2007 Distinguished Alumni RecipientsProfessor Bruno G. Breitmeyer, (A.B. 1968) is a world-renowned research psychologist. His undergraduate studies in mathematics, along with a minor in psychology, at the University of Illinois were a stepping stone to a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. After receiving his doctorate, Breitmeyer joined the psychology faculty at the University of Houston, where he has remained since 1972. Breitmeyer's research has centered on visual attention and perceptual processes. His book, Visual Masking, (1984) is a classic text in the field of cognitive psychology. This work, republished in 2006, explores how our visual system processes information at both conscious and unconscious levels. Understanding the factors that control whether a stimulus reaches our awareness, and the fate of those stimuli that remain at an unconscious level, is the focus of this work and the major challenge of brain science in the new millennium. Breitmeyer has prolifically contributed to the study of visual processing for the past thirty-five years, with more than 80 publications, four books, and countless delivered papers. Breitmeyerâ€™s research has been recognized by the United States Air Force, National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health. He has presented his findings world-wide, including Japan, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland.
James Spoor (B.S. 1958) is founder and chairman of SPECTRUM Human Resource Systems Corporation. Since its founding more than 23 years ago, SPECTRUM has established itself as a leading provider of human resource, benefits administration, talent acquisition, and training and development systems to high expectation mid-market organizations. After completing his Psychology degree in 1958, Spoor had a very successful career that covered more than 25 years in both human resources and line management with well respected Fortune 500 corporations in the energy, high technology, and food processing industries, including executive-level responsibility for global human resources operations. Spoor has earned a reputation as a respected tell-it-like-it-is, non-traditional maverick. He enjoys stimulating people to think outside the box and outside their comfort zone. He is regarded within the human resource and workforce management industry as a visionary pioneer, and innovator who focuses on exploiting technology to address strategic business issues. Spoor's professional involvements include serving for over seven years on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management.
Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth (BS'88) was one of five alumni selected to receive the 2016 LAS Alumni Achievement Award.
The Undergraduate Career Exploration Award was created by the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board. Read about the three recipients in the 2015 Fall issue of Psychology Times: http://www.psychology.illinois.edu/alumni/news/newsletter/