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The College of Health and Human Development|
College opens new research center
By Steve Infanti
The College of Health and Human Development has opened a Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts.|
In addition, President Graham Spanier signed a memorandum of understanding between Penn State and the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund to develop a collaborative relationship.
The keynote speaker for the event was William J. Wilson, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Wilson, one of the nations leading authorities on inner-city poverty and public policy, based his lecture on his forthcoming book The Bridge Over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics.
The new center is under the direction of Dr. Linda M. Burton, professor of human development and sociology. It will train scholars from many universities to look at what impacts families in the context of culture, race or socioeconomic status.
The mission of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund is to design, conduct and disseminate research to policy makers, educators and the public with the goal of improving the educational opportunities and outcomes for African Americans.
The initial emphasis of this collaboration will be in the field of family research and education. However, it is anticipated that the partnership will expand over time to address other fields of mutual interest such as education, physical and natural sciences, environmental science and technology, information science and technology, health science and research administration.
More information about the center is available on the Web at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/centers/divcont/divcontexts.htm.