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Thursday, July 15, 2010
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This briefs package highlights newsmakers and events from The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, including publication and presentation of research by its faculty. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491.

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 Dolphin Research Subject of Japanese Public Television Show
• Book Resource for Educators Helping Families of Autistic Children

Professor’s Research on Dolphins to be featured on Japanese Public Television

– A University of Southern Mississippi professor and his research on dolphin behavior will be featured on an episode of “Gatchan,” a production of Japanese public television, later this month. The show exposes Japanese college students to universities and research activities around the world.  

A film crew producing the episode visited the Southern Miss campus last month to film dolphin research conducted by psychology professor Dr. Stan Kuczaj and his students in the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory. “I’m honored that Gatchan chose to focus one of their shows on our research and Southern Miss,” Kuczaj said. 

The film crew spent four days in Mississippi, documenting Kuczaj and his students collecting data in the Mississippi Sound and analyzing it in their lab. They also interviewed a variety of undergraduate students on campus about their educational goals and campus life.  

Book a Resource for Educators Helping Families of Children with Autism

-- Dr. Frances A. Karnes, Distinguished University Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi and Dr. Kristen Stephens, assistant professor of practice at Duke University, have co-edited another mini-series book published by Prufrock Press.

“Families of Children With Autism: What Educational Professionals Should Know” provides an overview of the role of education professionals in the lives of families of children with autism. A framework for understanding these families is presented with a discussion of the stressors they face, barriers to building collaborative relationships and ways professionals can help these families cope. The book also offers tips for working with families in each stage of their child’s development.

The authors are Dr. Lee M. Marcus and Ann Palmer. Marcus is a consulting psychologist with Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children (TEACCH) and the former clinical director of the Chapel Hill, N.C. TEACCH Center where he oversaw diagnostics, treatment, and consultation services for children, adolescents, and adults with autism. Ann Palmer is the parent of a 27-year-old son with autism, and serves as director of advocacy and chapter support for the Autism Society of North Carolina. She coordinates more than 45 chapters and support groups across the state.

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