Barbara Dosher, dean of the School of Social Sciences and professor of cognitive sciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an honor considered one of the highest in scientific research.  Dosher is one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates who are being recognized by the prestigious academy this year for their distinguished and continuing achievements in research.

“This honor is very well deserved,” says UCI Distinguished Professor and NAS member Duncan Luce.  “It’s a miracle to my mind that someone could do administrative work at the level she does and continue to do fine research; it’s a most justified award.”  Don Saari, also a UCI Distinguished Professor and NAS member, agrees: “We all are very excited about Barbara's election to the academy.  It’s a very richly deserved honor.”

Dosher, who is also a fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychologists and the American Psychological Society, is known widely for her research on attention, perceptual learning, and memory. Her current work, funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Eye Institute, focuses on attention and visual processes and how training may improve performance. In May 2009, she was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Vision Sciences Society.
Dosher received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and her master's and doctorate degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Oregon. She was a professor of psychology at Columbia University for 15 years before she joined the faculty of UC Irvine in 1992.

With Dosher’s election, membership in the NAS now totals 2,113 which include 26 faculty from UC Irvine, six of whom are professors in the School of Social Sciences.  UCI faculty previously elected to the academy include John Avise, Francisco J. Ayala, Michael Cahalan, Michael Clegg, William Daughaday, Greg Duncan, Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Zachary Fisk, Walter Fitch, Anthony James, Elizabeth Loftus, R. Duncan Luce, James McGaugh, Ricardo Miledi, Masayasu Nomura, Larry Overman, Peter Rentzepis, A. Kimball Romney, Irwin A. Rose, F. Sherwood Rowland, Donald G. Saari, Brian Skyrms, George Sperling, Sue Trumbore, and Douglas Wallace. UCI Chancellor Emeritus Ralph J. Cicerone is current president (and a member) of the NAS.

About the School of Social Sciences:
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