First, we would like to wish everyone happy holidays from all of us here at the Institute. As we reflect upon the past year, we are grateful to say that 2016 has been a successful year.
We would like to congratulate our students for their numerous accomplishments this year. Doctoral Student, Payal Anand, successfullypassed her Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) comprehensive examination on the topic of “A Family Systems Approach to Sleep Patterns and Sleep Disorders in Down Syndrome” and her minor comprehensive examination in Public Health. Congratulations, Payal!
We would also like to congratulate graduate student, Alexandria Pech, who successfully defended her Master's thesis this month. Alexandria also received the 2016 Meritorious Graduate Teaching Award at the Masters level from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We are so proud of you, Alexandria!
And last, but not least, FMI would like to congratulate FSHD Undergraduate student and former work study student, Raja Moreno-Ross, for graduating this December and receiving the "Overcoming Challenges Award" from the FSHD program. Raja demonstrated academic achievement, professional development, community service, and is a great representation of the FSHD program. We are incredibly proud of Raja!
This month, Dr. Jeremy Fiel from the University of Arizona, School of Sociology presented interesting findings about multigenerational educational inequality in our most recent Turbeville Speaker Series. If you were unable to attend the talk, you can watch the presentation below.
We also met with the FMI Family Advisory Council this month, and we had an incredible strategic planning session with Patti Caldwell. We had 27 community partners, researchers and graduate students come together to create a plan for the Council for the new year. We are energized and are looking forward to collaborating with all of the Council members this upcoming year and continuing the work of important Frances McClelland.
Lastly, FMI participated in Project Semilla (The Seed Project), a project from Dr. Lisa Edwards at Marquette University that supports local students who may experience race-related bullying and intimidation. During finals week, faculty, students and staff gathered in the Lang Laboratory for Child and Family Observation and created bookmarks with words of support for students at local schools. Dr. Romero, staff and students delivered bookmarks to classes at Pueblo Magnet High School, and Ochoa Community Magnet School, and spoke with the students about their journey through higher education.
We are thankful to all of you for your continuous support of the Institute. We are looking forward to the new year and to continuing working together towards Frances' mission of creating a better world for children, youth, and families in Arizona and beyond. Don't forget to follow FMI on Twitter and Facebook for weekly updates about the Institute.
Dr. Jeremy Fiel presented his research entitled “Decomposing the Emergence and Transmission of Multigenerational Educational Inequality” on December 2nd. If you missed his talk, you can watch his presentation above.
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December 30, 2016 Friday, December 30th, is the last day to donate to FMI in Dr. Amy Jean Knorr's honor. Any donation postmarked by 12/30 will be matched by the Norton School Fund.