Previously, he won the MacArthur
Foundation’s Champion for
Change in Juvenile Justice Award
for the state of Louisiana.
n University of Houston
professor Arturo Hernandez,
PhD, has won one of this year’s
given by the
award will allow Hernandez to
conduct research in Germany
for a year. Hernandez, the
director of the Laboratory for
the Neural Bases of Bilingualism
at the University of Houston,
studies how the brain processes
language, particularly in people
who are bilingual. n Hernandez
A Web series created
by psychologist Luciana
Lagana, PhD, received
the Best Trailer Award
at the Hollywood Reel
Independent Film Festival
in Los Angeles.
In the series, called
“Intimate Temp Agency,”
Lagana plays the manager
of a temp agency at which
eccentric job applicants apply for unusual jobs.
“I created this Web series with the goal of
encouraging people to be more accepting of
creative and quirky individuals, thinking twice
before putting direct or indirect pressure on
them to conform and potentially lose their
creative edge,” Lagana said in a press release.
In addition to her acting and directing
projects, Lagana is a professor of psychology,
gerontology, sexuality and women’s health
at California State University Northridge.
Her research focuses on the health of mainly
non-Caucasian low-income older women,
particularly physical pain and its psychosocial
consequences in later life.
Psychologist-created series wins award