Michael Spivey, a cognitive science professor at the University of California at Merced, is the 2010 winner of the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.
He'll receive the award at Sigma Xi's annual meeting in November and lecture a group of scientists and engineers on how his research has contributed to a paradigm shift in cognitive science.
Spivey received his doctorate in brain and cognitive sciences from the University of Rochester in 1996 and spent 12 years on the faculty of Cornell University before coming to UC Merced in 2008.
The award's namesake, William Procter, was an heir to one of the founders of the Procter & Gamble Co. A member of Sigma Xi, he studied entomology at Columbia University and went on to become a distinguished natural scientist.
Sigma Xi began the honor in 1950. Among the previous recipients: anthropologist Margaret Mead, primatologist Jane Goodall, paleontologist Stephen Ray Gould, Nobel Prize-winning economist Herbert Simon, mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot and technology pioneer Vannevar Bush.
Robert Rogers, a professor at California State University, Stanislaus, is in Honduras, where he participated in the dedication of the new Geoscience Institute of Honduras on Friday.
Rogers, who joined the CSUS faculty in 2006, lived in Honduras from 1989 to 1992 while with the Peace Corps after graduating from Colorado State University.
He taught at the University of Puerto Rico before coming to Turlock.
CSU Stanislaus is establishing a working relationship with the Geoscience Institute. Two CSU Stanislaus geology students, Kait Barber of Oakdale and Chris Hammond of Lodi, are with Rogers in Honduras as part of a CSU Stanislaus research grant in association with the Honduran government. They will spend two weeks doing research in the Danli region, in the southeastern part of the country.
Rogers is a contributing editor to The Bee, and you can read his blogs from Honduras at thehive. modbee.com/blog/31855.
Brian Carlson, a 2006 Modesto High graduate, recently was inducted into LaSalle University's Alpha Epsilon Society, which recognizes high academic achievement and community involvement. Carlson is a senior, with a double major in political science and history, president of the La Salle ROTC, and a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Government Association.
Thomas M. Oliveira, owner of Oliveira Wealth in Modesto, has been named to the LPL Financial Director's Club. The designation is based on a production ranking of all registered LPL Financial Advisors and represents less than 15 percent of the nearly 12,000 advisers in the LPL Network. This designation represents production from 2008.
Frances Dodson is the Howard Training Center's new human resources director. She brings 20 years experience in retail banking, alternative education and business management, and served as HR manager for a multibank holding company with more than 400 employees in Sacramento.
Dodson and her husband, Pete, are longtime Ripon residents. They have two sons, Jeffery, 24, and Michael, 20.
The Howard Training Center, in existence for more than 50 years, has 138 employees. The nonprofit provides services and training to adults living with a spectrum of develop-
mental disabilities in Stanislaus County.
The Winton-based Central Valley Opportunity Center, which offers vocational training, job search assistance and other support services to low-income residents of Stanislaus, Merced and Madera counties has announced its board officers for 2010. Ernest R. Richardson is the chairman and Rosa Hernandez is the vice chairman. Edgar Lacey is the secretary, William Sylvia the treasurer and Raul Z. Diaz is the member at large.
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors named attorney Michael G. Loeffler, physician Steve Benak and registered nurse Betty King to the Indigent Health Care Program Fair Hearing panel; and Theodore Reimers to the county planning commission.
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