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NDSU Human Development and Education Faculty Present and Publish

Fargo, N.D. — Kevin Miller, assistant professor of athletic training at NDSU, was recently interviewed by National Geographic magazine. The front-page article, to be published April 2012, will discuss Miller’s research on cramping and pickle juice’s effects on the body. National Geographic is the world’s second-largest English-language magazine with more than 6 million readers per issue.

Denise Lajimodiere, assistant professor of education at NDSU, was an invited presenter at the US Human Rights Network’s National Human Rights Conference held recently in Los Angeles. She presented her research on Native American boarding school survivors, which were instrumental in documenting human rights abuses at the schools.

Brent Young, assistant professor of agricultural and Extension education, published a paper titled “A Profile of Secondary Teachers and Schools in North Dakota: Implications for the Student Teaching Experience in Agricultural Education” in the Journal of Career and Technical Education. The study was an inquiry of secondary teachers’ perceptions of the agricultural education student teaching experience in North Dakota.

Heather Fuller-Iglesias, assistant professor of human development and family science at NDSU, and her co-author, Toni Antonucci from the University of Michigan, presented a paper titled “Social Support as a Mediator Between Stress and Depressive Symptoms in Mexican Adults” at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America held in November in Boston.

Elizabeth Erichsen, assistant professor of education at NDSU, in collaboration with Eric Canen of the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) at the University of Wyoming, was awarded a contract with the North Dakota Department of Human Services for the evaluation of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. The grant is federally funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, which is aimed at helping states build the infrastructure and capacity for alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) prevention programming. The five-year, $240,000 per annum NDSU and WYSAC joint evaluation project will focus on analyzing streams of state data and state- and community-level needs and progress assessments to evaluate the impact of the grant on ATOD prevention strategies in North Dakota, focusing specifically on underage alcohol usage and adult binge drinking.

Erichsen, with NDSU doctoral students Rosalinda Connelley, Christine Okurut-Ibore, Lyn DeLorme, Lisa McNamara and Obaidalah Aljohani, recently presented the paper “A Sociotechnical Systems Approach to a Blended Doctoral Program: An Action Research Project” at the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Erichsen also presented the paper “A Comparative Content Analysis of Adult and Continuing Education Handbooks from Germany and the United States” at the Commission of Professors of Adult Education conference in Indianapolis. She and Claudette Peterson also co-presented work with Chris Ray, Nate Wood and Myron Eighmy titled “Re-Visioning an Adult Education Doctoral Program Part I: Generating a Framework and Articulating Our Mission, Vision and Values,” and “Re-Visioning the Doctoral Process–Part II: Aligning Curriculum to CPAE Standards and Developing Scholarly Disposition.”

Abby Gold, assistant professor and Extension specialist in health, nutrition and exercise science, and Department of Communication Assistant Professors Nan Yu and Elizabeth Crawford have collaborated on a research project investigating overweight children and radio commercial messages. The study, titled “Childhood Overweight: Effects of Informational and Narrative Radio Messages on Parents of Children and Teenagers,” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Health and Mass Communication. The study was designed to serve the welfare of a community in which overweight childhoods have been a longtime concern.


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