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Empirical Forum of Social Sciences (Session 12): Early Childhood Development

Lecturer:Gary Darmstadt & Ann Weber

Time:10:00-11:30

Date:2018-11-16

Venue:Academichall (first floor),WenLan building,International Business School,Chang'an Campus

About the Lecture:

Dr. Darmstadt was one of the primary forces behind the 2016 Lancet Early Childhood Development Series. In this high-profile series of publications, researchers highlight early childhood development at a time when it has been universally endorsed in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Under Professor Darmstadt’s leadership, researchers now consider new scientific evidence for interventions and propose pathways for implementation of early childhood development at scale. The Series emphasizes 'nurturing care', especially of children below three years of age, and multi-sectoral interventions starting with health, which can have wide reach to families and young children through health and nutrition. Professor Darmstadt will review the highlights of this work and update the audience with new findings that have emerged in recent years.

Profile of the Lecturer:

Gary L. Darmstadt, MD, MS, is Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, and Professor of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Previously Dr. Darmstadt was Senior Fellow in the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), where he led a crossfoundation initiative on Women, Girls and Gender, assessing how addressing gender inequalities and empowering women and girls leads to improved gender equality as well as improved health and development outcomes. Prior to this role, he served as BMGF Director of Family Health, leading strategy development and implementation across nutrition, family planning and maternal, newborn and child health.

Ann MWeber’s research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions aimed at improving child growth and development in low-income settings, with an over-arching objective of reducing disparities in child outcomes that arise in situations of poverty, inadequate education, and gender and racial inequality. As a second and complementary area of research, Dr. Weber aims to develop and validate new metrics with which to assess interventions and pathways to their success (or failure) in diverse international contexts.Prior to joining Stanford’s School of Medicine, Dr. Weber was a Research Associate in Stanford’s Language Learning Lab, where she managed a 3-year evaluation funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to assess the effectiveness of a parenting program in rural Senegal aimed at improving children’s early language development.

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