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SPARQ Fall 2020 Newsletter is out!

December 04, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year – from new and historic pandemics, to divisiveness over the future of society, to uncertainty over the path forward. Social science provides important insights for data-driven change, combatting racism and exclusion, and fostering equity and inclusion across society. Be sure to read our newsletter for updates on how SPARQ and our research and practitioner partners are working to address disparities, bridge divides, and inspire change. 

Check out a few highlights:

  • Jennifer Eberhardt recognized by SPSP, APA, and APS: A heartfelt congratulations to SPARQ Co-Director Jennifer Eberhardt! She recently received the SPSP Career Contributions Award, the SPSP Book Prize, and the APA William James Book Award for Biased. She is also the 2020-21 President-elect of the Association for Psychological Science.

  • Confronting masculine defaults: To remedy women’s underrepresentation in majority-male workplaces, SPARQ Co-Director Hazel Rose Markus and Sapna Cheryan explore hidden cultural biases called “masculine defaults.” Their new paper discusses how we can counteract these biases.

  • Gender gaps in Psychological Science: SPARQ Health Director Alia Crum was a coauthor in the first ever review of gender parity in the field of psychology, examining women’s role, status, and treatment in the workplace. Read more to learn about a call to action for cultivating a path of equity for future women in the field.

  • Greg Walton and Alia Crum publish Handbook of Wise Interventions: Faculty Affiliates Greg Walton and Alia Crum have published a new book on how social psychological interventions can help people change what they think and do. Managing Director MarYam Hamedani wrote a chapter with collaborators Nicole Stephens and Sarah Townsend about changing how students think about difference to improve academic outcomes.

  • Claude Steele, Steven Roberts, and Dale Miller recognized by SPSP: Congratulations to our Faculty Affiliates! Claude Steele received the SPSP Legacy Award, honoring luminary figures whose seminal career contributions have shaped the field. Steven Roberts received the 2020 SAGE Young Scholars Award. His latest work includes an article about the psychology of American racism and a review of racial inequality across psychological research. Dale Miller received the SPSP Campbell Award, spotlighting his sustained excellence in research on the development and function of social norms.

  • Comings and Goings: We are delighted to welcome new team members! Xuan Zhao joined SPARQ as a Research Scientist; she completed her Ph.D. in social psychology at Brown University and a postdoc at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Kristyn Jones joined as a Research Fellow; she received her Ph.D. in psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Clarissa Gutierrez has come on board as our new lab manager; she received her B.A. from Stanford and plans to pursue a doctoral degree in social psychology. Eugenia Rho, a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford Computer Science and incoming Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, joined SPARQ Faculty Affiliate Dan Jurafsky’s lab and will be collaborating with us on multiple projects.

    Congratulations to our valued SPARQ members and affiliates who have recently embarked onto new exciting paths! Our former lab manager, Rachel Song, is now a doctoral student in social psychology at the University of Washington. Former postdocs, Nick Camp and Rob Voigt, have assumed faculty positions. Nick is an Associate Professor of Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan and Rob is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Northwestern University.

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