HDFS News & Impact

Dr. Kale Monk Receives Steve Duck New Scholar Award

Posted: Apr. 2, 2018

Kale MonkAssistant Professor and State Extension Specialist Kale Monk was selected to receive the Steve Duck New Scholar Award from the International Association for Relationship Research in support of his research on personal relationships. Kale was nominated by colleagues in January and will receive the award at the bi-annual conference in Fort Collins, Colorado in July. Congratulations, Kale!

James Larsen Wins Campbell-Harrison Graduate Award

Posted: Apr. 2, 2018

James LarsenHDFS PhD student, James Larsen, won a $500 Campbell-Harrison award through the College of Human Environmental Sciences! The awards were based on excellent professional promise. The goal of this scholarship is to recognize and support graduate students who show excellent professional promise through their cutting-edge research. Congratulations, James!

HDFS Diversity Lecture

Posted: Feb. 14, 2018

The HDFS Diversity Lecture will be presented on April 20 at 12 noon. Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams, PhD, will speak in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union. Dr. Savin-Williams is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at Cornell University. He has written eight books on adolescent development. The latest is Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay (2016, Harvard University Press). He is also Director of the Sex and Gender Lab at Cornell University. Dr. Savin-Williams continues to write about the sexual and romantic development of youth and young adults. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has consulted for MTV, 20/20, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition, he has been interviewed by National Public Radio, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. Dr. Savin-Williams gave the American Psychological Association Science Directorate's Master Lecture in developmental psychology.

Dr. Carlo Wins SRA Award for Mentoring

Posted: Feb. 5, 2018

Gustavo CarloCongratulations to Millsap Professor of Diversity, Dr. Gus Carlo, on his selection as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA). SRA gives this award to mentors who are senior scholars.

Dr. Landor Featured in Winter 2017 NCFR Report

Posted: Jan. 29, 2018

Antoinette LandorDr. Antoinette Landor was featured in the Winter 2017 NCFR Report in the Families and Health Section Spotlight. View online and in-print (see Page 8).

Dr. Benson's Research Featured on MU News Bureau

Posted: Jan. 8, 2018

Jacquelyn BensonDr. Jacquelyn Benson's research on couples living apart and the impact it has on partners requiring caregiving was recently featured on MU News Bureau. Dr. Benson found that if more people, young and old, married or not, saw "Living Apart Together" as an option, it might save them from a lot of future heartache. However caregiving needs might cause such couples to change living arrangements.

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HDFS Alumna Wins Mizzou Alumni Association Award

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017

Velma McBride MurryHDFS alumna Dr. Velma McBride Murry received an Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni Associaiton last Friday. Velma, who has two degrees from HDFS at MU, is the Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development and the Joe B. Wyatt University Distinguished Research Professor, and Professor of Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Velma also has an appointment as a Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at the George Brown School of Social Work of Washington University in St. Louis, and she co-directs the Community Engagement Research Core at the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical Translational Research. She is a proud and loyal alumna of Mizzou, and we take great pride in her many accomplishments as one of the nation’s leading authority on African American families and youth.

Dean Sandy Rikoon and the College celebrated her award with a luncheon attended by HDFS faculty and graduate students, as well as past winners from the College. She received her award Friday night at the Mizzou Alumni Association Banquet.

reception in Gwynn Hall

reception in Gwynn Hall

For Older Adults, Volunteering Could Improve Brain Function

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017

Christine ProulxDr. Christine Proulx's research on older adults and the impact volunteering can have on brain function was recently featured on MU News Bureau. Dr. Proulx has identified a link between volunteering and higher levels of cognitive functioning in older adults.

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HDFS Scholarships for 2017-2018

Posted: Sep. 18, 2017

HDFS students received 34 scholarship and fellowship awards on Sunday. Congratulations to all of them!

Elizabeth Vemer Memorial Minority Scholarships:

  • KeLa Allen
  • Summer Becquette
  • Sophia Bell
  • Brianna Johnson
  • Sarah Mitchell
  • Ebonie Shelton
  • Audra Wright
  • Steven Berkley
  • Alaysia Brown
  • Emily Delgado
  • Brooke Dearman
  • Tiomba Fleming
  • Jemika Gardner
  • Rachel Martinez
  • Arleshal Pugh
  • Jallah Wilson
  • Tsulthrim Wangchuk

Caroline Sanner - Marilyn Coleman Graduate Fellowship and the Marilyn Coleman Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Marilyn Coleman Alumni Graduate Scholarship

Nate Stoddard and Kwangman Ko - Lawrence H. Ganong Graduate Fellowship

Samantha Jones and Jeremy Kanter - Ruth Cook Scholarship in HDFS

Katarina Esser - Virginia Williams Sudduth Scholarship

Alaysia Brown - Z. Lois Bryant Memorial Scholarship

Logan Dicus - Marion K. and Vernon W. Piper Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship

Lindsey Murphy – Eleanor Blumenthal Graduate Fellowship

Jeremy Kanter – Mabel Campbell/Campbell-Harrison Scholarship

Samantha Marre – Missouri Farm Bureau Scholarship

Brooke Dearman – Virginia Lee Fisher Gumption Award

Madison Elison - Marion K. and Vernon W. Piper Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship

Bingxin Dai – Family and Consumer Sciences Education Scholarship

Emily Manning – Edward G. and Elizabeth Bower Family Scholarship

Graduate Scholarship Recipients

Graduate student scholarships winners Sarah Mitchell, Jeremy Kanter, Samantha Jones, Kwangman Ko, Madison Elison, Logan Dicus.

HDFS College Ambassador Sam Marre

Posted: Sep. 18, 2017

Sam MarreSam Marre is a senior studying Family and Lifespan Development in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Her hometown is Elsberry, Missouri. Sam is involved in a number of organizations, including Catholic Student Association, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority and the Missouri Future Farmers of America Association where she has served as a LEAD Conference Facilitator. As an HES Ambassador she says one of her favorite MU/HES Experiences was when she had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Gallup, New Mexico, where she taught a religion class to kindergartners and served in the evenings at a soup kitchen/homeless shelter. One of the things she likes most about MU is that "Mizzou went from being just somewhere I went to college to my home. I have truly grown to love this University in these past few years. My favorite part about it, though, is that it has something for everyone." And, if you ask her about her favorite thing about HES, "I would say the size of the college. Since we are relatively small college it is much easier to get to know our colleagues and faculty members on a more personal level." Sam wants to continue her education after she graduates, ideally getting into a master’s program for counseling in ministry at Loyola University. Her dream job would involve working for a hospice company as a chaplain.

Dr. Ashlie Lester Named HES Faculty Scholar

Posted: Sep. 11, 2017

The College of Human Environmental Sciences is pleased to name the first group of HES Faculty Scholars. For the next two years, these individuals will carry named titles and receive additional resources to support their research.

The first group of HES Faculty Scholars has been made possible by donors who have established endowments in support of faculty. "The HES Faculty Scholars program represents the perfect union between our amazing faculty and the generosity of our donors and supporters," said Sandy Rikoon, Dean of HES. "A key strength of our college is the excellence of our faculty, and it is contributions to the college from our alumni and friends that allow us to recruit and retain the best faculty in the country."

Ashlie LesterSelected by unit leaders and other advisors, HES Faculty Scholars are designated either Research Scholars or Teaching Scholars. Research Scholar awards recognize the demonstration of research excellence and plans for research production and productivity over the two years of the award. Teaching Scholar awards are for individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and scholarly contributions to pedagogy or other dimensions of educational scholarship.

The HDFS recipient of this award is Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Teaching Professor Ashlie Lester, who will be the Norman and Marilyn Pick HES Teaching Scholar.

Congratulations Luke Russell

Posted: May 1, 2017

HDFS doctoral student, Luke Russell, was recently honored with two graduate awards. Luke received the Superior Graduate Student Award. Luke and one other student received this honor from the Graduate Student Association. Luke also received the Anderson Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. This award "recognizes excellence and lasting impact in the classroom, positive attitudes and personalities, enthusiasm and commitment, and mentorship to peers and/or undergraduates." There is only one Anderson Graduate Teaching Assistant Award given annually.

Luke Russell with awardsDr. Ashlie Lester, Su Chang-Russell, Luke Russell, Dr. Marilyn Coleman and Dr. Larry Ganong

These honors are part of a tradition of excellence in our department. Last year, Cara Streit won the Anderson Graduate Research Assistant Award. In the recent past, HDFS graduate students have received Superior Graduate Student Award (Adam Galovan), Anderson Graduate Teaching Assistance Awards (Tyler Jamison, Scott Tobias, Jason Hans), and Anderson Graduate Research Assistance Awards (Cara Streit, Adriana Umana-Taylor, Jason Hans).

Volunteering Might Prevent Substance Abuse for Female Student-Athletes

Posted: Apr. 24, 2017

Gustavo CarloDr. Gustavo Carlo's research on volunteering and the prevention of substance abuse for female athletes was recently featured on MU News Bureau. Findings suggest that behaviors such as community service and civic engagement might be effective in reducing substance abuse among student-athletes.

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