The Peabody Pulse

Sept. 28, 2020

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This Week

Monday: HDFS Career Connections, 4 pm., Facebook Live

Thursday: School Counseling Information Session, 6 p.m., Online

Thursday: HDFS/LatinxEd ‘Lunch & Learn,’ Noon, RSVP here

Friday: HDFS Faculty Mentoring Circle, 2 p.m., Online


Roger Mills-Koonce on team that wins $3.6 million NIMH grant

A team that includes faculty member Roger Mills-Koonce as a co-principal investigator has won a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. The five-year award is led by Cathi Propper at FPG Child Development Institute and Rebecca Knickmeyer at Michigan State University. The study funded by the grant will supplement an ongoing project — the Brain and Early Experience Study — and will be the first to investigate the influence of early psychosocial stress on the gut microbiome and its relationship with brain circuity associated with anxiety symptoms and other psychopathology in early childhood. The study is a collaboration by researchers from multiple departments and universities, including FPG, the School of Education, and the School of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, Michigan State University, The University of Wisconsin, Boston University, and RTI International.


HDFS hosting ‘Career Connections’ event today

The Human Development and Family Studies program is hosting a “Career Connections” event today at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live. The event will allow students in the HDFS program and considering joining it to hear from students who are in jobs or graduate programs in counseling, education, child life, and allied health.


HDFS, LatinxEd hosting ‘Lunch & Learn’ on Thursday

Faculty member Yuliana Rodriguez-Vongsavanh will talk about Latinx family values and their role in Latinx identity development during this ‘Lunch & Learn’ event co-hosted by the HDFS program and LatinxEd. The event will be held on Facebook Live. Those wishing to participate may RSVP here.


HDFS ‘Faculty Mentoring Circle’ on Friday features Kathryn Leech discussing graduate school

The HDFS program is hosting a “Faculty Mentoring Circle” on Friday, with faculty member Kathryn Leech talking about research and graduate school. Students are invited to join the discussion to learn more about extending an academic career beyond an undergraduate program. Zoom meeting details were emailed to students from the HDFS program. More information is available from Helyne Frederick,


Jeff Greene hosts new podcast featuring Tom Farmer

Faculty member Jeff Greene hosts the latest in a series of podcasts for the American Psychological Association’s Division 15, talking with former School of Education faculty member Tom Farmer. The discussion explores a recent paper by Farmer, Jill Hamm and others entitled “Promoting Inclusive Communities in Diverse Classrooms: Teacher Attunement and Social Dynamics Management,” published in Educational Psychologist.


Elaine Townsend Utin participating in Oct. 6 Hunt Institute webinar

Elaine Townsend Utin, co-director of LatinxEd, will be one of the discussants in a Hunt Institute webinar entitled “Race & Education: Identifying and Supporting the Human Needs of Children of Color.” The event will feature a discussion about the challenges facing children of color during this period of uncertainty and how leaders can help students through the trauma so they can focus on themselves and their learning. More information and register here.


LatinxEd hosting ’20 Under 20 Gala” on Oct. 10

LatinxEd will hold a “20 Under 20 Gala” on Oct. 10, featuring Latinx youth from across North Carolina. The event celebrates successful Latinx students and helps support the work of LatinxEd. More information and a link to register are here.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

Faculty members are noted in bold, graduate students/recent graduates with underline.

Sasha Mintz, Katherine M. Ingram, Anne Milliken, Tomei Kuehl, Dorothy L. Espelage. Longitudinal associations between sexual victimization and substance misuse among high school youth in Colorado. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Ji Hong & Dionne Cross Francis (2020) Unpacking complex phenomena through qualitative inquiry: The case of teacher identity research, Educational Psychologist, 55:4, 208-219, DOI: 10.1080/00461520.2020.1783265


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Upcoming Events

Saturday, Oct. 10

LatinxEd 20 Under 20 Gala

7 p.m.

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Tuesday, Oct. 13

Ed.D. Information Session

6 p.m.

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Wednesday, Oct. 14

MEITE Information Session

6 p.m.

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Tuesday, Oct. 27

MSA Information Session

6 p.m.

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Thursday, Oct. 29

MAT Information Session

6 p.m.

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Monday, Nov. 2

School Counseling Information Session

6 p.m.

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Wednesday, Nov. 4

MEITE Information Session

6 p.m.

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Tuesday, Nov. 10

Ed.D. Information Session

6 p.m.