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Justin Wageman, Associate Professor, School of Education, received a grant award from North Dakota DPI for $255,216.00. The scope of work includes the North Dakota State Assessment, state accountability reporting, and academic content standards development. The project period is from October 2014 to September 2015.

Carol Buchholz Holland, Associate Professor, School of Education, presented at the international Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association annual conference which was held this November in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She presented a session entitled: “Creative Solution-Focused Activities for Children and Adolescents.”

Kwangsoo Park, Assistant Professor in Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management, had a manuscript titled “Topic analysis of event management research” accepted for publication in the Event Management. He coauthored with Seunghyun Park, a PhD candidate in Kansas State University.

The North Dakota State University Center for 4-H Youth Development has been awarded a $164,000 grant from the National 4-H Council for the 4-H National Youth Mentoring Program. This is the fourth grant received to implement the 4-H Mentoring: Youth and Families With Promise (4-H YFP) program on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Rachelle Vettern, NDSU Extension leadership/volunteer development specialist and associate professor in the School of Education, is providing leadership for the project, with local Extension staff responsible for its implementation. The local staff include Sue Isbell, Extension agent in Sioux County and several project assistants. The 4-H YFP program is a prevention-based program designed to enhance the developmental assets of at-risk youth ages 8 to 18. As of fall 2014, 187 tribal youth ages 5 to 18 have been reached through the work of 44 mentor volunteers. Schools where mentored youth attend report a 20% increase in attendance and the number of youth passing their classes has more than doubled. The schools credit these increases in participation and attendance to the 4-H Mentoring program. The program has also helped address truancy and drop out issues facing schools where the program is conducted.

Everyday Health recently published a story in which Todd Lewis, Associate Professor in Counselor Education, discussed the dangerous side of bipolar disorder.  The story can be found at:

Tom Stone Carlson, Professor, Human Development and Family Science, recently gave a keynote presentation at the 12th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference in Adelaide, Australia. Amanda Haire, a graduate of the CFT program, was a co-presenter. The presentation was based on a new theory of couples therapy that Tom developed.  Discussion and description of the theory will be published in the upcoming issue of the International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work.

Abby Gold, Assistant Professor, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, along with co-authors Kelly Kunkel, Mary Schroeder, Ali Hurtado, and Sue Sing Lim’s had a poster presentation titled, “Food Bubbles: An evaluation tool to assess attitudes about Fruit and Vegetable items for third graders” accepted for the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) 66th Annual Meeting in April.

Brad Strand, Professor, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, along with David Benson, Ronald Buck, Weston McGill, and David Smith had a paper titled The Characteristics of Coaching Expertise published in the The Virginia AAHPERD Journal.  Benson completed his MS in HNES while Buck, McGill, and Smith are current MS students. 

Amy Beutler (former HNES MS graduate student) and Brad Strand, Professor, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences had an article accepted for publication in the Physiology Journal. The title of the article is: The Altered Water System: Excess Levels of Free Radicals Contribute to Carcinogenesis by Altering Arginine Vasopressin Production and Secretion and Promoting Dysregulated Water Homeostasis in Concert with Other Factors. The Physiology Journal has an acceptance rate of 27%.

Katie Lyman, Assistant Professor, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences; Kyle Hackney, Assistant Professor, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences; Bryan Christensen, Associate Professor, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences; and Sarah Sletten (Mayville State) were awarded a grant from the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium funded via NASA. This grant will afford the four individuals the opportunity to conduct research regarding the effects of Kinesio Tape® on muscle activity for future astronauts.  In addition, they will also be researching the effects of Kinesio Tape® on changes in biomechanics during functional activity.  They applied and received just under $20,000 for their research project.

Kristen Benson, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science, was recently informed she had the following paper accepted:

van Eeden-Moorefield, B., Few-Demo, A.L., Benson, K.E., & Lummer, S. (2014). Research on LGBT-Headed Families: A Content Analysis of Top Family Journals 2000-2013. National Council on Family Relations. Baltimore, MD. [Paper].

Boes, L.; Benson, K.E., & van Eeden-Moorefield, B. (2014). Confronting Prejudice: Factors of Nontarget Confrontation. . National Council on Family Relations. Baltimore, MD. [Paper].

McGeorge, C.R., Carlson, T.S., & Benson, K.E. (2014). Affirmative Therapy Practices with Parents of LGBT Youth. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Milwaukee, WI. [Workshop].

Kristen also had the following book chapter accepted with a colleague from Montclair State:

van Eeden-Moorefield, B. & Benson, K.E. (accepted, 2015). Queers Doing Family: Navigating Family in a Heteronormative World. In Pasley, K. & Brown. S. (Eds.), Understanding and Treating Contemporary Families: Translating Research into Practice. New York, NY: Routledge. [book chapter].

Featured Research Project

LINE: Linear Algebra in New Environments by Sergio Loch, Grand View University; Draga Vidakovic, Georgia State University; Jeff Suzuki, Brooklyn College-CUNY; William Martin, School of Education, NDSU, and Christopher McClure, Des Moines Area Community College  

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