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Research examines outdoor effects on children with autism

A participant takes an outdoor walk.

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

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.

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

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

Graduate student Q&A with Kailee Groshans

Kailee Groshans, CYFS graduate research assistant

Name: Kailee Groshans

Hometown: Doniphan, Nebraska

Program: School Psychology

Year: First year

Project: Training Program for Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

What kind of work have you been doing with the project?

As a trainee on this project, I’ll be traveling to the Autism Care for Toddlers Clinic in Omaha to attend seminars and observe toddlers during treatment. I’m reading literature on toddlers with autism spectrum disorder and am excited to get more involved in the clinic. I also work with my mentor, Dr. Edward Daly, and his research team, as well as help out with a math intervention project in the Department of Special Education. Full Article

Video available for Fall 2018 CYFS Signature Event

Nancy Gonzales, foundation professor of psychology and dean of natural sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, leads the Fall 2018 CYFS Signature Event presentation Sept 11.

Nancy Gonzales, foundation professor of psychology and dean of natural sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, led the Fall 2018 CYFS Signature Event presentation Sept. 11 at the Nebraska Union.

Video is now available of her presentation, “Culture, Context and Positive Adaptation of U.S. Latinx Youth.” Full Article

Graduate Student Q&A with Rae Bullinger

Rae Bullinger, CYFS graduate research assistant

Name: Rae Bullinger

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Program: School Psychology

Year: First year

Project: Specialization in Toddlers with ASD Program

What kind of work have you been doing with the project?

I’m just starting on the project, but I am excited to learn more about diagnosing ASD and how to implement treatments in the coming semesters. Full Article