Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center


Foundation President to Speak on the Importance of Research Evidence to Reduce Inequality Among Young People

W.T. Grant Foundation President Adam Gamoran, Ph.D., will address Penn State faculty, students and staff on Wednesday, February 22 in the Henderson Living Center (110 Henderson) at 4 p.m. His presentation, entitled “Reducing Inequality in an Era of Alternative Facts: What Can Researchers and Research Funders Do?”, will underscore the Foundation’s commitment to support research that will help reduce inequality among young people. Based on recent consensus reports, Gamoran will outline key research areas and effective strategies that can reduce inequality, and explain the importance of using evidenced-based research in making sound policy and practice decisions that affect young people.

In addition to his leadership role at the Foundation, Gamoran is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and was twice appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences. He also chairs the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2013, he received the Spencer Foundation Award for contributions to research on education policy from APPAM, and in 2014 he was honored with the award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education from the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Gamoran's talk is being co-sponsored with the Center for Educational Disparities Research (ED/SSRI) and Population Research Institute (SSRI)


Webinar on Regulatory Compliance Monitoring Paradigms

Dr. Rick Fiene, an affiliate of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, will be the featured speaker at a webinar sponsored by the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) on Thursday, February 23. Dr. Fiene will explore the emergence of two dominant monitoring paradigms in regulatory compliance and the key elements of each paradigm and implications for the future of regulatory administration. The is a follow-on to a presentation entitled, The Intersection of Translational Research and Implementation Sience: An Early Childhood Predictive Analytic Model, which Dr. Fiene gave at a previous PRC Seminar discussion. To join the webinar, go to NARA.


PRC to Co-Host Congressional Briefing on Childhood Poverty

The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized nations and children in the U.S. are 69 percent more likely to live in poverty than adults. Although economic and behavioral prevention strategies cannot eliminate all negative effects, they can reduce their severity and improve child development, as well as reduce costs to society. The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC), First Focus and the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University will co-host a briefing with nationally recognized experts and legislative perspectives on child and intergenerational poverty on Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. on Capitol Hill. Briefing speakers will provide an overview of this expansive problem and then cover interventions, strategies, and policies to prevent or reduce childhood poverty. This session should be of value to legislators/staffers, practitioners, national and community organizations, and funders. To attend this briefing, please register HERE.


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