¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The Family and Health Section welcomed a new focus group to the section, Issues in Aging Families, chaired by Christine Price. The Chronic Illness and Disability focus group, chaired by Glenna Boyce, was also a member of this Section. Ann Garwick was Family and Health Section chair.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The Ethnic Minorities Section, chaired by Estella Martinez, completed the endowment requirements for the John McAdoo Dissertation Award. John McAdoo was a founding member of the Ethnic Minorities Section and a professor of Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University. He was a prolific writer and the first to do research on African American fathers. He was a mentor to many students and young professionals. This new award gave $1,000 toward the completion of a dissertation focused on issues related to families of color. At first, the first $500 is awarded. The second installment is given when the recipient presents the finished dissertation at the next Annual Conference. Francisco Villarruel chaired the award committee.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The Family Therapy Section, chaired by Richard Wampler, drew on nationally known experts in therapy from the University of Rochester Medical School. Examples include Lyman Wynne, one of the founders of the marriage and therapy field; Susan McDaniel and Thomas Campbell, from the Department of Family Medicine; Cleve Shields, a researcher of older couples; and Duke Stanton and Judith Landau, from the Department of Psychiatry.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Shelley MacDermid, chair of the Feminism and Family Studies Section, focused on underrepresented groups when doing feminist research, practice, and service. She emphasized the rich historical resources of Rochester, NY, as a site for the conference, because nearby Seneca Falls was the center of the women’s movement; also, Rochester had been an important site for the Underground Railroad.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The International Section (Raeann Hamon, chair), led the drive at a silent auction to raise funds supporting the Jan Trost Outstanding Contribution to Comparative Family Studies Award. Section members also sponsored a reception for all international attendees and students of international family studies.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 The Research and Theory Section, chaired by Jane Gilgun, started a new website designed by Laurie Meschke. It contained section history, photos, application information for conference presentations, and award data and briefs.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 The Education and Enrichment Section, chaired by Patricia Tanner Nelson, developed a five-point plan of action: (1) interdisciplinary programs, (2) cost-effective communication with members, (3) effective pre-conferences, (4) support of student travel awards, and (5) plan fiscal policies in keeping with budgetary principles. Focus groups within this section included CFLE, Families & Grief, Marketing, Marriage & Family Enrichment, Parent Education, Peace, and Sexuality.