Author: Heather Fabian

UConn Child Development Laboratories achieve NAEYC accreditation

Anne BladenThe UConn Child Development Laboratories recently achieved a new, five-year term of NAEYC accreditation. They scored very high across all categories, putting them in the top 25% of the already small group of programs that actually get accredited at all. As those involved in the reaccreditation process can attest, the amount of work that goes into the accreditation application is enormous, and so I commend Anne Bladen, and the other staff and teachers in the Child Labs for all of their hard work to make this happen.

Linda Halgunseth recieves UConn Teaching Excellence Award, and SRCD Latino Caucus Award

Linda HalgunsethCongratulations to Assistant Professor Linda Halgunseth, on the 2017 UConn-AAUP Excellence Award for Teaching Excellence: Early Career!  For the list of all recipients check out the announcement.

She is also one of two recipients of this year’s Society for Research in Child Development Latino Caucus Early Career Award!  To quote the selection committee, “The committee felt [her] research has advanced our knowledge of Latino families, especially [her] focus on ethnicity and parenting.”

Linda will receive this award in April at the SRCD Conference in Austin, TX.

Description of the Award:

The Early Career Research Award will honor an active Latino Caucus member who obtained a PhD within the past 10 years (degree conferred on/or after 2006). To be considered for the award, a nomination letter must detail why the candidate’s work exemplifies the mission of the Latino Caucus. In addition, the candidate should submit: a CV and two papers that serve as the foundation for the nomination. There will be a $1000 honorarium associated with this award.

Alaina Brenick awarded PI’ed grant

Alaina BrenickAssistant Professor Alaina Brenick was recently awarded her PI’ed grant from University of Potsdam, Kooperationsförderung für die USA und Russland, with Co-Investigator Maja K. Schacher (University of Potsdam), The Development of Intergroup Relations in the Classroom: Understanding Context, Child Characteristics, and Consequences. The project will fund their travel to NY to meet around the International Academy for Intercultural Research Biennial Conference.  Alaina and Maja will meet with a number of European collaborators (Dr. Karen Phalet, Co-PI) as well as a team of researchers at CUNY Grad Center Race, Ethnicity, and Migration program in preparation of a grant proposal for the EU’s Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.

The award will also fund Alaina’s travel to the University of Potsdam to conduct site visits for an upcoming project, carry-out analyses from a previous project, Social Integration and Socio-Emotional Adjustment of Early-Adolescent Turkish Immigrants in Culturally Diverse Schools in Germany, and to work on an invited book chapter, “The Development of Intergroup Relations in the Classroom: Understanding Context, Child Characteristics, and Consequences, to appear in an edited volume on children and prejudice.

Several Scholarship Facilitation Fund Awards Received

Several HDFS faculty recently received Scholarship Facilitation Fund (SFF) Awards, “designed to assist faculty in the initiation, completion, or advancement of research projects, scholarly activities, creative works, or interdisciplinary initiatives that are critical to advancing the faculty member’s scholarship and/or creative works.”

Professor Rebecca Puhl: Meet me at the Crossroads for her project, Weight Stigma at the Intersections of Race and Gender.

Assistant Professors Ryan Watson and Alaina Brenick for their project, Addressing the Concerns and Needs of UConn Trans Students via a Partnership of UConn Researchers and Community Stakeholders.

Professor Steven Wisensale for his project, Baseball Diplomacy in Japan – U.S. Relations: A focus on Four of Major League Baseball’s Goodwill Tours Between 1931 and 1953.


Congratulations to these faculty for their accomplishments!