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Presentations, grants among recent human development and education activities

Published: 11 September 2013

A series of presentations, publications and grant-funded projects highlight recent faculty and graduate student activities within NDSU’s College of Human Development and Education.

Julie Garden-Robinson, professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences and Extension specialist, served as preconference planning chair of the Food and Nutrition Extension Education Division within the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. She and the other officers planned an experiential nutrition workshop titled “Bring On the Flavor: Enhancing Nutritional Intake Across the Lifespan.” The conference was held Aug. 8 in Portland, Ore.

Mary Larson, assistant professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences, gave an invited plenary lecture at the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved conference at Santa Clara University Aug. 10. Titled “Transforming Primary Care to Treat the Cause,” the lecture was presented to physicians, naturopathic doctors, social workers, nurses, massage therapists, dietitians and other integrative medicine professionals.

Abby Gold, Extension specialist and assistant professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences, received a North Dakota Humanities Council grant for the project “Our Social Ecosystem: Practices to Revitalize Our Soils and Watersheds.” The project proposes to organize and facilitate a series of focused discussions across the state around the film “The Symphony of the Soil.”

Brad Strand, professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences, co-wrote an article, titled “What Physical Education Teachers and Sport Coaches Should Know About the Assessment of Concussions,” that was published in the Canadian Physical and Health Education Journal.


Strand also co-wrote “International Scholar's Research Contributions to K-12 Physical Education,” an article published in The Global Journal of Health and Physical Education Pedagogy.

Kristin Benson, assistant professor of human development and family science, was the invited keynote speaker at the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit fifth annual meeting. The meeting is held to discuss strategic approaches to social justice and higher education policy implementation regarding concepts of gender identity and gender expression. Benson’s July 19 keynote was titled “Earning an A in Transgender Inclusion: Higher Ed’s Role as Ally, Advocate, and Academic.” The talk focused on the role of faculty and staff, and how higher education professionals can support gender inclusion in their various academic roles.

Carol Buchholz Holland, assistant professor of counselor education, was an invited presenter at the International Congress of Brief Systemic Therapy in Monterrey, Mexico, in August. Buchholz Holland workshops titled “Solution-Focused Applications for School Settings” and “20 (plus 15 More) Solution-Focused Activities and Techniques to Use with Children and Adolescents.” In addition, she published an article, titled “Solution-Focused Applications for School Settings,” in the journal Sistemas Humanos: Problemas y Soluciones.

Sean Brotherson, associate professor of human development and family science and Extension specialist; Sharon Query, assistant professor of human development and family science and Extension specialist; and Divya Saxena, Extension associate, had their article, “Parental Learning and School Readiness in the Gearing Up for Kindergarten Program,” published in the June issue of Journal of Human Sciences and Extension.

Supported by a $20,000 Supporting Effective Educator Development Leadership Grant, Kelly Sassi, assistant professor of English, co-facilitated a Red River Valley Writing Project Summer Institute for K-16 teachers along with Grand Forks, N.D., high school teacher Pam Fisher. The institute took place in June, with 16 teachers from NDSU, West Fargo High School, Shanley High School, Cheney Middle School, Circle of Nations School, Horizon Middle School, Washington Elementary and Clara Barton Elementary. The teachers read current research in the teaching of writing, developed their own writing skills, presented teaching demonstrations and designed classroom research projects.

Catherine Rogers, a graduate student in the Couple and Family Therapy Program, presented a report of her ongoing thesis research at BeReCon USA: BECAUSE Research Matters, a bisexuality-focused research conference in Minneapolis. Her report was titled “Identity and Daily Experience in Queer Emerging Adults.” Rogers also was interviewed about her research on the “Bi Cities!” television program that can be viewed at http://blip.tv/bicities/232-catherine-rogers-because-6620720. Joel Hektner, associate professor of human development and family science, is her adviser.

WooMi Jo Phillips, assistant professor of apparel, design and hospitality management, was awarded a grant fund of $8,869 from the North Dakota Department of Human Services. It is the second portion of the grant originally received from the department in fall 2012 to collect data on the number of problem gamblers in the state. The data will be analyzed and the project’s final report will be prepared this fall.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013