Introducing NCFR Mentoring Academy // New Focus Group on Diverse Family Structures // 2019 International Day of Families

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NCFR Weekly Zippy News

May 15, 2019

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  1. NCFR Launches Mentoring Academy Benefit for Members
  2. Emeritus Status Awarded to 3 New Retired CFLEs
  3. Open Access Article: The Enduring Effects of Mother-Child Interactions as Children Become Adults
  4. Last Chance to Register: The Fundamentals of Missing Data
  5. Introducing the Diverse Family Structures Focus Group
  6. UConn Students Use NCFR Grant Award to Host International Family Day
  7. Tune in to the UN Live Stream May 16 for the International Day of Families Observance
  8. 2019 NCFR Conference Coming Together Thanks to Program Committee
  9. Register for the 2019 Groves Conference On Marriage and Family
  10. Zippy's Video of the Week: Max and Bill
  11. Employment Opportunities

NCFR Membership News
NCFR Launches Mentoring Academy Benefit for Members

When NCFR asked members in 2018 whether NCFR should create a mentoring program, “yes” was the answer for more than 96% of survey respondents.

Given many members’ clear desire for a program that creates professional mentoring relationships, NCFR and its Students and New Professionals (SNP) leaders are excited to pilot the NCFR Mentoring Academy program, in which all members are invited to be involved as a mentor or a mentee.

Applications for the first year of the program are due July 1, 2019.

learn how to apply

Emeritus Status Awarded to 3 New Retired CFLEs

emeritiThe Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Emeritus status has been awarded to retired CFLEs Arminta Jacobson, Ph.D., James J. Ponzetti, Jr., Ph.D., D.Min., and Janice G. Weber, Ph.D., CFCS, in recognition of their significant contributions to the field of Family Life Education.

This honorary status is awarded annually to a small number of retired CFLEs and recognizes the awardees' continued commitment to the field and lifetime affiliation with the CFLE program.

learn more about the recipients

NCFR Journals
The Enduring Effects of Mother-Child Interactions as Children Become Adults

JMFInteractions between a mother and her child have been linked to cognitive outcomes in childhood, but little work has looked at the far-reaching effects.

A study published in Journal of Marriage and Family examined data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, more positive mother-child interactions during the first 16 years of life predicted higher education in adulthood, which predicted less decline in episodic memory, or the memory of autobiographical events.

“These findings highlight the importance of taking an integrative and lifespan approach to assessing how early-life experiences affect socioemotional and cognitive development,” the authors wrote.

This article is temporarily free and open to the public.

read article

missing data
Last Chance to Register for Live Webinar
Learn Modern Methods for Addressing Missing Data in Research

Live Event: Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CT
Recording Available On Demand

There's still time to register to attend this Thursday's live webinar about handling missing data in your research.

You'll hear from webinar presenter Isaac Washburn, Ph.D., about:

  • how past methods of dealing with missing data are inadequate for addressing bias created by missing data;
  • two modern methods of addressing missing data: multiple imputation and maximum likelihood; and
  • examples of multiple imputation and maximum likelihood techniques using Mplus, Stata, and SPSS.

If you can't attend this webinar live, you can still register to get access to the recording.

register today

And don't forget next Tuesday's webinar: Creating Mid-Range Models: It's More Than Just SEM (May 21)

Member Groups Update
Introducing the Diverse Family Structures Focus Group

The new Diverse Family Structures Focus Group is intended for NCFR members who are interested in understanding and supporting families that experience transitions in structure, or are otherwise understudied: stepfamilies, single-parent families, multi-generational families, same-sex parent families, adoptive families, and more.

Focus groups are a place for NCFR members with specific family interests to connect and share resources. A dedicated online discussion group is available for every focus group as a place to collaborate on research, generate conference submission ideas, ask for advice on projects, and more.

Focus groups are free for NCFR members to join. To add or remove a focus group from your membership, log in to

join the group

NCFR Awards
UConn Students Use NCFR Grant Award to Host International Family Day

Members of NCFR's state, regional, and student chapters, known as affiliates, have the opportunity to apply for several annual NCFR awards. The 2019 deadline to apply for affiliate awards is Saturday, June 1.

One of these awards is the Affiliate Grant, which was awarded in 2017 to the student affiliate at the University of Connecticut. Member Lindsay M. Westberg provided photos and a report of how they used their grant to hold a community event. Read her story to get inspiration for what your affiliate group could do with this grant.

read story

Apply for the 2019 Affiliate Grant Award — Applications due Saturday, June 1

United Nations
Tune in to the UN Live Stream May 16 for the International Day of Families Observance

KaplanMay 15 is recognized annually as the International Day of Families. Each year, the United Nations (U.N.) observes this day with a special program at its headquarters in New York. 

This year's theme is “Families and Climate Action” and one of the featured presenters will be NCFR member Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D. Dr. Kaplan will present on the implications for promoting climate change awareness and action from intergenerational perspectives.

This year's observance on Thursday, May 16, is open to the public, and will be live streamed from 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET on the U.N.'s website.

learn more

2019 NCFR Annual Conference
Thanks for a Great Conference Program Meeting

The program for the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference (Nov. 20–23 in Fort Worth, Texas) is taking shape thanks to the work and dedication of this year's Conference Program Committee.

NCFR staff are grateful to Conference Program Chair Katia Paz Goldfarb and members of the committee who traveled to Minneapolis for a productive conference-planning meeting May 4–5. We’re excited to introduce their preliminary conference program in June. Those who submitted proposals for this year’s conference will receive notice about their proposals by June 1.

The program committee comprises the conference program chair and chair-elect, NCFR section chairs, affiliate councils program chair, Students and New Professionals program representatives, Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop chairs, and an Inclusion and Diversity Committee representative. May is a busy time of year, and we appreciate the committee's time and dedication.

see all committee members

Upcoming Event
2019 Groves Conference On Marriage and Family

June 19-21, 2019 // Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Registration is open for this year's Groves Conference on Marriage and Family. The theme is "Surviving or Thriving: Exploring Adversity, Resilience, and Hope Across the Lifespan."

This conference features leading scholars in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) from academia and U.S. governmental agencies. Family researchers and practitioners are invited to attend and examine innovative ways of fostering family resilience.

learn more

Max and Bill

Zippy's Video of the Week: Max and Bill

The folks at Extra Gum sure know how to craft sweet stories about connecting with others. In a follow up to their love story of Sarah and Juan, we are introduced to an intergenerational friendship between Max and Bill. Be warned, if not a piece of gum, you may find yourself reaching for a box of tissues. 

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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 job listings this week.

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