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Aug 30

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

10:00 am EDT

MSU Extension’s Capacity Building Work Team in the Children and Youth Institute is excited to partner with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) based in Boston, MA for the following webinar, Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In March of 2014, the CDC updated the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to one in every 68 children up from one in 150 in 2000. This increase highlights the urgency for youth programs to better understand and serve this population. This training will provide an overview of ASD, including common strengths and challenges. Participants will learn tips for communication, behavior management, role modeling proper social etiquette, and encouraging active participation for youth with ASD. The presentation format will be a mix of content and interactive case studies. Participants will learn practical tips on enhancing the ability of organizations and programs to be more inclusive of individuals with ASD.

This webinar will take place on August 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. If you’re not able to make it on the webinar for this date and time, we will have the same webinar on August 31 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

We will have Kristin Humphrey, Mentoring Director, from Partners for Youth with Disabilities facilitating this webinar.  She oversees the Mentor Match program at PYD to ensure that the program goals are met. A strong proponent of mentoring, she has been involved with mentoring for over a decade, beginning with her role as a volunteer mentor. She is a member of the National Mentoring Resource Stakeholder council and the National Disability Mentoring Coalition. She has worked with youth with disabilities for the past nine years and founded a club at Connecticut College that facilitated group mentoring for siblings of youth with disabilities. She co-authored the manuscript, "Expanding Horizons: A Pilot Mentoring Program Linking College/Graduate Students and Teens with ASD,” which was published in the Journal of Clinical Pediatrics in 2015. She has presented regionally and nationally on the topics of mentoring and inclusion. She graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College with a BA in Psychology and was a selected scholar for the Holleran Center’s Program in Community Action and Public Policy. She holds a graduate certificate in Human Service Management from Clark University and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration from Clark University (MPA expected in 2017).

To join the webinar, please click the link below:


Or iPhone one-tap: 16465687788,898141327# or 14157629988,898141327#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll) or +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll)

Webinar ID: 898 141 327

Aug 30

Healthy Homes - Part 1

12:00 pm EDT

Healthy Homes-

Often people think about keeping their bodies healthy without realizing the influence which their building materials or daily home environment may have on them. That being said, there are ways to keep you home dwelling "healthy" so that the family is also well.  

In the presentations given this webinar covers considerations from materials available to all Cooperative Extension educators at Montana State University's Healthy Homes Partnership website.

In Part 1 of this webinar learn about Drinking Water and Waste Remediation the first hour. The following hour will focus on Integrated Pest Management and Lead Poisoning.

In Part 2 (September 1st) wevwill look at Energy Efficiency for two hours.  


Art Nash, Assistant Energy Professor at the University of Alaska School of Natural Resources and Extension, has worked with housing and energy projects concurrent with providing educational services in  Alaska’s Interior tribal villages, Southcentral and coastal  areas since moving to the state in the early 90s as a licensed secondary social sciences and environmental studies teacher. As an assistant (energy) professor, Art works closely with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power.  His teaching expertise includes home energy/cost efficiency, remote cabin and camp(ing) off-grid energy production, indoor air quality/radon, and Universal Building Design for disabled and aging residents. He is the state's Radon Outreach coordinator and presents on Healthy Homes topics. 



Art Nash

Aug 30

August Forestry Lunch and Learn: Climate, wildfire, and erosion...

2:00 pm EDT

Climate, wildfire, and erosion ensemble foretells more sediment in western USA watersheds

The area burned by wildfires has increased in recent decades and is expected to increase in the future for many watersheds worldwide due to climate change. Burned areas within watersheds increase soil erosion rates, which can increase the downstream accumulation of sediment in rivers and reservoirs. Using an ensemble of climate, fire, and erosion models, we show that post-fire sedimentation is projected to increase for more than ¾ of watersheds by at least 10 % and for more than ¼ of watersheds by at least 100 % by the 2041 to 2050 decade in the western USA. In this region, 65 % of the water supply originates from forested lands that are prone to wildfire, and many of the watersheds with projected increases in sedimentation are important headwaters of rivers and reservoirs that meet water demands of downstream users.

The presenter Joel Sankey is a Research Geologist for the USGS, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, and the Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is also an adjunct professor of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. Previously, he was a Mendenhall Fellow with the USGS Western Geographic Science Center located at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Joel has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from the Geosciences Department at Idaho State University.
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