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Human Development Research at NDSU

Fargo, N.D. — Several College of Human Development and Education faculty members and students recently gave presentations and had research published.

Amelia Asperin, NDSU assistant professor of apparel, design and hospitality management, was elected West-Midwest Regional Director for the Foodservice Systems Management Educational Council. The council's members are foodservice and dietetic educators and practitioners committed to improving research, education and practice in foodservice management.  

Amy Beutler, Desiree Tande and others had their article, "Caffeinated Energy Drinks: Potential Benefits and Health Risks," published in published in SCAN's Pulse. SCAN stands for Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition and is a dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association. Beutler and Tande completed their master's degree and doctorate, respectively, in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences.

Beth Blodgett Salafia and Kristen Benson, both NDSU assistant professors in human development and family sciences, presented a poster, "The roles of dating status and BMI in late adolescent girls' body image and sexuality," at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Montreal in April.

Mari Borr, assistant professor in the NDSU School of Education, was named as an honorary member of the North Dakota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at the North Dakota Family Career and Community Leaders of America state convention on April 12.

Jodi Burrer and Abby Milton, graduate students in the NDSU Master of Athletic Training program, had a peer-reviewed abstract selected for a poster presentation at the 2011 National Athletic Trainers' Association annual meeting and clinical symposia in New Orleans in June.

Virginia Clark Johnson, dean of the NDSU College of Human Development and Education, and colleagues from West Virginia University, University of Iowa and Manhattanville College, had their manuscript, "Emerging characteristics of education deans' collaborative leadership," selected for publication in the Academic Leadership Online Journal.

Joe Deutsch, assistant professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences at NDSU, was named the Midwest Networks of the National Recreation and Parks Association 2011 Outstanding Young Professional.

Brenda Hall, associate professor of education, and Jamie Anderson, counseling master's degree student at NDSU, presented at the National Youth-At-Risk Conference March 6-9 in Savannah, Ga. During their presentation, "Developing Positive Teen Dating Identities: A Group Counseling Model for Adolescent Males," they shared information from their research related to intimate partner violence prevention.

Joel Hektner, NDSU associate professor of human development and family sciences, led a symposium titled "Promoting social-emotional development and preventing adjustment problems in middle childhood" at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Montreal in March. He also had a paper in the symposium, "Bringing the rejected and rejecters together: Promoting peer acceptance and social competence in Early Risers Skills for Success."

Denise Lajimodiere, assistant professor in the NDSU School of Education, presented "A Great Conversation with Jamaica Kincaid" on April 1 in Grand Forks, N.D., as part of the 42nd annual UND Writers Conference. At another presentation, Lajimodiere discussed her research related to Native American boarding schools. Her presentation was titled "Kill the Indian, Save the Man."

Marvin D. LeNoue, NDSU doctoral candidate, and his adviser, Ronald Stammen, professor emeritus, School of Education, had a peer-reviewed manuscript, "Blending In: Moving Beyond Categories in Digitally-Mediated Learning," published as Chapter XII in the book, "Blended Learning Across Disciplines: Models for Implementation."

Gary Liguori, NDSU assistant professor of health, nutrition, and exercise sciences; Arupendra Mozumdar, health, nutrition and exercise sciences research associate; and Katrina DuBose, East Carolina University, had their manuscript, "Occupational physical activity and risk of coronary heart disease among active and non-active working-women of North Dakota: A Go Red North Dakota study," accepted into Anthropologischer Anzeiger, an English language journal of Biological and Clinical Anthropology.

Erika Offerdahl, NDSU assistant professor of chemistry/biochemistry and education, had her National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates proposal, "Research on the Prairies: Undergraduate Training in the Molecular Sciences," recommended for funding of $330,000 for three years. Offerdahl is principal investigator and Mukund Sibi is co-principal investigator.

WooMi Phillips, assistant professor; Kara Wolfe, associate professor; and Amelia Asperin, assistant professor; all in the NDSU apparel, design and hospitality management department, had their research presentation, "Exploring Food Neophobia and Perceptions of Ethnic Foods: The Case of Chinese and Thai Cuisines," accepted for the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education conference in Denver July 27-30.

Brandy Randall, associate professor of human development and family sciences at NDSU, presented "Intergenerational Transmission: Links Between Young Adult Gambling and Perceived Grandparent Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors" and "Socialization of the Importance of Religion and Prosocial Behaviors Across Two Cultures" at the Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting in Montreal.

Kelly Sassi, assistant professor of education/English, and local teachers Alissa Helm and Karen Taylor, represented the Red River Valley Writing Project at the spring meeting of the National Writing Project in Washington, D.C., March 30-April 1.


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