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Indiana University Bloomington

Celebrating 125 years: 1888-2013


On Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington recognized the occasion of its 125th anniversary with a daylong program of major festivities.

Events included lectures and symposia on issues facing the scientific community and society at large, such as violence and guns, and concluded with a reception and a banquet.

The department further marked the occasion with the unveiling of a limestone sculpture of a human brain near the entrance to the Psychology Building, a model 7 feet high, making it the largest anatomically accurate brain sculpture in the world.

We also held the following talks (links go to videos):

  • Connections and Connectivity: Two internationally acclaimed Psychological and Brain Sciences faculty, Provost Professor Olaf Sporns, and Distinguished and Chancellor’s Professor Linda Smith, discuss major new breakthroughs in the field. (second video here)
  • The Future of Psychological and Brain Sciences: A panel discussion between prominent scientists and psychologists on what the future holds. Panelists include Philip Rubin, principal assistant director for science, Executive Office of the President of the United States; Joseph Steinmetz, provost, The Ohio State University, and recent president of the Association for Psychological Science; Alan Kraut, executive director, Association for Psychological Science; and Richard McFall, professor emeritus, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IU Bloomington.
  • Danger and Disorder: Violence, Guns and Mental Illness: A lecture by nationally renowned Psychological and Brain Sciences graduate John Monahan (Ph.D. '72), "the leading thinker on the issue of violence risk assessment," according to the U.S. Supreme Court. Monahan is the John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia. 
  • Psychology in the Real World: A discussion among distinguished alumni on the relationship between their education in psychology or neuroscience and their careers in the "real world." Among the panelists were Mary Czerwinski, principal researcher, Microsoft Research, and David Pfenninger, CEO, entrepreneur, investor and business consultant.

A full day of lectures and symposia culminated in a grand celebratory hour with IU President Michael A. McRobbie, College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean Larry Singell, Psychological and Brain Sciences historian James Capshew and Psychological and Brain Sciences Chair William Hetrick. During this event several PBS alumni were recognized for outstanding professional achievements. Richard Atkinson (Ph.D. '55), president emeritus of the University of California and former chancellor of UC San Diego, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mary Czerwinski (Ph.D. '88), principal researcher at Microsoft Research and Peter Yonkman (B.A. '95), now president of Cook Group, Inc. received Distinguished Alumni Awards. Danielle Dick and Katharine Graf Estes received Young Alumni Award which acknowledges some of the department's most promising young alumni.

At the end of the day, all came together for a reception and banquet.

To view photos from the 125th anniversary, click here.

To watch more videos from the event, click here.