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National Council on Family Relations

NCFR Weekly Zippy News

May 22, 2019

Greetings and congratulations to all the recent graduates in Family Science and related disciplines in the family field.

Zippy News will take a short break and return the week of June 3. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

  1. NCFR 2019 Presenter Notices Have Been Emailed
  2. Olson Discusses the Challenges and Future of the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems
  3. New On-Demand Webinar Recordings Available
  4. NCFR Honors Program: Summer Grads Apply by June 1
  5. June 1 Deadline to Apply for NCFR Affiliate Awards
  6. Health App for Latino Immigrant Families Wins Research Prize
  7. U.S. Census Bureau Launches Online Learning Community for Researchers
  8. 3 New Federal Funding Opportunities for Family Researchers
  9. Family Researchers Invited to Provide Input to NIH, NASEM
  10. Zippy's Video of the Week: A Heart Can Grow
  11. 2 New Employment Opportunities

Is there an item you'd like considered for inclusion in Zippy News? Read our submission guidelines, then email the information and/or link to Trip Sullivan.

2019 Annual NCFR Conference Update
Conference Presenter Notices Have Been Emailed

Check Your Inbox or Junk Mail From May 21

A note to those who submitted a proposal to present at the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference: All proposal submitters were notified Tuesday, May 21, by an email from OxfordAbstracts.com. Submitters were asked to notify their co-authors.

If you submitted a proposal but did not see an email notice dated May 21, please check your junk, spam, promotions, or bulk mail folders. The emails came directly from the Oxford Abstracts proposal submission system. Email Cindy Winter with questions or concerns.

full conference info

Thank you to our 2019 Conference Host — University of North Texas, Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development and Family Science Programs — for its generous support of the conference.

NCFR Journals
Olson Discusses the Challenges and Future of the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems

JFTRThe Journal of Family Theory & Review (JFTR) publishes original contributions in all areas of family theory, including advancing theories through critical and metatheoretical projects, and comprehensive reviews of literature and media.

Several new early-view articles are now available for JFTR subscribers, most notably an update to the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems by its original author, David H. Olson, Ph.D.

Over the past 30 years, the Olson Circumplex Model has assisted researchers and practitioners alike in examining a couple's relationship through their flexibility, cohesion, and communication skills. In this new article, Dr. OIson and his co-authors present future directions and challenges for the model.

JFTR subscribers can access this and other early-view articles by logging in to the NCFR website and visiting the journal access webpage.

find new articles

NCFR Webinars
New On-Demand Recordings Available

Did you miss a recent webinar? Our spring webinar series featured expert presenters going in-depth into research techniques and methods that are great skills for family scholars to have. Register today and watch these on-demand recordings at your convenience:

All webinars approved for CFLE continuing education credit.

see all on-demand webinars

NCFR Student Honors Recognition
Distinguish Yourself as an Outstanding Student Through NCFR Honors Program

Summer-Term Grads: Apply for NCFR Honors by June 1

Are you graduating this summer? Apply for NCFR Honors to distinguish yourself as a top candidate as you launch your career in Family Science! NCFR's Honors Student Program recognizes the exceptional academic, service, and leadership accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students in the Family Science discipline.

You can apply completely online. All application materials and application fee for spring graduates must be received by June 1, 2019.

apply today

NCFR Awards
June 1 Deadline to Apply for NCFR Affiliate Awards

Members of NCFR's state, regional, and student chapters, known as affiliates, are eligible to apply for the following Affiliate Councils Awards by the deadline of Saturday, June 1.

apply for awards

Member News
Health App for Latino Immigrant Families Wins Research Prize

RodriguezA research project by NCFR member Matthew Rodriguez and his team took third place in the Do Good Challenge at the University of Maryland, which tasks students with creating solutions that address important social issues.

Their project, Padres Preparados, Jovenes Saludables, is a mobile app aims to combat obesity in children by improving fathers’ or male caregivers’ positive parenting practices.

read story and download app

U.S. Census Bureau Launches Online Learning Community for Researchers

The U.S. Census Bureau has launched Census Academy, a new website designed to help researchers learn how to access and utilize Census data.

Free educational content is available for professionals of all skill levels to learn at their own pace through full online courses, short how-to videos, and opportunities to interact with instructors via webinars.

get started at the academy

3 New Federal Funding Opportunities for Family Researchers

The U.S. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) has three open funding opportunities for family researchers:

  1. Up to three grants to support dissertation research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues. 
  2. Up to four grants to support dissertation research on social services programs and policies that serve low-income children, adults, and families. 
  3. A fellowship for a child development researcher to gain skills and expertise in policy-relevant research at the federal level.

see full details

Family Researchers Invited to Provide Input to NIH, NASEM

Plus: A Revised NIH Definition of "Behavioral and Social Sciences Research"

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted a final revised definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on its website. Thanks to family scholars who sent their feedback on the proposed definition earlier this year.

Two new opportunities are available for scholars to champion the importance of Family Science research in the social science community:

  1. NIH is compiling a list of key advances in health made possible by the behavioral and social sciences. Deadline: July 31, 2019. 
  2. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) seek white papers on the first phase of a decadal survey focused on reducing the burden of Alzheimer's disease. Deadline: June 15, 2019. 

learn more

A Heart Can Grow

Zippy's Video of the Week: A Heart Can Grow

Sesame Street has introduced a new Muppet character named Karli who is living in foster care with “for-now” parents, Dalia and Clem. Karli's debut is part of the ongoing Sesame Street in Communities project that provides free bilingual resources for community providers and caregivers.

In one of the new videos starring Karli, she teaches Elmo how to explore and share feelings through a drawing exercise.

watch video


Employment Opportunities

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

Visiting Assistant Professor of Family Studies
Mississippi University for Women

Mississippi University for Women Department of Psychology and Family Studies seeks a visiting assistant professor to teach four undergraduate courses each regular semester. Course assignments depend upon expertise and may include any of the following: human sexuality; lifespan human development; women's experiences in family life; families and public policy; program planning and evaluation; professional issues in family studies; introductory statistics; or introductory research methods.

Location: Columbus, Mississippi
Required Education: Doctorate (ABDs considered)
Application Deadline: Open until filled

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Military REACH at Auburn University

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University seeks a postdoctoral research fellow to support the work of Military REACH in a one-year position, renewable depending on funding and job performance. Military REACH provides high-quality resources to the U.S. Department of Defense in the form of research and professional development tools across the spectrum of family support, resilience, and readiness. The successful candidate will assist in the summarizing and synthesizing of Family Science research for target audiences including policymakers, helping professionals, and military families.

Location: Auburn, Alabama
Required Education: Doctorate
Application Deadline: Review begins June 3, 2019; open until filled

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