Dr. Cari Buckner presents lecture on brain developmentDixie State University’s weekly lecture series, Dixie Forum: A Window on the World, will host DSU professor Dr. Cari Buckner as she sheds light on how young children’s experiences impact brain development.

Buckner, department chair of DSU’s Family Studies and Human Development Department, will present “Brain Development in Young Children” from noon to 12:50 p.m. Sept. 19. The lecture will be held in the Dunford Auditorium, located in the Browning Resource Center on DSU’s campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Buckner will discuss a variety of simple everyday activities that provide critical nourishment for children’s brains and how development occurs when adults actively interact with children. Additionally, she will explore research that has revealed how certain experiences and activities are more effective in aiding brain development than others.

In addition to serving as an associate professor of education and department chair at DSU, Buckner is the chair of the university’s Women’s Resource Center Committee. She has served on the National Council of Teachers of English’s Early Childhood Issues Committee, the Utah State Language Arts Core Revision Committee, and the editorial review board for the Utah Journal of Literacy.

Buckner has extensive experience working with young children in the public-school setting, where she provided opportunities for students to participate in active learning experiences and applied techniques to assist struggling readers and writers. She also has conducted research on how gifted students learn in classrooms with an array of ability levels.

Next week, Dixie Forum will host DSU instructor Reuben Wadsworth as he presents on Zion National Park at noon Sept. 26 in the Dunford Auditorium.

More information is available online.

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