Cache County's research site for the National Children's Study enters a new phase
The study used public events and media to raise awareness and encourage participation. Here is co-principal investigator Vonda Jump at the USU Homecoming Parade. Photo courtesy of Ben Goodson.
Children are not small adults…they are little individuals who have unique differences that make them very vulnerable to disease and other health problems.
That is why the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development initiated the National Children’s Study, a long-term research project seeking to determine how the chemical, biological, physical, emotional and social environments in which children live impact their health and development.
Researchers in Cache County are involved in an early, pilot phase of the study. The nationwide study’s main push is expected to begin within the next two years.
“Children born today are the first generation at risk of being less healthy than their parents,” said Dr. Mark Innocenti, Director of the Research and Evaluation Division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Dr. Innocenti is also a Senior Investigator at the Cache County Study location. Utah State University has been working in partnership with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah to run the study in Cache County.
Read more on the CPD website.
April at the CPD, from research to the concert hall
American Sign Language theatrical interpreter Jaime Turner during a 2008 performance of Handel's Messiah. Photo courtesy of Donna Barry for Utah State University magazine.
The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra helped us celebrate our 40th Anniversary this month. So did a group of USU faculty, students and alumni who performed theatrical interpretation of the event in American Sign Language. The theatrical interpretation group was composed of both hearing and Deaf USU alumni, current students, and faculty.
The CPD thanks all of them for remembering us in such a beautiful way. (For Dr. Craig Jessop's comments on the event, read the story from Cache Valley Daily in the right column of this newsletter. The choir's artistic director is also Dean of the Caine College of the Arts at USU.)
It was a great performance and it played to a full house.
Dr. Freeman King has directed groups in other states who did theatrical interpretation of many works--including pop, folk, rock and country pieces. In each case--as with the Messiah--the goal was to communicate "the beauty of the language itself, in a way that an audience that does not understand the language can connect with the meaning."
Dr. King, director of Deaf Education at USU, said the interpreters looked at the words and expanded on them. American Sign Language uses space, time and motion in ways that enhance the performance.
Watching them interpret the Messiah was a little like listening to a French aria: Art was communicated, even if the words were not all understood.
Here are some other highlights from April:
Research Week at USU:
Students who are either employed at the CPD or who worked on CPD projects were featured during Research Week at Utah State University, where they presented on topics from traumatic brain injury to the effects of toxoplasma gondii on the female mouse brain--and its implications in research on schizophrenia. Read more on the CPD blog.
Autism Awareness Month:
We published a personal experience with a surprising twist to highlight autism awareness month. It was written by Laura Anderson, member of the CPD Consumer Advisory Council and mother of Ty, a child with autism. The post originally appeared on the Mothers of Austitic Kids web site, so it was wonderful that she shared it with us, too. You can read it on our blog.