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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The MAP Academy will host the Spring 2015 Nebraska Methodology Workshop Monday, April 13 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus. The workshop features David Kaplan, the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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.