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2013Thailand.jpgOn December 26, Family Social Science professor Catherine Solheim, boarded a plane bound for Thailand along with her UM-Duluth colleague Jill Klingner, and 16 undergraduate students. They're partaking in a 3-week learning adventure titled Families, Culture and Health in Thailand.

The students are documenting their experiences in Chiang Mai, Chiangrai, and Bangkok by posting stories and photos on the Family, Culture, and Health in Thailand blog.

Read more about their day-to-day experiences, as well as their reflections on the trip after returning to Minnesota on January 15.

Damir Utrzan"If you haven't experienced it, you can't fully understand it," said Department of Family Social Science graduate student Damir Utržan, on seeking asylum. While pursuing his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University, Utržan became involved in the University's Mental Health Human Rights Clinic, helping families to gain asylum in the United States.

Read more about Utržan's connection with those he assisted, as well as more about the program in The Family Institute's newsletter, page 3.

Hmong Across BordersThe Consortium for Hmong Studies between the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted the second Hmong studies conference "Hmong Across Borders," over three days in October. The conference focused on current, innovative research on the Hmong across different intellectual and national boundaries, by scholars from across the U.S., Thailand, and China.

Department of Family Social Science participants included professors Zha Blong Xiong and Catherine Solheim, and graduate student Kari Smalkoski, who presented twice and co-organized the conference.

Janet YeatsMinnPost featured Department of Family Social Science alumna Janet Yeats in an article on hoarding, including the writer's own personal account of dealing with a family member who exhibited hoarding behavior.

Janet Yeats is the co-founder, along with FSoS alumna Jennifer Sampson, of The Hoarding Project, a nonprofit based in Minnesota and Washington. She's established herself as the expert on hoarding in Minnesota and is frequently featured in news stories about hoarding.

Read the MinnPost story here.

ADAPTDepartment of Family Social Science professor Abi Gewirtz and her research project ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) were featured on KSTP-TV. One of the families who participated in the ADAPT project shared their experience of deployment and reintegration. Watch the news segment on KSTP's website.

ADAPT is looking to include several more families in their project. Find out more about the project's research and the resources they offer on the ADAPT website.

After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting ToolsThe Mankato Free Press featured families who have participated in the ADAPT project (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools), led by Department of Family Social Science Professor Abi Gewirtz, in an article about military families adjusting to life after deployment.

ADAPT recruits National Guard and Reserve families to participate in studies that help the ADAPT team to develop and test parenting resources for families who have gone through the deployment process and have school-aged children. They are currently seeking families to participate who meet their criteria.

More information on how to participate and what the project is about can be found on ADAPT's website.

Department of Family Social Science alumna Lindsay Walz (B.A., 2005) is one of three recipients of the 2013 Arts & Healing Network award: Honoring the Next Generation.

Lindsay is an artist and the founder of courageous heARTS, an organization empowering youth through expressive arts.

The Star Tribune featured her organization and her story in July.

The award category celebrates future leaders in art and healing, 35 years old an under, with a monetary prize that the organization hopes will encourage and support the recipients to continue and expand their work.

Find out more about family social science alumni on our website.

DworkinJodi.jpgDepartment of Family Social Science professor Jodi Dworkin is among nine CEHD faculty who received U of M Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPSA) travel grants.

Professor Dworkin plans to travel to Australia to coordinate an international, applied research project.

"This research would consider the impact of family on university attendance and the success of under-represented and at risk students (e.g., international students, low-income students, non-traditional students, and indigenous students). I will be talking with collaborators to begin to develop research protocols and explore the outreach goals for this project, including the implications for university students and their families in Australia and the US," states Professor Dworkin.

A goal of the GPSA sponsored trips is to work towards creating global opportunities for University of Minnesota students.

Read more about Professor Dworkin's research.

Department of Family Social ScienceDepartment of Family Social Science graduate student Kayla Anderson and Jessica Rudi have been selected as the 2013 Neubeck/Maddock Scholarship recipients. The scholarship provides financial support for travel to conferences where they have each been selected to present scholarly papers.

Kayla presented "Outcomes of ART Multiples and their Families: A Look at Middle Childhood" at the Conjoint Meeting of the International Federation of Fertility Societies and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Boston, and "Acknowledging Differences: Do Adoptive Family Interactions Matter?" at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Jessica will present two papers, "Parent-child relationship quality and parental knowledge among emerging adult college students: The role of communication," and "Family communication patterns and frequency of communication technology use with parents among emerging adult college students," at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood 6th Biennial Conference in Chicago, and "It's not just for teens: Parents' use of social networking sites," at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Learn more about Kayla Anderson and Jessica Rudi by visiting their profile pages.

Kirsten Lind SealDepartment of Family Social Science graduate student Kirsten Lind Seal presented a 6-hour workshop, "Taking the Fear out of Ethical Practice: Why Anxiety Doesn't Help and What to Do About It" to the North Dakota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy on October 25. The workshop fulfilled the requirement of Ethics CEU's for the attendees' licensure renewal.

Learn more about Kirsten's work.

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