The University Record, April 23, 1996

Faculty, students study interaction of families and groups at Hands-On Museum

U-M Senior in psychology Kaori Muritomo works with Jeremy Koski at the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum.

Photo by Bob Kalmbach


By Sally Pobojewski
News and Information Services

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will hold a special reception 68 p.m. April 30 for all U-M faculty, students and staff to recognize the relationship between the Museum and the University community, particularly as reflected in the exhibition "Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other."

Faculty and students from the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and the School of Education are analyzing how families and school groups who visit the Hands-On Museum interact with the new psychology exhibit. Results of their studies will be published and reported to the American Psychology Association.

"The Museum would not be where it is today without the dedication and commitment of U-M faculty and students," says Julie Fisher, who directs educational projects for the Museum. "We cannot thank them enough for all the time and energy they have given to plan and facilitate quality educational programs to complement this exhibition."

To support the ongoing research effort, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the School of Education and the Office of the Vice President for University Relations have made a $10,000 award to support the work of students and faculty associated with the exhibit.

"We hope this award will serve our faculty and their students in scholarly and educational pursuits, as well as enrich the relationship between the University and the broader Ann Arbor community," says Homer A. Neal, vice president for research. "The Hands-On Museum plays a unique role as a creative learning environment, fostering the kind of curiosity and intellectual excitement that we value in our classrooms and our laboratories."

U-M faculty involved in the exhibit include Henry A. Buchtel, associate professor of psychology; Wilbert J. McKeachie, professor emeritus of psychology; Lorraine Nadelman, associate professor emerita of psychology; and Scott G. Paris, professor of psychology.