- 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.
- 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.
- New FRC Research: Preschool-aged kids participating in meal planning, meal prep, & grocery shopping can positively influence food-related behaviors and dietary intake.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- This year-long supervised research course provides students with first-hand experience working as part of a research team and develops a working knowledge of the theory and applications of transdisciplinary research. Students are provided with an overview of research program issues; develop oral and written communication skills, data management skills, team building skills, critical thinking skills, and professional work environment skills; trained in mixed methods relevant to factors that contribute to child and family health; identify opportunities and barriers in transdisciplinary team work; and prepare a scientific presentation that reflects the knowledge of transdisciplinary science gained through working on actual research projects.
London School of Economics and Political Science blog (LSE Impact Blog) features two recent research articles about the evaluation of the I-TOPP program. Anna- Sigrid Keck, Stephanie Sloane, Janet M. Liechty, Barbara H. Fiese, and Sharon M. Donovan designed a structured doctoral programme focused on transdisciplinary research and compared students’ publication patterns to students in traditional programmes.
A new course is giving students unique access to experts in the global food regulation industry...plus find out what's new with the Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at Illinois. Also, don't miss out on this month's featured recipes from the National Dairy Council. All that and more, in the February 2018 newsletter.