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Work-Life Center announces new spring 2015 seminar series

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The popular Work-Life Seminar Series has returned this spring, and includes free, lunchtime (12-1:30 p.m.) seminars led by experts in their fields. The presenters will share research-based strategies, tips, and information on more than 25 topics, including eldercare; mindfulness to reduce stress and maintain focus; supporting school-age children’s emotional and intellectual development; U.S. college admissions; cultivating productive relationships at work; navigating life as a young professional; and creating a successful, meaningful, and fulfilling next stage of life.

This spring’s line-up includes the following presenters from the MIT community:

U.S. College Admissions 101: Demystifying the Application Process
Thursday, March 19
Presented by Stuart Schmill '86, MIT dean of admissions

The college admissions process can seem opaque and complex. If you have a child who is applying to college, it can be difficult to determine what role to play, what help to give, and how to give it. Stu Schmill will give you a picture of the current college admissions landscape, including how college admissions offices make decisions. You’ll get some practical tips on helping your child navigate through this exciting but challenging experience — and some specific insights into what to expect if he or she is applying to MIT.

Supporting Your Gifted Child: Successful Parenting for High-Ability Learners
Tuesday, March 31
Presented by Nina Davis-Millis, independent educational consultant and head of information technology and discovery services at MIT Libraries

The many myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions around giftedness sometimes make it difficult for parents to recognize their children’s talents or understand how best to meet their social, educational, and emotional needs. During this seminar, Nina Davis-Millis will give an overview of current research on the unique characteristics of gifted children and how parents may apply these understandings.

Understanding Your Baby's Brain Development
Tuesday, April 28
Presented by Rebecca Saxe, associate professor of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT

Rebecca Saxe will offer several fascinating insights from developmental cognitive neuroscience research about the interplay between neurobiological and environmental factors, which together support children’s rapid acquisition of critical skills like language and social understanding.

All seminars are free of charge and open to the entire MIT community and their families; however, registration is required. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch, and dessert will be available.

To learn more about the Work-Life Center’s services, resources, and seminar series, visit the Work-Life Center website and follow @mitworklife on Twitter.

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