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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

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

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

NAECR Knowledge series begins with Box training

Ranelle Maltas, technology training services associate, leads a presentation on Box features during a Nov. 14 NAECR Knowledge event at the Nebraska Union.
Ranelle Maltas, technology training services associate, leads a presentation on Box features during a Nov. 14 NAECR Knowledge event at the Nebraska Union.

More than 20 people attended the inaugural NAECR Knowledge event Nov. 14 at the Nebraska Union — in person and via video conferencing — to learn more about Box features and data security.

Information Technology Services’ Ranelle Maltas, technology training services associate, and Cheryl O’Dell, security awareness and incident response manager, outlined some of Box’s most useful features and discussed how to share secure data using the collaborative file storage tool. Full Article

CYFS releases 2017-18 Annual Report

View the 2018 CYFS Annual Report: Interactive / PDF
View the 2017-18 CYFS Annual Report: Interactive or PDF

CYFS has released its annual report for the 2017 fiscal year, which ran from July 2017 to June 2018.

The report highlights various research focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — STEM. Included are projects designed to help middle-school students better understand algebra, enhance opportunities for college students pursuing STEM-related bachelor’s degrees and find ways to ensure all Nebraska residents have access to the latest technology. Full Article