CU-Boulder And Australian Researchers Join Forces To Study Reading In Young Twins

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of New England in Australia have been awarded $2.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to study early reading development in identical and fraternal twins. The CU-Boulder portion of the project is directed by psychology Professor Richard Olson, who is working with co-investigators John DeFries, Sally Wadsworth, Erik Willcutt and Bruce Pennington of CU’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics. The researchers hope to study about 600 pairs of twins in Colorado whose names were gleaned from the Colorado Twin Registry and whose parents have agreed to let their children participate, said Olson. The other collaborator is Brian Byrne from the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. Byrne and Olson are conducting a parallel study of twins in Sydney and Melbourne that is funded by the Australian Research Council. Byrne and Olson currently have funding to study about 200 pairs of twins in Australia and hope to add another 350 pairs to the study contingent upon an additional research grant that is pending, said Olson. “The primary goals of the new, five-year research project are to understand the factors influencing individual differences in early reading, language and attention,” Olson said. The researchers hope the project will allow them to learn more about what can be done to help preschool children who are at risk for reading difficulties. “Identical and fraternal twins provide a unique opportunity to explore the environmental and genetic influences on individual differences in early reading, language and attention,” said Olson. Both types of twin pairs share the same home, school and community environments, but differ in their genetic similarity, he said. “Identical twins have the same genes, while fraternal twins share half of the genes that influence individual differences.” The comparison of identical and fraternal twins will provide information about average genetic influence on differences in early development, Olson said. “It also will provide information about the importance of environmental influences that are shared by the twins and environmental influences that are different for each twin.” The researchers will work with the twins in their homes and preschools beginning at age 4 and will follow them through kindergarten, first grade and second grade. “Working with preschool twins poses many challenges, but it will help in understanding how different patterns of preschool development influence their response to subsequent schooling,” said Olson. Reading problems in the early grades are highly predictive of problems in the later grades and in adulthood, he said. “Learning more about the developmental precursors that place young children at risk for failing in the early grades will help with the prediction and amelioration of early developmental problems before children begin formal schooling.” Published: March 20, 2000 last_img read more

Q&A: Louw on adapting to a change in lifestyle

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Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on April 7, 2020 Post by Juandre Joubert BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in Promotion, Springboks, Teams, Top headlines Tagged Francois Louw, Puma Francois Louw ‘ ‘ Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo Q&A: Louw on adapting to a change in lifestyle ‘ Follow @JuandreJoubert on Twitter. ‘ With the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus on sport, stalwart Francois Louw shares how he has adapted his routine to accommodate social distancing and staying home, while still keeping physically fit and mentally strong.TRAININGHow are you keeping in shape?I have had to adapt my training in a big way. My regime has always revolved around facilitated training with specific equipment. I now have to make do with what I have lying around from a strength perspective. It’s important for me to keep active, so it is mostly bodyweight exercises.What shoes do you train in and why do they suit you? The PUMA LQDCELL Tension is my favourite pair and suits my workouts at this time. There is an array of styles to suit different activities – from casual, to gym, to trail running or road running. I have the full range, so throwing on a pair to suit my activity is not a problem.Have you had to adjust your diet to maintain your ‘fighting’ weight?I have had to make adjustments as my overall active lifestyle from a pro athlete perspective has been taken down a few notches due to the lockdown. I am obviously not burning off as much as I would be and so have had to mostly adjust quantities consumed.MENTALHow are you staying motivated and positive?These are challenging times for all. I count my blessings every day and realise that there are people out there who are way worse off than me. This motivates me to be positive and not fall into a dismal slump, but be proactive in any way I can and give joy and support to those close to me.What words or message do you live by when faced with challenges?Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3.The past 12 months included winning the World Cup – can you share what this meant/means to you in terms of your childhood dreams, your life goals, and your sense of achievement after the many years of sweat and often times blood?I don’t know how to describe this. But to say the least, it is the pinnacle of my professional career!Where are the boots you wore in the RWC Final?And what boots they are! My full playing kit, including my PUMA One boots, are neatly stored in a container. I might don the outfit again on 2 November 2020.Teamwork, standing together and supporting one another through the tough times are key to winning the RWC final … do you think all of us can learn from this at this challenging time?At the end of the day, anything you do is about the people. Their character, resilience and belief. If you have those attributes, on top of exceptional abilities or talents, then anything is possible.You recently announced that you will retire from the game at the conclusion of the current season. What does ‘life after rugby’ look like for Flo and his family?I do so with a full heart, filled with amazing memories. What a journey it has been! Next up is a career away from the game. I plan to go into financial services, specifically around financial advisory and wealth management. We are in the process of putting a platform together that will cater for professional athletes and their financial affairs. As a professional athlete, there will eventually be the inevitability of retirement from the sport and these athletes will be faced with the reality that is life outside of the game. We hope to help them prepare for the next step in their lives.Types of TV shows you enjoy?The Spy, Narcos Mexico and Ozark. We have recently got Disney+ and their flagship series, Mandalorian, is fun.Any books you would recommend to fans?When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason.Have you been developing new skills?I have been experimenting with smoking big chunks of meat. Eight hours low and slow. So far, so good! ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more