The InterPsych Newsletter 2(9)



IPN 2(9) Section D: Announcements


                   SECTION D: ANNOUNCEMENTS

                          * INDEX *

1.   Special Issue of LCP 
2.   British Interdisciplinary Journal of Childhood: Call for
3.   Rutgers Ph.D. Program in BEHAVIORAL & NEURAL SCIENCES
4.   InterPsych Staff Lounge Open
5.   Calls for papers
     a.   California State University, Fullerton Conference:
          Theory and Research on Communication and Culture  

1.   Special Issue of LCP 

Manuscript submissions are invited for inclusion in a Special
Issue of the journal "Language and Cognitive Processes" on
Connectionist Approaches to Language Development. 

It is anticipated that most of the papers in the special issue 
will describe previously unpublished  work on some aspect of
language development (first or second language learning in
either normal or disordered populations) that incorporates a
neural network modelling component. However, theoretical papers
discussing the general enterprise of connectionist modelling
within the domain of language development are also welcome.

The deadline for submissions is 1st April 1996. Manuscripts
should be sent to the guest editor for this special issue: Kim
Plunkett, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford
University, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UD, UK (email: FAX: 1865-310447). All manuscripts will be

submitted to the usual Language and Cognitive Processes peer
review process.

2.   British Interdisciplinary Journal of Childhood: Call for

The launch of the British Interdisciplinary Journal of Childhood
is a response to dynamic changes occurring across all children's
services, in particular the growing emphasis on
interdisciplinary cooperation.

The journal's readership will be drawn from a wide rangeof
professions and agencies. Readers will be active either as
professionals, as policymakers or as academics.  They will turn
to the journal to keep themselves up-to-date  across the field
of children's services. The journal should stimulate thinking
and suggest solutions to their problems. There will be  strong
emphasis on approaches to the improvement of agency performance

To ensure that there is the space to explore subjects of
interest to this multidisciplinary audience  from more than one
perspective,  we have opted to produce  two substantial issues
per year to start with rather than more frequent smaller issues
(frequency may well increase in later volumes if the flow of
material of adequate standard justifies this).  Each issue will
thus be able to deal with subjects in some depth. 

Editorial Policy
All main articles will be peer reviewed, and the journal will
aim for the very highest standards of  scholarship.  Clear,
vivid communication to an interdisciplinary audience will be an
equal priority. We are looking for articles which convey
something of the enthusiasm and excitement (or disappointment
and frustration?) experienced by professionals involved in the
development of services for children.

At the production editing stage, close attention will be
given to layout and presentation to assist interdisciplinary
communication.  In liaison with authors, we will pay rather more
attention than is usual these days to ensure that articles are
clear and meaningful to all professionals involved in children's
services - for example by the provision of necessary background
information, by clear explanation of terminology specific to one
professional area and so on.
Editorial Arrangements
The journal will be edited by Rupert Hughes, previously working
for the Department of Health and now Fellow of the Centre for
Social Policy, Warren House, Dartington and Honorary Fellow in
the School of Social Work, University of Leicester.

An Editorial Board has been appointed including leading
representatives of the main disciplines to be covered. 

Professor Jane Aldgate of the University of Leicester
will act as Consulting Editor

The journal will be published by Whiting and Birch Ltd
in association with the University  of Leicester.

The journal will cover interdisciplinary topics in all fields
relevant to children and adolescents and their families such as:
education, social work and social care, psychology, health,
social policy and administration and law.

The journal will carry articles reporting original research, or
considering innovative policy developments. It will also accept
papers  aimed at disseminating existing knowledge in a coherent
form to a wide professional audience where such articles make a
significant contribution to the development of policy and

The journal will carry:

i.        Main articles, which will be fully refereed. These are
          likely to contain between 2,000 and 6,000 words.
          Longer articles may be accepted by arrangement. To be
          considered, papers should either:

a.         report original research of wide interest and
b.         serve to disseminate recent work in a particular
           to a wider professional audience;
c.         make a significant and innovative contribution to
           policy debate in the chosen subject area;
d.         provide a considered overview of some subject of wide

ii.       Shorter communications such as notes of work in
          progress, rejoinders to previously published articles,
          letters to the editor etc.
iii.      Reviews of books, journals, videos, electronic media

The Editor will be looking for articles which are:

i.   professionally sound
ii.  inspirational
iii. of practical assistance to readers in developing their own
iv.  clearly expressed

Authors should be sensitive to the requirements of an
interdisciplinary audience comprising professions with quite
different traditions and working methods. Professional
vocabulary should be explained, and acronyms avoided. Writers
presenting statistical data should bear in mind that the level
of familiarity with the conventions of quantitative method
varies greatly across the children's professions, and some
commentary may be necessary. Where sources are referenced which
are standard to one profession, it should not be assumed that
these will be regularly used and immediately recognised by all
groups. Bearing in mind the journal's wide national and
international audience, brief background notes on the
institutional structures referred to in the work may be
necessary. Once accepted, authors may be asked to provide
additional background or summary information to help clarify
their thinking to all readers.

The journal is fully committed to anti-oppressive and
anti-discriminatory working.

Notes to contributors are available on request. On
detailed points of style etc refer to the Publications Manual of
the American Psychological Association  (Fourth Edition)

Special Issues
>From time to time, it is intended that the journal will produce
special issues concentrating on particular topics of current
interest. These may be 'guest edited'. The Editor will be happy
to receive proposals for  special issues.

Submission of Material
Articles and other material for consideration should be sent to:
Rupert Hughes, Editor, British Interdisciplinary Journal of
Childhood, c/o School of Social Work, University of Leicester,
107 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LA. Main articles should
be submitted on disk, together with four hard copies of the

For subscription enquiries, contact: 
Whiting & Birch Ltd, PO Box 872, London SE23 3HL. 
Fax: 0181-244 2448

3.   Rutgers Ph.D. Program in BEHAVIORAL & NEURAL SCIENCES

Application Information for Ph.D. Program in BEHAVIORAL AND
NEURAL SCIENCES at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Application target date is February 1, 1996.

Additional information on our Ph.D. program, research
facilities,and faculty can be obtained over the internet at:
The Behavioral and Neural Sciences (BNS) graduate program at
Rutgers-Newark aims to provide students with a rigorous
understanding of modern neuroscience with an emphasis on
integrating behavioral and neural approaches to understanding
brain function.  The program emphasizes the multidisciplinary
nature of this endeavor, and offers specific research training
in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience as well as Molecular,
Cellular and Systems Neuroscience.  These research areas
represent different but complementary approaches to contemporary
issues in behavioral and molecular neuroscience and can
emphasize either human or animal studies.

The BNS graduate program is composed of faculty from the Center
for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN), the Institute
of Animal Behavior (IAB), the Department of Biological Sciences,
the Department of Psychology, and the School of Nursing.

Research training in the BNS program emphasizes integration
across levels of analysis and traditional disciplinary
boundaries.  Basic research areas in Cellular and Molecular
Neuroscience include the study of the basal forebrain, basal
ganglia, hippocampus, visual and auditory systems and
monoaminergic and neuroendocrine systems using     
electrophysiological, neurochemical, neuroanatomical and
molecular biological approaches.  Research in Cognitive and
Behavioral Neuroscience includes the study of memory, language
(both signed and spoken), reading, attention, motor control,
vision, and animal behavior.  Clinically relevant research areas
are the study of the behavioral, physiological and
pharmacological aspects of schizophrenia, Alzheimer's Disease,
amnesia, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and other
movement disorders, and the molecular genetics of
neuropsychiatric disorders

Other Information
At present the CMBN supports up to 40 students with 12-month
renewable assistantships for a period of five years. The curent
stipend for first year students is $12,750; this includes
tuition remission and excellent healthcare benefits.  In
addition, the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company's
Foundation has provided four Excellence Awards which increase
students' stipends by $5,000.  Several other fellowships are

More information is available in our graduate brochure,
available upon request.

For More Information or an Application
If you are interested in applying to our graduate program, or
possibly applying to one of the labs as a post-doc, research
assistant or programmer, please contact us via one of the
following: Dr. Gyorgy Buzsaki, BNS Graduate Admissions,         
CMBN, Rutgers University, 197 University Ave., Newark, New
Jersey  07102, Phone:  (201) 648-1080 (Ext. 3221),          
Fax:    (201) 648-1272, Email: (Gyorgy
Buzsaki), or (Mark Gluck), or (Barry Komisaruk).

We will be happy to send you info on our research and graduate
program, as well as set up an a possible visit to the
Neuroscience Center here at Rutgers-Newark. Please also see our
WWW Homepage listed above which contains extensive information
on faculty research, degree requirements, local facilities, and

4.   InterPsych Staff Lounge Open

InterPsych's Conferencing Division announces THE STAFF LOUNGE,
the informal gathering place for mental health professionals,
wll be open this and every Thursday at 10 P.M. E.S.T. (GMT
-05:00). On Internet's Undernet Channel/passpword: #interpsyc
For additional information contact:


A.   California State University, Fullerton Conference          
March 29-30, 1996  

The School of Communications, the Association of Speech
Communication Students, and the CSUF chapter of the National
Speech, Language, and Hearing Association will sponsor a
conference on Theory and Research on Communication and Culture,
March 29-30, 1996 (9:00AM-5:00PM).  Harry Triandis will present
the plenary address on Saturday May 30 at 9:00 AM.  The purpose
of the conference is to provide a forum for faculty and students
to interact and advance our understanding of communication and
culture.  The conference also will provide a forum for students
and faculty to discuss theorizing and conducting research on
communication and culture. 

Complete papers or extended abstracts (e.g., 2-3 pages) on all
aspects of communication and culture are invited (including but
not limited to cross- cultural differences in child language
development, communication in the deaf community, cross-cultural
perspectives on communicative competence and disorder, etc.). 
Panel proposals also will be considered if extended abstracts
for all papers are included.  Four copies of submissions should
arrive by December 15, 1995 and be addressed to Bill Gudykunst
or Toya Wyatt, Department of Speech Communication (EC 199),
California State University, Fullerton, CA 92634.  Submitters
will be notified of decisions of the competitive selection
process by February 1, 1996 (Note: earlier decisions will be
made, if necessary, especially for international participants). 

As part of the conference, three one-half day workshops will be
conducted: (1) Theorizing about Communication and Culture (led
by Richard Wiseman), (2) Conducting Qualitative Research on
Communication and Culture (led by Stella Ting-Toomey), and (3)
Conducting Quantitative Research on Communication and Culture
(led by Bill Gudykunst).  The workshops will be divided into two
sessions:  (1) presentation of information on the topic, and  
(2) an open discussion among presenters and attendees. 
Participants are invited to raise questions about their work in
the discussion sessions. 

The conference will be held in Titan Pavilion in the University
Center on the CSUF campus.  The registration fee will be $25. 
This fee will be waived for all students, and faculty staff at
CSUF.  Participants wanting to make hotel reservations can
contact the Marriott Hotel on the CSUF campus (1-800-228-9290)
or the Chase Suite Hotel (1-800-79-SUITE), which is two blocks
from campus.  Information on getting to the CSUF campus will be
provided with decisions on papers/abstracts.  People wanting to
attend, but do not plan to present papers, should contact the
Department Secretary at the above address or call (714) 773-3617
(fax: 714/773-3377) and the information will be provided.