Gumbo is a delicious dish which lies somewhere between a stew and soup. It was invented right here in New Orleans in the 18th century. Gumbo's history includes many additions from other cultures including French, Creole and Cajun influences. Gumbo takes a little bit from many cultures and mixes it all together. The result is better than any ingredient itself.
Similarly, Gumbeaux describes the faculty members in the UNO psychology department perfectly. We're a group of individual researchers who work diligently toward advancing our understanding of applied psychology. Though the approaches are different, we think the resulting combination of ideas adds flavor to the University. The mix of students and faculty create a combination that is better than any individual by themselves.
The faculty members at UNO are proud of our rich history and the Creole and Cajun cuisine. At weekly seminars, we happily feast on Dr. Scaramella's jambalaya or Dr. Marsee's Red Beans and Rice. King Cakes are everyone's favorite until Mardi Gras season ends. Just as gumbo is about tradition and food, Gumbeaux is about sharing the traditions of the University of New Orleans with our quintessential flavor and spice. It is a little bit of information about the department mixed together.
Gumbo starts with a roux which include the core ingredients of oil and flour, slowly stirred until they turn the color of peanut butter. The roux for faculty gumbeaux are our laboratories. Next, we add in the other core ingredients. In the case of gumbo, seasonings add additional flavor to the roux. In the case of faculty gumbeaux, faculty members offer service to the scientific community. Dr. Frick is president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, and editor of The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Weems is the editor of Child and Youth Care Forum and associate editor of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. Dr. Scaramella is on the editorial board of Developmental Psychology, Journal of Child Abnormal Psychology, and Journal of Early Adolescence. Dr. Shirtcliff is on the editorial board of Development and Psychopathology.
When making gumbo, it is time to throw in all the remaining ingredients: seafood, chicken, sausage, okra. It all gets mixed together. Faculty gumbeaux also contains a wide range of services within the University of New Orleans, all mixed together. Dr. Laird is head of the Institutional Review Board.
Finally, Gumbo needs a little spice. For faculty gumbeaux, faculty offer service to the community to top it all off. Dr. Frick is involved with the MacArthur Foundation Models of Change in Juvenile Justice. Dr. Scaramella is on the Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, and also won the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Achievement Award, University of Arizona, May, 2009. Dr. Greve is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.
As you can see, UNO psychology department is proud of its Cajun heritage, which is readily apparent in our spelling. Geaux is a French word-play on the verb go. As in "Do not Pass Geaux" or "Geaux Privateers!"