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Several lab members made presentations at the recent biennial SRCD conference in Austin Texas. Maame Adomako (pictured here with former lab member, Dr. Jackie Nguyen of U.W.-Milwaukee) presented findings from her M.S. research on how college students at predominantly White institutions understand race and ethnicity GeckHong Yeo reported on her research on Singaporean adolescents’ disclosure patterns to parents. Angie Calvin and Brad Brown presented early findings from our study of early adolescents’ use of social media.

Angie Calvin inducted into Teaching Academy

Congratulations to Angie Calvin, inducted into U.W.-Madison’s Teaching Academy as a Future Faculty Partner. This status is given to graduate students who have done exemplary work in instructional activities during their graduate student careers. In addition to her research on adolescents’ use of social media, Angie has taught several undergraduate courses and received rave reviews for her work.

New Interdisciplinary Training Program in Social Media

PRSG member GeckHong Yeo is one of several new fellows for the Interdisciplinary Training Fellowship in Youth Development, Social Media, and Assessment grant awarded to The Departments of Educational Psychology and Communication Arts. Fellows take an advanced seminar together and work on collaborative research and writing projects. They benefit from guidance by faculty in both participating departments, including PRSG Director Brad Brown. The fellows’ first joint project is a critical review of research on mood disorders and social media use among teens.

PRSG at SRCD Technology Conference

PRSG members Brad Brown and Angela Calvin presented initial findings of our new study of early adolescents’ introduction into social media at the SRCD special conference on Technology, Media, and Child Development in Irvine, CA. in October, 2016. More information on the study will be presented at a symposium at the SRCD biennial meetings in Aprul, 2017 (Austin, TX)

Leticia Alvarez, PRSG alum, receives tenure

Congratulations to Leticia Alvarez Gutierrez, who recently received tenure at the University of Utah. An Associate Professor in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society, Leti’s research focuses on undocumented youth who have been racially profiled and on ways in which immigrant Latin@ families and youth navigate the U.S. educational system.  Leti’s doctoral work at U.W.-Madison helped initiate the PRSG’s recent work on parental involvement in adolescent peer relations. For more information go to:

New insights from residence hall study

What’s most important in cross-ethnic and cross-cultural roommate relations? Lifestyle similarities can overcome cultural differences, according to new findings from Amy Niu’s Masters thesis project. Her study, based on a survey of 500 undergrads, highlights ideal traits of a good house fellow and factors most important to students’ satisfaction with residence hall life. See our reports posted in the Reports (Newsletters) tab.

Angela Calvin receives O’Shea Fellowship

Congratulations to Angie Calvin, who was recently awarded the Harriet & Michael Vincent O’Shea Doctoral Fellowship. Angie is the 10th member of the PRSG to receive this fellowship. It will support her intriguing dissertation work on factors influencing adolescents’ decisions about what NOT to post or what to remove from their social media accounts.

Congratulations Hsun-yu Chan!

Dr. Hsun-yu Chan is the newest member of the PRSG to receive his doctoral degree. His dissertation study was a culturally embedded examination of peer and family factors affecting Taiwanese adolescents’ decisions about disclosing information to parents about peers’ antisocial activities. Hsun-yu now begins a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

International Students’ friendship choices

International students who make friends with college peers who aren’t from their home country make a better psychosocial adjustment, according to new findings from PRSG researcher Di Wang. Her study of nearly 200 students representative of the international undergraduate population at UW-Madison indicated that the higher the proportion of co-national students among the individual’s close friends, the lower their social and psychological adjustment scores were. But timing was an issue. In students’ first year at college, strong friendships with co-nationals were indicative of healthy adjustment to college–precisely the opposite pattern observed among more advanced students.