IHDSC Seminar Series 2007-2008

Fall 2007

October 31, 2007

David Kirp, Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. and author of the widely-touted The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics, argued that paying for preschool now can help save us from paying for unemployment, crime, and emergency rooms later. Kirp discussed the findings of an extraordinary longitudinal study that shows the life-changing impact of preschool. More than 60 faculty members and students attended the engaging seminar.

Website: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/KIRDOE.html

[Co-Sponsored with NYU's Department of Sociology]

November 29, 2007

Jim Flynn, Professor of Political Studies, University of Otago

Professor Flynn is one of the most creative and influential psychologists working in the field of intelligence.  He discussed the findings in his new book, What is Intelligence? Beyond the Flynn Effect, in which he offers a new picture of human intelligence that is both surprising and illuminating

James Flynn is Professor Emeritus at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and was named the Distinguished Scientist of the Year in 2007 by the International Society for Intelligence Research. 

Click here to visit the publisher's website.

Spring 2008

January 29, 2008

Christina Gibson-Davis, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

Prof. Gibson's research focuses on the causes and consequences of marriage formation for low-income families; and the health and well-being of low-income families and children

Title: "Going underground, but not to get married:
The Influence of the informal economy on marriage transitions"

Shelley ClarkFebruary 7, 2008

Shelley Clark, Associate Professor, McGill University (Canada Research Chair in Youth, General, and Global Health)

Dr. Clark's research focuses on global health, including HIV/AIDS, gender, adolescent transition, family structure, and social demography.

[Co-Sponsored with Wagner]

Rashmita MistryFebruary 26, 2008

Rashmita Mistry, Assistant Professor of Psychological Studies in Education, UCLA

Prof. Mistry's research focuses on the area of poverty and social policies as they affect families and children's social adjustments



Michael HoutMarch 5, 2008

Michael Hout, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Professor Hout uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics.

Title: "Rationing opportunity: The colleges' role in the slowdown in American higher education 1977-2007."

[Co-Sponsored with CASSR]

John ErmischMarch 10, 2008

John Ermisch, Professor of Economics, University of Essex

Dr. Ermisch's research interests focus on economics of the family, including intergenerational transfers, the economics of household formation, and housing economics.  

Title: "Intra-family resource allocation: a dynamic model of children's birth weight."

[Co-Sponsored with Department of Economics]

pollakApril 15, 2008

Seth Pollak, Letters & Sciences Distinguished Professor; Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, the LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs, and the Waisman Center for Human Development; University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Dr. Pollak's research is focused on children's emotional development and the relationship between early emotional experience and child psychopathology.

Title: "How social experience gets under the skin: Affective neuroscience approaches to understanding children at-risk."  

Phil FisherApril 29, 2008

Philip Fisher, Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center

Dr. Fisher's research is focused on prevention in the early years of life, the effects of early stress on the developing brain, and the plasticity of neural systems in response to environmental interventions. He is the developer of the Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Program for Preschoolers (MTFC-P).

Title: "Applying models of the neurobiology of early life stress to preventive interventions for foster children." 

**Listen to a podcast of Dr. Fisher's talk.

IHDSC would like to thank The New York Times for their generous contribution in support of our Spring 2008 seminar series. For information on how the New York Times can assist faculty and/or students in using the paper to complement coursework, please visit:


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