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Mari Borr, Associate Professor, School of Education, has been named Associate Editor for Family and Consumer Sciences Education Research Journal (FCSRJ).  For over 35 years, the FCSRJ has been the periodical of choice for specialists in every segment of the FCS field. A major vehicle for the dissemination of new research, the FCSRJ covers the richness, diversity, and interdisciplinarity that characterize family and consumer sciences today. Each refereed article in the FCSRJ includes cutting-edge relevant research as well as practical information for family and consumer sciences professionals and practitioners.

Jill Nelson, Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the School of Education and doctoral students in her Professional Issues class worked on a problem-based-learning assignment in which they engaged in a consultation project for our NDSU Community Counseling Services.  As part of their consultation work with our clinic, they crafted a grant proposal to the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation and were awarded $10,000 for a project called the “Counseling Services Enhancement” initiative.  This group of doctoral students used their diverse set of strengths and assets for this project, something that led to this application being successful.  They are: Amy Nathe, Benjamin Erie, Kadie-Ann Caballero-Dennis, Irene Rettig, Julie Smith, and Jessica Brown.  

Bradley Bowen, Assistant Professor, School of Education, recently had an article published in the American Journal of Engineering Education entitled “Comparing Career Awareness Opportunities of Academically At-Risk and Non At-Risk Freshman Engineering Students”. It was based on comparing a freshman engineering student’s likelihood of matriculating to their sophomore year of coursework in an engineering department based on their involvement in high school career awareness activities.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Professor, Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences and Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, was awarded $35,000 from Dakota Medical Foundation to continue the FaithCommunitiesAlive! initiative in the Fargo-Moorhead area. To date, 20 faith communities have been engaged in education and policy/environmental changes to promote better health. More information is available on this website: Julie also obtained funding from the Northern Pulse Growers Association to develop a variety of materials related to pulse foods. North Dakota is a leading producer of pulse crops, including lentils, split peas and chickpeas. The NDSU Extension Service has launched a pulse foods website ( with research summaries, fact sheets and recipe demonstrations about pulses, chickpeas and lentils. Dietetic students and graduate students have been involved in testing recipes and creating content, and Stacy Wang, Extension Associate, compiled the website. 

In July, Joel Hektner, Professor, Human Development and Family Science, presented two papers at the biennial congress of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development in Shanghai, China. One, co-authored with former student Catherine Rogers and based on her thesis, was titled Identity and daily experience in lesbian, gay, or bisexual emerging adults. The other, co-authored with student Su Lee, was titled Direct and indirect effects of the Early Risers Conduct Problems Prevention Program on parenting outcomes.

Dr. Carol Buchholz Holland, Associate Professor, School of Education, presented at the American School Counselor Association national conference which was held this June in Orlando, Florida.  She presented a three-hour session entitled: 35 Solution-Focused & Strength-Based Activities and Techniques to Use with Children and Adolescents. Carol was also an invited presenter at a school counselor academy conference which was held this June in Manhattan, Kansas.  The conference was sponsored by Kansas State University and Kansas State Department of Education.  Dr. Buchholz Holland presented two sessions entitled:  Solution-Focused Applications for School Settings and Solution-Focused Consultation and Parent Conferences.

Jim Deal, Professor and Unit Head, Human Development and Family Sciences, recently had an article accepted: Deal, J.E., & Bartoszuk, K. (Accepted).  Preliminary Validation of the North American Protestant Fundamentalism Scale  (NAPFS). Journal of Beliefs and Values.

Kyle Hackney, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, had the following papers published:

·      Hackney, K.J., & English, K. Protein and Essential Amino Acid Intake to Protect Musckuloskeletal Health During Spaceflight: Evidence of a Paradox. Life: Special Issue Response of Terrestrial Life to Space Conditions, 4, 295-317, 2014.

·      Downs, ME., Hackney, KJ., Martin, D., Caine, T., Cunninghan, D., O’Connor, DP., Ploutz-Snyder, LL. Acute Vascular and Cardiovascular Responses to High Load, Low Load, and Low Load Blood Flow Restricted Resistance Exercise. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 46(8), 2489-1497, 2014.

Abby Gold, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences and Extension Specialist; Swaha Pattanaik, Graduate Student; and Mary Larson, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences along with partners at Cankdeska Cikana Community College will publish the paper, “Using a Participatory Research Method to Understand the Food Environment on Spirit Lake Reservation,” in the winter edition of the Tribal College Journal.

Featured Research Project

Early Childhood Toy Preferences: Parents' Influence on Gender-Typed Toy Preferences by Joshua L. Boe, MS Candidate and Rebecca J. Woods, Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science

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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:12:47 AM