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Human Development and Education faculty showcase academic work

Faculty and staff from the College of Human Development and Education are beginning the year strong with many publications, presentations and honors.

“Statewide Awareness Study on Personal Risks of Cardiovascular Disease in Women Public Employees of North Dakota: A ‘Go Red North Dakota’ Study,” a manuscript by international exchange scientist Arupendra Mozumdar and assistant professor of health, nutrition and exercise science, was accepted for publication in the January 2010 issue of Women’s Health.

Kevin Miller, assistant professor of health, nutrition, and exercise science, was invited to write a review paper on the causes and treatments of exercise-associated muscle cramps for the Journal of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The paper will be published next year. Miller also has been invited by the National Athletic Trainers Association to give a presentation at this summer’s symposium in Philadelphia.

"The Impact of a Web-based Homework Tool in University Algebra Courses on Student Learning and Strategies,” a paper by Angie Hodge, NDSU assistant professor of mathematics, and co-writers Jennifer Richardson and Cindy York from Purdue University, appeared in the December 2009 issue of the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning in Teaching.

"Competency-based Performance Appraisals: Improving Performance Evaluations of School Nutrition Managers and Assistants/Technicians," a paper by Amelia Asperin, assistant professor of apparel, design, and hospitality management, was published by the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management.

Michigan State University Press will publish "Dragonfly Dance," a poetry manuscript by Denise Lajimodiere, assistant professor in the School of Education, in the fall of 2010.

Justin Wageman, associate professor in the School of Education, received approval of two grant proposals. The first grant for $252,865 will fund the 10th year of the North Dakota Curriculum Initiative, a statewide professional development program for public and private K-12 educators in North Dakota. This year's topics include guaranteed and viable standards-driven curriculum; assessment; classroom instruction; results, data and intervention; and grading and reporting. The second grant for $53,479 will be used for a consequential validity study of the North Dakota state assessment. The purpose of the study is to investigate whether the intended purposes and functions of North Dakota’s assessment system are being attained, whether the content standards and tests need revision, and how the overall assessment and accountability systems are affecting the people involved. This is the first year of what will be a multi-year investigation.

Sherri Stastny was recognized as one of the top four innovators in the Council on Future Practice Innovations in Practice and Education Session at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Denver. Her project was titled “Nutrition Informatics: Develop Nutrition Facts Panel for On-Campus Restaurant.”

Assistant professor of apparel, design, and hospitality management Jae Ha Lee's manuscript was selected for the best paper in the Social Psychology category at the International Textiles and Apparel Association meeting.

Monica Rock, a graduate of the Human Development and Family Science master’s program, received the “Best Student Paper Award” in the Family Therapy Section of the National Council on Family Relationships for her paper “Does Affirmative Training Matter? Assessing Couple and Family Therapy Students’ Beliefs about Sexual Orientation and Their Level of Affirmative Training.” The paper also was accepted for publication in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Assistant professor Christi McGeorge and associate professor Tom Stone Carlson, both of human development and family science, are co-writers of the paper.

Kristen Hetland, assistant professor of health, nutrition, and exercise science, has been accepted to the United Way – 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program.

Jill Nelson, Brenda Hall, Bob Nielsen and Carol Buchholz gave a presentation at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in San Diego. Titled, “Maintaining Humanistic Values in Distance Education: A Framework for Counselor Educators and Supervisors,” the presentation was based on an article that will appear next year in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development. Nelson gave a second presentation titled “Navigating the System of Academia as Pre-tenured Faculty: What They Didn’t Teach You in Graduate School.” She conducted the presentation with Kimberly Desmond from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Clarrice Rapisarda from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Margaret Fitzgerald, associate professor of human development and family science, along with co-writers from the Great Plains IDEA Family Financial Planning Program, gave a presentation titled "Educating Financial Counselors and Planners: Assessing with Rubrics," at the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Fitzgerald and colleagues from the NC 1030 Regional Research Project on Family Firms and Policy also presented a paper titled, "Examining Gender Differences Among Nascent Entrepreneurs within the United States," at the Business Creation Research Global Workshop and Symposium at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. "Small Family Business Survival: Strategies for Coping with Overlapping Family and Business Demands," an article by Fitzgerald also will appear in the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

Heather Fuller-Iglesias, assistant professor of human development and family science, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Atlanta. Titled "Social Networks, Familism and Well-being Among Older Adults in Mexico,” the paper was part of a symposium on using global perspectives on health and social relations to inform creative approaches to aging. The paper was co-written by Toni Antonucci from the University of Michigan.

Kelly Sassi, assistant professor of English, gave several presentations in recent months. She presented a paper at a feminism and rhetorics conference in Lansing, Mich., with Amy Rupiper-Taggart, assistant professor of English, and graduate students Rebecca Mellem and Katie Gunter. Sassi also presented at the National Association of Multicultural Education in Denver with Lajimodiere; Kim Overton, assistant professor of practice; and graduate student Katherine Bertolini. Sassi also was a presenter at the Dakota Language Conference in Rapid City, S.D., along with Clifford Canku, associate professor of English, and Bruce Maylath, professor of English. She also presented at the National Council for Teachers of English Conference in Philadelphia. While attending the National Council for Teachers of English conference, Sassi received training to be a policy advocate for National Council for Teachers of English in North Dakota.


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