Ge, Xiaojia age 55, Professor of Psychology and Child Development, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, best known for his seminal findings of puberty onset on adolescent developmental outcomes, passed away on August 26, 2009, at University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, after a heroic battle with lung cancer. Dr. Ge was born in China in 1954. He earned his Ph. D. in Sociology from Iowa State University in 1990. He conducted research at the Center for Family Research, Iowa State University from 1990 to 1995. He was on the faculty of Department of Human Development at University of California, Davis, from 1995 to 2006. Since 2006 he was a senior professor at Center of Child Development, University of Minnesota. He was an exceptional scholar and a dedicated educator. His research focused on child and adolescent development in various contexts, including interactions between biological factors and social contexts and long-term consequences of adolescent emotional and behavioral problems. The National Council for Family Research recognized him for his outstanding article combining theory and research, entitled "The Developmental Interface between Nature and Nurture: A Mutual Influence Model of Child Antisocial Behavior and Parent Behavior". He is survived by his mother Zhengjing Chen; wife Ronghua (Jenny) Li; brother Zhaoguang Ge; sister Xiaoyu Ge; and son Yijie Ge. A memorial service in celebration of Xiaojia Ge's life will be held on the University of Minnesota campus at a time and location to be announced (contact Alison Eudeikis at firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Published in Star Tribune on Aug. 30, 2009