On May 20 colleagues, students, professors, and mentors of PBS Distinguished Professor Jerome Busemeyer gathered on the IU Bloomington campus for a daylong celebration of his remarkable career.
Among the many talks and tributes, were those from his longtime PBS colleagues: Distinguished Professors James Townsend, Robert Nosofsky and Richard Shiffrin, as well as his more recent PBS colleague and former student Ruth N. Halls Professor Jennifer Trueblood. From Germany to South Korea to China, Australia and across the U.S., the participants represented numerous countries and continents. Some who couldn’t be there in person made memorable virtual tributes.
The talks conveyed the scope and influence of Busemeyer’s work, for example, as Trueblood noted, in the numerous iterations or “children” of Busemeyer’s original work with multi-alternative decision field theory.
There were some light-hearted recollections as well. For instance, from Young Ahn, a former student now teaching in South Korea who recalls an interaction with Busemeyer while he was a student: “I asked you how I should write a paper and you said, ‘Boom, boom, boom.’ What did you mean? I think you meant to say the sentences should be very well connected.”
Or from Peter Bruza, Busemeyer’s collaborator in the development of quantum cognition theory, hailing from the east coast of Australia with the roaring sound of the wind and waves around him: A glimpse at the underside of his surfboard showed a thank you note to “Jerome and Cambridge University Press.” Bruza had used the royalties from their book to buy the surfboard.