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February 2015 Newsletter
College of ACES Awards

Several members of the Family Resiliency Center will receive College of ACES awards in 2015. Congratulations to these recipients!

  • STRONG Kids/I-Topp (Team Award)
  • Dr. Barbara Fiese, FRC Director (John Clyde and Henrietta Downey Spitler Teaching Award)
  • Linda Tortorelli, The Autism Program Coordinator (Professional Staff Award for Excellence, Innovation, and Creativity)
Annual Report Released

The FRC's annual report was released on Friday, January 30th. A digital copy can be found here.

FRC Affiliate Published in International Research Journal
Assistant Professor Brittany Duff will appear in the April issue of Appetite, an international research journal specializing in behavioral nutrition and the cultural, sensory, and physiological influences on choices and intakes of foods and drinks. The article, "Ignorance is bliss. How parents of preschool children make sense of front-of-package visuals and claims on food," discusses how parents of preschool children decipher visual and verbal claims on packaged food products intended for children.
Dr. Barbara Fiese Named Journal Editor

Dr. Barbara Fiese has been announced as the new editor for the Journal of Family Psychology. The journal is devoted to the study of the family system and offers cutting-edge and innovative empirical research with real-world applicability in the field of family psychology. Her six-year term begins in 2016.

Don’t Let Every Meal Become a Battle

A University of Illinois study by Dr. Sharon Donovan and Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee shows that picky eaters exhibit definable preferences and mealtime behaviors. Although picky eating behaviors are not the same in each child, the study, which is supported by Nestlé/Gerber Nutrition and the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program, suggests that patterns are emerging that can be used to characterize different types of picky eaters. The researchers’ long-term goal is to develop specific strategies for the different types of behaviors for parents to try. The full press release is available here.

Upcoming Events
STRONG Kids Brown Bag Series

The STRONG Kids Brown Bag Series will resume on February 18th from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Doris Kelley Christopher Hall Studio.

Speaker: Dr. Brent McBride, Child Development Laboratory Director
Title: Measuring Father Involvement: Questions We Thought We Answered
Subtitle: Father Involvement and Childhood Obesity: Some Points to Ponder 

Food Systems for Food Security Symposium

Dr. Barbara Fiese and FRC affiliate Dr. Craig Gundersen will be speaking at the Food Systems for Food Security Symposium on Tuesday, February 10. The symposium is a full-day event sponsored by International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI) that highlights the unique capacities of the University of Illinois to improve food systems and help ensure that all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.

TAPped In
Creating Customized Educational Materials

The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois is part of a state-wide network of resources for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. TAP's resource room staff can consult, create, and individualize visual supports and other learning aids that assist in teaching many skills—such as reading comprehension, vocabulary, and math proficiency—for teachers, parents, and other agencies in the local community. All of the materials are free and customizable for individual needs, and the TAP staff and student interns are available to meet in person or via phone or email to collectively brainstorm creative problem-solving solutions. In the past year, TAP has created more than 700 customized projects for school staff, parents, and local agencies. Support to local schools and service agencies is an increasing area of demand for TAP’s services. As a convenience to the community, people can email their orders after they have had an initial visit to the resource room, and they’ll be notified when the materials are ready.

Feedback From the Community

"I just want you to know that all the visuals and all the help you and your staff have given me is truly invaluable."  — Local teacher

"Thank you so very much for your guidance in regard to our daughter. The sense of relief I felt after our meeting was palpable."  — Parent