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BCTR Co-sponsored Talk: Rachel A. Gordon, Friday, March 1, 2013

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The Delinquent Careers of African-American Gang Members from the Pittsburgh Youth Study
Rachel A. Gordon, Sociology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago

Friday, March 1, 2013
G87 MVR Hall

co-sponsored with the Cornell Population Center.

We examined gang membership together with four delinquent behaviors (drug selling, gun carrying, serious theft, and serious violence) throughout the 1990s for over 500 African American boys. We examined overlap among activities in several ways. We described the patterns of delinquency (how many and which activities) across the decade and at particular waves. We predicted each delinquent act based on prior engagement in and exposure to other aspects of delinquency (e.g., nearby gang territory, perceptions of local gang problems, prior gang membership). Findings indicated that gang membership increased the risks of starting the other four types of delinquency; and, living near gang territory predicted gun carrying, especially when the neighborhood had high rates of other crimes.

Rachel A. Gordon, is an Associate Professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a faculty member of the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Her research has examined how numerous contextual and social factors affect children and families. Her current research interests include measuring child care and preschool quality, understanding how families sort into child care arrangements, exploring the intersections between youth gang participation and delinquency, and examining how physical attractiveness associates with social and academic achievement in in childhood and adolescence. She is the author of two statistics textbooks and has published her research in leading academic journals including the American Journal of Evaluation, Child Development, Criminology, Demography, Developmental Psychology, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Research on Adolescence, and Social Service Review. She has been the PI of research grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and the Institute of Education Sciences, among others. Gordon holds a B.S. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University, an MPP and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago, and received pre-doctoral training in demography and a post-doctoral experience in work-family research at the NORC Research Centers.

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Video of Wethington and Dunifon”Chats in the Stacks” now online

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On September 27, 2012, Elaine Wethington and Rachel Dunifon delivered a "Chats in the Stacks" talk at Mann Library about their book, Research for the Public Good: Applying Methods of Translational Research to Improve Human Health and Well-being. The video from the talk is now online and is being featured by Cornell Cast this week.

The book, which includes chapters by presenters from the 2009 Bronfenbrenner Conference, demonstrates how emerging methods of translational research can be applied to important topics of interest to social and behavioral scientists.

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Talk: The Parenting in Context Initiative: Advancing the Integration of Extension and Translational Research Activities Statewide, Thursday, December 13, 2012

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The Parenting in Context Initiative: Advancing the Integration of Extension and Translational Research Activities Statewide
Rachel Dunifon & Kimberly Kopko, BCTR

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

The Parenting in Context Project integrates research and extension activities in the area of parenting, provides university-level support and assistance to parenting educators in their work with families across New York State, and facilitates the development of new methods of promoting positive parenting behaviors among a wide range of caregivers and across a variety of contexts.

Since 2003 the Project has introduced new research- and evidence-based curricula, offered multiple professional development opportunities, and brought together Cornell faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators. Recent activities focus on integrating parenting education efforts with translational and youth development efforts, thereby having the potential to impact a greater number of families and youth.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Parenting In Context Project, including available resources, statewide date collection efforts, integration of parent education and translational research, and discussion of areas for potential collaboration between parent education and youth development programming and initiatives.

Rachel Dunifon is the Associate Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. She received her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 1999. She joined Cornell in 2001, after completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. Rachel’s research focuses on the well-being of children, and how public policies and family living arrangements influence child well-being. She has a particular interest in the role of parenting behaviors in accounting for the associations between policies, family structure, and child well-being. In one recent article, she examined whether parental behaviors account for the influence of single-parenthood and cohabitation on children. In another, she tested whether mothers’ movement from welfare to work influences parenting. Dr. Dunifon is also examining how welfare reform has affected parental monitoring of children, warmth toward children, and the provision of cognitively stimulating activities for children; and how the neighborhoods in which children live influence their parents’ behaviors.

Kimberly Kopko is an Affiliate in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. She received her Ph.D. in Child Development from the Department of Human Development at Cornell University in May 2005 and joined the Department of Policy Analysis & Management in 2007 after spending a year as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College. Her research and extension interests examine parenting and child development outcomes. Specific research and extension interests include: developmental outcomes of affluent youth; socioeconomic status, parenting, and child development; developmental issues related to divorce and custody; the impact of children's extracurricular activity involvement on families; and parenting and adolescent development.



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Chats in the Stacks with TR book co-editors Wethington & Dunifon

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Wethington and Dunifon

BCTR's Elaine Wethington and Rachel Dunifon will be speaking in Mann Library's "Chats in the Stacks" series about their book Research for the Public Good: Applying the Methods of Translational Research to Improve Human Health and Well-Being (Bronfenbrenner Series on the Ecology of Human Development, American Psychological Association.

The talk will be held at 4pm on Thursday, September 27 in the Stern Seminar Room (room 160) in Mann Library. A reception and book signing will follow. The book talk is funded by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund at Mann Library. More information in the university events calendar listing.

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BCTR speakers at Human Ecology reunion

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Karl Pillemer and Janis Whitlock will both speak at College of Human Ecology Reunion events on Friday, June 8. Karl will be a panelist on the Class of 1962 50th Reunion Symposium "Shall We Meet Again At 100? Suggestions for a Long Life" from 10:00-11:00am in the Statler Hotel Ballroom. Janis will deliver a talk, "Building Young Adult Resilience and Wellbeing in University Settings: intervention and upstream approaches," from 3:00-4:00pm in G71 MVR Hall.

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