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HES Awards

Posted: Apr. 18, 2016

HDFS was represented well in the annual Human Environmental Sciences Awards. One of the two Distinguished Research Awards went to Lawrence Ganong. The Distinguished Staff Award was presented to the CDL’s Dee Ann Sneed, and the first-ever Graduate Research Award was given to doctoral candidate Cara Streit. Congratulations!

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PURE Awards for 2016-2017

Posted: Apr. 18, 2016

A record number of PURE awards (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience) were given to HDFS undergraduate students and their faculty mentors.

  • Alexis Combs received a PURE award from the College of HES for her project titled "Life, Death, and Legacy Study on End of Life Planning." Her mentor will be Dr. Jacquelyn Benson.
  • Alyssa Jones was awarded a PURE award for her project titled “Daily Diary Study on Unmarried Couples in Later Life.” Her mentor will be Dr. Jacquelyn J. Benson.
  • Katherine Crowley will receive a PURE Award for a project on “Former Stepparents.” She will be working with Dr. Lawrence Ganong.
  • Kathleen Holloway’s PURE project on “The Impact of Color: Phenotype, Interpersonal Relationships, and Health,” will be conducted under the guidance of Dr. Antoinette Landor.
  • Kierstin Godier will receive a PURE for a project on “Mothers' Management of Peer Relationships and Children's Peer Competence.” Dr. Sarah Killoren will be her mentor.

HDFS Diversity Lecture: 4/29/16

Posted: Apr. 11, 2016

"Culture, Context and Communication: Foundations to Learning and Development"
Dr. Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
Friday, April 29, 2016
12:00-1:00pm
Student Center, Room 2206

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Faculty Share Personal Experiences and Research about Stepfamilies

Posted: Apr. 6, 2016

Dr. Larry Ganong, professor and co-chairman, and Dr. Marilyn Coleman, curators' professor emerita, shared their personal family experiences and research (and an extraordinary historical photo!) about stepfamilies in an article for the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Columbia Tribune - 4/1/16


Top HDFS Faculty Achievers Recognized

Posted: Mar. 7, 2016

Drs. Francisco Palermo, David Schramm, and Chelsea Garneau-Rosner were honored along with other MU faculty at a reception for Top Faculty Achievers. All three of these faculty were Principle Investigators or Co-Investigators on major grant funding this past year. Congratulations, Drs. Francisco Palermo, David Schramm, and Chelsea Garneau-Rosner! We are proud of you!


Statement by the HDFS Faculty in Support of MU Students Who Are Addressing Issues of Injustice

Posted: Nov. 9, 2015

Please know that the Department of Human Development and Family Science stands with students who are experiencing marginalization and oppression on campus. Oppressive campus experiences impact student functioning, learning, psychological and social adjustment, physical and mental safety, and matriculation through programs of study. We support the ongoing efforts of many of our students involved in Concerned Student 1950, and other student organizations focused on addressing injustices of marginalized groups. We applaud the courage and resilience of our students, and expect the Board of Curators and MU Administrators to take bold actions to address these major issues.


HDFS Researchers Awarded $9.6 Million for 5 Year Show Me Healthy Marriages and Relationships Project

Posted: Oct. 28, 2015

A team from the Department of Human Development and Family Science was recently awarded $9.6 million by the Administration for Children and Families to fund a five year project, Show Me Healthy Marriages and Relationships (SMHRM). The project team includes Dr. David Schramm (PI), Associate Professor and State Extension Specialist, and Dr. Chelsea Garneau-Rosner (Co-I), Assistant Professor. Together with three community partners (Central Missouri Community Action located in Columbia, Douglass Community Services, Inc. located in Hannibal, and Cornerstones of Care—Healthy Families Program, located in Kansas City), regional extension specialists, and graduate students the project will provide tailored case management services and deliver relationship and marriage education programming in addition to parenting, stepfamily, money management, personal well-being, and employability skills training. These services will target more than 2,000 Missouri residents across 21 counties, with a particular emphasis on helping low-resource families improve their healthy relationship and marriage skills, parenting and coparenting skills, personal well-being, and economic stability. The project also involves collaboration with MU’s Assessment Resource Center to evaluate the effectiveness of text-message tips as a follow up to maintain levels of improved relationship quality, and Learfield Communications, Inc. who will assist with a targeted public advertising campaign.

See article in MU News Bureau

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