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2020 Governing Board Chair Announced

James R. PomerantzThe Psychonomic Society Governing Board has elected James R. Pomerantz, Rice University, as the 2020 Chair.

"It's an honor and privilege to serve on the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society, which is the world’s preeminent society for the experimental study of cognition," Pomerantz said. "In becoming its chair, I am fortunate to follow a distinguished line of cognitive psychologists dating back to 1960. The first publication of my career was in a Psychonomics journal, and the Society has been my go-to professional organization ever since."

Pomerantz currently chairs the Society's Finance Committee and is a member of the Publications Committee. Looking to the future of the Psychonomic Society, he said, "It’s a time of great opportunity for us to expand our international presence still further while meeting profound forces of change looming on the horizon in academic publishing. We have grown significantly in recent years both in membership (now at 4,000+) and diversity, and we have grown as well in the range and quality of our scholarly publications. My goal will be to work with the full Board and our Executive Director and staff to continue that upward trend."

In September, Angela Gutchess, Brandeis University, and Michael J. Kane, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, were elected by the Society’s membership and will join the Governing Board in January for a six-year term.

In January 2019, Laura Carlson, University of Notre Dame, becomes Governing Board Chair and John Dunlosky, Kent State University, will be Past Chair. Governing Board Members who conclude their terms in 2018 are Teresa Bajo, University of Granada, Spain, and Aaron Benjamin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A complete list of the 2018 Governing Board members and Psychonomic Society Committees is here.

James R. Pomerantz is a cognitive psychologist with a specialty in human visual perception and attention. He is Professor of Psychological Sciences at Rice University as well as Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

His research has an emphasis on the perception of form and of structure in visual patterns, Gestalt psychology, and on the role of attention in perceptual organization. He has also published on motion perception, color perception, texture perception, visual imagery, and theoretical approaches to perception.

Pomerantz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction and high honors in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1968, and following two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, earned his PhD from Yale University in 1974.

He began his teaching career at Yale in 1973, moving to Johns Hopkins University as Assistant Professor of Psychology in 1974. In 1977, he was appointed Associate Professor and subsequently Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he remained until joining the faculty of Rice University in 1988, as the Elma W. Schneider Professor of Psychology and Dean of Social Sciences.

Pomerantz moved to Brown University in 1995, as Provost and Professor of Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences. During the 1997-98 academic year, he served as Provost and as Acting President of Brown. In 2000, he returned to Rice University as Professor of Psychology and Director of Neurosciences.

Pomerantz is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Psychonomic Society. He served as President of the FABBS Foundation, a Washington DC-based non-profit serving the behavioral, psychological, cognitive, and brain sciences as well as the President of Disability 101, a Houston, Texas-based non-profit serving individuals with disabling chronic disease. In 2009 he gave the Rock Memorial Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2011, he gave the Kanizsa Lecture at the University of Trieste in Italy and in May 2014 Pomerantz and his graduate student Kimberley Orsten shared 3rd prize in the international Best Illusion of the Year Contest, sponsored by the Neural Correlate Society.

He is married to Mary B. McIntire, PhD, who for 31 years was Dean of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University. Pomerantz has two adult children (and four grandchildren): Andrew E. Pomerantz (a Yale graduate and Stanford PhD working as a physical chemist for Schlumberger in Cambridge, MA); and William J. Pomerantz (a Harvard graduate with a Masters from International Space University in Strasburg, France, and Vice President for Special Projects at Virgin Orbit near Los Angeles, CA). Pomerantz’s extracurricular passions include photography and running. A volume of his photographs is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is also a member of the Houston Marathon Legacy Runners for completing 10 or more Houston full marathons.



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