- Several people from our department participated in the recent Society for the Study of Human Development conference in Austin, Texas. SSHD is a relatively small association that, in contrast to the many organizations in our field that concentrate on specific age groups (e.g., infancy, childhood, adolescence, old age), features studies on any part of the lifespan. The following photo shows two of our graduate students who attended, Paulina Velez and John Purcell (right), visiting with Tufts University professor, Richard Lerner, a prominent scholar in areas such as applied developmental science and child and adolescent temperament. Presentations from Texas Tech faculty and students are listed in the conference program.
- It was announced that Dr. Elizabeth Sharp will receive the Alexis J. Walker Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Feminist Family Studies at next month’s annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, in Vancouver. As always, we’ll have extensive coverage of the NCFR conference, including Dr. Sharp’s award.
- Each October, we have three opportunities to reach out to current and prospective Texas Tech undergraduates about majoring or minoring in HDFS. These opportunities come at the South Plains Career Expo for area high school students; the Texas Tech Preview for prospective students and their families; and the Majors and Minors (M & M) Fair for students already attending Texas Tech, who are either undecided on a field of study or are considering a switch. These events are now complete. For the first time, we had an Outreach Committee of faculty and instructors who staffed our table at these events: Mitzi Ziegner (committee chair), Dr. Alan Reifman (associate department chair), Dr. Stephanie Shine (Early Childhood program director), and Drs. Zhen Cong, Miriam Mulsow, and Dana Weiser. In the first photo below, Drs. Reifman and Cong stand in front of our new HDFS banner at yesterday’s M & M Fair. The second photo shows a little game we created for the 2014 Career Expo, in which statistics from the New York Times (“How Many Households Are Like Yours?“) were used to make cards showing different family structures and students were invited to guess how common each family form was in the U.S.