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Project enhances Nebraska STEM access, understanding

Teachers participate in a STEM education class at Henzlik Hall.
Teachers participate in a STEM education class at Henzlik Hall as part of the NebraskaSTEM project for supporting elementary rural leadership.

Recent studies show that 85 percent of the U.S. population has access to 4G — fourth-generation — broadband network technology.

Which means 15 percent of Americans do not.

In Nebraska, the numbers are better: A recent report by Nebraska Broadband indicates broadband is available to 99.5 percent of the state’s residents. Full Article

Community research partnerships highlighted at NAECR Networking event

Community Research Partners panelists at the May 1 NAECR Networking event include, from left, Stephanie Knust, director of Dodge County Head Start; Karla Lester, pediatrician at Omaha's Children's Hospital and Medical Center; and Patty Smith, principal at Fairbury's Central Elementary School.
Community Research Partners panelists at the May 1 NAECR Networking event include, from left, Stephanie Knust, director of Dodge County Head Start; Karla Lester, pediatrician at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha; and Patty Smith, principal at Fairbury’s Central Elementary School. View photo gallery.

Strong partnerships among researchers and community organizations are crucial to enhancing and expanding early childhood research.

More than two-dozen researchers, faculty members and community partners attended the May 1 NAECR Networking event, “Connecting with Community Research Partners,” at the Nebraska Union — in person and via web conferencing — to discuss ways to enhance partnerships between researchers and the various community agencies. Full Article

Video available for Marc Goodrich presentation

Marc Goodrich, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders, leads a March 29 Methodology Applications Series presentation at the Nebraska Union.
Marc Goodrich, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders, leads a March 29 Methodology Applications Series presentation at the Nebraska Union.

Marc Goodrich, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders, led a March 29 presentation in the 2018-19 Methodology Applications Series. His presentation, “Addressing One Research Question Using Multiple Methodological Approaches,” is now available on video. Full Article

Researchers meet the press, outline program success

Susan Sheridan, CYFS director, describes the center's work during Research Media Day April 8.
CYFS Director Susan Sheridan describes the center’s work during Research Media Day April 8. View photo gallery.

Journalists from across Nebraska gathered at Memorial Stadium April 8 to learn about some recent University of Nebraska–Lincoln standouts.

But these team triumphs did not come from Husker sports fields or arenas. They were wins generated by Nebraska researchers in various classrooms, schools and laboratories. Full Article

Video available of Spring 2019 Emerging Scholar Workshop research presentation

Tim Guetterman, applied research methodologist at the University of Michigan, leads a March 7 research presentation to kick off the MAP Academy’s Spring 2019 Emerging Scholar Series.
Tim Guetterman, applied research methodologist and co-director of the University of Michigan’s Mixed Methods Program, leads a March 7 research presentation at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center.

Tim Guetterman, applied research methodologist and co-director of the Michigan Mixed Methods Program, led the Spring 2019 Emerging Scholar Workshop hosted by CYFS’ Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics.

The event’s March 7 research presentation, “Training and Assessing Communication Skills Using Virtual Human Technology: A Mixed Methods Investigation,” is now available on video. Full Article

‘Juntos’ shares evidence-based approaches to promoting Latino students’ success

“Juntos,” a new blog series launched March 13, will address topics relevant to Latino students and their families.
“Juntos,” a recently launched blog series, addresses topics relevant to Latino students and their families.

A new blog series aims to bridge the gap between research and practical ways to support Latino students, a growing U.S. population that continues to face disparities in educational outcomes.

Juntos (Together): Building Partnerships with Latino Families” is an evidence-based resource for information on fostering culturally responsive partnerships with Latino students and their families, emphasizing connections between students’ experiences at home and school. Full Article

McBride to explore future of university-based child development laboratory schools

Dr. Brent McBride, professor of human development and director of the Child Development Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Brent McBride, professor of human development and director of the Child Development Laboratory at the University of Illinois

The Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research welcomes Brent McBride, professor of human development and director of the Child Development Laboratory at the University of Illinois, to Lincoln for a March 11 presentation.

The event will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Louise Pound Hall 141, and is open to the public. It is co-hosted by NAECR and the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies. Full Article

Video available for Jared Stevens presentation

Jared Stevens, graduate research assistant in educational psychology, leads a Feb. 1 Methodology Applications Series presentation on the data collection platform Qualtrics.
Jared Stevens, graduate research assistant in educational psychology, leads a Feb. 1 Methodology Applications Series presentation on the data collection platform Qualtrics.

Jared Stevens, graduate research assistant in educational psychology, led the first spring semester presentation of the 2018-19 Methodology Applications Series Feb. 1.

His presentation, “Collecting Your Own Data: Improving Data Quality through Qualtrics Survey Design,” is now available on video. Full Article