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Dr. Elliot Tucker-Drob Receives Prestigious Max Planck-Humboldt Research Medal

Mon, September 30, 2019
Dr. Elliot Tucker-Drob Receives Prestigious Max Planck-Humboldt Research Medal
Prof. Elliot Tucker-Drob (center) receiving the Humboldt Award in Berlin, Nov. 5.

Dr. Elliot Tucker-Drob Has Been Awarded the Prestigious Max Planck-Humboldt Research Medal.


Associate Professor Elliot Tucker-Drob was chosen as the 2019 recipient of the Max Planck-Humboldt Medal for his contributions to the fields of developmental psychology, aging, and behavioral genetics. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society conferred the award, citing Tucker-Drob's research on "how social and biological processes combine to shape human psychological development across the entirety of the lifespan." They added that his "research on the complex interactions between genome and environmental context helps to refine targets for social policies and educational interventions to improve learning, and provides an important knowledge base for public discourse surrounding social justice and equality of opportunity." Dr. Tucker-Drob was nominated by Professor Ulman Lindenberger, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

The award is endowed by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research and given to scientists with "outstanding future potential," in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. Award winners are invited to carry out research projects of their own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany with the hope of promoting international scientific cooperation.

The award was presented on November 5, during Berlin Science Week, by Dr. Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Minister of Education and Research (pictured, left); Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society (pictured, second-to-right); and Hans-Christian Pape, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (pictured, right).

More information can be found on the Humboldt Foundation website.

Also see the Association for Psychological Science (APS) release.


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