Oct. 26, 2011 PTA Meeting: "Stress & the Adolescent Brain: A Perfect Storm?" Plus: "Life After Hunter." And "College Funding" Pre-Meeting.

"Stress & the Adolescent Brain: A Perfect Storm?" Plus: "Life After Hunter."  

Neuroscientist Dr. Russell Romeo will discuss his research on the effects of adolescent development on brain and behavior. Specifically, his Laboratory of Developmental Psychobiology investigates the impact of stress on the development of neural circuits important in emotional reactivity. This presentation will highlight some of the unique ways that adolescent individuals respond to stressors and how the intersection of stress and adolescent development may represent a “perfect storm” in the context of mental health problems. 

Dr. Romeo is an assistant professor at Barnard.  He holds a Ph.D. in both Psychology and Neuroscience from Michigan State University and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University.  He has published over 65 scholarly articles on puberty, brain development, and stress and his research is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

"Life After Hunter"    In this first installment of "Life After Hunter," also on October 26, Neurologist Dr. Betty Mintz, HCHS '67 and Wall Street Journal News Editor John J. Edwards, HCHS ’88 will discuss the influence of Hunter in shaping their points of view, intellectual pursuits, relationships and work lives and what they wish they had known in high school. 

At HCHS, John J. Edwards III was co-editor in chief of What’s What.  Currently, he is the News Editor for the Wall Street Journal’s Friday Journal, and a contributor to The Journal's work-and-family blog, The Juggle. He has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.  Dr. Betty J. Mintz is currently Assistant Professor of Neurology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


Pre-Meeting: "College Funding Strategies to Lower College Expenses"

Highlighted in this presentation of strategies and resources for the financial aid process will be merit scholarships, savings and investments, how the expected family contribution is calculated [and tips on lowering it], tuition discounts, tax reduction strategies, what a family should and should not do before applying for aid, 529 College Savings Plans, Education Tax Credits and IRC Plans.   

 Todd Werling is an affiliated consultant with Fox College Funding, L.L.C. a specialty college planning company. Todd has been a Financial Advisor since 1998 and holds a series 65 license along with other security licenses.