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ISLAND Lab’s Second Annual Newsletter

We are very excited to present our second annual newsletter. In this edition, we give updates on our current projects, introduce you to our new lab manager, discuss helping kids ease back into in person schooling, highlight our lab alumni and what they are up to now and much more! Thank you so much for participating with us over the years, this newsletter…
ISLAND Lab
September 8, 2021
Child Development

What’s the Most Comforting Smell in the World?

What is the most comforting smell in the world? It’s you, Mama! By Mahima Golani Have you ever wondered why picking up your baby when they’re crying can calm them down almost immediately? Babies need to have their caregivers close because they are signals of safety. Newborns have inbuilt mechanisms that help them rely on their social environment. For example,…
ISLAND Lab
December 14, 2020
Community Engagement

ISLAND Lab’s Annual Newsletter

As summer rolls to an end, we are so excited to present our very first annual newsletter. In this first edition, we introduce you to our lab, give updates on our projects over the years, provide an article on promoting bilingualism within the household, and discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our research and parenting. This newsletter would…
ISLAND Lab
August 31, 2020
Community Engagement

COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences (COPE) Study Infographic

Over the last several months, the ISLAND Lab and the BabyBees collaborative have been collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 for NYC families. Our focus is to investigate maternal mental health as well as infant outcomes. Through answering surveys, our participants (N=679) have provided valuable information showcasing coping mechanisms and challenges they’ve experienced due to this global pandemic.  We…
ISLAND Lab
August 21, 2020
Community Engagement

Talking about Racial Injustice with Young Children

One week ago, on May 25th 2020, George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was on the heels of the murders of Breonna Taylor (by police in her own home) and Ahmaud Arbery (by racist neighbors while he was jogging). The past few days have been filled with turmoil and grief, fueled once again by the…
ISLAND Lab
June 2, 2020
Community Engagement

Thank You Frontline Workers

ISLAND Lab thanks all the healthcare heroes working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continually amazed by the dedication and spirit of all essential workers around the world and so we wanted to give our thanks! This video we made is just a glimpse of the appreciation we feel for all those on the frontline.Check out our video here…
ISLAND Lab
May 27, 2020
Lab Announcements

RA Maggie Zhang Wins the Bernard Katz Award!

Congratulations to our very own Maggie Zhang for being the 2020 recipient of APUG's Bernard Katz award! Maggie is a senior currently working on her thesis and is a valued member of the ISLAND Lab as the Data Science team lead. The Bernard Katz Award is given to those who have shown exceptional helpfulness, congeniality, and dedication to their program…
ISLAND Lab
April 17, 2020
Community Engagement

ISLAND’s List of Charities During COVID-19

Many of us may be feeling helpless during this global crisis. The most important thing right now is that everyone does their part to help. For most of us, that means staying at home! And that is more than enough to help right now. For others who have the means and want to donate money to help our healthcare workers…
ISLAND Lab
April 16, 2020
Community Engagement

At Home Resources for Kids

It's tough keeping kids entertained and busy when stuck at home all day, but luckily, the internet is full of informative, entertaining resources for children. Many museums are providing access to virtual visits and activities! Zoos and aquariums have set up cameras for kids to visit the animals online. Kids can take online classes to learn while they can't in…
ISLAND Lab
April 1, 2020
Child Development
December 14, 2020

What’s the Most Comforting Smell in the World?

What is the most comforting smell in the world? It’s you, Mama! By Mahima Golani Have you ever wondered why picking up your baby when they’re crying can calm them down almost immediately? Babies need to have their caregivers close because they are signals of safety. Newborns have inbuilt mechanisms that help them rely on their social environment. For example,…
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Community Engagement
August 31, 2020

ISLAND Lab’s Annual Newsletter

As summer rolls to an end, we are so excited to present our very first annual newsletter. In this first edition, we introduce you to our lab, give updates on our projects over the years, provide an article on promoting bilingualism within the household, and discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our research and parenting. This newsletter would…
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Community Engagement
August 21, 2020

COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences (COPE) Study Infographic

Over the last several months, the ISLAND Lab and the BabyBees collaborative have been collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 for NYC families. Our focus is to investigate maternal mental health as well as infant outcomes. Through answering surveys, our participants (N=679) have provided valuable information showcasing coping mechanisms and challenges they’ve experienced due to this global pandemic.  We…
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Child DevelopmentHáblame Bebé
July 13, 2020

Dr. Brito Weighs in on the Benefits of Bilingualism

In a new article written for The Institute of Human Development and Social Change at Steinhardt NYU, Dr. Natalie Brito outlines misconceptions and new findings on bilingualism based on her research and encourages parents to foster bilingual learning in their own homes. Check out the article here!
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Community Engagement
June 2, 2020

Talking about Racial Injustice with Young Children

One week ago, on May 25th 2020, George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was on the heels of the murders of Breonna Taylor (by police in her own home) and Ahmaud Arbery (by racist neighbors while he was jogging). The past few days have been filled with turmoil and grief, fueled once again by the status quo of racism and inequity in this country for Black Americans.  “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their…
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Community Engagement
May 27, 2020

Thank You Frontline Workers

ISLAND Lab thanks all the healthcare heroes working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continually amazed by the dedication and spirit of all essential workers around the world and so we wanted to give our thanks! This video we made is just a glimpse of the appreciation we feel for all those on the frontline.Check out our video here…
Read More
Community Engagement
April 16, 2020

ISLAND’s List of Charities During COVID-19

Many of us may be feeling helpless during this global crisis. The most important thing right now is that everyone does their part to help. For most of us, that means staying at home! And that is more than enough to help right now. For others who have the means and want to donate money to help our healthcare workers…
Read More
Community Engagement
April 1, 2020

At Home Resources for Kids

It's tough keeping kids entertained and busy when stuck at home all day, but luckily, the internet is full of informative, entertaining resources for children. Many museums are providing access to virtual visits and activities! Zoos and aquariums have set up cameras for kids to visit the animals online. Kids can take online classes to learn while they can't in…
Read More
Community Engagement
March 23, 2020

How to Talk to Children about Coronavirus

This time is filled with uncertainty and fear, and it can feel especially daunting for parents with young children who may not understand what is happening in the world right now. See links below. PBS's guide to Covid19 for Parents:  Good examples set by your children's favorite TV shows! NYTimes Guide for Parents: Remember to take care of yourself too!…
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AdventureChild DevelopmentFood For Thought
February 4, 2019

Dr. Brito Weighs in on the Debate: Should Toddlers Be Using Knives?

Click to read this interesting article from Inside Edition  and see what Dr. Brito had to say about toddlers and young children using knives in the kitchen!
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