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Video available for MAP Academy presentation featuring Carrie Clark, Amanda Prokasky

From left, Amanda Prokasky, MAP Academy senior research specialist, and Carrie Clark, associate professor of educational psychology, answer questions about wearable technology during the Fall 2023 Methodology Applications Series presentation at the Nebraska Union Dec. 8.

Carrie Clark, associate professor of educational psychology, and Amanda Prokasky, senior research specialist at the MAP Academy, led the final presentation of the Fall 2023 Methodology Applications Series Dec. 8.

Video is now available of Clark and Prokasky’s presentation, “Capturing Life in Motion: Leveraging Wearable Technology for Human Subjects Research.” Full Article

Creating, maintaining research partnerships focus of NAECR Knowledge event

Creating and maintaining solid research partnerships is crucial to advancing quality education for children.

Establishing and sustaining productive research partnerships is critical for early childhood researchers, but these can sometimes be difficult to create.

A panel of University of Nebraska early childhood researchers and community partners from across Nebraska led a virtual discussion Nov. 17 about the importance of creating and maintaining research partnerships in the first NAECR Knowledge event of the fall. Full Article

Video available for MAP Academy presentation featuring Kristy Feden

Kristy Feden, senior director of special services for the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, School District, led the second presentation of the Fall 2022 Methodology Applications Series Nov. 11.

Video is now available of Feden’s virtual presentation, “Lessons from the Field: What it Really Takes to Move from Research to Practice in a Large Urban School District.” Full Article

Study: Sleep deficits add up during busy seasons for farmers, ranchers

Data from a recent study found that during peak seasons — planting, harvesting and calving — farmers and ranchers spent about 25 fewer minutes in bed and 28 fewer minutes actually sleeping each night. Learn more in the CYFS Research Network.

As any agricultural worker will readily admit, occasional sleep deprivation is all part of the job.

But for farmers and ranchers who routinely work around livestock and machinery, bad things can happen when sleepiness leads to lack of concentration, slower reaction times or distractibility. Full Article

Researchers collaborate at Early Head Start University Partnership Data Camp

Researchers from four universities involved in the Early Head Start University Partnership met May 4-5 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to discuss expanding the knowledge base of early childcare and education programs. From left, HyeonJin Yoon, Lorey Wheeler, Ann Michele Stacks, Sue Sheridan, Johayra Bouza, Beth Van Horne, Sandra Scruggs and Lisa Knoche. Learn more about the project in the CYFS Research Network.

Research teams from four universities gathered May 4 and 5 at the Nebraska Union to discuss expanding knowledge and support of Early Head Start and other early care and education programs.

During the two-day Early Head Start University Research Partnership Data Camp, researchers collaborated in-person and virtually on a variety of topics, including parent-teacher relationships, infant/toddler well-being in Early Head Start center-based care and provider professional development. Full Article

Video available for MAP Academy presentation featuring Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia, assistant professor of human development and family science at Syracuse University, led the final presentation of the Spring 2022 Methodology Applications Series May 6.

Video is now available of Garcia’s virtual presentation, “Considering Diversity and Intersectionality within Latina/o/x Aging and Health.” Full Article

2022 Summit on Research in Early Childhood helps connect research, practice, policy

Participants gather during the 2022 CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center on April 13. View photo gallery.

Creating connections among early childhood research, practice and policy — and how each can enhance the lives of young children and their families — provided the central theme of the 2022 CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood.

Nearly 200 attendees, including researchers from across the University of Nebraska system, practitioners, administrators, community partners and policymakers, gathered April 13 at Nebraska Innovation Campus for the daylong, sixth biennial summit, which highlighted the latest research to advance early childhood education and development, and implications for practice and policy. Full Article