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Fall 2015 Talks at Twelve

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The center is pleased to announce the fall speakers in our Talks at Twelve series. Talks at Twelve are held in the Beebe Hall second floor conference room and lunch is served. These talks are free and open to all. No RSVP or registration is required, but notice is appreciated if a larger group is planning to attend (email pmt6@cornell.edu).   Thursday, September 10, 12:00-1:00pm Trauma-informed...

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Two in five African-American women know a prisoner

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Recent research findings, co-authored by BCTR affiliate and fellow Christopher Wildeman (Policy Analysis & Management), show that on average African-American adults, and women in particular, are more likely to be acquainted with someone who is incarcerated  than whites. Forty-four percent of black women and 32 percent of black men have a family member, neighbor, or acquaintance in prison, compared...

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4-H’ers hit campus for 2015 Career Explorations

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Experimenting with lithography during a nanotechnology workshop The BCTR's Alexa Maille (STEM specialist, NY State 4-H) describes Career Explorations as "a program that focuses strongly on career pathways and offers kids the opportunity to try things that they have never heard of before.” The 4-H event, a version of which started in the 1920's, brings hundreds of teens to campus each summer to explore...

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New systematic translational review on improving young children’s reading skills

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A new systematic translational review (STR) from the BCTR Research Synthesis Project examined whether there are brief, low-cost, home-based parenting interventions that improve pre-reading skills for children ages 2–5. The review of existing research on this subject found that there is an at-home method that has demonstrable positive effects on young children's reading skills: dialogic reading. For...

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Linking research to the practice of youth development

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Stephen Hamilton A special issue of the journal Applied Developmental Science explores the application of a truly translational research process to "youth development." The issue is edited by Stephen Hamilton, BCTR associate director for youth development. From the abstract for the issue: The articles in this special issue address some of the challenges of strengthening the links between research and...

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CUCE-NYC’s urban farming efforts on NPR

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Land grant schools, like Cornell for New York State, provide support to urban farmers when they need such things as soil tests or information about pest control - support that they can't find elsewhere. A recent article on npr.org explains the importance of urban research farms to address the particular challenges faced by urban farmers, such as crop nutrient density and optimizing small growing spaces. Jennifer...

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Youth research updates on gossip, children of prisoners, and minority participation in STEM

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Group discussion at the 2015 YDRU The BCTR's annual Youth Development Research Update (YDRU) brings together 4-H educators, Cornell Cooperative Extension county leaders, and others in New York State affiliated with youth programs with Cornell researchers. At this year's YDRU, held in early June,  researchers presented on gossip and aggression, the effects of parental incarceration on children, racial...

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Girls Who Code CEO to deliver 2015 Iscol Lecture

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Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future, will deliver the 2015 Iscol Lecture on October 7. In her groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don't Wait in Line, Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship...

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Marriage is good for your health…especially if you’re a man

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It's well established by research that being married extends your life expectancy, improves your psychological well-being, and lowers your risk for heart disease and cancer. A new study from the Institute of Education at University College London confirms these positive outcomes for married people and finds that married men fare even better than married women. BCTR director Karl Pillemer appeared on...

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CRPSIR research assistant graduates with honors

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Kemar Prussien, who has worked with Janis Whitlock in the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery (CRPSIR) for the last two years, graduated with honors in psychology this year. While her main interest is in sickle cell anemia, seeing Dr. Whitlock speak during a class earlier in her Cornell career led her to pursue working with CRPSIR. During her time as a research assistant in the BCTR...

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