College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences in the News

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Expert to speak on preventing youth substance abuse and delinquency at 2012 annual Hinckley Lecture


Dr. J. David Hawkins, the Social Work Endowed Professor of Prevention at the University of Washington and the Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group, will speak at the annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall.

Hawkins’ lecture is titled “Promoting Positive Youth Development: Advances in Community Prevention.” The lecture will focus on advances in prevention science that have produced a growing body of tested and effective programs and policies that prevent youth behavioral problems such as substance abuse and delinquency.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

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​Museum of Peoples and Cultures Hosts Research Symposium


The fall of 2011 marks the 50th anniversary for BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures (MPC). In honor of this occasion, the MPC will showcase the history of archaeology and museums at BYU at a Research Symposium on Thursday, November 10th. The symposium is open to the public and will run from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in room B192 of the Joseph Fielding Smith Building (JFSB) at BYU.

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Don Staheli to Speak at 2011 Honored Alumni Lecture


Don H. Staheli, former personal secretary to LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, will speak on Thurs., Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. in 250 SWKT as part of the College Honored Alumni Lecture Series.  His lecture is titled, "It's the Principle of the Thing."

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Don Staheli Speaks on Principles, Life Experiences


Staheli’s lecture was titled “It’s the Principle of the Thing,” and revolved around the importance of knowing and understanding principles before we can make good judgment. “As you base your life on principles, you will gain experience and learn good judgment,” he said. “You’ll learn how to behave, which will give you good experience, which will enhance your wisdom. You can’t teach good judgment, but you can learn it.”

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The Other 50 Constitutions


At BYU's annual Constitution Day lecture, Chief Justice Christine Durham of the Utah Supreme Court spoke on the influence of 50 constitutions that rarely receive much attention: the state constitutions.

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Find Your Niche


Want to join a club, but don't know which one?  Read more about the clubs in our college so you can know which one to join without having to research them all yourself.

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How to Get Involved in Mentored Research


Mentoring helps prepare students for prestigious graduate and career opportunities.  Think about it: how many professors or CEOs do you know who got there on their own.  That's why BYU sponors a handful of structured programs that will help you pave a pathway in the research world.

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A Look at the Research Support Center


Interesed in starting research but don't know how to tackle the project?  FHSS is way ahead of you.  The Family, Home, and Social Sciences Research Support Center (RSC), located at 116 SWKT, is a facility dedicated to providing assistance to FHSS faculty, staff and students on methods of conducting research, mentored research projects and class research projects.  Additionally, the trained Research Support Center can offer expert advise as to what kinds of statistical methods you ought to use for your particular study, as well as providing the time necessary to work with you on performing analyses and properly interpreting results.

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Succeeding in Your Freshman Year


College is different from high school. Many college freshmen are living away from family for the first time and discovering much of their success academically depends upon themselves.  Of course, studying and mastering college level course work can be challenging, and it isn't always clear to new students what resources are available to them.  However, the American Heritage website provides a plethora of advise, resources and even games to help them succeed not only in American Heritage but their entire academic career.  Here is a quick look at some of the advice offered.

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FHSS Writing Lab


Summer's gone, and midterm papers will start falling like leaves sooner than you might expect.  However, as an FHSS student, you are not left raking completely on your own.  The college has established a writing lab specifically for the assistance of its students.

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Connections Spring 2011


Introducing the latest issue of Connections, the alumni magazine of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences.  Read about the latest research projects and see where some of your fellow alumni ended up.

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"The Power of Sacred living: Five Secrets of Families Who Flourish"


Dr. Randal D. Day, professor in the School of Family Life and Director of the Family Studies Center at BYU, will be speaking Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm in 250 SWKT at Brigham Young University for the Martin B. Hickman Outstanding Scholar Lecture.

Dr. Day's lecture is “The Power of Sacred Living: Five Secrets of Families who Flourish.” Dr. Day is a Fellow of the National Council on Relations and has served as a section chair and board member for that organization. His research interests include family processes, father involvement, and father re-entry from prison. Dr. Day teaches courses about families in processes, families in a cross-cultural context, and family research.

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Distinguished professor to address children's emotional health


Education and physical well-being are often the topics of concern when it comes to young children. However, another important topic is often overlooked: the emotional health of children.

Ross A. Thompson, a professor of psychology and director of the Social and Emotional Development Lab at the University of California, Davis, will be speaking about this issue at the seventh annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences lecture.

The title of the lecture is, “The Emotionate Child: Building Emotional Health and Compassion in Young Children” and will be delivered February 10, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Assembly Hall in the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center at Brigham Young University.

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