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Alumni: Laura Romero

One alumna’s journey inspired her

to make an impact on families

By Mindy Green

Photo of a preemie laying in the palm of a hand

Premature babies may require lengthy hospital stays, which can be stressful for parents and older siblings. [Photo from handtohold.org]

Recent graduate Laura Romero is making a lasting impression on some Austin families. During her graduate practicum in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Family and Child Studies program, Romero developed a groundbreaking program that helps siblings of premature babies cope with familial stress during the baby’s long-term stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“My research revealed that very few programs were in place for siblings of children with special healthcare needs, not only across the United States, but worldwide as well,” Romero says.

Romero developed Sibling Sundaes to fill that void.

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Around Campus: International Graduate Research Conference

International research conference gathers global graduate students

By Catherine Harper

The third annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students will take place on the Texas State campus Wednesday, Nov. 2, and Thursday, Nov. 3. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to view international graduate student research and gain networking opportunities with colleagues in a variety of fields.

Graduate and doctoral students from universities around the nation and the world — including University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech, University of Southern Illinois, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico and Kookmin University, South Korea — will be in attendance to present graduate research on a variety of topics including Hispanic/Latino studies, mathematics, conservation, climate change and more. A complementary reception will be provided on Wednesday, in addition to a luncheon on Thursday. Continue reading