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Department of Psychology News

Save the Date for Festschrift Honoring Professor David C. Riccio, May 19-21

Posted May. 2, 2011
David C. Riccio
David C. Riccio

The Department of Psychology invites members of the Kent State University community to save the date for events honoring Professor David C. Riccio. Soon, Riccio will be completing his 46th year as a faculty member at Kent State (with no plans to retire), and the psychology department is hosting a Festschrift to recognize his life's work with a scientific meeting and a reception.  A festschrift, by definition, is from the German and means a book honoring a respected person, especially an academic, and presented during his or her lifetime.

Riccio has had a distinguished research career. He has published more than 170 journal articles, had 40 years of uninterrupted research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and received Kent State's Distinguished Scholar Award. In addition, he is the recipient of the university's Distinguished Teaching Award and has mentored 42 Ph.D. graduates. Riccio has provided extensive service to the psychology department, university community and his profession.  
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 19, a reception will be held at the 11th Frame at Kent Lanes, located at 1524 S. Water Street in Kent.

On May 20 and 21, the scientific program will take place in room 102 of Kent Hall Annex (KTA) and will consist entirely of presentations by Riccio's former Ph.D. students including keynote speeches by three of his most distinguished former students. The sessions are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 20 and from 9:30 a.m. to noon on May 21.

All of the events are free and open to all. For more information, contact Maria Zaragoza, Kent State professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, at 330-672-2167 or