Read Full Story The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard and the Novak Djokovic Foundation recently named three Harvard doctoral students as the 2018–19 recipients of the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship.April Boin Choi (HGSE/GSAS), Scott Delaney (HSPH), and Zhihui Li (HSPH) will each receive a grant to support their independent dissertation research:April Boin Choi — Investigating neural and behavioral development in infants at risk for ASD and early interventions that can promote positive long-term outcomes in children with or at risk for ASDScott Delaney — Investigating the social determinants of health and child development with an emphasis on neurodevelopmental and behavioral outcomesZhihui Li — Investigating the impact of prenatal exposure to sand and dust storms on fetal and child health and developmentThe Center and the Djokovic Foundation launched the Fellowship in 2016 to create a new generation of academic leaders who will leverage science for innovation in early childhood policy and practice. The Fellowship fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and builds each Fellow’s capacity to design, conduct, and translate research into practices and policies that will improve outcomes for children facing adversity.This feeds directly into the mission of the Djokovic Foundation, which promotes healthy child development and high-quality early education by empowering and training teachers and supporting innovative academic research. The Foundation believes in giving every child the opportunity to grow up, play, and develop in stimulating, creative, and safe settings. Alberto Lidji, Global CEO, Djokovic Foundation said, “We are pleased to welcome this year’s cohort of Djokovic Fellows to our family. They are truly remarkable, inspiring, and have embraced research areas that are highly consequential for the field of early childhood development – an issue which must be tackled as a social and economic imperative.”“We must also recognize the intellectual curiosity and hard work of last year’s Djokovic Fellows, who are making great strides in their research and will shortly become the first alumni of this program. We are fortunate to be working with Jack Shonkoff, his team at the Center, and everyone at Harvard, as we celebrate excellence in early childhood development and inspire the next generation of champions in this field.”Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Director of the Center on the Developing Child, added: “To conquer the debilitating effects of poverty, discrimination, violence, and maltreatment on the lives of young children, the world needs a pipeline of innovative leaders who understand the science of early childhood development, how adversity undermines well-being, and what can be done to promote positive outcomes for all children. We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the Djokovic Foundation by investing in a new cohort of Fellows who will lead the way in driving science-based strategies to produce breakthrough impacts on the lives of those who are facing adversity.”In addition to participating in Center-sponsored events, the 2018–19 Djokovic Fellows will receive training from the Center on innovation methods, communicating science effectively, leadership, and policy strategy.
April 30, 2006 Regular News Family Law Section takes on 10 more legislative positions Family Law Section takes on 10 more legislative positions The Family Law Section has received permission to lobby on 10 more legislative positions.The Board of Governors reviewed and authorized the positions at its April meeting.Under Bar policies, sections are given wide latitude on legislative activities as long as their positions do not conflict with a Bar-wide position or cause deep emotional and philosophical divisions among Bar members.With the new positions, the section: • Supports amending F.S. §61.30(6), which would provide that when the parents combined income exceeds the child support guidelines schedule amounts the percentages contained at the end of subparagraph (6) not be used as a basis for awarding child support beyond the reasonable needs of the children.• Supports amending F.S. §61.30 11(a)10 and F.S. §61.30 11(b) to require mandatory deviation in the calculation of child support and the continuing utilization of the “gross-up” method for child support calculation when the particular parenting arrangement provides that parties’ children spend a substantial amount of time with the noncustodial parent. The threshold for determination of “substantial time-sharing” should be reduced from 40 percent to 20 percent of the overnights.• Supports an amendment to F.S. §61.30 11 (d), which would codify current case law addressing the formula for calculating child support in split custody cases.• Opposes any amendment to F.S. §61.30, which would delegate the obligation to review and, if appropriate, reconfigure the child support guidelines schedule in F.S. Chapter 61, to the Supreme Court of the State of Florida or the State of Florida, Department of Revenue.• Opposes Senate Bill 1080’s incorporation of family team conferencing as an ADR mechanism unless it incorporates the appropriate procedural safeguards by amending proposed F.S. §39.01(30) to incorporate same.• Opposes SB 1080 unless the current definition of parent is amended to be consistent with the definition set forth in F.S. Chapter 63.• Supports SB 1080 with the enhancement of the definition of “incarcerated parent.”• Supports SB 2266 with the amendment of F.S. §827.03 to incorporate a fourth category of child abuse provided that the definition of corporal punishment is amended to define excessive corporal punishment as consistent with definitions thereof set forth in §39.01 (30)(a) 4 a.-k.; as well as the incorporation of the phrases “permanent or temporary” in reference to i. disfigurement and j. loss or impairment of a body part or function.• Supports SB 438 and HB 221 but urges that at the end of subparagraphs (1)(a) and (2)(a) of these bills be amended to include additional limiting language pertaining to fraud or misrepresentation.• Opposes SB 2012 unless the current language intended to amend §39.407(5) is deleted thereby leaving the authority of the judiciary to order that a child receive developmental disability services intact under F.S. Chapter 39.
FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (July 18) – A less than favorable forecast for this weekend has resulted in rescheduling of 141 Speedway’s $5,000 to win King of the Creek IMCA Sunoco Stock Car special.King of the Creek moves to Tuesday, July 31-Thursday, Aug. 2.Practice is on opening night with Stock Car qualifying and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact features on the docket for Wednesday. No track points will be given to SportMod and Sport Compact drivers.Thursday’s program features last-chance qualifying and the main event for Stock Cars, plus all other divisions running their regular formats.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Wisconsin State and track points will be awarded.Both IMCA Modifieds and Stock Cars are on the Cowbell Street Stock Tour program Thursday, July 19 at Francis Creek. Modifieds race for $750 to win, Stocks for $500.National, region and state, but no track points will be given Thursday.More information is available by calling 515 231-5444.