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Affiliate Sally Wei hosts collaborative STEM conference

CYFS affiliate Sally Wei speaks at the 2015 Project Lead the Way Nebraska State Conference. The conference, designed to encourage K-12 students' STEM education and participation, drew more than 150 participants. Photo Gallery.
CYFS affiliate Sally Wei speaks at the April 20 Project Lead the Way Nebraska State Conference. The conference, designed to encourage K-12 students’ STEM education and participation, drew more than 150 participants. View photo gallery.

Tommy Lewis always wanted to build something that can impact society. The Omaha North High School senior, and his teammates Jake Ferrin and Priamwad Pordel, are now realizing this dream through a project that began in their high school engineering class. Full Article

Video available for Emerging Scholars keynote address

The Emerging Scholars Series began April 9 with a free keynote presentation from methodologist Bethany Bray. Her keynote is available on video.
The Emerging Scholars Series began April 9 with a free keynote presentation from methodologist Bethany Bray. Her keynote is available on video.

Bethany Bray, outreach director of Penn State University’s Methodology Center, led the MAP Academy’s inaugural Emerging Scholars Series. The April 9-10 event included a keynote presentation, statistics workshop and an early career meeting for graduate students and postdocs. Full Article

CYFS researchers present national webinar

Registration is open for a national webinar hosted by CYFS researchers, from left, Jim Houston, Gwen Nugent and Gina Kunz.
CYFS researchers, from left, Jim Houston, Gwen Nugent and Gina Kunz, will present a national webinar May 12. The team will be discussing the process and results from their recent project, “Coaching Science Inquiry in Rural Schools.” Visit webinar registration.

As students learn to think like a scientist, a CYFS research team is discovering how to best prepare teachers as they emphasize inquiry over traditional science instruction.

CYFS researchers led a webinar May 12 to discuss the process and findings of their project, “Coaching Science Inquiry (CSI) in Rural Schools.”  CSI examines how professional development and follow-up coaching influences teachers’ implementation of guided science inquiry—a classroom approach designed to help students learn the methods used by scientists to study the natural world. Full Article

Researchers from CYFS’ MAP Academy publish rural article

Researchers from CYFS’ MAP Academy recently published findings in the Journal of Research in Rural Education. The team includes methodologists, from left, Carina McCormick, Natalie Koziol, Ann Arthur, Kirstie Bash, Leslie Hawley, Greg Welch and James Bovaird.
Researchers from CYFS’ MAP Academy recently published findings in the Journal of Research in Rural Education. The team includes methodologists, from left, Carina McCormick, Natalie Koziol, Ann Arthur, Kirstie Bash, Leslie Hawley, Greg Welch and James Bovaird.

Gretna and Chadron, Nebraska, are each home to slightly more than 5,500 residents. That’s where their similarity ends.

The city of Gretna borders a major metropolitan suburb, while—nearly 500 miles away in Nebraska’s Panhandle—Chadron is a short drive from the Badlands of South Dakota. Full Article

Molfese receives CEHS research career award

Victoria Molfese
Victoria Molfese

If there is one thing CYFS affiliate Victoria Molfese has learned over the course of her career, it’s that you don’t do research alone. The Chancellor’s Professor received this year’s Distinguished Research/Creative Career award, as CEHS recognized outstanding faculty and staff at an April 10 awards ceremony. Full Article

CYFS supports eight Layman Award recipients

Eight CEHS faculty received 2015-16 Layman Awards, from top left, Tony Albano, assistant professor; Amy Dent, research assistant professor; Lauren Gatti, assistant professor; Deryl Hatch, assistant professor; Leslie Hawley, research assistant professor; Lorey Wheeler, research assistant professor; Natalie Williams, assistant professor; and Jiangang Xia, assistant professor.
Eight CEHS faculty received 2015-16 Layman Awards, from top left, Tony Albano, assistant professor; Amy Dent, research assistant professor; Lauren Gatti, assistant professor; Deryl Hatch, assistant professor; Leslie Hawley, research assistant professor; Lorey Wheeler, research assistant professor; Natalie Williams, assistant professor; and Jiangang Xia, assistant professor.

With collaborative support and seed funding, CYFS faculty affiliates are prepared to grow their research base this spring.

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) recently provided grant proposal and development assistance to eight CEHS faculty—all of whom received 2015-16 Layman Awards. The award, funded by UNL’s Office of Research and Economic Development, provides $10,000 in seed money for untenured faculty and supports researchers in their pursuit of external funding. Full Article

Bischoff, Springer develop mental health model with global application

Richard Bischoff, chair of child, youth and family studies (left) and Paul Springer, associate professor, are partnering with international colleagues to apply their mental health model overseas. The model was developed in rural Nebraska communities over the past six years, where it continues to be implemented as a means of addressing rural mental health disparities.
Richard Bischoff, chair of child, youth and family studies (left) and Paul Springer, associate professor, are partnering with international colleagues to apply their mental health model overseas. The model was developed in rural Nebraska communities over the past six years, where it continues to be implemented as a means of addressing rural mental health disparities.

Distance technology and community mobilization are transforming the mental health landscape of rural Nebraska, where the success of CYFS affiliates’ research may soon benefit communities worldwide.

Richard Bischoff, chair of child, youth and family studies, and Paul Springer, associate professor, are partnering with international colleagues to address an issue that they say transcends geography and culture—access to mental health services. Their model, which was developed six years ago in rural Nebraska communities, integrates distance technology and begins by drawing community members around the proverbial table. Full Article