[EvoPsycLab] EP group plan and meetings

BRUCE J. ELLIS bruce.ellis at psych.utah.edu
Tue Mar 17 17:04:14 MDT 2020

Dear all,

It seems that events have conspired against us.  It does not seem like it would be a great idea to have in-person meetings at this time.

We could hold off until the current situation has improved, or we could try online meetings.  Thoughts?


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Dear EP group,

We had an organizational meeting on Friday and discussed the future directions of the group.  Although Elizabeth was not able to make that meeting, I had consulted with her about her wishes ahead of time.  Here is what came out of it.

1.  We are going to evolve toward becoming a journal club.  That is, the main focus of the group will be on doing readings and discussing relevant ideas.  However, if anyone ever wants to present a research idea or research findings to the group, that would have first priority.

2.  In moving toward a journal club, we will choose thematic topics, which we will pursue over time (such as for a semester, or even a year).  That could involve reading a book, or reading related journal articles/chapters.  We decided that the first topic would be current issues in life history theory, particularly as it would inform research questions of interest to the group.  For our next meeting, we are going to discuss some work involving internally- vs. externally-focused life history models. See attached. There is a target article by Rickard et al., and comments by Belsky and Del Giudice.

3.  We decided on a regular time, which ideally will not change or ever require any Doodle poles.  That time is Fridays at 4pm.  The idea is that will always be the time that our group meets.  The group decided that we will hold these meetings at people's homes (not on campus).  Here is the schedule for the rest of the semester:

March 20: Bruce's house (1854 E. Kensington)
April 3: Alex's house (179 F. St.)
April 17: Katie's house (1288 E Crystal Ave)
May 1: Lisa's house (314 3rd Ave.)

We will probably continue to meet through the summer, as it is likely that all of us will be traveling less, unless we have all succumbed to the plague by then.

4.  We had some discussion about group size.  The general consensus was to keep it small.  There may be room to add one more professor/graduate student, or not?


Bruce J. Ellis, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Anthropology
Hidden Talents Lab<https://hiddentalents.psych.utah.edu/>
Research Network on Adaptations to Childhood Stress<http://psych.utah.edu/research/labs/research-network.php>
Developmental Adaptations, Stress, and Health (DASH)<http://dash.csbs.utah.edu/index.php> Collaborative

Department of Psychology
380 S. 1530 E., Rm 632
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT  84112
Phone: (801) 581-6530
bruce.ellis at psych.utah.edu<mailto:bruce.ellis at psych.utah.edu>

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