MFRI director and staff member presented with honors

The director of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University and an MFRI staff member both received awards for engagement.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, MFRI director, and Keara Ludiker, MFRI education and employment program specialist, each received the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Engagement Award on April 26.

MacDermid Wadsworth received the faculty award and Ludiker received the staff award.

Keara Ludiker and Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth receiving the Purdue HHS engagement awardThe purpose of this annual award is to recognize faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in engagement activities that have positively impacted the stakeholders of the College of Health and Human Sciences by addressing matters affecting the health, behavior and quality of life of people.

On April 23, MacDermid Wadsworth also received the Purdue Faculty Engagement Fellow Award.

This award is presented to a full professor whose work has led to a strong record in the scholarship of engagement. This award embodies the creation and dissemination of new knowledge through intensive community interaction and partnership culminating in document community impact.  

All three awards are nomination based.

About MFRI

The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University conducts research on issues that affect military and veteran families and works to shape policies, programs and practices that improve their well-being. Founded in 2000, MFRI envisions a diverse support community that understands the most pressing needs of military and veteran families. To achieve this, MFRI collaborates to create meaningful solutions for them. This internationally-recognized organization is located at Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Operation ME logo contest submission now open

If you are a youth in sixth to 12th grade, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University invites you to compete in a logo contest for its latest research study, which focuses on military adolescents. Parental permission is required. You don’t have to be a military child to submit a design, and your parent does not need to still be serving.

Best of all, if you are the winner, you and your parent or guardian will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., among other prizes.

The winning logo will be used on materials for Operation Military Experience (Operation ME), a study focused on learning more about adolescents whose parent(s) deployed while they were ages six or younger. 

All logo submissions must be 600 DPI (dots per inch) and include the color purple. Purple represents all branches of the military.

The top four runners up will each receive a $50 Amazon gift card. The winner and one parent or guardian will receive transportation and lodging* for a 4-day, 3-night trip to Washington, D.C. in time for the July 24, 2019 award presentation at the Military Child Education Coalition’s National Training Seminar. The winner will also receive a $100 Amazon gift card. The award will be presented July 24 at a distinguished lecture given by MFRI Director Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D.

Submissions are due June 17 at midnight. For details and to submit a design, visit bit.ly/operation_ME

*Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

Helping military and veteran families now and tomorrow

Patty Barron, director of the Family Readiness at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) focuses on helping military and veteran families now and tomorrow. Listen to what she says about how AUSA strives to improve the lives of military families.

MFRI director moderates work and family panel

The Military Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University’s director, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, is leading a panel discussion about work and family at the Families in Canada Conference this week, hosted by the Vanier Institute of the Family.

The national, pan-Canadian conference is cohosted by university partners across the country, and has simultaneous satellite events. Individuals and organizations that study, serve and support families are focusing on this year’s theme: THINK BIG: How can we use “Big Data” to inform and inspire big ideas to optimize family well-being in Canada?

The conference includes a research lightning round, where presenters share information and insights on innovative research, programs and projects focused on families and family well-being. Fast-paced, engaging and inspiring, this round provides delegates with snapshots of leading and emerging activities and initiatives under way across Canada, along with opportunities to connect and collaborate. Researchers from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and professions can also share new research on topics related to families and family well-being at poster sessions.

About the Vanier Institute of the Family

The Vanier Institute of the Family is a national, independent, charitable organization dedicated to understanding the diversity and complexity of families and the reality of family life in Canada. The Institute offers access to a range of publications, research initiatives, presentations and social media content to enhance the national understanding of how families interact with, have an impact on, and are affected by social, economic, environmental and cultural forces.

Purdue Ideas Festival event on war and security May 14

As part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps campaign, a symposium on ethics, technology and the future of war security will be held on May 14 at Purdue University.

The Purdue Symposium on Ethics, Technology and the Future of War and Security will include a series of panel discussion designed to explore emerging technologies through the lens of their ethical, legal and social implications. The symposium will also explore these technologies’ impact on the future of war and security.

This Ideas Festival event will bring together preeminent thought leaders, practitioners and stakeholders from across government, industry and academia. These experts will help us better understand and plan for the ethical and societal impacts of new technologies.

Panel topics include:

  • The Future of War: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications
  • The Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence in Warfare
  • Global Perspectives on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of the Future of War

The event is sponsored by the Purdue Policy Research Institute. It is open to the public. To learn more or register click here.

About the Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI)

The PPRI team creates and participates in interdisciplinary grant activities in strategic areas. PPRI is hosts a “Policy Lab” where faculty and students (fellows and affiliated faculty) work together producing new ideas and research, and supports faculty teams in incorporating policy into their projects. PPRI works closely with the director to ensure these efforts reflect the overall goals of Discovery Park.