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Conversations to challenge your mind with people who are changing our world. Produced on Clark University's campus in Worcester, MA.

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Conversations to challenge your mind with people who are changing our world. Produced on Clark University's campus in Worcester, MA.

    Disaster Mental Health and Professor Wendy Grolnick

    Disaster Mental Health and Professor Wendy Grolnick

    Today, Clark University https://www.clarku.edu/academics/undergraduate/programs/major/psychology/ (psychology) professor https://www2.clarku.edu/faculty/facultybio.cfm?id=223 (Wendy Grolnick) is on campus. Tomorrow, she could be anywhere across the nation. Grolnick joins us to offer a glimpse into her work in disaster response. Since 2007, Grolnick has volunteered with the American Red Cross, using her clinical skills to help people recover and cope following tragic events. She has been dispatched to local fires and drownings as well as national disasters, including the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
    Grolnick has discovered her expertise as a parenting researcher is an asset during times of chaos. “In the aftermath of a disaster, having consistent routines again becomes really important … You want to help kids feel less helpless.”
    Grolnick recommends the book “https://www.powells.com/book/between-parent-child-the-bestselling-classic-that-revolutionized-parent-child-communication-9780609809884 (Between Parent and Child)” by Haim Ginott for anyone who wants advice about successful parenting.
    Challenge. Change. is produced by Melissa Hanson and Andrew Hart for Clark University. Find other episodes wherever you listen to podcasts. Listen and subscribe on https://open.spotify.com/show/6SCjEOMfDYZO1mG5DauUsK?si=ae6e984b443d41d1 (Spotify) or https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/challenge-change/id1608025510 (Apple Podcasts).

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    Exploring Race and Redemption Through Fiction with Professor Ousmane Power-Greene

    Exploring Race and Redemption Through Fiction with Professor Ousmane Power-Greene

    https://www2.clarku.edu/faculty/facultybio.cfm?id=685 (Ousmane Power-Green)e, professor of https://www.clarku.edu/departments/history/ (history) and program director of https://www.clarku.edu/centers/cgras/faculty/africana-studies-faculty/ (Africana Studies) at Clark, joins us to talk about his new historical fiction novel “https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/692470/the-confessions-of-matthew-strong-by-ousmane-k-power-greene/ (The Confessions of Matthew Strong).” A story of race and redemption, the book follows Allie Douglass as she is kidnapped by a white supremacist.
    Power-Greene tells us about the inspiration for this novel and how he’d like Allie’s character to live on after readers put down the book. “https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/692470/the-confessions-of-matthew-strong-by-ousmane-k-power-greene/ (The Confessions of Matthew Strong),” published by Other Press/Random House, will be available next month.
    Current students and alumni can hear more from Power-Green and fellow Clark faculty during a roundtable event at noon on Wednesday Nov. 2. Attend in-person at Dana Commons on campus or via Zoom.

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    Listening to the Sensational World of ASMR with Professors Shuo Niu and Hugh Manon

    Listening to the Sensational World of ASMR with Professors Shuo Niu and Hugh Manon

    Some people feel an unusual tingle in their brain after watching someone whisper in a YouTube video. https://www2.clarku.edu/faculty/facultybio.cfm?id=819 (Hugh Manon), professor of screen studies and chair of the https://www.clarku.edu/departments/visual-and-performing-arts/ (Department of Visual and Performing Arts), and https://www2.clarku.edu/faculty/facultybio.cfm?id=1193 (Shuo Niu), professor of https://www.clarku.edu/departments/computer-science/people/ (computer science), dig into the social media phenomenon that is ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response.
    ASMR videos have racked up millions of views, and rank among the top five YouTube searches globally and in the U.S. Most often, creators record themselves whispering into a microphone or using motifs of touching and tasting to create an intimate online experience. Manon and Niu have studied thousands of ASMR videos for a co-authored paper examining the trend as they try to better understand the culture and community.
    “ASMRtists can't reach through the screen and tickle you with a feather, but they can reach through the microphone and tickle you with a whisper by virtue of the fact that everything's being amplified. That’s something I think is really underappreciated,” Manon says.
    These videos are more than just entertainment for some viewers. Researchers are finding that the calm and quiet of AMSR can help ease anxiety.
    “We do see a lot of videos created for people with insomnia or sleeping issues,” Niu says. “And I do see comments that say, ‘Hey, this helped me fall asleep.’”
    Listen and subscribe on https://open.spotify.com/show/4UuYAjq1d3Hq45cjwxoCNL (Spotify) or https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/challenge-change/id1608025510 (Apple Podcasts).
    Challenge. Change. is produced by Melissa Hanson and Andrew Hart for Clark University. Find other episodes wherever you listen to podcasts.

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    Studying the Effects of Children's TV on Aggressive Play with Ben Wolff '23

    Studying the Effects of Children's TV on Aggressive Play with Ben Wolff '23

    Ben Wolff ’23 loves working with children and discovering the importance play has on development. But do their TV-watching habits influence how they play? Wolff shares with us how he’s exploring this avenue in his research project. The psychology major is looking for links between the shows kids watch on television and what happens when they play.
    To learn more about internships, check out Clark’s https://www.clarku.edu/offices/career-connections-center/ (Career Connections Center).
    Listen and subscribe on https://open.spotify.com/show/4UuYAjq1d3Hq45cjwxoCNL (Spotify) or https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/challenge-change/id1608025510 (Apple Podcasts).
    Challenge. Change. is produced by Melissa Hanson and Andrew Hart for Clark University. Find other episodes wherever you listen to podcasts.

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    The Path to Finding Purpose in College

    The Path to Finding Purpose in College

    Clark University's https://clarknow.clarku.edu/2022/01/21/meet-kamala-c-kiem-clarks-new-associate-provost-of-student-affairs-and-dean-of-students/ (Dean of Students Kamala Kiem) talks to us about what it means to find success and identity during college. Kiem recalls lessons learned during her time at the former Middle Georgia College and Florida International University, including a “life-changing” decision to end her time as a student-athlete to become a resident assistant.
    “I'm living a life where I have no regrets in those decisions because I've learned from and appreciated all of the positives and growth,” she says. “I was able to capitalize on making sure that I fulfill what I believe is my purpose.”
    Kiem says that while there are objective measurements of student success, she works from a more holistic lens.
    “I want to pay attention to the love and joy and satisfaction piece of their experience,” she says. “Students are resilient. They will overcome, and they will persevere, but do they love the experience?”
    Listen on https://open.spotify.com/episode/6FTHitSXmLwpQY0jDVnXud (Spotify) or https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-day-in-the-life-with-recording-studio-intern/id1608025510?i=1000570790886 (Apple Podcasts).
    Challenge. Change. is produced by Melissa Hanson and Andrew Hart for Clark University. Find other episodes wherever you listen to podcasts.

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    Season 2 Coming in August!

    Season 2 Coming in August!

    Challenge. Change. is taking a brief break. We'll be back for season two come the week of Aug. 22. This fall, expect to hear episodes about the https://www.vox.com/2015/7/15/8965393/asmr-video-youtube-autonomous-sensory-meridian-response (ASMR), a discussion from two Clark leaders about exploring the nuances of friendship in higher education, documenting January 6th, and political analysis as we get closer to the midterms.
    Have a suggestion for the podcast? Email producers Andrew Hart and Melissa Hanson at Clark with your show ideas and feedback.
    Subscribe to the podcast on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/challenge-change/id1608025510 (Apple), https://open.spotify.com/show/4UuYAjq1d3Hq45cjwxoCNL?si=10249bb0c0974f68 (Spotify), or whenever you listen.

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