DSCA winner for 2013 – Morton Ann Gernsbacher

Dear Members of the Society for Text and Discourse,

We hope 2013 has started well for you. We are expecting another lively and fruitful year for our Society!

It is my pleasure to bring you the news that this year’s DSCA Committee, chaired by Jane Oakhill, has selected Professor Morton Ann Gernsbacher (Vilas Research Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, http://www.gernsbacherlab.org/) as the winner of the 2013 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. This is the Society’s most prestigious award, which honours scholars who have made outstanding scientific contributions to the study of discourse processing and text analysis. Previous award winners were Walter Kintsch, Herb Clark, Art Graesser, Tony Sanford and Simon Garrod, and Marcel Just.

The Society is very proud to have Morton, whom many of you may know as a key figure in the field, and as former president of the Society, as our DSCA winner.

A committee of senior researchers, chaired by Jane Oakhill has selected Professor Gernsbacher from a list of nominees.

Awardees are recognized for their:

· outstanding research that has enhanced the scientific understanding of discourse processing and text analysis;

· contributions to the mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows, and colleagues in the field of text and discourse;

· meritorious contributions to the advancement of the field through leadership as a theorist or spokesperson for the discipline.

The Society greatly appreciates the opportunity to hand the award to Professor Gernsbacher in person, during the Society’s Annual meeting in Valencia, Spain, July 16-18, 2013. The conference website, along with the call for proposals can be found at:


As a winner of the DSCA award, Morton Gernsbacher will also provide a key note lecture at our annual meeting.

This keynote promises to be one of the highlights in the program that Racquel Gerdan Otero, Eduardo Vidal-Abarca and their colleagues are currently working on. This meeting promises to be an exciting event, in wonderful surroundings.

We hope you all join us in Valencia! Please note that the submission deadline is January 31, 2013.

Best wishes, on behalf of the Governing Board,

Ted Sanders Chair

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