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2019 Allen L. Edwards Public Lecture Series

2019 Edwards psychology lectures

Join us for the 14th Annual Allen Edwards Psychology Lectures! Registration is now open HERE.

Two UW Psychology professors partner with distinguished visiting scholars to share their innovative research, and its implication in our everyday lives, with the community.

This free, public series is made possible by generous bequests from Professors Allen L. Edwards and Roger B. Loucks.


Plasticity in the Adult Brain

One of the most interesting forms of plasticity observed in the brains of adults is neurogenesis, the birth of new brain cells. Professors Brenowitz and Hen will discuss their studies of neurogenesis in adult birds and rodents, and the potential for exploiting plasticity for the treatment of damaged human brains.

Wednesday, April 24 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Kane Hall 130 

Eliot Brenowitz, PhD, University of Washington
Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biology

René Hen, PhD, Columbia University
Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Director, Division of Integrative Neuroscience, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene



Social Learning from the Crib to the Classroom

Recent research provides critical insights into early learning: learning starts from birth and is inherently social. Professors Sommerville and Kushnir will discuss the nature of early social learning from infancy through the preschool years, along with important lessons for parenting and education. 

Wednesday, May 1 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Kane Hall 130 

Jessica Sommerville, PhD, University of Washington
Professor of Psychology and Associate Director for Social, Emotional and Cognitive Competence, Center for Child and Family Well-Being

Tamar Kushnir, PhD, Cornell University
Associate Professor in Child Development and Director, Early Childhood Cognition Laboratory 

This free, public series is made possible by generous bequests from Professors Allen L. Edwards and Roger B. Loucks.


Thank You to Our Supporters

Philanthropic contributions from alumni and friends provide tremendous support for our students and help to expand our research initiatives. Keep an eye out for updates as your gifts are put to work! Names appear in alphabetical order.


Individual Donors 

Adam Weisman | Adele & Kenneth Hoving | Alexandria Paul-Hayter | The Estate of Allen Edwards  | Amalia Annest | Anne & Stephen Hirsch | Anonymous | Anthony & Jean Greenwald | Aren Chou | Barri Rind | Brian DeVries | Britton Brewer & Judy Van Raalte | Candice Phillips | Carole Wahler | Carolyn Fletcher | Carrie & Henry Perrin | Catalina Merseth | Cheryl Kaiser & Michael Carroll | Colin MacLeod | Craig Mason & Shihfen Tu | Crystal Silvia | Curtis & Wendy Tanner | Curtis Threat | Daniel Curry | David Groff & Roslyn Solomon | Deborah & Richard Berger | Diane Aboulafia & Peter Shapiro | Diane Lefkow | Elizabeth & Steven Miller | Emma Chandler | Ernest & Stephanie Talley | Eun Han & Jeansok Kim | Geoffrey & Kathleen Lowney | Geoffrey Boynton & Ione Fine | Gilda Sheppard | Henry & Carrie Perrin | Hope Morano | Ione Fine & Geoffrey Boynton | Irwin Sarason | Jacob Crook | Jaime Diaz & Marie Claudio-Diaz | James & Lynn Carlsen | James & Roberta Walsh Jr. | Jan Nordmo | Janet & Keith Sonnanburg | Janine Nordquist & Kirby Nave | Jason & Lina Hannigan | Jean & Thomas Heestand | Jeanette Norris & Steven Buck | Jeansok Kim & Eun Han | Jennifer Whelan | Jesse Laraux | Jessica Salvador | Jim Colleran | John & Lynne Houserman | John Clark | John Palmer & Zelda Zabinsky | Joseph Nguyen | Judy Van Raalte & Britton Brewer | Karen Lichtenstein | Kathleen & Geoffrey Lowney | Kathleen & Robert Hamilton | Keegan Donnelly | Keith & Janet Sonnanburg | Keith Ikeda | Kenneth & Adele Hoving | Kevin Shiraishi | Kirby Nave & Janine Nordquist | Kirk Smith | Laura & Robert Thomas | Lina & Jason Hannigan | Linda Eskenazi | Lisa Carr | Lynn & James Carlsen | Lynne & John Houserman | Marc & Nancy Tollefson | Margaret & Richard Elwood | Margot & Steven Marenakos | Marie Claudio-Diaz & Jaime Diaz | Martha Bishop & William Budd | Martin Stern | Martin Wikoff | Mary & Michael Pedersen | Michael & Mary Pedersen | Michael & Patricia Carter | Michael Carroll & Cheryl Kaiser | Michael Fanselow | Michael King | Michael Staszak | Nadine Anderson | Nancy & Marc Tollefson | Nancy Kenney | Nona Phillips & Robert Golden | Norma & Raymond Baird Jr. | Patricia & Michael Carter | Patricia Bardina | Peter Shapiro & Diane Aboulafia | Racha & Wassef Haroun | Randall Wolbert | Raymond & Norma Baird Jr. | Rebecca Wong | Richard & Deborah Berger | Richard & Karen Prince | Richard & Karen Prince | Richard & Margaret Elwood | Richard Berner | Robby Padia | Robert & Kathleen Hamilton | Robert & Laura Thomas | Robert Croyle | Robert Donnell | Robert Golden & Nona Phillips | Robert Lee & Vicki Parker | Robert McMahon | Roberta & James Walsh Jr. | Ronald Smith | Rosanne Lapan | Roslyn Solomon & David Groff | Sapna Cheryan | Shannon Greene | Sharmistha Das | Sheri Mizumori | Sheri Van Dijk | Shihfen Tu & Craig Mason | Stephanie & Ernest Talley | Stephen & Anne Hirsch | Steven & Elizabeth Miller | Steven & Margot Marenakos | Steven Buck & Jeanette Norris | Steven Galper | SueAnn Manipon-Hook | Susan & William Holliday | The Family of Malika | Thomas & Jean Heestand | Veronica Asui | Vicki Parker & Robert Lee | Wassef & Racha Haroun | Wendy & Curtis Tanner | William & Susan Holliday | William Budd & Martha Bishop | Yaffa & Paul Maritz | Yaffa & Paul Maritz | Yasuko Endo & The Estate of Robert Bolles | Yuichi Shoda | Zelda Zabinsky & John Palmer


Corporate & Foundation Donors

American Psychological Association | Arcus Foundation | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Brockman, Inc. | Cadence Child & Adolescent Therapy | Drexel University | Duke University | Eisai, Inc. | Feinberg Foundation, Inc. | Institute of Humanity and Nature | L.S.B. Leakey Foundation | Maritz Family Foundation | Massachusetts General Hospital | Microsoft Research| NanoString Technologies | Neuralynx | Origins Safari | Puget Sound Energy | Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute | Seattle Institute for Biomedical & Clinical Research | Society For Research in Child Development | State of Washington | The Company of Biologists | The Hartford Insurance Company | The Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving | University of Pennsylvania | Vanderbilt University | Washington Research Licensing Foundation | White Matter LLC

Community Connections: Scott Counts and Microsoft Research

Scott Counts

For many of our Psychology PhD graduates, choosing between academic or industry career pathways can be challenging. Psychology PhD Alum Scott Counts (PhD 2002) has the best of both worlds as Principal Researcher in the Social Technologies Group at Microsoft Research. Scott’s research in computational social science examines a variety of data sources for predictive models in health, policy, and macroeconomics. In between the first and second years of his PhD studies, Scott was awarded a Microsoft Research Fellowship which provided funding for his studies and two rotational summer internships.  After graduating from his program, Scott joined the Microsoft Research team full time and has spent most of his time in the social computing group. Scott considers Microsoft Research to be a perfect fit between academia and industry research, as he has more autonomy over his research focuses, much like he would as a professor. The collaborative environment encourages researchers to ask challenging questions and examine new data sets to answer questions.

“Microsoft Research is a unique place. Few industrial research labs give you the freedom that you have at Microsoft Research. We have the ability to choose topics that are interesting and impactful and find a way to make an impact on the world.”  

Scott received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College. Prior to joining the UW Psychology PhD program, Scott enrolled in UW Psychology courses and worked in Prof. Tony Greenwald’s lab. Scott conducted his PhD work in Prof. Yuichi Shoda’s lab and was constantly inspired by Prof. Shoda’s approach to science.

“Yuichi never loses the curiosity of learning and is always looking for interesting ideas and information. At the heart of his work and his expertise, he always has a passion for learning and improving.”  

In his role as Principal Researcher, Scott draws from his social sciences background and training by examining research questions in technologies as they relate to societal implications and broader impacts. In recent years, big data analysis have shifted his work from focusing on experimental statistics to working more with naturalistic data sources like social media or search engine data. Using Microsoft Azure and other tools, his team creates predictive models simulating city growth and the impacts of population density on topics such as food production, transportation, and housing.  

Scott lives in Seattle with his family. Outside of his work at Microsoft Research, Scott utilizes his data analysis background to keep track of his two kids’ soccer statistics and to track urban developments in his neighborhood.


Read more about our partnership with Microsoft Research.

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