The Binghamton Community Lab will host a mixer and discussion titled, “From Genes to Geography: The Role of Neighborhood Context in the Lives of Children” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Lost Dog Café Violet Room, 222 Water St. in Binghamton. This event is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to purchase an optional, self-pay dinner at 6 p.m.
Chris L. Gibson, Research Foundation Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at University of Florida and W.E.B Due Bois Fellow at the National Institute of Justice, will discuss the outcomes of children growing up in neighborhood poverty. His will illustrate how structural conditions of neighborhoods hinder psychological and behavioral development, and how neighborhood social processes enhance healthy development. He will also discuss how attributes of children – including genetic differences – are important for understanding the connection between neighborhoods and child outcomes. Research examples from three large-scale child development studies – the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, the ADD Health, and the Families and Community Health Study – will be discussed to illustrate the important role of geography in the lives of children. Finally, he will explore possible ways in which communities can use such information to address healthy child development.
The Binghamton Community Lab is a gathering place for citizen investigators to create and support improvements that will grow a healthier, wealthier and strong Binghamton region. The series, held regularly on the second Tuesday of each month will be facilitated by David Sloan Wilson, SUNY distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University and founder of the Binghamton Neighborhood Project, and David Currie, director of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition.
Bio of speaker:
Dr. Chris Gibson is a Research Foundation Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida. He also holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the Criminal Justice Center, Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. He is the 2009 National Institute of Justice W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, the 2013 recipient of the Tory Caeti award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Nebraska, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. His current research uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine how traits and other individual characteristics influence antisocial behavior, perpetration of violence, and personal victimization at a given time and through the life-course, while also examining the contexts in which these occur. His progressive research program has resulted in over 85 publications appearing in academic journals, books, and federal and state reports. Dr. Gibson was recently identified as the 5th the U.S. in an article titled “Criminology and Criminal Justice Hit Parade: Measuring Academic Productivity in the Discipline” and was listed 8th Sole and Lead Authors in Elite Criminology and Criminal Justice Journals” in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. His book (w/Marv Krohn) titled, “Handbook of Life-Course Criminology: Emerging Trends and Directions for Future Research” was published in 2013 by Springer-Verlag and it represents the holistic approach which drives his research questions.