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Seven Renowned Speakers visit UMA for Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series and Mentoring of Family Research Scholars

The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series continued this spring, bringing four more nationally renowned scholars to campus to provide a public lecture on their research related to families.  In total, the lecture series hosted seven events for the 2011-2012 academic year, with more scheduled for the fall.


This spring’s speakers included: George Bear, professor of Education at the University of Delaware; Maurice Elias, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Rutgers University; Clancy Blair, professor of applied psychology at New York University; and James Rosenbaum, professor of education and social policy and sociology at Northwestern University. 


In addition to their public lecture, these speakers provide individual consultation to current CRF Family Research Scholars.  Drawing from their years of expertise, the speakers provide support to the Scholars and advice on paths forward for their research.


Sara Whitcomb, assistant professor of education, met with two of this spring’s visiting scholars, George Bear and Maurice Elias.   Dr. Bear spoke on March 28h to a crowded room of faculty and students in the Campus Center. His talk titled "School Discipline and School Climate: Is SEL or SWPBS the Best Approach?" focused on Dr. Elias gave a lecture titled, "Integrating Social-Emotional and Character Development into the Mission of All Schools: No Alibis. No Excuses. No Exceptions."  It was held on April 17th in a packed room at the Campus Center. 


Dr. Whitcomb writes that Dr. Bear and Dr. Elias “were incredibly supportive of my research ideas and helped to solidify the direction in which I am taking my work. Their expertise in the systemic implementation of Social Emotional Learning initiatives in schools is impressive and the value they place on collaborative research relationships was apparent."


On April 26th Dr. Blair’s delivered a lecture titled "The Development of Self-Regulation in Early Childhood: Experiential Canalization of Brain and Behavior.”  Dr. Blair’s primary interest concerns the development of cognitive abilities referred to as executive functions and the ways in which these aspects of cognition are important for school readiness and early school achievement.  He met with Jennifer Martin McDermott, assistant professor of psychology.


Ryan Wells, assistant professor of education invited Dr. Rosenbaum to campus.  Dr. Rosenbaum, who has spent the last two decades conducting an extensive research project on the effects of relocating poor inner-city black families in public housing to subsidized housing in the white middle-class suburbs of Chicago, wrapped up the lecture series on May 3rd, with a talk titled “Can College Procedures be more Family-Friendly?”


In the fall semester, CRF hosted Jill Korbin, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University; Thomas McDade, professor of anthropology at Northwestern University, and Andrew Miller, William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.


The series continues this fall, with two speakers invited by Elizabeth Krause, associate professor of anthropology, and Angelica Bernal, assistant professor of political science.   


The mission of the Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series is to bring nationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The speakers provide public lectures, highlighting the importance of research on the family and its implications for public policy, and provide research consultation to CRF Family Research Scholars. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.


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