Dr. Susan Hall is appointed as the interim chair of HDFS. Dr. Hall is currently Deputy Dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of kinesiology and applied physiology. Announced 7/1/2013
Dr. Bahira Trask, presented at the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association meeting on “The Continued Significance of Families: Incorporating Concepts of Globalization, Family Change and Social Capital into Social Scientific Analyses.” UDaily, For the Record 7/19/13.
The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, led by Steven Eidelman, H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Human Services Policy and Leadership, and Nancy Weiss, instructor in HDFS, has been awarded $200,000 over two years to establish the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disability and Inclusion. Funded by the Ruderman Family Foundation, this grant will help leaders in the Jewish service community increase inclusion for individuals with disabilities. UDaily, For the Record 7/19/13.
Dr. Michael Ferrari received the University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)Excellence in Teaching Award. The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes outstanding faculty instructors who demonstrate a notable commitment to excellence in teaching. UDaily, CEHD Faculty Awards 4/29/13
John B. Bishop, professor of human development and family studies, was honored by the International Association of Counseling Services for “distinguished service to the association and the university and college counseling community.” UDaily, For the Record 4/26/13
Marissa Ranauto, Kelsey Mooney, Callye Phillips and Rebecca Vitelli, students from the fall course HDFS 355 Professional Issues in Early Childhood Education taught by Myae Han, associate professor of human development and family studies, decided to advocate for change in early childhood classroom recess procedures through their project titled “Rescue Recess.” Click here to read the UDaily article.
Dr. Bahira Sherif Trask presented a TED lecture on families and globalization at the Delaware Art Museum. Dr. Trask’s current research focuses on the relationship between globalization and family change in Western and non-Western contexts. View it on youtube ®
The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities (NLCDD) hosted the first national assembly of the Leadership Institute for University Centers for Excellence in Development Disabilities. The NLCDD is a partnership of 11 major national disabilities organizations. Click here to read the UDaily article.
3rd Annual Jane Davidson Forum on Play was held on June 2nd. Hosted by the Laboratory preschool and the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood. The Play Forum was created in honor of former UD Lab Preschool Master Teacher Jane Davidson, who had an extraordinary ability to teach young children through play. It is designed to help educators incorporate play into their curriculum. Click here to read the UDaily article.
“Delaware is the recipient of $49.9 million federal Race To The Top – Early Learning Challenge funds, with a focus toward improving the quality of early care and education services provided to children ages birth to five to ensure that children come to kindergarten with the foundation of skills they need to be successful learners.” Click here to read the CapeGazette.com May 21st article.
Dr. Martha Buell, professor is quoted in the MSNBC.com article “Child care cost hikes derailing women’s careers”. Click here to read the May 16th article.
Dr. Rena Hallam is quoted regarding the Quality Rating and Improvement System through the Delaware Stars for Early Success program. Coordinated by faculty in UD’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies and administered by the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, the Delaware Stars program applies evidence-based practices to promote high-quality learning experiences for young children. Click Here to read the UDMessenger article.
Dr. Rob Palkovitz, professor of human development and family studies at the University of Delaware and a Salzburg Global Fellow, attended the six-day summit of the Salzburg Global Seminar on “Making Health Care Better in Low and Middle Income Countries”. Representatives from 33 countries addressed the critical gap between knowledge of interventions that improve population health and the care actually provided to patients. The purpose was to drive the quality improvement and patient safety agenda forward. Click here to read the UDaily article.
Mike Adams, UD Alumni (04) and Defensive Safety for the Denver Broncos presented “Reaching Back, While Moving Forward”. Learn how he has taken his Bachelors Degree in Human Services, Education and Public Policy (now Human Services) to the neighborhood of his youth to form the Rising Stars Foundation. Click here to read the UDaily article.
Rehoboth Cooperative Preschool wins state distinction and earns incentives, praise in Delaware Stars for Early Success program. Click Here to read the article from the Cape Gazette
Delaware Stars for Early Success is a Quality Rating and Improvement System designed as a voluntary system that expects programs to work on improving quality by moving up the Star Levels.The goal of Delaware’s Early Childhood Plan for Early Success is that all children enter life and school ready to succeed.
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware making history – Article noting “in a state known as a Small Wonder, what’s happening here is a big-time wonder,” describes the No. 8 ranked Blue Hens women’s basketball team and its accomplishments. Read the USA Today article.
Elena, an HDFS Early Childhood Education major, has been named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, the most prestigious honor in collegiate women’s basketball.
ELC accredited. UD Early Learning Center receives NAEYC accreditation. Leadership at the University of Delaware Early Learning Center (ELC) within the College of Education and Human Development understands this and provides a supportive and engaging environment that helps ignite the spark in a child’s mind. As proof of that dedication, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has awarded the ELC the mark of quality by the NAEYC Accreditation system. Read the UDaily article.
Eight University of Delaware alumni were honored as recipients of the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement, Maggie Leffler Martin, Andrew Schwartz, Katherine Hutchinson, Joseph Claricurzio, John Knarr, Ping Xu, Sean Wang and Ming Xu.
Katherine Hutchinson, who earned her MS in maternal-child nursing in 1986 and Ph.D. in family studies in 1994 at UD, is associate professor in the New York University College of Nursing. Serving as principal and co-investigator on numerous National Institutes for Health-funded HIV risk-reduction studies in the United States and abroad, Hutchinson also has developed instruments and models for family-based HIV risk reduction interventions. Click here to read the UDaily article.
Delaware is one of nine states that will share $500 million in grant money won in a high-profile competition intended to jump-start improvements in often-overlooked early childhood programs.
Ali McDonough, a Human Services major at UD, and her father met with Vice President Joe Biden in the West Wing of the White House to talk about childhood cancer. The McDonough family started The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation in 2007 after Andrew died from complications of Leukemia when he was 14. B+ was Andrew’s blood type and became the family motto throughout his fight — to “Be Positive”. Vice President Biden was presented with his a B+ tee shirt. The B+ Foundation (www.BePositive.org) funds childhood cancer research and financially assists families of children with cancer nationwide. To date, B+ has awarded over $550,000 in research grants. This year alone, B+ has awarded over $600,000 of financial assistance to families in 49 states (only missing Wyoming!).
UDaily ~ For the Record, November 11, 2011.
Beth Mineo, Dan Fendler, Phyllis Guinivan, Gary Mears and Sonja Rathel, Center for Disabilities Studies staff and project coordinators, with Rochelle Brittingham, graduate assistant at CDS and the Disaster Resource Center at the University of Delaware, attended the FEMA Region III Summit on Assistive Technology Reuse and Emergency Management, an invitation-only meeting held at the Pass It On Center in Philadelphia. Pass It On is the national technical assistance center for the reutilization of assistive technology. The purpose of the Federal Emergency Management Agency meeting was to address the role of reused assistive technology in emergency management. Speakers included key national and regional leaders in Emergency Management and services for people with functional needs. Marcia Nickle, emergency preparedness manager in the Office of Campus and Public Safety at UD, and representatives from state agencies and Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County also represented Delaware at this meeting.
UDaily ~ For the Record, November 11, 2011.
Beth Mineo presented “Future Directions for Communication Intervention Research and Severe Disabilities.” at the 2011 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference in November. The theme was “The Journey Continues: 40 Years Advancing Equity and Excellence through Research, Education and Service.” It marked the founding of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities network and provided a special opportunity for network members and partners to share their interests, talents and perspectives.
HDFS faculty Jason Hustedt, Myae Han, Jennifer Vu and Rena Hallam were awarded a new $2 million federal research study by the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. This five-year project seeks to bolster the existing services provided by NDEHS through implementing and studying a research-based parent-child interaction intervention. T Read the UDaily Article.
Kylie Melvin, has received the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award from Special Olympics Delaware and is the youngest person to receive this award. Kylie is a Human Services major with a Disability Studies minor. Ms. Melvin is the 2010 Swank Human Services Disabilities Scholarship recipient. Read the UDaily Article.
Martha Buell, professor and director of the University of Delaware’s Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood was quoted in the Delaware News Journal, October 16, 2011. The article is titled With investment, learning gets a head start: Preschool education makes ‘huge’ difference’ in child‘s development.
National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities program, June 28-July 2, was designed to help executive leaders from Middle European countries understand the importance of influencing public policy or resources to allow for people with mental disabilities to shift from institutional care to community services. Participants came from 12 different countries, including Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Slovakia.
University of Delaware’s National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities (NLCDD) developed, in partnership with the Tizard Center at the University of Kent (UK), a two-part leadership development program in Budapest, Hungary called “Leading Change – From Institutional to Community Based Services for People with Mental Disabilities.”
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Dr. Lynn Worden is quoted in the News Journal’s article “Killing is wrong, but…” discussing helping parents talk to their children about bin Laden’s death.
Jenna M. MacKenzie, Human Services- Clinical Services, is one of four UD students awarded the Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship by Autism Delaware. Read the UDaily Article
The University of Delaware Career Services Center has dedicated its library inhonor of the contributions of Dr. Richard Sharf. Read the UDaily Article
The Head Start Center, UD Early Learning Center/New Directions Early Head Start has been selected to receive a 2011 Head Start Body Start Play Space Grant that will provide the funds to improve the playground at the Wilmington Early Learning Center.
The University of Delaware has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, making it the only university in the state to receive this federal recognition of community service.
Nationally, 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities that “reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.” Of those, 641 were admitted, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, and 114 — including UD — received Honor Roll “with distinction.
This is the University’s fourth consecutive year of being named to the Honor Roll and its second year of being honored with distinction. It last received that honor in 2008.
UD was recognized primarily for two community services: the campus-wide partnerships with the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD) and the Early Learning Centers in Newark and Wilmington.
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Bahira Sherif Trask to speak at U.N. Meeting on Families
Globalization is creating an environment where individuals of very different cultural backgrounds are interacting with each other in all spheres of life as never before. Everyone is being exposed to different ways of thinking, cultural values and new forms of family life.
Bahira Sherif Trask, professor of human development and family studies at the University of Delaware, has been asked to speak at the United Nations from June 1 -3 to discuss how current trends are affecting families around the world and to suggest appropriate policy responses. Read the UDaily article.
Developmental Resilience Symposium – April 21, 2011
At a day-long symposium hosted by the University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development, experts from Virginia Tech University, University of North Carolina and University of Minnesota discussed the resilience of children who have better than expected developmental and education outcomes despite the presence of poverty, trauma and other risk factors.
Over 100 UD faculty, students, and professionals from the community were on hand to hear how the study of childhood resilience began in the 1970s and how it has evolved from a study of “who is resilient and why” to “what factors can we control, not only to boost resilience, but protect children from factors that place them at risk.”
26th Marion H. Steele Symposium was held April 29th. Award winners are J. Rachel McCulley– 1st Place Undergraduate Paper; Meghan Julia– 1st Place Graduate Paper, Molly Torres – 1st Place Undergraduate Poster;Jessica Schulz – 1st Place Graduate Poster. Read the UDaily Article
Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Worden Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator in HDFS, has been selected to receive UD’s 2011 Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Award. Nominations for this award were submitted by students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Students Work Together to raise funds and awareness of domestic violence.
Students taking a Domestic Violence Services course with Dr. Ruth Fleury-Steiner, Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies are able to take their lessons out of the classroom. They are working on a cell phone drive that reaches beyond campus into the local community. Proceeds from the collection efforts will support various advocacy and educational efforts offered by the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence throughout Delaware. Click here to read the Newark Post article.
UDaily ~ For the Record, March 18, 2011
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Presentations – Dr. Bahira Sherif Trask, professor of human development and family studies and associate chair of the department, spoke on March 23 to a United Nations committee on families.
Kristin Lafferty, a Human Services major, Disabilities Studies minor student in HDFS was featured in the Self-Advocacy Corner article published in Empowered magazine.
The University of Delaware Alumni Association named Alyson Cavanaugh as the recipient of the Emalea Pusey Warner award for UD’s 2010 graduating class. Read the full UDaily article.
UD doctoral programs rank among nation’s best in National Research Council assessment. Several UD doctoral programs also ranked among the best in the U.S. for specific criteria. In the area of student support/outcomes, which considered such issues as financial support, average time to degree completion of six years or less, and student career plans, UD’s doctoral programs in chemical engineering, English, human development and family studies, oceanography, plant and soil sciences, political science and international relations, and urban affairs and public policy ranked in the top tier. Click here to read the UDaily Article
Tamara Salzbrenner, assistant to the chairperson in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has been named HR Liaison of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2010.
Liaison of the quarter recognition is given to exemplary members of the University of Delaware’s Human Resources team. Click here to read the UDaily Article
Steven Eidelman, H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Human Services Policy and Leadership spoke at the United Nations during the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Click here to read the UDaily Article
The First Friends preschool program at John G. Leach School, a Colonial School District school for children with special needs turns the familiar practice of mainstreaming disabled children into traditional classrooms upside down by bringing the nondisabled into five of Leach’s preschool classrooms.
The article addresses the benefits of reverse mainstreaming at Leach. It features teachers who frequently serve as cooperating teachers for our ECE student teachers. Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick was interviewed for the article. “Classes Let Kids help Kids” by Edward Kenney from The News Journal.
The at UD Children’s Campus Summer Art Camp Diane Lawler, Kindergarten Teacher & Artist in Residence, taught children ages 8 – 11 to view art through many different experiences both in and out of the newly renovated, light filled studio located in the Laboratory Preschool/College School facility. Field trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Delaware Art Museum enabled the children to experience first hand the works of master artists. Back in the studio, campers explored a variety of two and three-dimensional techniques including; painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay, mosaics, and more.
he News Journal article “Art In Action” by Kathleen Keane.
The world is experiencing a fundamental global restructuring of social life, says Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D., professor and associate chair of HDFS. Dr. Trask’s newest book Globalization and Families: Accelerated Systemic Social Change, takes a look at how this is happening as the world is becoming increasingly interconnected. Read the article on UDaily.
Steven M. Eidelman, H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Human Services Policy and Leadership and senior fellow at the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware, has been named a senior adviser to the chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. The full article is available on UDaily
UDaily article “25th Marion H. Steele Symposium highlights student research“
UDaily article “UD professors’ lectures on play reproduced for national audience“. Dr. Myae Han.
UDaily article “HDFS grad students find internships are a ‘full-circle experience‘”
UDaily report “Expo sparks interest in College of Education and Public Policy programs”
UDaily article “Faculty trio awarded education grant for preschoolers“
UDaily article “Eidelman honored by national developmental disabilities organization”
UDaily report: “Web site highlights research on adolescent substance abuse” Dr. Chris Ohannessian