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Honing Children’s Language and Literacy Skills

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Children reading

If parents want to help their children develop language and literacy at a young age, reading bedtime stories together isn’t the only key to success. Research from Michigan…

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Twitter, Trump and Sexual Assault: A Call to Men for Action

Monday, January 8, 2018
Megan Maas Heather McCauley and Amy Bonomi

The social media backlash against sexual assault not only gives victims a collective outlet for disclosure, but also serves as a powerful tool to urge boys and men…

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MSU Leads Effort to Boost Preschoolers’ Writing Skills

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Hope Gerde

Working with preschool classrooms in Flint, Michigan, and Atlanta, a Michigan State University scholar is leading a federally funded initiative to improve young students’ writing skills. The $1.5…

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Pre-School Teachers Need Better Training in Science

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Hope Gerde

Preschool instructors appear to lack the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively teach their young students science – a problem that is likely contributing to America’s poor global…

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Online Training Helps Families Interact with Special Needs Child

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Sarah Douglas

Parents and siblings of children with limited speech who took an innovative training program created by a Michigan State University scholar significantly improved their ability to communicate with…

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Sexual Violence of College Women Targets Their Disabilities

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Amy Bonomi

College women with mental health or behavioral disabilities are experiencing sexual violence and intimate partner violence that involves intimidation, name-calling and humiliation that specifically targets their disability, according…

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$2 Mil. Grant to Help Youngest Students Learn Science

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tanya Wright and Amelia Wenk Gotwals

It’s often thought that kindergarten is too early to learn science. But with the right approach to teaching, even the youngest students can learn to think and talk…

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Many Kindergartners Struggle with Self-Regulation

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Ryan Bowles and Lori Skibbe

Many children are still learning to control their behavior as they enter kindergarten and may need educational support to develop that critical skill, indicates one of the most…

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Study May Help Doctors Uncover ‘Reproductive Coercion’

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Heather McCauley

New research finds that men purposely are breaking their own condoms and pressuring female partners in their teens and 20s to go without birth control in order to…

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New Model of Depression Could Lead to Better Treatments

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Andrea Wittenborn

A new scientific model that incorporates the myriad drivers of depression could lead to more precise treatment for an illness that affects 350 million worldwide. Developed by scientists…

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