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Change is in the air: Congrats to Dr. Sarah Shomstein who is the new chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (our awesome new department name). Former chair Dr. John Philbeck has taken a position as CCAS Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs.  And, Dr. Steve Mitroff has assumed the position of director of the Cognitive Neuroscience program. Congrats to all!

Dr. Stephen Mitroff’s undergraduate course called “Science in the District” focuses on how cognitive psychology research plays a role in many real-world professions. Last semester FABBS (Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences) joined Dr. Mitroff and the students on several trips around DC and has produced a series of short videos that highlight how cognitive science can be used to benefit society. The 1st video, which focuses on aviation security, is out! You can see more details (and the video) here:

http://fabbs.org/public-interest/cognitive-psychology-in-the-real-world/

Dr. Steve Mitroff’s Dean Seminar “Science in the District” had first-year students at GW learn about basic principles of cognitive psychology and then take field trips around DC to see how those principles are used in practice. Today was the last class and they visited Capitol Hill to meet with science committee staffers to learn about policy. A film crew followed them all semester so keep an eye out for several short videos to come soon!