Briefs 1/30/12

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Jan 292012
 
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Event fuses science and religion

What do we hope for this?

This is the question that Ilia Dileo, a senior research fellow at Woodstock Theology Center at Georgetown University will ask during a CSU lecture on Monday.

Delio’s philosophy fuses the ideals of Christianity and evolution, and her research interests deal with emergence, evolutionary theory and artificial intelligence.

She holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a Ph.D. in historical theology from Fordham University.

Her lecture and Q and A, which is sponsored by the CSU Philosophy Department, will take place at noon on Monday in Lory Student Center, room 210.

CSU scientists try to determine if a child will become the victim of abuse

A new study by CSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is trying to determine if it’s possible to predict whether children will become the subject of abuse by observing interactions between them and their parents.

More than 200 families will be the subjects of the study, and research will measure how the problem-solving skills between parents and children plays into abuse.

“We will look at whether or not the parent or the child ‘drives’ the other’s behavior on a second-by-second basis,” said Erika Lunkenheimer, the lead researcher for the study, in a news release. “We want to better understand those patterns and learn to identify how they point to risk for — or protection from — child abuse or neglect. We think understanding these relationship patterns may improve our prediction of child abuse and neglect, rather than looking solely at a parent or child’s individual behaviors.”

The $643,000 study is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health.

Faculty and staff pledge more than $130,000 to support Colorado charities

CSU faculty and staff pledged more than $130,000 to support Colorado charities as part of the Colorado Combined Campaign –– an increase over the $105,448 donated last year.

The official CSU campaign is the only means CSU employees have to give to charities via payroll deduction, according to Today@Colorado State. Five percent (or 332) of CSU employees participated in the event this year.

“The thoughtfulness of CSU employees is really inspiring,” said campus Campaign co-chair Cara Neth to Today@Colorado State. “Our faculty and staff across the state contribute to charities and their communities in countless ways throughout the year. The Colorado Combined Campaign is just one great indicator of that commitment, and we’re pleased people are taking advantage of the options it provides for convenient giving.”

The campaign featured an incentive prize drawing for donors, and winner Mike Culbertson, an associate professor at University Libraries, even donated the $100 King Soopers Gift Card he received to a CSU student in need.

This year’s campaign was coordinated by the Office of the President, with support from the University’s payroll department.

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