Dr. St. John
In: Writing and Presentation Tips
Space Available in Tests & Measurements
Are you a psychopathic deviate? Do those inkblots look like sexual images to you? Do you have paranoic tendencies? Find out for yourself in Tests & Measurements next semester. We'll be looking at the principles of test construction, what test results mean, strategies for administering psychological tests, and many more topics. And, of course, we'll be testing ourselves on the different instruments all semester long. Mon & Wed 3:30-4:45. Prof Smither.
Rollins Psychology Receives Grants
The Rollins College Department of Psychology recently received two grants to upgrade its research laboratories. The first, a $100,000 grant from The John R. and Ruth W. Gurtler Foundation was given to purchase and install a new microfiltration caging system for rats and mice. The new cages provide cleaner air for the animals and prevent animal odor from esacping into the general circulation. The second, a $15,000 grant from an anonymous donor, will go to sponsor reserach at the Child Development Center, the Rollins College laboratory preschool.
Rollins Students Start 155th Chapter of Active Minds
This fall, Rollins students started the 155th chapter of Active Minds. Active Minds is a student-run organization on college campuses that is working to change the conversation about mental health. This organization was created to promote mental health awareness and to decrease the stigma associated with mental health issues. In just 3 months of existence, Active Minds has already held several on-campus activities: participating in Halloween Howl, conducting a mental health screening at the campus center, and assisting with the 2008 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention National Survivors of Suicide Day. This event included speakers, helpful information about suicide prevention, meditation space, and provided an opportunity for people to come together to support others who had lost a loved one to suicide. Active Minds is already looking forward to our next project: collecting backpacks and personalizing them in memory of a loved one who has committed suicide. These backpacks and personal stories will be displayed at college campuses around the country, so more people will see how suicide affects so many of us. Active Minds holds monthly meetings on Fridays at 6 p.m. All interested A&S, Holt, and Crummer students are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Jeannette Simmons.
Careers in Psychology Information Fair
Would you like to eat cookies and learn more about careers in Psychology? This semester, unknown to most of the campus, 20 students have been diligently studying 9 career options in the field. Now the students of PSY 220 are ready to share their expertise with you at the Careers in Psychology Information Fair. This event will be held Wednesday, December 3, from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. in the Johnson Center Lounge. Topics will include clinical, counseling, forensic, and education psychology, social work, personality, industrial/organizational, consumer, and sports and health psychology.
Senior Research: Getting Started
Everybody says the same thing: if you are going on to professional school, and especially if you are going on to graduate school, there's no better experience than doing senior research. But how do you get started? And when? The best way to get started is to learn about what seniors have done before you. That will tell you the scope of senior research and also let you know what kinds of things have been done here in the past. We've made that easy for you: right as you enter the double doors of the Johnson Center Lobby, ahead and just to the right is the Senior Research Board. Here you'll find brief descriptions of all of our senior research students from the past 2-4 years. It's a good idea, early in your Junior year, to start thinking about what kind of project you'd like to pursue, and more importantly, which faculty member you might want to work with. The Senior Research Board can get you started. In the spring of your Junior year, engage in conversations with one or two professors, and keep in mind that paperwork needs to be done by the end of your Junior year.
Dr. Queen's Students Smell Something Funny
As a part of learning about how the flavors of food result from a combination of different senses like vision, taste, and smell in PSY 315: Sensation and Perception, Dr. Queen's students ate colored jello and guessed it's flavor, and closed their eyes and held their noses while tasting jelly-bellies. Three of the jello samples were all lemon flavored, but were turned yellow, orange, and green with food coloring unbeknowst to the students. No one guessed that they were all the same flavor and almost 100% reported orange and lime for the last two. For the jelly bellies, students noticed that they could not determine the flavor unless they were allowed to release their noses.
No research involving human subjects at Rollins College, like in most of the world, is permitted to take place unless cleared by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) that examines the research for ethical treatment of participants. The ethical guidelines followed by these IRBs owes a great deal to The Nuremberg Code, a document that emerged from the discovery, following World War II, of the unethical and deeply disturbing practices of Nazi scientists and doctors.
While in graduate school, Dr. Steven St. John was a research technician for a project that sent pregnant rats on Space Shuttle Atlantis. He was basically a night nurse - his job was to observe the rats after the Shuttle returned to Cape Canveral and call in the experimenters if the rats were unable to deliver the pups naturally. The project investigated the development of the vestibular system in microgravity.
•12/3 Psychology Careers Fair
•12/5 Last day of classes
•12/8 - 12/12 Exams
•1/5 - 1/9 Intercession
•1/13 Spring term begins
•1/19 Martin Luther King holiday
Shrink Rap is an email publication of the Rollins College Department of Psychology. This issue can also be found online. The newsletter is sent monthly during the academic year to Psychology majors and minors in A&S and Holt, students in A&S psychology classes, psychology faculty and staff, and friends of the department.