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National Council on Family Relations

NCFR Weekly Zippy News

Feb. 27, 2019

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  1. NCFR Conference Proposal Deadline: Monday, March 4, 11:59 p.m. PST
  2. Members: Please Sign Up to Review Conference Proposals
  3. New JMF Research Finds Painting and Board Games Brings Couples Closer Together
  4. Free Access to February Issue of JMF, Plus Read New Early-View Articles
  5. COSSA Releases 2019 Rankings of Universities' Federal Social Science Funding
  6. Learn On Demand: NCFR Webinars Are Available 24/7
  7. NCFR Members Can Use Family Focus Articles for Free in the Classroom
  8. Upcoming Events: 6 NCFR State Affiliate Conferences Planned
  9. New Research Publications on Home Visiting, Human Trafficking, Child Care, & Welfare Rules
  10. Zippy's Video of the Week: It Takes “ASL” Village...
  11. Employment Opportunities


2019 NCFR Conference Proposals
Proposal Deadline is Monday, March 4, 11:59 p.m. PST

Don't miss your chance to present at the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on Nov. 20–23 — proposals are due March 4 by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time! A few things to note:

  • You may submit more than one proposal as first author.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Proposals do not need to be part of a symposium.
Detailed instructions — written and video — are available to take you through the submission process.

Proposals for the Affiliate Councils workshops (for members of NCFR's affiliates, or local chapters) are also due on March 4. 

We look forward to seeing your proposals! 

submit your proposal

Member Opportunities
Be an NCFR Conference Proposal Reviewer

NCFR members who are faculty, researchers, doctoral students, or new professionals: If you have not already, please sign up as a reviewer for this year's NCFR conference proposals to help ensure a high-quality conference program! All proposals are blind peer-reviewed, and we need your expertise in the review process.

We especially still need reviewers for two NCFR sections: Ethnic Minorities Section and Family Therapy Section.

The deadline to sign up as a reviewer is Monday, March 4. Thank you for your consideration, and thanks to those who have signed up already!

sign up to review

NCFR Journals
New JMF Research Finds Painting and Board Games Brings Couples Closer Together

MeltonA new article from NCFR's Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF) covered widely in the popular press finds that oxytocin — a hormone associated with romantic bonding — is released during couples' recreation activities of taking painting classes and playing board games.

The research found that while oxytocin levels were elevated for both activities, men in the painting class had the highest amount of change.

The study — Examining Couple Recreation and Oxytocin via the Ecology of Family Experiences Framework (doi:10.1111/jomf.12556) — was led by NCFR member Karen K. Melton, Ph.D., CTRS (pictured at right), an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences at Baylor University. 

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NCFR Journals
Free Access to February JMF, Plus New Early-View Articles

JMFThe Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF), published by NCFR, has been the leading research journal in the family field for more than 75 years.

The February 2019 issue — which is currently available for free and open to the public — features original articles on the topics of families and sex, union instability and dissolution, sibling and intergenerational ties, household labor, income and wealth, and parent-child relationships.

Additionally, these new early-view articles are now available for subscribers:

JMF subscribers can access articles by logging in to the NCFR website and visiting the journal access webpage.

find new articles

Social Science Research
COSSA Releases 2019 Rankings of Universities' Federal Social Science Funding

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), of which NCFR is a member, has released its 2019 College and University Rankings for Federal Social and Behavioral Science R&D, which ranks 468 universities based on federal research and development expenditures for the social and behavioral sciences. The rankings are based on data from the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey for fiscal year 2017.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is at the top of the 2019 rankings, at $126,694,000 in federal research and development expenditures for social and behavioral sciences in fiscal year 2017.

This year’s edition of the rankings includes an interactive dashboard map. 

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Continuing Education
Learn On Demand: NCFR Webinars Are Available 24/7

NCFR's on-demand webinars offer a variety of continuing education and learning experiences for family scholars and practitioners, and they're available to watch on your own schedule. Popular webinars available for purchase include:

All webinars are approved for CFLE hours of continuing education credit. Discounts are available for NCFR members. 

see all on-demand webinars

Classroom Resources
Members: Use Family Focus Articles for Free in Your Classroom

As an NCFR member, you can use articles from the Family Focus section of NCFR Report — NCFR's members-only magazine — for free in your classroom.

Request an article through the NCFR website and we'll provide permissions and a copy of the article you can use with your students.

These recent issue themes and many more are available:

browse all family focus themes

Upcoming Events
NCFR State Affiliate Conferences

NCFR affiliates — local chapters at the state/regional or university levels — allow family scholars and practitioners to exchange ideas and resources, and connect with colleagues in their geographic area.

These NCFR affiliates have planned conferences for this spring: 

see all events

NCFR Resource Library
New Research Publications on Home Visiting, Human Trafficking, Child Care and Welfare Rules

The following new reports from the U.S. Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) have been added to the NCFR Resource Library:

Find these resources and many more in the NCFR Resource Library.

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Zippy's Video of the Week

It Takes “ASL” Village...

You've heard the expression "it takes a village to raise a child," but how can a community successfully interact with a child who is deaf if the members of the community don't know sign language?

In this week's video, learn how the community in Newton, Massachusetts, rallied around 2-year-old Samantha Savitz to support and encourage her development.

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Employment Opportunities

Employers: Get your job opening included in Zippy News by posting it in NCFR's online Jobs Center!

There are no new employment opportunities posted in the NCFR Jobs Center this week. Browse our current listings at the link below!

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