Children in densely populated and under-resourced areas often need inspiring and thoughtful teachers. Margaret Beale Spencer researches how children build resiliency, identity, and self-esteem, and how well-trained teachers can set a solid example for students. Her experiments identified that children as young as three years old learn discriminatory tendencies, but that these tendencies can be reversed with training. Spencer designed a CNN study to test racial bias in children. In addition to other major sources of recognition, she was awarded the 2006 Fletcher Fellowship, which recognized work that furthers the broad social goals of the US Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. Her vulnerability and resiliency focused human development theorizing guides an ongoing program of research on how effective coping strategies can result in healthy outcomes for adolescents in stressful environments, and how teacher/student interactions can be guided to maximize learning.
If you are in your third or fourth year of your PhD program, and you are interested in gaining skills in aging and geriatric research and transitioning into that research area following graduate school, you may be interested in the Transition to Aging Research Award for Predoctoral Students, offered by the National Institute on Aging. More
The SSHD’s 11th Biennial Meeting on stress, resilience, and character development will be held October 11 to 13 in Portland, Oregon. More
NIA has released a new grant opportunity to support scientists in conducting research using automobile technology and automobile data to detect early signs of cognitive impairment in older drivers. More