CEHD Research at Minnesota State Fair

Driven to Discover: Bringing CEHD Research to the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair – also known as The Great Minnesota Get Together – is one of the largest events of the year in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, with last year’s attendance reaching more than 1.9 million people over a 12-day period. It’s known for its wide variety of attractions, exhibits and outlandish food – like cheesy nacho corn on the cob or deep-fried licorice.

It’s also a great opportunity for the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) to reach out to the local community we serve and show off our innovative and groundbreaking research. Our research addresses a range of topics – such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), teacher preparation and infant mental health – with one common goal: improving lives. Below are just some of the exhibits and research studies CEHD will have on display:

Social Work: A FAIR Assessment

Researcher: Elizabeth Lightfoot

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, August 24

Location: Driven to Discover Building

Fairgoers age 12 and over are invited to take a short, easy survey about social work. Tell us what you think, and you will have an opportunity to spin our Social Work Incentive Wheel.

Share Your Voice and Make a Difference!

Researchers: Lynette Renner, Melissa Heinen

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, August 24

Location: Driven to Discover Building

What do Minnesotans think and understand about mental health and suicide prevention? We need to know! Your answers will guide local and statewide suicide prevention efforts and improve mental health service access. Come to the Fair, take a short survey, share your opinions and make a difference!

Spit on a Stick

Researcher: Frank Symons

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, August 24

Location: Driven to Discover Building

Different chemicals in your saliva can say a lot about how your body is working. For this study, we are looking for healthy females, aged 0 to 60 years, to take 10 minutes to provide saliva samples to help researchers create a database of “healthy spit” samples that can be used as comparisons for groups of people with different health conditions. All samples will be collected anonymously, and no genetic testing will be performed. Volunteers will be asked to fill out a medical history and medication form, and will receive a small gift for their participation.

The Great Minnesota Sports Concussion Study

Researcher: Jessica Brown, Francis Shen

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Date: Friday, August 25

Location: Driven to Discover Building

We need to know more about youth sports concussions, and you can help! We have a short survey for both (a) parents with children currently living in the house, and (b) kids over 8 years old who participate in sports. The anonymous 10-minute survey will ask about sports, your knowledge about the brain, and your history with concussion. Your participation will help us improve brain health in Minnesota’s youth sports.

School of Social Work 100th Anniversary Celebration

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Date: Friday, August 25

Location: U of M Central (Crossroads Building)

Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work! Learn about how the school has made an impact through its high quality, innovative degree programs in Social Work, Youth Studies, Youth Development Leadership, Continuing Education, and more. While at the booth, spin to win – we will be giving away some fantastic prizes throughout the day. You may even be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card to the University of Minnesota bookstore!

Keep Calm & Play On

Researcher: Clayton Cook

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, August 26

Location: Driven to Discover Building

Are you calm like a Jedi? Participate in our study and find out! We are interested in how brief activities can help kids feel calmer. We would ask you to wear a special bracelet that measures how relaxed you are while playing a game, watching a video or answering some questions. In the meantime, your caregiver would fill out a survey on an iPad.

Where Brains Make History: The Human Connectome Project

Researchers: Kathleen Thomas, Melissa Terpstra, Kamil Ugurbil, Essa Yacoub

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Date: Monday, August 28

Location: Driven to Discover Building

Be part of a major new National Institutes of Health funded study to discover how different parts of the brain are connected and how these connections (the connectome) change as we grow and develop from childhood to adulthood. The University of Minnesota is proud to be one of four sites in the nationwide Lifespan Human Connectome Project, which will provide unprecedented detail in the study of brain connections and their relationship to behavior across the lifespan.

Institute of Child Development Participant Pool

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Date: Monday, August 28

Location: U of M Central (Crossroads Building)

The Institute of Child Development Participant Pool currently contains the names of 65,000+ children living in the Twin Cities metro area. By enrolling your child in the ICD Participant Pool, you are helping our researchers learn more about how children grow and interact with their surroundings. This is an essential step in achieving our goal of promoting the welfare of children and youth from all cultural backgrounds in the context of family, school, and community settings.

How to Build a 21st-Century Village

Researcher: Lindsey Weiler

Times & Dates: Wednesday, August 30 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.), Sunday, September 3 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.), Monday, September 4 (9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Location: Driven to Discover Building

It might be true that it takes a village to raise a child, but what does that look like in 2017? What if we don’t live in a village, or move to different places, or live away from extended family? How can parents unlock the power of community when raising children? Help us understand how today’s parents might build a network of safe and supportive family, friends, and neighbors. Study Candidate Eligibility: Age 18 or older; Parent/guardian of one or more minor children.

For a comprehensive list of all things University of Minnesota-related to check out at the Minnesota State Fair, click here. (And don’t forget the cheese curds!)

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