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Lincoln, Nebraska, November 7-9, 2014

OTC 20: Keynote Address with Jack Bates

The 2014 OTC meeting held last weekend in Lincoln, NE was superb! A gathering of 60+ professionals in the areas of research, practice and education attended a preconference, 8 symposia, 15 posters and a keynote address by Jack Bates. Attendees came from as far away as Australia, Spain, Poland and Mexico City. Sandee McClowry and Helen Neville each received a Jan Kristal Memorial Award for application of temperament to benefit children. Kathy Rudasill, the organizer, along with a group of dedicated students did a marvelous job of hosting the meeting and assisting with local arrangements. This conference will be remembered in particular because of her Nebraska Nice! hospitality. A planning meeting was held at the end of the conference to discuss the date and location of the next OTC.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, January 11-13, 2013

Mary Rothbart's Keynote Address at OTC 2013
Let it Snow!

The 19th Occasional Temperament Conference was held at Westminster College in Salt Lake City Utah. In spite of an unexpected snowstorm, the meeting was attended by about 75 researchers, clinicians and students. The theme of the conference was "Becoming Who We Are," the title of Mary Rothbart's recent book. Mary delivered the keynote address. Roy Martin and Mary Kurcinka were announced as the Jan Kristal Memorial Award winners. The conference was notable for the number of papers investigating genes and temperament, and others looking at role of executive functions in relation to the effortful control dimension. The next OTC scheduled for Fall 2014 will be hosted by Kathleen Rudasill at the University of Nebraska.

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Cross-cultural research
requires collaboration amongst scientists in many countries!
Personality Traits
What is the connection?
Studies have attempted to find out.
Factor analysis has identified
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Can temperament affect educational performance?
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