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Family Resiliency Center February 2018 Newsletter
2017 FRC Annual Report Released

The 2017 Family Resiliency Center Annual Report is now available. 

Click here to read about the exciting research and outreach programs at FRC.

Webinar Available: "Environmental Influences on Children's Health and Development"

The University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium webinar "Environmental Influences on Children's Health and Development" is now available.  Family Resiliency Center Director Dr. Barbara Fiese, Assistant Director Brenda Koester, and University of Illinois at Chicago's Dr. Susan Buchanan presented the webinar Wednesday, February 14, 2018. To watch a recording of the webinar, please click here to view it on SRCD’s YouTube channel. The Impact Report referenced during the presentation is available here.

New Course Offering New Opportunities For Students

A new course hosted at the FRC is changing the way students learn about the principles of global food regulation and enhancing their understanding of how these regulations influence the food industry. This innovative new course, FSHN 595 Global Food Regulation, is lead by FRC Affiliate, Dr. Sharon Donovan. Students receive unique opportunities to work with and hear from industry experts through in-person and online “live” presentations. The course involves partnerships with regulatory scientists in several major food companies, including Abbott Nutrition, Mars, PepsiCo, Tate and Lyle and the Grocer Manufacturer’s Association.

“It is an unique opportunity to learn about this topic from experts in the area who work on this topic every day.  We simply do not have faculty with the expertise to provide up-to-date, relevant information.  They are also able to provide interesting case studies from their jobs, which show how the information is applied in real life.”

– Dr. Sharon Donovan 


BPA Focus for February for Children’s Environmental Health Centers

Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at Illinois is joining Children’s Environmental Health Centers across the US to call attention to BPA exposure during the month of February. BPA is found in water bottles, toys, food cans, medical devices, & receipts, so people are easily exposed.

CEHC at Illinois research is a collaborative effort by researchers from the Family Resiliency Center and the Beckman Institute. CEHC at Illinois is one of 23 centers across the country conducting research towards reducing the burden that environmentally induced diseases place on children. Learn more by accessing the report hereFollow @CEHCIllinois and #ProtectKidsHealth on Twitter.


Congratulations to FRC valuable team members Cathy Cherry, Dr. Gail Ferguson, and Dr. Brent McBride on their College of ACES and Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards!

        Cathy Cherry (Marcella M. Nance Staff Award)

        Gail Ferguson (College Faculty Award for Excellence in Research)

        Brent McBride (Paul A. Funk Recognition Award)

Each spring the College of ACES recognizes contributions of our faculty, staff, and graduate students through the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards. These awards, presented at an evening banquet, honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements or exceptional service to the college.

FRC Staff Spotlight
Ashley Neef, Project Coordinator

1. Can you tell us about the work you do at the FRC?

I do a little bit of everything.  My main focus is the Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) of the Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at Illinois. I coordinate the CEHC at Illinois investigator meetings, actively participate in the social media working group with other centers across the country, and help out on ongoing studies when needed (conduct interviews, coordinate the scheduling of interviews, recruit participants, etc.).

2. What is one of the most interesting pieces of Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at Illinois research that has come across your desk ?

Illinois research-IKIDs. IKIDS uses novel methods developed in our Formative Children's Center and in experimental neuropsychology laboratories to assess the impact of prenatal exposure to phthalates, BPA, and other endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on the physical and behavioral development of the child from birth to 5 years of age. More information on IKIDs can be found here .

3. What is your favorite food or meal?

I am a sucker for my mom’s goulash made with her canned whole tomatoes and tomato juice.

4. What are your favorite hobbies?

In the cold weather, I enjoy sewing, crocheting, and puzzles.  In the nice weather, I enjoy running, biking, walking/hiking, and gardening (I hate the planting and maintaining part, but enjoy the ‘harvesting’ part).  An occasional competitive sport is enjoyed too (volleyball, group fitness class, 5k-running, or biking-such as bike-the- drive with my brother over memorial day weekend).

February Recipe Featuring FRC Partner: The National Dairy Council