“The Long Reach of Early Childhood: Biological and Environmental Influences”

September 24, 2015
Paul Bernard

How do key social and biological transitions like schooling, family dynamics, puberty, sexual onset, pregnancy and parenthood shape an individual’s life? Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn will address those issues Thursday, Oct. 8, in Gerson Hall, Room 126. Her speech is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Brooks-Gunn is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education at Teachers College and College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

Co-director of the National Center for Children and Family, she is a nationally renowned scholar whose research focuses on family and community influences on the development of children and youth.

Brooks-Gunn has also designed and evaluated interventions aimed at enhancing the well-being of children living in poverty and associated conditions. She has published more than 500 articles and chapters, written four books, edited 13 volumes and been the recipient of numerous major awards and honors.

The event, which is funded through a grant from the Rothman Endowment (Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere), is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Chris L. Gibson at clgibson@ufl.edu.

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