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The Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. Mathematical psychology is broadly defined to include work of a theoretical character that uses mathematical methods, formal logic, or computer simulation. The Society journal is the Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

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Vale Thaddeus Cowan

Thaddeus Cowan, a longtime member and SMP Secretary-Treasurer from 1996 to 2002, died on June 7, 2012 at the age of 77. Thad was retired from Kansas State University (KSU) and was living in Bozeman, MT. In addition to KSU, Thad taught at the University of Connecticut, Albion College, Oklahoma State University and Weber State University. Thad was the primary organizer of the 2003 SMP meeting that was held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Thad is remembered for his brilliant papers and talks, his distinctive laugh, his infectious enthusiasm, his expansive curiosity, and his valuable service to the field of mathematical psychology. Among his contributions, Thad used topology to show how people interpret impossible figures like those of artist M.C. Escher--two-dimensional representations that could never be reproduced in three dimensions. Thad also used mathematical braid theory to turn the Penrose triangle inside-out. In another paper, Thad used mathematical catastrophe theory to model approach-approach and avoidance-avoidance conflicts. Thad will be missed by his many friends in SMP.

William K. Estes Early Career Award (2012) Deadline Extended to: June 3, 2012

The Society for Mathematical Psychology is soliciting nominations for an award to be given for exceptional published research in the field of mathematical psychology by an early career researcher.  Early career researcher is intended to  include individuals who are either students or are no more than six years beyond  the Ph.D. at the time of nomination.  Publications dated 2006 or later will be considered.  The award is to be given for a body of work in the field of Mathematical Psychology.  Single-authored publications are given  most weight, but the committee may consider nominees who have been first author  on more than one publication.  The  person nominated need not be a member of the Society.  Self nominations will not be  considered. The winner will be selected by a special committee appointed by the Executive Committee; the selection committee normally is chaired by the Society's President.  The winner  will be announced at the 45th Annual Mathematical Psychology Society  Meeting in 2012. The recipient will receive a $250 tax-free award, plus up to  $1,000 in travel costs, and will be invited to make a presentation at a future  meeting of the Society. Nominations should be sent via email by the NEW deadline date  of June 2012  and should include:

  1. four copies of written materials for which electronic versions are not available. Electronic materials require only 1  copy!
  2. a one-page summary of the significance of the research,
  3. a brief biographical information concerning the nominee,
  4. a recommendation letter from the nominator, and
  5. a letter from nominee stating he or she consents to be considered for the  award.

Please submit all materials to Richard Golden via EMAIL to the email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with subject header: 2012 Early Career Award  Nomination .

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