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News briefs, Dec. 28

Holiday closing

The Boyle County Courthouse and Animal Shelter will be closed Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

UK psychologist to discuss Gender Discrimination and Ethics at January AAUW meeting

A University of Kentucky professor of developmental psychology will share her research on children’s and adolescents’ academic, psychological and social lives are shaped by their social groups at the January meeting of Bluegrass Central Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Dr. Christia S. Brown is guest speaker at the 6 p.m. Jan. 17 meeting at the Woodford County Library, 115 North Main Street, Versailles. Supper is $5 and available at 5:30 p.m. for those who want to eat.

To register, contact Sue Scheff at (859) 489-1948 or email: scheff2400@gmail.com by Jan. 14.

Dr. Brown received her doctorate in developmental psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a professor of developmental and social psychology and Director of the Center for Equality and Social Justice at The University of Kentucky.

Her research examines how children’s and adolescents’ academic, psychological, and social lives are shaped by the social groups that they belong. Specifically, it focuses on four themes:

• Gender stereotypes

• Children and adolescents’ perceptions of gender and ethnic discrimination

• Gender and ethnic identity development

• Social inequality, harassment among adolescents and the consequences of sexual objectification of girls

Dr. Brown has authored or co-authored 60 peer-review journal articles and books including: Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence, and the  Wiley Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents. She is currently the chair of Society for Research in Child Development’s Equity and Justice Committee and an Associate Editor of Journal of Adolescent Research.