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NYC high schoolers discover opportunity at Big Red STEM Day

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By Jamie Black for the Cornell Chronicle While many New York City high school students might have spent the first Saturday in November playing Pokémon GO, some of their peers were creating their own games using a JavaScript-based code that doesn’t require any prior programming knowledge. Part of the first...

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Ways people with a purpose live differently

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Having purpose in life - an underlying sense of meaning that guides what you do - boosts self-esteem and self-worth, finds Anthony Burrow, co-director of the BCTR's Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE). A recent Huffington Post piece examined the ways people with...

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Researchers evaluate a program for boys to avert sexual violence

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By Susan Kelley for the Cornell Chronicle Cornell is helping to usher in new, more effective ways to prevent sexual violence. A team from the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) is evaluating a curriculum for boys aged 12-14 aimed at preventing sexual violence. The program is a shift from...

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Doing Translational Research podcast: Jennifer Agans

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In episode 9 of the podcast, Karl welcomes Jen Agans, assistant director of the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE). They discuss the importance of research/community partnerships, Agan's research on children's out-of-school time, and Agans explains what exactly the 4-H program is. Dr. Jennifer Agans is...

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Whitlock on teen self-injury, anxiety, and depression in Time

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In a recent Time Magazine cover story on Anxiety, Depression and the American Adolescent, the BCTR's Janis Whitlock describes the effect of current technology and social media on adolescent mental health: Whitlock, director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery, goes on to describe why youth...

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Climate change and vulnerable populations

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The elderly are one of the most vulnerable populations during a natural disaster. They are more likely to be disabled, have fewer resources, and struggle more during harsh weather. The extreme weather brought on by climate change impacts elderly populations to a greater degree. David Filiberto, who studies aging...

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Joining parenting educators and researchers at annual in-service event

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Parenting In Context (an initiative housed in the BCTR) holds annual in-service events at Cornell University for parent educators and others who work with parents and children across New York State. The in-service is a two-day event with networking opportunities, professional development workshops, and various academic presentations...

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Drone Discovery in Brooklyn and across the nation

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By Jon Craig for the Cornell Chronicle A Brooklyn school gymnasium was transformed into a landing pad for drones on Oct. 7 as part of a Cornell-sponsored science discovery program. Laughter, cheering and plenty of questions from more than 300 inner-city schoolchildren filled the air at Public School 21. Drone...

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A BCTR student on misogyny, men, and mental health treatment

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Narayan Reddy gives a student's perspective on working with the BCTR's Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery in a recent Cornell Daily Sun column. Reddy, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, discusses the ways that misogyny also negatively affects men, specifically in the realm...

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Light bulbs or seeds? Metaphor and understanding genius

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Ideas are commonly described using metaphors; a bright idea appears like a “light bulb” or the “seed” of an idea takes root. However, little is known about how these metaphors may shape beliefs about ideas or the role of effort versus genius in their creation, an important omission...

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