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07-27-04

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Iowa State psychology professor elected president of national law society

AMES, Iowa -- Gary Wells, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology at Iowa State University, has been elected president of the American Psychology-Law Society.

Wells will serve as president-elect before becoming president in July 2005.

The society is a scholarly organization devoted to research and public service. It has 3,000 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Germany and South Africa. Members have doctorates in psychology, advanced degrees in law, or both.

Wells came to Iowa State in 1989, serving as chair of the department of psychology until 1992. He earned the title of Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1998. He received the "Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Sciences" award from the society in 2001.

Wells has published more than 150 papers, many on the reliability of eyewitness accounts of crime. The National Science Foundation funds his research. He has served as a consultant and speaker to police, judges and attorneys in 40 states and Canada, as well as for the U.S. Department of Justice.

As president, Wells plans a special initiative to make the society a nexus between evidence analysts and the scientific community on matters related to psychology and law.

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Gary Wells, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology at Iowa State, has been elected president of the American Psychology-Law Society, assuming the title in July, 2005.