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Human development and education researchers present, publish

Students and faculty in the College of Human Development and Education presented and published papers, spoke at conferences and won awards this past month.

Chris Ray, assistant professor of education, presented a paper titled “Development of a Measure of Care Efficacy” at the American Educational Research Association in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was lead author for the paper, which was written with Kevin Fink of Oklahoma City Community College and Dale Fuqua of Oklahoma State University. Ray also was selected to participate in a yearlong Early Career Mentoring Program for AERA’s Division E: Counseling and Human Development. Ray also was selected for a fellowship in the National Data Institute program, sponsored by the Association for Institutional Research. The competitive program is designed to assist researchers in the utilization of national databases available through the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Education Sciences to inform and improve educational policy.

Joel Hektner, associate professor of human development and family science, also presented a paper at the AERA conference. “Long-term Outcomes of Intervention Promoting Positive Development in High-Risk Children: Early Risers Skills for Success” was co-written with Gerald August from the University of Minnesota.

A national magazine, Fitness, interviewed Julie Garden-Robinson, associate professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences, for an article on adapting recipes to be healthier. She will be featured in the magazine either this summer or early fall.

Denise Lajimodiere, assistant professor of education, was invited to present her Native American Boarding School research, which documents human rights abuses, in front of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The consultation was held at Sinte Gleska University, Sicangu Lakota Oyate/Rosebud Sioux Tribal Nation, S.D., in May.

Brandy Randall, associate professor of human development and family science, has the following publication, “Intergenerational Transmission of Gambling: Links Between Young Adult and Perceived Grandparent Gambling Attitudes and Behavior” in the Journal of Gambling Studies. The paper was based on Andrea Lang’s master’s thesis in human development and family science. Data came from the Multigenerational Gambling, Alcohol and Community Experiences Study, which was supported by a National Institutes of Health grant from the Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Program of the National Center for Research Resources, by the dean of human development and education at NDSU through the Support to Build Research Capability mechanism, and by the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

David Silkenat, assistant professor of history and education, received the North Caroliniana Society’s annual book prize for his “Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina.” The award recognizes Silkenat’s book as the volume published in 2011 that “appears to have the best chance of standing the test of time as a classic volume of North Caroliniana.” Another Silkenat article, “Workers in the White City: Working Class Culture at the World’s Columbia Exhibition of 1893,” was selected for the Harry E. Pratt Memorial Award. The honor recognizes the best article published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society in 2011.

Kelly Sassi, assistant professor of English and education, is co-director of the Red River Valley Writing Project, which is part of the National Writing Project. NWP’s mission is to improve the teaching of writing in kindergarten through 16th grade. Its model of teacher development is a grassroots model: kindergarten through 16th grade teachers in all subject areas attend a four-week summer institute where they refine their best practices for teaching writing, investigate current research on writing instruction and develop workshops for other teachers. Through local in-service and continuity programs, teachers share the knowledge they gain with a wider audience of educators. Sassi and Pam Fisher of Grand Forks, N.D., under the direction of UND professor Kim Donehower, will be leading 13 local teachers through a summer writing institute at NDSU. The institute is funded through the National Writing Project.

Elizabeth Erichsen, assistant professor of education, had an article accepted for publication in the journal, Studies in Higher Education. The article, titled “Student Satisfaction with Graduate Supervision in Doctoral Programs Primarily Delivered in Distance Education Settings” was co-written with Doris Bolliger from the University of Wyoming and Colleen Hallupa from LeTourneau University. Erichsen also received a 2012 NDSU Advance FORWARD Mentor Relationship Travel Award.

WooMi JoPhillips and Amelia Asperin, assistant professors of apparel, design and hospitality management, and Kara Wolfe, associate professor and hospitality leadership director at Bradley University and former NDSU faculty, had a manuscript titled “Investigating the Effect of Country Image and Subjective Knowledge on Attitudes and Behaviors: U.S. Upper Midwesterners' Intentions to Consume Korean Food and Visit Korea" accepted for publication in the International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Wolfe, Asperin and Jo Phillips also had an abstract titled “Validating the Use of a Social Networking Site as a Data Collection Method in Hospitality and Tourism Research” accepted for presentation at the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Annual Conference in Providence, R.I., in August.

The North Dakota Dietetic Association recently held its annual meeting. Awards were given out to North Dakota dietitians to recognize significant achievement in the field of nutrition and dietetics. The Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award was given to Yeong Rhee, associate professor of health nutrition and exercise sciences. Rhee leads medical nutrition therapy classes for undergraduate students and is the major adviser of several graduate students. An outstanding student award was given to Stephanie Bechtle, an upperclassman in dietetics. The lunch/award ceremony ended with the handing of the gavel from 2011-12 president Brooke Fredrickson to incoming president Becky King. Fredrickson, an NDSU dietetics graduate, is director of nutrition services for Cooperstown Medical Center.

John Schuna, doctoral student of wellness, will be starting a postdoctoral position in July at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. He will be working in the area of walking behavior. The center is affiliated with Louisiana State University but is not on the primary campus.

Kevin C. Miller, assistant professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences, was a co-author on a published study investigating skinfold thickness at eight common injury sites. The authors noted that physical activity and gender impacted skinfold thickness, and clinicians should measure skinfold thickness to determine how long ice should be applied following injury. The research was published in the April issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.

Ann Burnett, professor of women and gender studies; Canan Bilen-Green, professor of industrial engineering; Christi McGeorge, associate professor of human development and family science; and Cali Anicha, human development and education graduate student, had a manuscript published in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. The manuscript is titled “Examining the Complexities of Faculty Attrition: An Analysis of STEM and non-STEM Faculty Who Remain and Faculty Who Leave the Institution.”

A dress made with Kiss wrappers, mirror pieces and silver tape that was designed by a student group in an apparel design course taught by Sara Sunderlin, senior lecturer in apparel design and hospitality management, is in the final Passion for Green Fashion, Design Green, Win Green Competition. Christelle Dominque, an apparel design graduate, also has a design in the finals.

Rebecca Woods, assistant professor of human development and family science, led two workshops for the Expanding Your Horizons conference in April. The workshop, titled Babies: More than Diapers and Drool, was designed to introduce 7th through 9th grade girls to Woods’ career as a professor and infancy researcher. Expanding Your Horizon conferences are held to inform young girls about careers in science, technology, mathematics, engineering and medicine. Eleven resident assistants helped with the workshop and 20 girls participated.

The Couple and Family Therapy Program has been selected to receive the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 2012 Training Award. The award honors programs for significant contributions to the advancement of the field of marriage and family therapy by encouraging and training the next generation of marriage and family therapy researchers and/or practitioners. The award will be presented at the national meeting in September.

Anita Welch, assistant professor of education, has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Towards a Technology-Based ELT in Higher Education National Symposium at the University A. MIRA in Bejaia, Algeria, in July.

The Sixth Annual College of Human Development and Education Research Showcase was held in the Memorial Union in April. The showcase included a display of 48 posters in the undergraduate, graduate, faculty and international categories by more than 100 participants. Other activities included a display of college publications, a graduate student research exchange luncheon and faculty development training by Kay Sizer on the new Pivot system.

The awards presented at showcase included the Student’s Choice Award, which is given by the college’s Graduate Student Advisory Council. Scott Allen won for his poster “Ad Libitum Fluid Intake and Plasma Responses Following Pickle Juice, Hypertonic Salin, and Deionized Water Ingestion.” Allen’s poster also won the People’s Choice Award, which was selected by attendees.

The Research Showcase Poster Awards were based on posters reviewed by the College Research Committee. The undergraduate winners were Taylor Heck, Meredith Wagner, Kerrie Hert, Larissa Myers, Jamie Levine and Rhee for Heck’s poster titled “Effects of Nutrition Education and Fruit and Vegetable Supplementation on Macronutrition and Antioxidant Intake in Overweight and Obese Adults.” Honorable mention went to Nicole Seaberg, Sherri Stastny and Garden-Robinson for Seaberg’s poster titled “The Prize is Healthy Eyes: Using Games to Educate About Diabetic Retinopathy.”

The graduate winners were Rebecka Lohse and Rebecca Woods for Lohse’s poster titled “Sound Enhances 10-Month-Olds' Attention to Object Color.” Honorable mention went to Wagner, Hert, Myers, Levine, Heck and Rhee for Wagner’s PowerPoint titled “Effects of Nutrition Education on Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Related to Fruit and Vegetable Intake.” A list of the showcase posters is available at

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