In a virtual coffee hour this week, recorded here, the University of Minnesota introduced Dr. Damien Fair, the new co-director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB), and recent winner of the MacArthur Genius Award.
The MIBD is integrating numerous University departments and institutes with expertise in early childhood and adolescent brain health. It includes research and direct service components, and will open a dedicated facility late in 2021 at the former Masonic Hospital site in Minneapolis.
Dr. Fair indicated that he had several other offers to relocate but chose the University of Minnesota because of the depth and excellence of its expertise regarding children.
That’s good to hear!
He also announced that a high level position will focus on outreach to communities. We will watch with interest how this aspect of the Institute is carried out.
Join the final session of our webinar series on the impact of COVID-19 on victims of child maltreatment next Wednesday November 11th, or view the previous sessions. The series is sponsored by MVP Marketing + Design, a full-service digital agency.
Wednesday September 30, 2:30 – 3:45 PM: Marie Cohen, creator of the blog Child Welfare Monitor, shared her survey of creative approaches being used by states to identify hidden victims of child maltreatment. Recording and presentation here.
Wednesday October 14th, 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Andrew Campbell, noted family violence expert, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on child maltreatment and original ideas for addressing it. Recording and presentation here.
Upcoming: Wednesday November 11, 2:30 – 3:45 PM. Victor Vieth from the Zero Abuse Project will present 25 Tips to Overcome Child Safety Risks caused by the coronavirus. Register here.