Professor William Petrie Dunlap died on February 28, 2002. Professor Dunlap earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at Tulane, and served on the faculty for 32 years. He authored over 160 articles and book chapters, spanning the full range of psychology, including animal behavior, neuroscience, perception, statistics, methodology, child psychology, and industrial psychology. He supervised and served on over 100 Ph.D. dissertations and M.S. theses, and taught statistics and methodology to several generations of doctoral students. The personal loss is as insurmountable as the professional one: Bill gave generously of his expertise on topics ranging from statistics and psychometrics to recipes, carpentry, and travel.
To honor his memory, the Department of Psychology, in consultation with his family, has established the William P. Dunlap Memorial Fund. The purpose of the fund is to continue Bill's legacy, by supporting the research of psychology doctoral students who are working in the areas of psychological methods, behavioral statistics, and psychometrics. In the immediate future, this support would be in the form of a summer fellowship to a psychology doctoral student whose proposed research project is most consistent with these primary foci of Bill's research. Additional ways to support doctoral research in psychometrics may be identified in the future. The award would be announced during the month of March, in honor of Bill's birthday.
The initial William P. Dunlap Memorial Award was made in 2005 to Seth A. Kaplan for a project supervised by Bill's colleague and collaborator Ron Landis. The project is entitled The effects of nested rating designs on criterion-related validity estimates: A simulation study. The 2006 Award was made to Lauren Hensley, whose measurement project Post-traumatic stress disorder and somatic symptoms following Hurricane Katrina," was supervised by Enrique Varela.
Donations to the fund should earmark the donation for the William P. Dunlap Memorial Fund with a short note or on the check memo line. The Department, the Tulane Gifts Office, and the family gratefully will acknowledge receipt of the gift. Jim May and Leann Myers also have compiled a virtual cookbook of Bill's favorite recipes; we will email it to you or send you the download information. Our mailing address appears below