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The Engaged Scholar Magazine Cover - Volume 7

Diversity and Inclusion
Volume No. 7 addresses equitable and sustainable approaches to coping with the social, technological, and economic complexities of life in the 21st century.



Announcements

CU Expo 2013: Engaging Shared Worlds
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2012

Special Issue of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship Call for Manuscripts
Deadline: March 1, 2013

Handbook of Engaged Scholarship:
Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions, Volumes 1 and 2

Now available from MSU Press

Tool of Engagement Learning Modules
Learn about new curriculum modules available to faculty that introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement and help instruct the next generation of scholars.

MSU Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement
Program prepares graduate students for academic careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.




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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Engaged Cross-Cultural Scholarship with Latino Families Pilar S. Horner, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
College of Social Science
Researcher, Julian Samora Research Institute
University Outreach and Engagement

Engaged Cross-Cultural Scholarship with Latino Families

Pilar Horner has worked with Latino/Latina adults and youth affected by some of the deepest human suffering, including drug, alcohol, and sexual abuse, child neglect, poverty, mental health, HIV/AIDS, immigration and workers' rights issues, and imprisonment.

As a sociologist and assistant professor in MSU's School of Social Work, and faculty member with the Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI), Horner's Chilean heritage has influenced the way she approaches qualitative research and cross-cultural collaborations.

"The lack of scholarship with these communities is shocking, but just because a researcher speaks Spanish doesn't mean that is the only requirement necessary to conduct community-based participatory research in a Latino community," says Horner ... read more




Girls on the Move in Michigan Lorraine Robbins, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor
College of Nursing

Girls on the Move in Michigan

Many middle school-aged girls spend a significant amount of time in front of a screen—whether a TV, computer, MP3 player, or cell phone. The increase in digital time has become an unhealthy trend that is contributing to weight gain and related health problems for this age group. Lorraine Robbins of MSU's College of Nursing is addressing this situation in her federally-funded intervention, "Girls on the Move."

Girls on the Move targets low-active 5th to 8th grade girls in large, diverse, urban schools, with the goal of seeing increased moderate to vigorous physical activity and a change in body mass index, body fat, and overall fitness. The 17-week program includes two motivational counseling sessions with a nurse to assess the girls' needs and potential barriers to activity. Throughout the program the girls also use an iPad to answer surveys and receive helpful suggestions tailored to meet their individual needs.

"This approach provides an excellent opportunity, not only for keeping them on track with physical activity but also for developing their reading, computer, and communication skills," said Robbins ... read more


 
MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Sharing Economic Realities and Expertise -- MSU Professor Spends Valuable Year at the White House with the Council of Economic Advisers Lisa D. Cook, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics and International Relations
James Madison College

Sharing Economic Realities and Expertise: MSU Professor Spends Valuable Year at the White House with the Council of Economic Advisers

One of the most expansive professional development experiences for an economist is to advise the President of the United States. Lisa Cook had that opportunity recently, serving as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. During the year-long appointment she focused on the euro zone, macroeconomics, technology and innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The Council is an agency within the Executive Office. It was established by Congress in the Employment Act of 1946 and is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic developments, recommending national economic policy, and assisting the President in the preparation of the annual Economic Report of the President.

It is not the first time Cook has interrupted her research to serve the federal government. She was a senior adviser on finance and development with the Council on Foreign Relations in the Treasury Department in 2000 and 2001, serving with the Clinton and Bush Administrations. She also served as a team leader on economics and international trade for President Obama during the presidential transition from November 2008 to January 2009 ... read more


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Upcoming Events

State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
October 28-30, 2012

10th PASCAL International Observatory Conference
Brest, France
October 29-31, 2012

Engagement Academy for University Leaders
Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 31-November 2, 2012

Michigan World Usability Day
East Lansing, Michigan
November 8, 2012

The Evaluation Circle: Community Engaged Research Through Evaluation Workshops 2012-2013
A series of workshops on evaluation theory and practice
East Lansing, Michigan
November 9, 2012 - April 12, 2013

2011 and 2012 MSU Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards
East Lansing, Michigan
November 9, 2012

2012 Michigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference
East Lansing, Michigan
November 19, 2012




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University-Community Partnerships

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a partnership with community partners to work on a specific research issue, University Outreach and Engagement can help you. Our University-Community Partnerships (UCP) staff, specialists, and researchers have established connections across the state in a number of areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Bob Brown at (517) 432-1450 or brownr23@msu.edu.

Focus: HOPE, Detroit, MI

Opportunities for partnership exist around the following areas: Service-Learning, Student Internships and Placements, Faculty Research Partnerships, and Development of Innovative Solutions to Pressing Social Problems. For more information, contact Deborah E. Fisher at (313) 494-4306 or fisherd@focushope.edu, or visit http://ucp.msu.edu/partnerships/.




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