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demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in social and/or personality psychology, conducting research that places them at the forefront of their peers. Over the past three years, Dr. DeWall has been featured in the New York Times six times, he has been in the Harvard Business Review, on Good Moming America, in the LA Times, Atlantic Monthly, AARP, Time magazine, and Playboy to name a few. He is approaching l00 publications. Dr. DeWall has given talks in Greece, Hungary, England, China, Hong Kong, and Sweden, among others. Dr. Dewall believes that research and teaching are one in the same. A university professor does not have to choose between one or the other. He once said that "everyone is a teacher. "We teach and were taught every day in all sorts of situations. He further says that "students are more connected than theyve ever been, and were going to lose them if education is trapped in a classroom. Life is a network. Dr. DeWall lives his philosophy regarding leaming. His students, faculty, and community are all connected, like the residence hall where he serves as co-director, Arts and Sciences wired. His research on social relationships has greatly helped his development. Dr. Dewall is the 20ll winner ofthe College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award. He oversees seven graduate students and 43 undergraduates in his labs. President Capilouto said it was his pleasure to welcome Dr. DeWall to the podium to share a few words to the Board. Dr. DeWall thanked President Capilouto and the Board for giving him a few minutes of their time and said it was an honor and privilege to speak to them. When people, family, friends, and colleagues from all over the country ask him about Kentucky, he tells them to imagine the best job they could ever have, multiply it by l0, and that is what we have. Dr. DeWall told the Board about some ofthe research that he conducts at the University and some of his other activities. He said that he does four main things. His first line of research is on close relationships. He studies why some relationships flourish and others fail resulting in painful rejection. Pain of rejection isnt only a metaphor: it actually hurts. His second line of research is studying one ofthe most important predictors of success: self-control. He examines how and why people fail to control their impulses and how to design interventions to help them be better regulated in all aspects of their lives. When people experience rejection, they are not very willing to control their impulses, but by offering people a small case of social inclusion and acceptance we can get rid of these difficulties. The third line of research is on aggression and violence. He is curious why some people behave aggressively where others do not. He examines aggression between strangers, between dating students at the university, and between marriage partners. One reason people behave .9.