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FRC News

  • 9/17/2018

    FRC Director Dr. Barbara Fiese is considered one of the national experts on role that shared family mealtimes and family food involvement may play in promoting health. A snapshot of her work is now featured in the 2018 College of ACES Fall Magazine. The “Kids in the Kitchen” article spotlighting Dr. Fiese can be found here. The full 2018 ACES Fall Magazine can be found here

  • 9/12/2018Ryann Monahan writer Ryann Monahan by Ryann Monahan published by Ryann Monahan
    New research shows a relationship between phthalates and deficits in cognitive function in rats. This podcast explores what the findings could mean to humans and society as a whole. Investigators call it a "cautionary study" that shows exposure to phthalates at critical stages in human development could lower the baseline of how smart humans are as a society and while it may be difficult to prove over time, "enough evidence in animals of various sorts, should make us worried." Listen on: iTunes: Soundcloud: Family Resiliency Center Website: This new podcast features University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Janice Juraska, PhD, and her team's newly published research in the Journal of Neuroscience found here Hosted by: Ryann Monahan, Research Communications Specialist Featuring: Janice Juraska, PhD, Professor of Psycology and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Family Resiliency Center affiliate & Daniel Kougias, PhD, Neuroscience University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018.
  • 8/24/2018
    Visiting Project Coordinator Job Opening This is a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenured, visiting academic professional position. The Visiting Project Coordinator provide expertise and support for research conducted at the Family Resiliency Center (FRC) such as the STRONG Kids program (a longitudinal study focusing on overall health and nutritional practices by new mothers and infants throughout central Illinois) and Christopher Family Foundation funded projects, including the Food & Family Conference. Position may become permanent depending on funding and needs of the department. For more information on the position and how to apply visit here. Closing date is August 29, 2018. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled
  • FRC food insecurity brief set to inform policy makers; contributes to new series

    FRC leadership's work in food insecurity is set to inform policy makers through the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)'s new Child Evidence Briefs Pilot Project. FRC Director, Barbara Fiese and affiliate Craig Gundersen's policy brief "Targeted Policies Can Reduce the Harmful Consequences of Food Insecurity for Children" highlights the realities of food insecurity in the US and the impact it has on families. The SRCD project aims to inform U.S. Congress and other policy makers on cutting-edge scientific information related to children and families. 

  • 7/25/2018Ryann Monahan writer Ryann Monahan by Ryann Monahan published by Ryann Monahan
    Visits to Microsoft's campus, preparing for the First 1,000 Days Symposium, and The Autism Program (TAP)'s summer programming fill the Family Resiliency Center's July 2018 newsletter.
  • 7/3/2018
    New FRC Research: Preschool-aged kids participating in meal planning, meal prep, & grocery shopping can positively influence food-related behaviors and dietary intake.
  • 7/3/2018
    FRC is seeking a new Project Coordinator to join our team! The Visiting Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating various transdisciplinary research projects based at the Family Resiliency Center that address issues such as children’s health and the reduction of food insecurity.
  • 7/2/2018
    A FRC program is changing the way Jamaicans consume food and the media, and one FRC affiliate is ranked in the top 1% most productive advertising scholars globally. Plus, FRC leaders author a piece to inform government stakeholders about the importance of reducing food insecurity. Check out those news items and more in the FRC June 2018 Newsletter.
  • 6/8/2018

    FRC director Dr. Barbara Fiese and affiliate Dr. Craig Gundersen author a Child Evidence Brief on Food Insecurity for the Society for Research in Child Development. The brief will be used by the policy and communications office at SRCD to inform government stakeholders about the importance of reducing food insecurity in households with children and supporting SNAP. The brief can be found here

  • Microsoft Accessibility Lighthouse Program Launched; Includes FRC and The Autism Program (TAP)

    Family Resiliency Center and The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are thrilled to be a part of the Microsoft Accessibility Lighthouse Program in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The program will further reduce barriers for students with autism and other disabilities. Microsoft is investing $200,000 in the Accessibility Lighthouse Program, a collaboration that includes TAP. The program launched in June 2018 and will run through June 2019. More information can be found here.

  • 6/8/2018

    A new study finds FRC affiliate Michelle Nelson among top 1% of most productive advertising researchers globally. Dr. Nelson is a co-principal investigator on FRC's JUS Media? Programme. We are honored to have her part of the FRC team! More on her recognition can be found here.

  • 5/14/2018

    September 4-5, 2018 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center.

    The first 1,000 days of life - the time spanning roughly between conception and a child’s second birthday - is a unique period of opportunity when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established. Environmental exposures, including nutrition, stress, and environmental toxins, can interact with the child’s genetics during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life to have lifelong implications on their physical, mental and emotional health. Learn more about basic and applied transdisciplinary research being conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that is addressing this critical window of development using a cells-to society framework.

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  • 5/11/2018

    Register here!

    Join NITR for a webinar on Jun 06, 2018 at 12:00PM CST.

    This webinar will be conducted by Family Resiliency Center affiliate Dr. Brent McBride, director of the Child Development Laboratory and professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. McBride studies the role of child care contexts in influencing children’s obesity and inappropriate weight gain during the early childhood years. This webinar will address critical issues related to healthful nutrition and feeding practices in early care and education settings. Dr. McBride will provide an introduction to the concept of healthful nutrition and feeding practices in early care and education settings and summarize research related to teacher/caregiver use of controlling and restrictive feeding practices, the role of teacher/caregiver verbal comments during mealtimes and their impact on nutritional intake, and the role of parent-teacher/caregiver partnerships regarding children’s nutritional intake and self-regulation. This webinar will be structured to allow for dialogue with virtual participants.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 4/27/2018
    Culinary programs in schools are improving eating habits, food preferences, and cooking skills among children. Culinary programing in schools are limited and often delivered inconsistently, but a new review of culinary interventions with children in schools shows they bring a variety of benefits to the children who receive them, according to research authored by Henna Muzaffar, RD, PhD, with the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • 4/25/2018
    From award winners to newly published FRC research that shows a relationship between family food involvement and children’s eating behaviors, this newsletter showcases FRC highlights from April 2018.
  • 4/24/2018
    The Family Resiliency Center is seeking a student intern to work 10 hours per week on a variety of communication projects. The intern will be responsible for graphic design work creating promotional materials for FRC using Adobe Creative Cloud software, with an emphasis on InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. The intern will also help develop, execute a multi-platform social media communication plan. Experience with photography and video production is appreciated. Previous academic studies and coursework in graphic design is required. Previous academic studies and coursework in social media is preferred. Intern will start as soon as possible, with the potential for summer work.
  • 4/11/2018
    FRC team members Dr. Brent McBride, Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee, Dr. Gail Ferguson, and Cathy Cherry were among those recognized at ACES 2018 Funk Award Banquet.
  • 4/11/2018
    FRC team members Dr. Brent McBride, Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee, Dr. Gail M. Ferguson, and Cathy Cherry are honored with University of Illinois College of ACES and Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards.
  • 4/9/2018
    Margarita Teran-Garcia, MD, PhD, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Abriendo Caminos Program starting summer or fall 2018. Please send a cover letter with research interests, current CV, and two recommendation letters from former supervisors (within last 3 years of employment) to Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia at
  • 3/28/2018
    Check out the new Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program Project: Fathers' Roles at Family Mealtimes. The project will investigate the relationship between father-child interactions at mealtimes and children’s healthy eating habits. Plus, our FRC Student Spotlight has shared an incredible recipe.