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‘Brown Bag Series’ to examine community-based research
September 26, 2011Tweet
Binghamton University faculty members will get the opportunity to discover their colleagues’ community-based research when the Center for Applied Community Research and Development begins its Brown Bag Series.
The first session in the series takes place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the newly relocated CCPA Dean’s Conference Room (EB-R3). Susan Seibold-Simpson, assistant professor of nursing, will discuss “Participation in Outside Activities as a Mediator of Adolescent Behavioral Outcomes,” focusing on research she has conducted at Broome County schools.
The Center for Applied Community Research and Development (CACRD), formed in 2004, connects faculty and community organizations so they can do mutually beneficial research. The Brown Bag Series, designed by center Director Pamela Mischen, will highlight that research from an academic perspective.
“What I wanted to do with the series was to (invite) faculty members who maybe haven’t participated with us before and learn about the projects that are going on,” said Mischen, an associate professor of public administration who became the center’s director in 2007. “Hopefully, we can encourage more multi-disciplinary research.”
The series also will be beneficial for presenters, who will be able to receive feedback from session guests. Research presented at the series can be at any stage of development, Mischen stressed. Those interested in presenting their research or ideas can contact Mischen at email@example.com.
“If you want to present your final project, that’s fine,” she said. “Maybe you are preparing for a conference or writing for a journal and want to bounce ideas off of people. Or you could be in the early stages of a project and looking to recruit or trying to figure out how to structure it.”
The series was scheduled to begin in early September at the University Downtown Center, but the flooding of Sept. 7-8 forced the UDC to close for the semester. The College of Community and Public Affairs, along with the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, moved to the R-pod of the Engineering Building near the University Union.
The original series opener – a session with David Sloan Wilson on the Binghamton Neighborhood Project – will be rescheduled later this semester, Mischen said.
“Coming to the main campus in some ways will benefit (the series) because it makes it easier for main campus faculty to take part this semester and maybe they will take the trip to the downtown campus once we are back there,” she said.
“The Downtown Center has been such a blessing in terms of enabling us to do more work with the community,” she said. “So being on the main campus will be a challenge for (CACRD), but not the series.”
Mischen said the series will continue next semester “as long as people show and the faculty who are presenting feel that they got something out of doing the presentations.”
In the short term, Mischen said the series can be a learning experience for attendees.
“For those new to community-based research, I hope (the series) will get them thinking about the possibility of doing something that is theoretically interesting to them, so their research can benefit the community,” she said. “Or come to learn about the community. I think some main campus faculty can feel removed from the local community. This will give them a chance to understand what’s going on around them.”
The reminder of the Brown Bag Series schedule is:
• Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Brandon Gibb, associate professor of psychology, on “Integrating cognitive and genetic models of risk for depression in children.”
• Monday, Oct. 24, from 12:30-2 p.m.: Tania Alameda-Lawson, assistant professor of social work, on community collaboratives.
• Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Tom Sinclair, associate professor of public administration, on “Fiscal Distress Among Broome County’s Municipalities.”
• Thursday, Dec. 1, from 11:30-1 p.m.: Mischen will discuss “Virtual Communities of Broome County.”