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Family Resiliency Center February 2019 Newsletter
FRC Director Receives Top Honor

Dr. Barbara Fiese, FRC Director, is the recipient of the 2019 Paul A. Funk Recognition Award from the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.  This is considered one of the most prestigious awards given in the College of ACES. It is presented to faculty and academic professionals for outstanding achievement and major contributions to the betterment of agriculture, natural resources, and human systems.

Two FRC affiliates are also recipients of 2019 College of Aces Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards.  Robin Jarrett is the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Craig Gundersen is the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research.

More information can be found here

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Food and Family Conference | September 25-26, 2019 | Chicago, IL

Join the nation's foremost experts in human nutrition, obesity research, and child and family health at the Food and Family Conference 2019. Hosted by the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with the Christopher Family Foundation. Registration and more information coming soon! 

More information and the Food & Family Conference 2019 preview podcast can be found here .

Society for Research in Child Development 2019 Biennial Meeting

FRC research will be showcased at the internationally recognized Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2019 Biennial Meeting.   FRC leadership, as well as several affiliates have contributed to the research selected to be presented at the distinguished conference.  Dr. Carolyn Sutter, FRC post-doctoral student, and Brenda Koester, FRC Assistant Director, will be presenting. Being selected to present at the conference is highly competitive, with SRCD receiving approximately 5,000 submissions for presentations this year. The meeting will take place March 21-23, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Research-Based Curriculum Set To Launch

A new FRC research based curriculum is now available to help children develop healthy habits. The Sprouts Growing Healthy Habits curriculum targets ages four to six and seeks to increase awareness and knowledge of healthy routines—like healthy eating habits or sleeping patterns—that can be implemented in daily life. The curriculum will soon be available for purchase.  Downloadable materials will be available for no cost. More information can be found here.

IL Webmasters Workshop Features FRC Communications Specialist

FRC’s Communications Specialist, Ryann Monahan, will present an Illinois Webmasters Workshop February 20,, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm. This workshop focuses on research dissemination through social media content creation. It will take you through the steps of creating social media content from both non-published and published research. This workshop will explore the wide-reaching opportunities you have to create content from the vast amount of information in your research wheelhouse and get your audience to “stop their finger” on their social media newsfeed and want to know more. More information can be found here

Microsoft Accessibility Lighthouse Program Event
“Finding Employment That Works For Individuals With Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism”

Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome is an in-depth seminar that describes how to guide these students to employment success. It features case studies and interactive exercises, and a workbook with assessments and worksheets. It will be presented by Barbara Bissonnette, Principal Forward Motion Coaching and best-selling author and expert on autism and employment. The event will take place March 13, 2019 at the IHotel and Conference Center.  Registration can be found at A flyer with more information can be found here

Contact: Lindsay Haitz,,217-300-7226.  

FRC Bids Farewell to Communications Specialist Ryann Monahan

Communications Specialist Ryann Monahan has accepted a position in the College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE ILLINOIS). Monahan has excelled at increasing the visibility of FRC research, as well as translating FRC research into policy and practice through her communications efforts. “I will always be inspired by and an advocate for the research done at this distinguished center,” Monahan said. We wish her well in this new opportunity.