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Nebraska-Brazil early childhood research partnership continues progress

Marjorie Kostelnik, senior associate to University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds, speaks to researchers from Nebraska and Brazil May 8.
Marjorie Kostelnik, senior associate to University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds, speaks to researchers working on joint projects through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Brazil Early Childhood Partnership.

Faculty and students from two continents came together recently in Lincoln for a pair of research luncheons to update one another on various joint projects.

Researchers from the University Federal Rural of Pernambuco in Brazil visited Lincoln April 24 to meet with their CYFS faculty and student counterparts in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Brazil Early Childhood Partnership. A second group of Brazilian researchers, from University Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, were on campus May 8 to discuss their projects with their Nebraska partners. Full Article

Video available for Eric Youngstrom’s Emerging Scholars Series keynote address

Eric Youngstrom, University of North Carolina professor of psychology and neuroscience, and psychiatry, delivers his keynote address April 19 to begin the two-day Emerging Scholars Series.
Eric Youngstrom, University of North Carolina professor of psychology and neuroscience, and psychiatry, delivers his keynote address April 19 to begin the two-day Emerging Scholars Series.

Eric Youngstrom, University of North Carolina professor of psychology and neuroscience, and psychiatry, led the April 19-20 Emerging Scholars Series hosted by CYFS’ Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics.

The event’s keynote presentation, titled “Moving from Intuition to Machine Learning: How Can Quantitative Methods Improve Clinical Decision-Making?” is now available on video. Full Article

Video available for Ann Arthur presentation

Ann Arthur, graduate research assistant, discusses loglinear models during her March 30 Methodology Applications Series presentation.
Ann Arthur, graduate research assistant in educational psychology, leads a March 30 Methodology Applications Series presentation on the application of loglinear models.

Ann Arthur, graduate research assistant in educational psychology, led a March 30 presentation in the 2018 Methodology Applications Series. Her presentation, “An Introduction to Loglinear Models,” is now available via video.

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Arthur’s presentation briefly summarizes the application of loglinear models for the analysis of categorical data, as well as how the loglinear model serves as a useful reparameterization for logistic models and latent class models. Full Article

CYFS researchers evaluate rural Nebraska after-school programs

CYFS evaluators (from right) Michelle Howell Smith, Susan Pense and Leslie Hawley provide feedback to teachers and school personnel participating in the ELO Design Challenge. The project is supporting five rural Nebraska school districts as they develop after-school and summer programs.
CYFS evaluators (from right) Michelle Howell Smith, Susan Pense and Leslie Hawley provide feedback to teachers and school personnel participating in the ELO Design Challenge. The project is supporting five rural Nebraska school districts as they develop after-school and summer programs.

Brainstorm, develop, implement, modify — and repeat. As rural Nebraska school districts use this adaptable approach to create after-school programs, a CYFS research team is taking similar steps to evaluate their progress.

The team is joining a 30-month project, Expanded Learning Opportunity Design Challenge, which involves Auburn, Beatrice, Boone Central, Centura and Grand Island school districts. Teachers and administrators from each district are developing after-school and summer programs for K-12 students, with a focus on integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Full Article

Video available for Matt Fritz presentation

Matthew Fritz, assistant professor of education psychology, leads a  Methodology Applications Series presentation Jan. 26.
Matt Fritz, assistant professor of educational psychology, leads a Methodology Applications Series presentation Jan. 26 in the Nebraska Union.

Matt Fritz, assistant professor of educational psychology, led the first spring presentation in the 2017-18 Methodology Applications Series on Jan. 26. His presentation, “Time is on my side: What British rock bands can teach us about designing longitudinal studies,” is now available via video. Full Article

Researchers fine-tune global measurement standards for early childhood learning 

Natalie Koziol, CYFS research assistant professor, and Abbie Raikes, associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Natalie Koziol and Abbie Raikes

Implementing standard measurements of early childhood development and learning worldwide has its challenges. But University of Nebraska researchers are working with the United Nations and other international organizations to ensure global measurement tools are not restrained by borders. Full Article

Video available for Stephen Scott presentation

Dr. Stephen Scott, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, leads a Nov. 3 Methodology Application Series presentation, "An Introduction to Machine Learning."
Stephen Scott, associate professor of computer science and engineering, leads a Nov. 3 Methodology Application Series presentation, “An Introduction to Machine Learning.”

Stephen Scott, associate professor of computer science and engineering, led a fall semester presentation in the 2017 Methodology Applications Series on Friday, Nov. 3. The presentation, “An Introduction to Machine Learning,” is now available via video. Full Article

Video available for Koziol’s methodology presentation

Natalie Koziol leads the first presentation in the 2017 Methodology Applications Series.
Natalie Koziol leads the first presentation in the 2017 Methodology Applications Series. View video.

Postdoctoral scholar Natalie Koziol led the first presentation in the 2017 Methodology Applications Series on Friday, Sept. 8, titled “An Introduction to Cost-Effectiveness and Benefit-Cost Analyses in Education Research.” The presentation is now available via video. Full Article