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Registration open for Spring 2019 Emerging Scholar Workshop

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Registration is now open for the Spring 2019 Emerging Scholar Workshop, led by the University of Michigan’s Tim Guetterman, applied research methodologist and co-director of the Michigan Mixed Methods Program.

The two-day event will be March 7 and 8 at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity Room (212). The event is presented by the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics. Full Article

NAECR Knowledge event brings video data collection into focus

From left, Amanda Prokasky, project coordinator, and Kristen Derr, project manager, answer questions during the Feb. 7 NAECR Knowledge event.
From left, Amanda Prokasky, project coordinator, and Kristen Derr, CYFS project manager, answer questions during the Feb. 7 NAECR Knowledge event.

With video increasingly becoming a more integral part of daily life, it has emerged as an invaluable tool for early childhood researchers’ efforts to gather data to enhance their projects.

More than 20 people attended the Feb. 7 NAECR Knowledge event, “Video Data Collection, Administration and Coding,” at the Nebraska Union — in person and via web conferencing — to learn more about ways video can enhance research studies, including tips for using video. Full Article

Adding up factors of how children learn mathematics

Carrie Clark, assistant professor of educational psychology, is using functional MRI technology to capture brain activity while children learn mathematics.
Carrie Clark, assistant professor of educational psychology, is using functional MRI technology to capture brain activity while children learn mathematics.

What is 72 multiplied by 12? While fourth-graders will focus on arriving at the correct answer, Nebraska researcher Carrie Clark wants to know what happens in the brain as they learn to solve the problem.

Clark, assistant professor of educational psychology, is using functional MRI technology to capture brain activity while children learn mathematics. Funded by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Office of Research and Economic Development and housed at CYFS, she is exploring the relationship between children’s mathematics learning and executive function — the ability to maintain focus and behave in a goal-oriented way. Full Article

Study aims to enhance quality of life for rural Nebraska minorities, communities

The research team includes, from left, Evan Choi, Rodrigo Cantarero, Maria de Guzman, Soo-Young Hong and Irene Padasas
The research team includes, from left, Evan Choi, Rodrigo Cantarero, Maria de Guzman, Soo-Young Hong and Irene Padasas.

As populations in many rural Nebraska counties decline, those that are stable or growing share a common element: ethnic diversity.

A University of Nebraska–Lincoln study recently explored how cultural and economic resources generated by diverse populations can help smaller communities not only survive, but thrive. Full Article

Video available for James Bovaird presentation

James Bovaird, MAP Academy director, leads a Nov. 30 Methodology Applications Series presentation.
James Bovaird, MAP Academy director, leads a Nov. 30 Methodology Applications Series presentation.

James Bovaird, director of the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics, led the first presentation of the 2018-19 Methodology Applications Series Nov. 30.

His presentation, “Adaptation in the Social, Behavioral and Education Sciences: Implications for Measurement, Evaluation and Intervention,” is now available on video. Full Article

Graduate student Q&A with Madison Atwater

Madison Atwater, CYFS graduate research assistant
Madison Atwater, CYFS graduate research assistant

Name: Madison Atwater

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Program: School Psychology

Year: First-year doctoral student

Project: Concussion Management Grant

What kind of work have you been doing with the project?

I am currently learning about concussions/mTBIs and how to properly care for children — particularly in schools — who have suffered them. I learn by reading a lot about these subjects, doing a literature review and coming together with others in my grant to discuss what we’ve learned. Next year, we will be able to use these skills in school practicums. Full Article

Research examines outdoor effects on children with autism

A participant takes an outdoor walk.
A participant takes an outdoor walk with researchers.

Birds sing and a cool breeze rustles through the leaves as a pair of squirrels scurry through the tall, green grass and up a tree — all under blue skies and sunshine.

Such scenes are typical during a leisurely, summer walk through a park — relaxing and uplifting for most people. For a team of University of Nebraska researchers, however, those elements may prove to be even more significant. Full Article

Mindfulness study includes CYFS faculty member, affiliate

From left, Michelle Howell Smith, CYFS research assistant professor; Holly Hatton-Bowers, CYAF assistant professor; and Tuyen Huynh, CYAF doctoral candidate
From left, Michelle Howell Smith, CYFS research assistant professor; Holly Hatton-Bowers, CYAF assistant professor; and Tuyen Huynh, CYAF doctoral candidate

A research team behind recently published findings on the use of mixed methods designs in mindfulness studies included a CYFS faculty member and a faculty affiliate.

The article, “A Critical Methodological Review of Mixed Methods Designs Used in Mindfulness Research,” appeared in the October issue of Mindfulness, a journal of peer-reviewed papers that examine the latest research findings and best practices in mindfulness research. Full Article