October 7, 2009

Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) Research Assistant Professor Dr. Tammy Jorgensen-Smith and Division of Applied Research and Educational Support (DARES) Project Director Debra Noel received funding from the DD council for a three-year project with an initial year of funding at $90,000. They will be addressing barriers to servicing individuals with disabilities at the One Stop Service Centers in Florida through research, collaboration, and education. Congratulations to them! In addition, Dr. Smith received a year four award for FYITransition from the DD council.  Dr. Smith will be guiding the continuing development of that web site that provides transition information related to youth with disabilities in Florida. 

DARES Associate Professor Dr. Bobbie Vaughn has received a Research Topic of Interest award to examine how to adapt the “Learn the Sign, Act Early Campaign” for early screening of children in Little Havana, Miami.  The RTOI awards are projects funded by AUCD through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). Dr. Vaughn's grant is funded at $150,000 each year for two years. It is particularly exciting that this project will be staffed across-divisions with DARES Assistant in Research Linda Callejas and DARES Research Associate Professor Dr. Svetlana Yampolskaya working with Dr. Vaughn, and involve Dr. Russell Kirby from the College of Public Health. 

DARES Associate in Technical Assistance Rochelle Lentini was one of the very few Hillsborough County Children’s Board Projects to receive a renewal at her current funding.  She looks forward to working another year in the community bringing program-wide PBS to early childhood programs.

Department of Mental Health Law & Policy's Assistant Director Financial Administration Elida Porro and Unit Research Administrator for the Admin & Communications, Policy and TREAD divisions in CFS Janet Reyes were recipients of Outstanding Service Awards for TRAIN. 

BCS Associate Dean Dr. Catherine Batsche was the recipient of the 2009 Hispanic Heritage Award. The award was presented at the USF Hispanic Heritage Kickoff Reception on October 1, 2009.

Blain Goff, an alum of the Department of Criminology will be profiled in an online feature titled “Real Careers” for a first edition Criminal Justice text, CJ: Realities & Challenges by Masters et. al.