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News – June 25, 2004
Dear SPR Member:
This issue of “SPR
News” includes information on the following:
• SPR Holds
12th Annual Meeting
• SPR’s Strategic Plan Updated
• SPR Election Results – New SPR Board Members
• 2004 SPR Award Recipients
• SPR Service Appreciation
• The Mothers of Prevention
12TH ANNUAL MEETING
More than 660 attendees
from 43 states and 16 countries, including 131 Canadians, traveled to the 12th
Annual Meeting, held in Quebec City, May 26 – May 28, 2004. The 12th Annual
Meeting “Crossing Borders: Linking Prevention Science, Policy and Practice”
included a successful blend of cutting-edge science presented by prevention researchers
from the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia and linked
prevention researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
The three-day program
included 80 sessions with 270 paper presentations and two evening poster sessions
with 240 poster presentations. A special thematic emphasis on early childhood
development throughout the conference included a one day pre-conference co-sponsored
by the University of Montreal, Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development
that was attended by 250 researchers and practitioners. Two additional pre-conferences
focused on the design and analysis of group-randomized trials and the training
of prevention researchers and practitioners.
This year the SPR
Early Career Preventionist Network (ECPN) annual meeting activities included:
the “Meet the Scientist Dinner” that provided an opportunity for informal
discussions between senior scientists and ECPNers, the annual ECPN luncheon “An
Historical Perspective from Voices in the Field: The Science of Prevention”
and an ECPN training session “Publishing as an Early Career Scientist –
Strategies and Tips for Success.” The Power Point training presentations
are available at http://www.preventionresearch.org/ECPN_Publishing.php.
Many thanks to
our NIH partners, the William T. Grant Foundation and to our annual meeting sponsors
for their wonderful financial support of meeting events and activities. With their
support SPR awarded $20,000 in meeting travel grants to 43 young investigators
presenting at the annual meeting. Thanks are also extended to contributors to
the SPR Minority Scholarship Fund, which awarded $2,900 in travel grants to 6
minority investigators presenting at the meeting. Special thanks to Ray Peters,
Chair of the 2004 Program Planning Committee, and the members of the committee
for their work for an excellent conference.
We encourage attendees
to follow up with presenters for copies of handouts or slides, as available. Author
and presenter e-mails are included in the printed program now available on line
STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE
Three of the subthemes
of the 12th Annual Meeting advanced SPR’s strategic goals. The first, Prevention
Research in Real World Settings, examined research on tested and efficacious
practices and policies as they are disseminated on a large scale, in different
cultures, and in different countries. Approximately 50% of the meeting sessions
focused on this subtheme.
The second subtheme,
Monitoring Systems for Children and Youth, highlighted research
on community, state and national monitoring systems that measure important aspects
of child and adolescent well-being and the factors that influence it. SPR’s
new monograph Community-Monitoring Systems: Tracking and Improving the Well-Being
of America’s Children and Adolescents was released at the meeting. The monograph
is available as a PDF file at http://www.preventionresearch.org/CMSbook.pdf.
The third subtheme,
Evidence-Based Standards, focused on the development of criteria
for evidence-based standards and how these standards influence prevention policy.
SPR’s newly adopted Standards of Evidence: Efficacy, Effectiveness and
Dissemination was released at the meeting and is available as a PDF file
RESULTS – NEW SPR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
J. David Hawkins
announced the election results at the awards banquet on May 27 in Quebec City.
The newly elected board members for three-year terms are Cheryl Perry, Robert
Saltz, Richard Spoth and Pamela Thurman. Congratulations to the new board members.
The SPR Award Recipients
announced at the annual awards banquet are:
* International Collaborative Prevention Research Award – Matthew Sanders,
* Science to Practice Award – Frances M. Harding,
* Public Service Award – Charles G. Curie,
* Presidential Award – Linda M. Collins and John Graham,
* Nan Tobler Award for Review of the Prevention Science Literature – Mark
* Prevention Science Award – Richard Price,
* Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award – Tracy Harachi,
* Service to SPR Award – Anthony Biglan,
* Friend of ECPN Award – Irwin Sandler,
* ECPN Early Career Award – Esteban V. Cardemil.
Please visit http://www.preventionresearch.org/sprnews_awards2004.php
for the text of the awards presentation.
The Annual Meeting
marked the end of terms for several SPR Board Members. J. David Hawkins thanked
the following out-going board members for their commitment and dedication to SPR
over the past three years: Doug Coatsworth, Denise Gottfredson, Chris Ringwalt
and Alex Wagenaar. Hawkins also presented certificates of appreciation to Ray
Peters, Chair of the 2004 Program Planning Committee, and Brian Flay, Chair of
the Standards of Evidence Committee.
On behalf of SPR,
Hawkins awarded certificates of appreciation to Jan Howard, retired Director of
the Prevention Branch of NIAAA, and Larry Seitz, Prevention Research Branch (PRB)
at NIDA’s Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research, for
their service to their respective institutes and their contributions to the field
of prevention research.
OF PREVENTION AT ANNUAL DANCE
The highlight of
the annual meeting for the second year in a row was the performance of the Mothers
of Prevention band at the annual dance. The MOP featured everyone’s favorite
prevention researchers and musicians: Brian Bumbarger, drums and vocals; Gil Botvin,
trumpet and vocals; Celene Domitrovich, vocals; Jim Emshoff, electric piano and
vocals; John Graham, guitars and vocals; David Hawkins, guitar, harmonica and
vocals; John Jimenez, lead guitar; Michael Newcomb, guitar and vocals; and Randy
Swaim, bass guitar. Dan Olweus, Friday morning’s plenary speaker filled
in on electric piano during the breaks. The band dazzled the high-energy dancers
until 1:00 am with a mix of popular dance tunes, jazz and blues songs. The annual
dance is a fund-raising event for the Minority Scholarship Fund.
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if you have any questions or comments about SPR activities.
J. David Hawkins,