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2010.02.24> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Psychology Dept. to Hold Daylong Research Festival Feb. 26

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Psychology will hold a daylong research festival, including two speakers in the College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture Series, on Friday, Feb. 26. The day starts at 9 a.m. with student presentations.

The first Centennial keynote speaker is Michelle Harrison, who will present “Industrial-Organizational Psychology at UNO: Education for Opportunity” at 10:45 a.m. Harrison received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1988 and completed her master of science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at UNO in 1992. She has served in internal and external consulting roles across multiple industries to design and implement systems and tools for career development, leadership development, assessment and evaluation, leadership assimilation, succession planning, talent management, performance improvement and competency modeling.

The second Centennial keynote speaker is David Yells, who will present “From Rat Sex to Retrieval-induced Forgetting: The Value of a Comprehensive Graduate Education” at 2 p.m. Yells serves as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah Valley University. Prior to that, he served as chair of the Department of Behavioral Science for seven years. He received a doctorate in developmental psychobiology from the University of Nebraska in 1994.

A poster presentation will be held at the festival from noon until 2 p.m. Student talks and awards will continue until 4:30 p.m. The official title for the entire day is the "Kenneth Deffenbacher Research Festival in Psychology." Kenneth Dffenbacher is now a UNO emeritus professor of psychology. Deffenbacher served as the Department of Psychology’s chair from 1980 through last year.

All events, including the two Centennial speaker presentations, take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the campus community and public.

The yearlong speaker series is part of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences' centennial celebration, which highlights the college's many departments and alumni. Established in 1909, Arts and Sciences is the university's first college and largest academic unit. For more information, call (402) 554-3558. For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/cas/speakers.php.

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