Third Annual Student Poster Competition ABCT, November 2009, New York City, NY
Another successful SIG poster exhibit (our third) has come and gone! The 2009 NTTR SIG poster exhibit took place on Friday evening, November 20, at the Times Square Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
This year at the ABCT conference, we honored Ari Kalechstein, a stellar researcher and long-time friend and benefactor to the NTTR SIG, by naming the poster prizes after him. The poster contest was comprised of four impressive posters whose foci ranged from cognitive enhancement to psychophysiology. Judges Thilo Deckersbach and Courtney Beard had their work cut out for them in having to evaluate and rank order the four posters, however it was easy to determine that they were all winners. Below are photos and abstracts from each of the contest winners.
The Ari Kalechstein Prizes for Best NTTR SIG Posters went to first place winners Amelia Aldao, Yale University and Amanda Gooding, Fordham University.
The two remaining entries won second prize, Amanda Calkins, Boston University, and Daniel Chazin, Rutgers University.
Because space was limited at the Marriott, the poster session had a different format consisting of rows of vertically configured 18 x 22" posters, rather than the typical horizontally configured 22 x 28" posters. The exhibition format garnered both praise and criticism from attendees; some liked the condensed format of the posters because it was easier to read through each entry in its entirety. On the other hand, some did not like that the posters were smaller in size, and set up in a bar/lounge area adjacent to the pass kitchen of the hotel restaurant, with very little space to navigate through the aisles.
Nevertheless, a good time was had by all. Congratulations to our winners and we hope to see more excellent student work at ABCT 2010 in San Francisco! And be sure to check out the interview with Ari Kalechstein in the Spring 09 newsletter on our web archive, http://www.neurocognitive-therapies.com/newsletters.html. -Jan Mohlman