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International leader on child health and human development to address families and caregivers June 4 at SU

May 09, 2008

Michele Barrett
315 443 6172

Michele Barrett

Marc Bornstein, one of the leading researchers and sought-after resources in the field of child development, will present "Parents and Providers: Quality and Safety for Children!" for the second annual Jack Reilly Distinguished Lecture at Syracuse University, hosted by SU's College of Human Ecology, on Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

Parents, grandparents and caregivers are all invited to attend this free event in Shemin Auditorium, located in the Shaffer Art Building. R.S.V.P.s are preferred by Wednesday, May 28, by contacting Rebecca Bruzdzinski at 443-2243 or rlbruzdz@syr.edu.

The Jack Reilly Distinguished Lecture Series in Infant & Toddler Caregiving was launched in 2007 thanks to the generous support of SU alumnus John D. Reilly III '69, G'70 and his wife, Patricia M. Reilly. The lecture brings child development experts together with SU students, as well as with infant and toddler caregivers and prospective caregivers.

Bornstein is the senior investigator and head of child and family research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md. An international source for expertise on early childhood development and learning, he has organized numerous workshops and programs, including "Evaluating UNICEF Parenting Programs" and "Immigrant Families in America: Multidisciplinary Views on the 21st Century." He is the author or co-author of many articles and books, including "Developmental Science: An Advanced Textbook" (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005) and "Development in Infancy" (McGraw-Hill College, 1992).

He is the founding editor of Parenting: Science and Practice and serves as editor or editorial board member of numerous scholarly publications. Bornstein is an often-sought consultant to publishers and the media, including CBS, HBO, The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. He has administered federal and foundation grants, and is a member of numerous scholarly societies in various disciplines.

Free parking is available in the Q4 lot, accessible via College Place and across the street from the Shaffer Art Building.

The Jack Reilly 2nd Annual Distinguished Lecture is part of the 32nd Annual Quality Infant Toddler Caregiving Workshop led by Alice Honig, professor emerita of child development in the College of Human Ecology, and taking place June 2-6 at SU. As the only event of its kind, this workshop draws participants from all over the world. It is designed to help people seeking an understanding of infant development and practical training in infant/toddler caregiving. The workshop is based on research and theory in the areas of social-emotional, cognitive, motor, sensory and language development.

In the workshop, daily routines are emphasized as opportunities for loving and learning experiences, and for promoting competence. Practical applications of lectures include observations and hands-on interactions with infants. A variety of infant/toddler videos and films are shown.

Honig has done extensive research and written books and articles on infants and toddlers, language development, child-care practices, preschooler social development, fathering and the effects of divorce on children. She teaches workshops for caregivers of infants and toddlers, and she has lectured widely. Honig is a licensed psychologist and a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development.

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