FRC News

FRC News

  • 11/26/2018
    Featuring Family Resiliency Center Director, Barbara Fiese.
  • 11/16/2018

    uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics appoints pediatric nutrition expert and University of Illinois Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health, Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD to its board of scientific advisors. Donovan will join the board of leading scientists and doctors from around the world and will bring to uBiome her expertise on pediatric nutrition and neonatal intestinal development. The appointment will help uBiome continue its advancement in human microbiome research. Donovan is an FRC affiliate and Co-Director of FRC's STRONG Kids 2 program. Read more on Dr. Donovan’s appointment here.

  • 11/12/2018
    New research from Family Resiliency Center affiliate, Hannah Holscher, shows microbial changes in the gut may be behind broccoli's anti-cancer power. “There is interest in broccoli and cancer because broccoli has been shown to slow cancer incidence in humans. This study gives us a better understanding of which microbes are creating the metabolites that have been shown to slow cancer in humans, so that we can do additional studies to see if the microbes that are increasing are part of this cancer-fighting mechanism,” Holscher explains.
  • 10/26/2018
    The "Childhood Obesity: An inside look at a cells to society approach to research and intervention" podcast explores the Family Resiliency Center’s STRONG Kids 2 research project and what it could mean for the future of childhood obesity prevention and intervention programs. Using a cells-to-society approach to nutrition, the STRONG Kids 2 transdisciplinary project will provide unique insights into how individual biology interacts with the family food environment to promote healthy eating habits in young children. It is one of the first studies to take a longitudinal look at the habits, including milk and dairy consumption, from birth. To date, many consider the data this research team has collected to be a “gold mine” of health information on the early years of life as it relates to childhood obesity risk factors. Hosted by: Ryann Hubbard Monahan, Research Communications Specialist Featuring: Erin Davis, Graduate Research Assistant, Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Listen on: FRC Website: SoundCloud: iTunes: STRONG Kids 2 is supported by the National Dairy Council.
  • 10/26/2018
    Ryann Hubbard Monahan, Family Resiliency Center Research Communicator, is selected as a presenting panelist and workshop leader, at the 2018 NIEHS/EPA Children's Environmental Health Center's 2018 Annual Meeting and Social Media Workshop. Monahan presented her unique research translation and dissemination strategy October 23, 2018 in Durham, NC. Her presentation and workshop focused on using traditional journalism approaches to translate research into a consumable format and disseminate on social media. Monahan's research translation and dissemination strategy offers an effective new method and resources for researchers and research communicators to increase the footprint of their research and reach to stakeholders.
  • 10/26/2018
    Barbara Fiese, director of the Family Resiliency Center, has been selected for the 2018 Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award, given by the American Family Therapy Academy. Fiese is considered one of the national experts on the role shared family mealtimes and family food involvement may play in promoting health.
  • 10/26/2018
    The JUS Media? Programme researchers won best videography at the Association of Consumer Research conference in Dallas, Texas. The award winning team is made up of FRC affiliates from the College of ACES, College of Media, and University of West Indies. They were recognized for their Teaching Consumer Resistance in Jamaica: Subvertising in Action produced by Michelle Renee Nelson, Yanyun (Mia) Wang, Kathy Tian, Gail Ferguson, Rachel Powell, and Candice Wray. You can view the trailer here:
  • 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

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    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.