Human Development and Family Sciences
The Catalyst
November/December 2020
Dear HDFS community,

Unbelievably it is December already! I wish to thank each and everyone of you for everything you have done to make this semester a smooth and productive one for our students, colleagues, and staff! Despite the many challenges, our department has continued to flourish as can be seen by some of the remarkable achievements detailed below.

I wish you a restful holiday season and a healthy and joyful 2021!

Bahira Sherif Trask, HDFS dept chair
Faculty and Student Spotlights
HDFS associate professor Allison Karpyn is the Community Engagement Liaison and Evaluation Lead on a grant project through DE-CTR. The ACCEL DE-CTR program seeks to cultivate scholars across Universities in DE and in South Carolina through a range of supportive systems. The Community Engagement & Outreach (CEO) Core works to make research more impactful and responsive to community needs by expanding the work of our initial funding by giving voice and priority to the needs of community and its patients, integrating community engagement across all ACCEL components, creating and nurturing teams that incorporate best practices in community engagement.
Myae Han, HDFS professor, will be receiving the Edgar Klugman Award for Leadership and Research in Play (distinguished play researcher award) from the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) 's Play, Policy, & Practice (PPP) Forum. She will be presented the award during the NAEYC virtual annual conference. Congratulations on this achievement Myae! 
HDFS assistant professor Heather Farmer's research specializes in the biopsychosocial processes underlying racial disparities in health in older adults. Her work focuses on the mechanisms responsible for such disparities, including how stress exposure, resilience, sleep impairment, and neighborhood conditions contribute to disparities in physiological deterioration (e.g., inflammation, cardiometabolic dysregulation) across the life course. Her research also focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and socioeconomic status (SES) in producing health disparities.

Heather was recently selected by the Gerontological Society of America as a recipient of the Junior Investigator Diversity Fellow award and also received an award from the GSA Behavioral and Social Sciences section. Being named a Junior Investigator Diversity Fellow is a prestigious honor that is provided to selected early career scholars from underrepresented backgrounds who show strong potential to contribute to the future of aging research. 
HDFS assistant professor Anamarie Whitaker's research focuses on early care and education policy, program quality, and children's development. She is especially interested in determining which and how early learning program components such as curriculum, and support services like teacher professional development are related to classroom instructional practices and children's school readiness. She is also interested in understanding whether and how local, state, and national early care and education policy affects early learning program quality and children's short and long-term development.
HDFS assistant professor Stephanie Raible was selected as a National Board Member of the Social Enterprise Alliance. She is one of only 16 board members nationally to help develop SEA's social enterprise ecosystem. 

Second, Stephanie along with her co-author from CSU-CI, was awarded the Best Ethics Case Award from the North American Case Research Association (NACRA) for her case, "Go Baby Go: Scaling a Social Movement Around Mobility" (featuring UD faculty member Cole Galloway and GBG as a case. It is an honor to have received an award on her first attempt writing a case study. 
Paula Salvador is a 2nd-year Master’s student in the Human Development & Family Sciences program with a specialization in Adolescent and Youth Development. Her research focuses on parenting practices and children’s cognitive development. Currently, Paula is working on her thesis titled ‘The Association between Interparental Conflict and Task Completion Over-time: Parental Closeness as a Mediator’. She plans to graduate in the Spring of 2021 with hopes of enrolling in a PhD program and continuing her research post-graduation.

Under the mentorship of HDFS associate professor Mellissa Gordon, Paula earned the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) student access grant to present their paper ‘Parental Discipline and Children's Cognitive and Social Functioning: Variations by Gender’ at this year’s NCFR Conference. They plan to submit this paper for publication in the near future. When Paula is not working on her research or studying, she likes to spend time with her nephews.
Abigail Cooper (top left) and Gia Cammisa (top right) are students in the Human Relations Administration (HRA) major and members of the Delaware Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter here on campus, They were recently selected as scholarship award recipients by the organization. Students of all majors are welcome to join the student chapter to learn more about human resources and to connect with professionals in the field. The HRA major is a great fit for students interested in positions in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in areas such as human resources, training and development, employee relations, and more. If you are interested in the major, please contact Danielle Dolan and if you are interested in joining the DE SHRM Student Chapter, please contact Gia Cammisa.
Research Centers at Work
Because of the pandemic, school looks different this fall, with many districts implementing remote and hybrid learning. As a result, early care and education programs are supporting school-age students. 

To help with these efforts, the DIEEC partnered with the Office of Early Learning and the Department of Justice to distribute $1 million to programs overseeing school-age remote learning in child care programs. The DIEEC is administering these ECE School-Age Remote Learning Grants and awarding funds between $500 - $7,500 for items purchased for remote learning by school-age children during the time of Aug. 4th – Dec. 30th.
NDEHS has been working to continue to find ways to support each other and the children and families in this COVID environment. Thus, they have been focusing on supporting self-care and wellness during the past few month. They have started self-care groups for families and staff, as well as sponsored or planned self-care virtual activities such as family Zumba, cooking class and story times.
They are in the middle of their annual coat and toy drives which needed to change too.  Attached is a flyer about the toy drive. The Bundle Up Baby! Campaign is active on the UD henfunder page. They have already distributed over 100 coats!
The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, a center within HDFS, transformed their internationally recognized Leadership Institutes to an online format. Since September, the Consortium has run five, multi-day virtual training institutes. Intensive training on new approaches to serving people with disabilities was provided to 140 leaders who work in organizations that offer, fund or oversee services to people with disabilities. Each Leadership Institute offers participants 36 hours of training including lecture, interactive learning, and work on a significant organizational change project. Of this new approach to offering Leadership Institutes, one participant said, "The Virtual Leadership Institute provided me with a wealth of knowledge and support that I never thought was possible. I've taken many classes on leadership, and many online classes, this one far exceeded anything I thought possible!"
Important Dates
  • Final examinations begin, 12/12
  • Examinations end and winter break begins, 12/18
  • Winter session begins, 1/4
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