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West Virginia University psychology professor Kennon Andy Lattal has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the American Psychological Association Division for Behavior Analysis' Don Hake Translational Research Award. 

The award recognizes his extensive work in the experimental analysis of behavior. Hake was the first coordinator of WVU's doctoral program in behavior analysis before his death in 1982.

Lattal works with students, both graduate and undergraduate, in the classroom, in research in his laboratory and in applied settings with pets.

He earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of Alabama and joined the WVU faculty in 1972. He has authored 140 research articles and chapters on conceptual, experimental, and applied topics in behavior analysis.

He has mentored more than 40 doctoral students and every faculty member of WVU's behavior analysis program since 1982. 

In addition to his named professorship, WVU recognized his scholarly work with its Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award. Lattal has also won the American Psychological Association's Division 25 Distinguished Contributions to Basic Research Award.

This May, Lattal is set to accept the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis' Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis award. Lattal is on sabbatical in France this semester.

In other news at WVU, Corey Farris, the university's dean of students, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the National Student Exchange board of directors.

The NSE is an undergraduate study-away program similar to study abroad but crossing not oceans, but state, regional, provincial and cultural borders.

Farris was elected to represent universities in the country's southeast region. He began his term this month during the NSE annual conference.

WVU has been a member of the NSE consortium since 1991. This is the second time Farris has been elected to serve on the NSE board of directors. He also served from 1997 to 2000 and served as elected chairman from 1998 to 2000.

Through this program, students take a semester or academic year to attend another fully accredited participating institution while making progress toward their WVU degrees. 

The NSE, a not-for-profit education consortium, is composed of nearly 200 colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The consortium allows students to exchange for up to one academic year at a host institution.

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