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APA Honors Psychology Professor Emerita

Olivia Hooker, Ph.D., was among the first group of women to obtain a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in clinical psychology.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard
Olivia Hooker, Ph.D., professor emerita of psychology, was honored in August by the American Psychological Association at the group’s 119th annual meeting, held in Washington D.C.

APA President Melba J.T. Vasquez saluted Hooker’s decades of pioneering contributions to psychology and social justice, and emphasized her capacity to overcome adversity.

“As a survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Dr. Hooker learned at an early age to turn adversity into opportunity and to use her many gifts and talents in service to others. She was the first African American woman to go on active duty in the United States Coast Guard and among the first group of women to obtain a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in clinical psychology,” Vasquez said.

Hooker’s work in founding the Tulsa Race Riot Commission illustrated how she is a model of resiliency and courage, and embodies the APA’s mission of promoting human welfare.

“She has worked tirelessly to ensure that victims of racism and violence are not forgotten,” Vasquez said.

—Patrick Verel


A Cornucopia of Wildlife Calls Fordham Home

The Lincoln Center, Rose Hill and Westchester campuses and the Calder Center field station are mostly quiet during the summer, at least when it comes to people.

But for things that slither, soar, scamper and swim, it’s a different story.

Coyotes roam the 113-acre Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y. Red-tailed hawks are raising eyasses on a building ledge at Rose Hill. Wild turkeys wander the grounds at Westchester. And visitors to Lincoln Center are not immune from encounters with pigeons.

Though Fordham’s four campuses are geographically and ecologically distinct, they all feature animals with unique capacities for adaptation, said Thomas Daniels, Ph.D., associate research scientist at the Calder Center.

“They’regenerally going to be omnivorous, and can take advantage of a lot of different food sources,” Daniels said, “while animals that require a certain patch of woods or a certain body of water would be relegated to areas that are less developed.”

One of the strengths of the Calder Center is its size, its 10-acre lake and the fact that it is contiguous to other heavily forested sites, he noted. These features allow animals to travel freely between Calder and surrounding areas.

“It’s almost like a positive feedback loop. If you’ve got animals in one particular place, that opens up a habitat for more animals to arrive to feed on them,” he said.

—Patrick Verel



In the Shadow of War, Fordham Welcomes Students for Peace

Delegates from the Pax Romana conference attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral while visiting Fordham in 1939.

Photo by Kjetil Ree
In September 1939, as war was breaking out in Europe, Fordham hosted the first American gathering of an international student movement devoted to peace.

About 500 students came to campus from Sept. 3 to Sept. 8 for the annual congress of Pax Romana, a Catholic student federation that was seeking to establish itself in North America because of rising tensions in Europe. The delegates had met the week before at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The agenda at Fordham included social events, addresses by Catholic leaders, and a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The mood among students was captured in the “Campus and Chapel” column in the Sept. 29 edition of The Ram:

“The Fordham campus was alive with students, thinking not of the coming year, nor of the football team beginning its fall season over beyond the tennis courts, but wondering how they were going to get back to their homes in Poland, France, Germany, Roumania, Belgium, Holland. Would there be anything left when they got back?”

—Chris Gosier






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