2017 SRCD Pre-Conferences and Special Events (in order of schedule)

Wednesday     Thursday     Friday     Saturday

2017 Developmental Science Teaching Institute

Wednesday, 8:00am - 6:30pm, Governor's Ballroom - Salon D/E (4th Floor, Hilton Austin)

The SRCD Developmental Science Teaching Institute is designed for teachers of developmental courses at all levels who wish to develop strategies for engaging students, to explore new ideas, to update their knowledge base, and to share ideas and perspectives with like-minded professionals. Visit the Teaching Institute page for more information about the program. For the full preliminary program agenda, click [here].

Registration: $65 for Students/Early Career Members/Nonmembers; $110 for Regular/Emeritus Members/Nonmembers
Note: Register online when purchasing conference registration. This event will be capped at 175. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and reception.

SRCD Presidential Pre-Conference: Navigating Tumultuous Change and Uncertainty

Wednesday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Governor's Ballroom - Salon B (4th Floor, Hilton Austin)

Chair/Discussant: Ronald E. Dahl, University of California, Berkeley

  • Ann Masten, University of Minnesota
  • Kenneth A. Dodge, Duke University
  • Rashmita S. Mistry, University of California, Los Angeles
  • J. Lawrence Aber, New York University
  • Carol M. Worthman, Emory University

Integrative Statement
Background: As an organization with more than five thousand members spanning more than 50 countries, SRCD’s core mission is to advance developmental science and promote its use to improve human lives. Over the past months we have witnessed a period of significant geopolitical upheaval—in ways that have raised new challenges to our mission and priorities. Many members have expressed strong feelings that our core values and life work are under threat.

Goals: We are asking the panel—as thought-leaders with broad perspectives—to consider, How best to respond? The goal is to have an unscripted substantive discussion. Not to focus on politics, but rather to consider strategies that best leverage our expertise and science.

The Core Question: How can we (as individuals and as an organization) best leverage developmental science to have a positive impact on the future of children—all children—in these tumultuous times?

Major Themes: Education; Immigration; Social Equity; De-valuing of Science; threats to the funding of Science, Climate Change—particularly its impact on children (and the future of all children).

Format and Structure:
Ron Dahl will introduce the session and serve as moderator. Each panelist will begin with an opening statement that will include: a) brief description of the perspective they are bringing to this discussion; and b) some thoughts about the core question: How can we, as individual developmental scientists and/or as SRCD, best leverage our capacity to have a positive impact on the future of children—all children—in these tumultuous times?

This will be followed by a round of panelists responding to each other’s opening statements. The moderator will then pose some questions to the panelists and we will then open it up for audience questions and comments.

Registration: $30 for all member types.
Note: Register online when purchasing conference registration. Event will be capped at 150.

2017 Zigler Policy Pre-Conference

Wednesday, 4:00pm - 6:30pm, Meeting Room 406 (4th Floor, Hilton Austin)

The 2017 Zigler Policy Pre-conference will focus on the research on social and emotional learning and its applications, and will feature presentations by four experts addressing social and emotional learning in the context of school and culture across developmental periods, as well as implications for policy and practice. As in previous years, the Zigler Policy Pre-conference will be co-sponsored by the SRCD Student and Early Career Council, the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium, and the SRCD Committee on Policy and Communications.

Registration: $45 for Regular/Emeritus Members/Nonmembers; $25 for Student and Early Career Members/Nonmembers.
Note: Register online when purchasing conference registration. Event will be capped at 150.

Opening Continental Breakfast Reception followed by Ron Dahls' Presidential Address

Thursday, 7:45am - 8:30am, outside Grand Ballroom D, (Austin CC, Level 4)

Come join us as we kick off the 2017 Biennial Meeting with a continental breakfast, coffee and the opportunity to reconnect with and meet new colleagues.

Presidential Address: Integrative Developmental Science: Where Deeper Understanding Connects to Broader Impact

Thursday, 8:30am - 9:30am, Grand Ballroom D (Austin CC, Level 4)
Seth Pollak, University of Wisconsin
Speaker: Ron Dahl, SRCD President, University of California, Berkeley

Abstract: This presentation will address the core theme of the 2017 SRCD Biennial: Developmental Science and Society. The past decade has witnessed enormous advances in basic understanding of many areas of developmental science—ranging from developmental neuroscience, genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, science of learning, and developmental psychology, to the growing recognition of the complex interactions with social contexts, which fundamentally shape these developmental processes.  Yet, the translation of these insights into real world practice and policy is challenging. This presentation will first describe one perspective on promising approaches to meet these challenges. Next, to illustrate the approach, it will focus on: a) the high-stakes pivotal transition from childhood into adolescence; and b) the importance of social, emotional and motivational learning during pubertal maturation as creating unique leverage points for enduring positive change.   

Biography: Ron Dahl is a pediatrician and developmental scientist with long history of commitment to interdisciplinary team research. He serves as the Director, Institute of Human Development, and Professor, School of Public Health at UC Berkeley; and Professor, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. He has published more than 250 scientific articles in the areas of child and adolescent development, behavioral/emotional health in youth, sleep and its disorders in youth, adolescent brain development, and the public health/policy implications of this work. Most recently, he has helped to establish The Center on the Developing Adolescent, a transdisciplinary research center founded on the recognition that adolescence represents a maturational period of great vulnerabilities and opportunities—with lifelong impact on health, education, well-being, and social as well as economic success. He is currently serving as President of the Society for Research in Child Development

Creating Opportunity and Educational Pathways for Young Children: An Ongoing Conversation
*Joint SRCD/AERA Session

Thursday, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Grand Ballroom G (Austin CC, Level 4)

Moderators: Deborah Vandell, University of California, Irvine and Vivian L. Gadsden, University of Pennsylvania
   Margaret Burchinal, UNC Chapel Hill
   Natasha Cabrera, University of Maryland
   Greg J. Duncan, University of California - Irvine
   Iheoma U. Iruka, University of Nebraska Buffett Early Childhood Institute
   Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University
   Martha Zaslow, Society for Research in Child Development

SRCD Policy Fellowship Panel and Reception

Thursday, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Meeting Room 400 (Hilton Austin, 4th Floor)

This session will include both a panel presentation and a reception. The panel will include an overview of the Fellowship Program and presentations by the current SRCD Policy Fellows in the Congressional and Executive Branches about the work they are focusing on at their placements and their experiences as Fellows. The reception will provide an opportunity to interact one-on-one with current and former Fellows and those who work closely with the Fellowship Program. The SRCD Policy Fellowships allow developmental researchers from various disciplines and at different stages of their careers to serve as“resident scholars” in federal policy settings. The goals of the Fellowship include (1) to contribute to the use of developmental science in the formation of public policy, (2) to educate the scientific community about the development of public policy, and (3) to establish a more effective liaison between developmental scientists and the federal policy-making process.

Welcome Reception

Thursday, 5:45pm - 7:15pm, Governor's Ballroom A/B/C (Hilton Austin, 4th Floor)

Please join us for a fun evening with Austin music open to all biennial meeting attendees. Committee representatives will be on hand for those interested in becoming more involved in SRCD. Socialize with old and new friends and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Cash bars will be available.

Lunch with Leaders, Friday

Friday, 12:15pm - 1:45pm, Governor's Ballroom C (Hilton Austin)
Please note this is a pre-registered event.

Meet the SRCD Editors Reception Sponsored by Wiley

Friday, 2:15pm - 3:45pm, Exhibit Hall 4 - Booth 401 (Austin CC)

Enjoy refreshments at Wiley's Booth (Booth 401) in the Exhibit Hall while meeting the editors of SRCD's publications: Cynthia Garcia-Coll, Child Development; Patricia Bauer, Monographs; Robert Kail, Child Development Perspectives

Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Friday, 4:00pm - 5:30pm,  Grand Ballroom D (Austin CC, Level 4)

The 2017 SRCD Business Meeting is open to all atttendees. President Ron Dahl, Secretary Natasha Cabrera, and Executive Director Lonnie Sherrod will report on the state of the Society. Please join us to learn more about SRCD and offer your input to the organization. The Awards Ceremony will be held immediately after the Business Meeting to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of child development. To view the awards and awardees, please click [here]

Presidential Reception in appreciation of Dr. Lonnie Sherrod, SRCD Executive Director

Friday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm,  Governor's Ballroom A/B/C (Hilton Austin, 4th Floor)

This reception follows the Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony and all are welcome! Please come and take advantage of the opportunity to congratulate Dr. Lonnie Sherrod on his upcoming retirement and thank him for his service to SRCD. Also come to mingle with friends, meet new people, and enjoy Austin music. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and beverages will be available at cash bars.

Strategic Plan Poster Session with Continental Breakfast

Saturday, 8:00am - 9:15am, Exhibit Hall 4 (Austin CC, Level 1)

Please join us during a special poster session for presentations which highlight SRCD's strategic plan in the areas of diversity, policy, interdisciplinary and international research. 

Lunch with Leaders, Saturday

Saturday, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Governor's Ballroom C (Hilton Austin, 4th Floor)
Please note this is a pre-registered event.