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Ashlie Lester Receives Faculty Excellence Award from Great Plains IDEA

Posted: Apr. 10, 2017

Columbia, Mo. (April 6, 2017) – Ashlie Lester’s peers have commended her teaching for Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) with a Faculty Excellence Award.

She is director of graduate studies and assistant teaching professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.

The dean of the college, Sandy Rikoon, said, "Ashley goes far beyond what is expected to help students learn and grow in online courses...Ashley has clearly mastered the art of online teaching."

"Ashley is simply an excellent instructor, Ashlie is warm, enthusiastic, and funny..., "said Larry Ganong, co-chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences that houses the Family and Community Services program at Mizzou. Citing Lester’s excellent student evaluations, he said, "Somehow she has learned how to project her warmth and charm through the internet, so students feel valued by her."

Ashlie Lester

Dr. Ashlie Lester
Assistant Teaching Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Lester led a redesign of a key course, "Foundations in Family and Community Service." She applied for and received a grant to modify the course to better fit student and faculty needs.

Lester received the teaching excellence award at the Great Plains IDEA annual meeting April 4, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. It comes with a $2,000 cash award.

Through the Great Plains IDEA, 18 accredited member institutions and two accredited affiliate institutions share responsibilities to offer 19 online degrees and certificates. The University of Missouri takes part in five human sciences programs and four agricultural programs through the consortium. To take part in the inter-institutional programs, a student chooses one partner as a home institution for enrollment, transcript, and graduation.

Learn more about Ashlie Lester or the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin Receives CAFCS Excellence in Administration Award

Posted: Mar. 27, 2017

The College of Human Environmental Sciences is proud to announce that Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin is the recipient of the inaugural Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences Excellence in Administration Award.

Whether testifying before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on SNAP Ed funding or leading the Mizzou Advantages Food for the Future Initiative, Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin is forming collaborative experiences for scholars and practitioners to impact and improve the quality of life. If there were only one word allowed to describe Dr. Britt-Rankin it would be collaborative.

Dr. Britt-Rankin has served MU Extension for 21 years, most recently as the Associate Dean for HES Extension and program director. She collaborates with a wide range of scholars and advocates to create workable solutions using all aspects of the land-grant system – research, teaching, Extension, and economic development. Our society is fraught with challenging problems – hunger, obesity, and communities that strive to ensure economics stability. Britt-Rankin is responsible for building faculty teams for campus-community collaborations. Those teams translate research and teaching into educational programs that address community needs, future research opportunities and teaching improvements.

Jo Britt-Rankin

Dr. Jo Britt-Rankin
Interim PFP Department Chair & Associate Dean - HES Extension

Her most recent collaborative project is the Family Impact Center that unites nine of the fourteen Mizzou schools and colleges to serve members of the community. More than 200 Mizzou students participate in experiential learning internships or volunteer programs. While Associate Dean of HES Extension, external funding in HES Extension has grown from about $5M to over $14M annually. Dr. Britt-Rankin also teaches more than a thousand undergraduates each year and offers a section for honors students, sustains a record of continuous grant funding and contributions to the scholarship of the human sciences profession. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board on Human Sciences.

While collaborative may be one word to describe Jo Britt-Rankin, others would include leader and innovator. Dean Sandy Rikoon writes, "She has been in the trenches, in front of the classroom, in the community, in the boardroom, and in Washington, D.C. And in each of those contexts she has performed brilliantly, bringing acclaim not only to our university but to Family and Consumer Sciences nationally."

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire Receives Kemper Award

Posted: Mar. 21, 2017

HES Dean Sandy Rikoon joined Chancellor Hank Foley and Commerce Bank President Teresa Maledy in surprising Jung Ha-Brookshire, Associate Professor of Textile and Apparel Management, with a 2017 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. This award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is among the most coveted teaching awards bestowed at Mizzou. There will be an event later this semester to celebrate the five Kemper winners and there should be wonderful video of Dr. Ha-Brookshire’s total shock at the interruption to her class. Congratulations to Dr. Ha-Brookshire on the receipt of this terrific and well-deserve honor. She brings great credit to TAM, HES, and Mizzou!

Jung Ha-Brookshire

Jung Ha-Brookshire

Jung Ha-Brookshire

Values Gap' in Workplace Can Lead Millennials to Look Elsewhere

Posted: Feb. 17, 2017

Much has been made in popular culture about millennials as they join the working world, including their tendency to "job hop.& Although this behavior often is explained as a loyalty issue, new research from the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in the College of Human Environmental Sciences reveals one reason young workers choose to leave a firm is because they find a disconnect between their beliefs and the culture they observe in the workplace.

"We were interested in workers’ values regarding sustainability and corporate sustainability practices and whether a gap existed," said Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing, a doctoral student in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. "Not only did we find a gap, but we also found that workers were much more likely to leave a job if they felt their values were not reflected in the workplace."

For the study, LoMonaco-Benzing and Jung Ha-Brookshire, an associate professor of textile and apparel management and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, interviewed employees in the textile and apparel industry involved in corporate supply chains. They found that workers expressed the most frustration if their employers touted a commitment to environmental sustainability publicly but did not follow through substantively in several areas.

Recently, the study results were picked up by FAST COMPANY, and, in an interview with Co.Exist, Ha-Brookshire said, "Young people in the workplace now have been raised with this idea of the importance of sustainability and community."

Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing and Jung Ha-Brookshire

Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing with poster

HES Remembers Kitty Dickerson

Posted: Jan. 25, 2017

To all TAM students, alumni, faculty, staff, industry partners, and friends:

We want to let you know the very sad news that Dr. Kitty G. Dickerson passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017. Dr. Dickerson joined the department of Textile and Apparel Management in 1981 and for many years, until her retirement in 2010, served as department chair. She was an esteemed colleague, a fierce fighter for TAM and HES, and a prolific scholar who made many important contributions to her field. She touched many lives as a teacher, mentor and friend. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held for Dr. Dickerson in Columbia at Memorial Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 29. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., and the service will follow at 4 pm.

Read the testimonial article about Dr. Dickerson in the Columbia Missourian

Sandy Rikoon, Interim Dean, HES & Pam Norum, Department Chair, TAM

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Kitty Dickerson

Dr. Mansoo Yu - 2017 Class of SSWR Fellows

Posted: Jan. 18, 2017

Dr. Mansoo Yu, Associate Professor, School of Social Work in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, is now a member of the 2017 Class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). SSWR Fellows are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society, to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society. SSWR Fellows were established by the Society to honor and recognize current SSWR members for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contribution to SSWR as a scientific society. The number of those honored as fellows this year, according to the Society, was approximately three percent of the SSWR membership. The induction into the Class of Fellows takes place at the annual SSWR conference in New Orleans, La., January 11-15, 2017.

Mansoo Yu accepting award

Dr. Mansoo Yu with James Herbert Williams, President SSWR Board of Directors.

Dr. Yu has been a faculty member in the School of Social Work and Public Health since 2008. He serves as the faculty advisor for the MSW/MPH Dual Program and is the Director of the SSW Doctoral Program. Dr. Yu’s research has been focused on health disparities and the interconnections of mental health, physical health, and health risk behavior. Each of these components of a person’s life impacts the others. Dr. Yu compares different segments of populations, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, to identify problems and issues around these aspects of people’s lives. His goal is to generate scientific evidence that practitioners in the field can use to better meet the needs of their clients. Dr. Yu is an integral part of the process in the SSW’s current goals to build a strong research infrastructure. He received the 2010 Instructor of the Year Award from the University of Missouri Master of Public Health Program, and the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching from the MU School of Social Work.

The College of Human Environmental Sciences congratulates Dr. Yu on this outstanding designation and award.

For more information about Dr. Yu, visit his profile site and for information regarding SSWR, visit

Andrew Zumwalt Receives AFCPE Educator of the Year

Posted: Dec. 16, 2016

Andrew Zumwalt always exhibits an upbeat and service oriented demeanor even during dreaded tax season! He is often referred to as the "tax man" by his clients and colleagues. He works tirelessly in his capacity as Assistant Extension Professor and Associate State Specialist, in the Department of Personal Financial Planning (PFP) housed in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri. Zumwalt has directed the Missouri Tax Education Initiative since 2006.

No wonder he is recognized this year by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) as the 2016 Mary Ellen Edmondson Educator of the Year. AFCPE is the nationally recognized leader in financial counseling, coaching and education. The Mary Ellen Edmondson Educator of the Year award honors an individual who has provided exceptional service to teaching and/or outreach. The recipient should be a mentor – giving back to students or committed to educating clients.

Zumwalt’s work includes teaching students in the fall who take upper level courses, one of which is Personal Income Taxation. Those students in the spring prepare tax returns for low-income clients. Over the past 11 years, more than 16,000 returns have been prepared. Apprehensive at first about preparing returns for real people, students, through coaching and experience, gain self-confidence and begin to enjoy preparing tax returns.

Also, as an Assistant Extension Professor and Associate State Specialist, Zumwalt supports the MU Extension Family Financial Education regional specialists in their Volunteer Income Tax Assistant program. MoTax/VITA offers a gateway to financial education through taxpayer assistance to low income, disabled, homebound and English as a second language taxpayers. Over the past 7 years, MU Extension has helped file 22,836 Federal returns with a total Federal refund of over $23 million dollars, and has saved Missouri residents roughly $4 million in tax preparation costs. He also helps to build and revise curriculum, introduce new technologies and practices, and supports the mission of MU Extension.

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Andrew Zumwalt accepting award

Andrew Zumwalt working with client

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New MU Program Will Help Low-Income Families Eat Healthier

Posted: Dec. 5, 2016

Research has shown that nearly twice as many Americans with low incomes have poor diets compared to middle-class and wealthy Americans. Children living below the federal poverty level are nearly three times more likely to be obese than children from wealthy families. Now, a new University of Missouri program will help combat this problem in the mid-Missouri area by providing free dietary counseling to low-income populations at the MU Family Impact Center. The program will support a registered dietitian who will supervise MU dietetics students while they provide dietary advice and services free-of-charge. This program will give students valuable training in the dietetics field while providing an important health service to people who otherwise would not be able to afford a dietitian.

"Many low income people with special health needs, such as type 2 diabetes or celiac disease, never receive proper dietary advice to help them manage their health problems," said Nikki Raedeke, assistant teaching professor and dietetics program director at MU. "It is possible to eat healthfully on a budget, but many people have never been provided information to do so. This program will allow us not only to give valuable dietary advice to participants at the Family Impact Center, but it also will prepare the next generation of registered dietitians by providing dietetic students valuable hands-on experience in a healthcare team environment."

The program will be funded by a new $100,000 gift from the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation to the University of Missouri Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. This gift also will provide five years of support for valuable dietetics simulation training for MU dietetics students.

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Dr. Chris Hardin speaking

HES Alumna Jessica Brownfield Receives Lee Henson Access Award 2016

Posted: Nov. 21, 2016

The College of Human Environmental Sciences congratulates alumna Jessica Felten Brownfield, ’01 Architectural Studies, who was honored with a Lee Henson Access Award for 2016. Brownfield was recognized on October 10, 2016 for her work on the MU campus.

Brownfield’s nominator wrote "Few can say their work towards making the University a more accessible place will impact generations of students. But in fact, Jessica Brownfield’s efforts will stand for years to come. Jessica works daily to ensure the success of current and future students." Brownfield is a Sr. Interior Designer with the Department of Residential Life; a campus unit that currently houses over 5700 students and employs over 200 full time staff.

Harriett Green-Sappington, Associate Director – Residential Life Facilities, writes, "Jessica’s commitment to the success of all students is evidenced in her efforts to ensure universal design intent on all projects and through her individual work with students requesting accommodations."

Jessica Brownfield accepting award

Jessica Brownfield and Jim DeJong

During Jessica’s ten years at MU, she has championed the philosophy of universal design and met with many MU students requiring accommodation, including potential students and their families, often during a potential student’s first visit to campus.

Dr. Ruth Tofle, Chair of the Department of Architectural Studies, says, "We are so proud our alumna, Jessica Brownfield, received the prestigious Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award for 2016. I have always seen Jessica’s talent and sparkle. Moreover, I appreciate Jessica’s commitment to accessibility for MU and am pleased she has been recognized."

The award was established in 2014 by the MU Chancellor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities to honor Lee Henson, who was MU’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for many years. Brownfield is recognized as one of those who have made significant contributions to accessibility and the inclusion of people with disabilities at Mizzou and beyond. Five recipients were recognized in categories that included: Staff, Faculty, Student, Student Group and Staff Group. This is the second time honor has come to HES as Jim DeJong received the 2015 Lee Henson Life Time Career Award. DeJong is an instructor in Architectural Studies and directs the work of the Great Plains ADA Center, funded by a $5 million grant. HES is proud of Jessica Brownfield’s accomplishments and the role our alumni, faculty, students and staff play in making MU accessible to everyone.

Stepfamily Relationship Experts Coleman and Ganong Release New Book

Posted: Nov. 14, 2016

Drs. Larry Ganong and Marilyn Coleman announce the release of the second edition of their book Stepfamily Relationships: Development, Dynamics, and Interventions. This new edition is available online and in hard copy editions, and is a thorough look at stepfamily relationships. Dr. Ganong is Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Science and Dr. Coleman is Curators’ Professor Emerita in HDFS.

Springer Publishing says this second edition synthesizes the emerging knowledge base on the diversity of stepfamilies, their inherent concerns, and why so relatively little is still known about them. Its extensive findings shed needed light on family arrangements relatively new to the literature (e.g., cohabitating stepparents), the effects of these relationships on different family members (e.g., stepsiblings, step-grandparents), the experiences of gay and lesbian stepfamilies, and the stigma against non-nuclear families. Coverage reviews effective therapeutic and counseling interventions for emotional, familial, and social challenges of stepfamilies, as well as the merits of family education and self-help programs. The authors explore prevailing myths about marriage, divorce, and stepfamily life while expanding the limits of stepfamily research.

Topics include:

  • The cultural context of stepfamilies.
  • Couple dynamics in stepfamilies.
  • Gay and lesbian couples in stepfamilies.
  • The dynamics of stepparenting.
  • Siblings, half-siblings, and stepsiblings.
  • Effects of stepfamily living on children.
  • Clinical perspectives on stepfamily dynamics.

Larry Ganong and Marilyn Coleman

For researchers and clinicians who work with families, it enriches the literature as it offers insights and guidelines for effective practice as well as possible avenues for future research.

Lawrence Ganong and Marilyn Coleman have studied, taught, counseled, and mediated with stepfamilies and stepfamily members for over 30 years. They are prolific authors (9 books, over 200 journal articles), whose writing and thinking about stepfamilies have heavily influenced researchers and clinicians for many years. In their persistent use of a risk and resilience approach to studying stepfamily relationships, Ganong and Coleman have given the field many new ideas, such as "concrete babies," "inherited stepgrandparents," "mothering but not a mother role," and the "end table phenomenon." Their 2004 edition of this book was the most comprehensive examination of stepfamily relationships to that point in time, and this volume is even more wide-ranging.

Latino Teens Who Care for Others Reap Academic Benefits

Posted: Nov. 7, 2016

According to the Pew Research Center, Latino teens remain at high risk for poor academic outcomes. They drop out of high school at higher rates than compared to blacks, whites and Asians and they lag other groups in obtaining four-year degrees. Now, a new study from the University of Missouri, found that Mexican-American youth who exhibit more prosocial behaviors, such as empathy and caring toward others, are more likely to demonstrate better academic performance later in adolescence. These findings provide guidance to parents as well as clues for developing early intervention and policy programs designed to improve academic performance.

Gustavo Carlo

"Given the large representation and continued rapid growth of the Latino population in the U.S., the current disparities in academic performance among the Latino population is a significant concern," said Gustavo Carlo, Millsap Professor of Diversity in MU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences. "The goal of this study was to examine how parenting styles and prosocial behaviors can impact academic performance over time to develop effective intervention programs that could foster positive academic performance."

Carlo and his colleagues analyzed a sample of 462 Mexican-American families living in the Southwest. Children, teachers and parents were interviewed to assess the child’s prosocial behaviors, such as willingness to help people in need, being empathetic and quickly responding to requests. The researchers followed these families and their teachers during the child’s 5th, 10th and 12th grades in order to assess how prosocial behaviors influenced academic performance over time.

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HES Supports Inclusivity and Diversity at MU with No Hate Here Homecoming 2016 Parade

Posted: Oct. 31, 2016

The College of Human Environmental Sciences joined the MU Homecoming Parade on October 22 in a big way.  Around 60 students, staff, faculty, and alumni wore t-shirts proclaiming "No Hate Here" and "M-I-Z + HES = Impact!"  The marchers included participants of all ages, and friends from several colleges and the community joined us. HES is proud of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity in HES and MU, and the crowds along the streets loved us!

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Parade Against Hate t-shirts

Parade Against Hate banner on Gwynn Hall

Parade Against Hate t-shirts

Leigh Tenkku Lepper Elected to NOFAS Board of Directors

Posted: Oct. 17, 2016

Leigh Tenkku LepperLeigh Tenkku Lepper, PhD, MPH, Associate Research Professor, Director for Research at the School of Social Work in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri, was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

As noted on the NOFAS web site, Dr. Tenkku Lepper’s work and research has focused on the identification, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) as well as screening, referral and treatment (SBIRT) of alcohol exposed pregnancies. In 2015, she was funded through SAMHSA to work with physician assistants in development and implementation of an alcohol education and SBIRT curriculum in all of the Physician Assistant programs in Missouri. In this effort, she is working with the Missouri Association for Physician Assistants as well as the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics at the national level.

In 2014, she received a CDC-funded grant for the Mental and Reproductive Health Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Practice Implementation Center (MRPIC). In this project, she will design robust discipline-specific FASD training materials for Social Work (SW) and OB/GYN disciplines to increase the proportion of mental and reproductive health professionals who achieve education and training on FASD and alcohol screening and brief intervention. Read more on Dr. Tenkku Lepper's profile at the School of Social Work's web site.

Tenkku Lepper also serves as the Chair of the NOFAS Affiliate Network Executive Council.

Founded in 1990, NOFAS is the only international non-profit organization committed solely to FASD primary prevention, advocacy and support.

Playground Zoning Increases Physical Activity During Recess

Posted: Oct. 10, 2016

Dr. Steve Ball, State Specialist and Associate Professor, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, explores playground zoning and physical activity during recess.

Most grade school students are likely to claim recess as their favorite period of the day; however, in many cases recess still can be sedentary with students not engaging in enough physical activity. Now researchers from the University of Missouri's College of Human Environmental Sciences have found that zones with specific games can improve physical activity, improving a child’s chance of engaging in the recommended 60 minutes of "play per day," an effort endorsed by many health organizations as well as the National Football League. Researchers found that average physical activity increased by 10 percent and children averaged 175 more steps on a zoned playground compared to a traditional playground.

"Research has proven that active children are healthy children," said Jill Barnas, a doctoral student in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU. "Moreover, past research has proven that activity helps academic performance. By reworking traditional recess games to be more vigorous, children are able to increase their physical activity in a really easy way, improving their health and doing better in school."

Zoning a playground involves dividing the existing recess area into separate "zones." Each zone has a specific activity associated with it, and traditional recess games such as basketball and kickball are reworked to maximize physical activity. Kickball, for instance can be reworked to "hustle kickball," where children playing the game kick and run in rapid fire, rather than waiting in line to kick.

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children playing kickball

Menopause Can Affect Your Motivation to Stay Active

Posted: Oct. 3, 2016

Dr. Victoria Vieira-Potter, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, explores deactivation of brain receptors in postmenopausal women.

As women enter menopause, their levels of physical activity decrease; for years scientists were unable to determine why. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences have found a connection between lack of ovarian hormones and changes in the brain’s pleasure center, a hotspot in the brain that processes and reinforces messages related to reward, pleasure, activity and motivation for physical exercise. Findings suggest that activation of brain receptors in that part of the brain may serve as a future treatment to improve motivation for physical activity in postmenopausal women.

"Postmenopausal women are more susceptible to weight gain and health issues," said Victoria Vieira-Potter, assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. "This is especially frustrating for women, who already are dealing with significant changes to their bodies. We found that the decrease in physical activity that leads to weight gain may be caused by changes in brain activity."

Vieira-Potter and her research team compared the physical activity of rats that were highly fit to rats that had lower fitness levels. The team studied the rats’ use of running wheels set up in the cages before and after the rats had their ovaries removed. They also examined gene expression changes of dopamine receptors within the brain’s pleasure center.

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Dr. Vieira-Potter working in lab

Jung Ha-Brookshire Named HES Associate Dean

Posted: Sep. 26, 2016

Jung Ha-BrookshireThe College of Human Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce the September 1 appointment of Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire as HES Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Dr. Brookshire came to MU in 2007 and is presently an Associate Professor in Textile and Apparel Management. Last year she was a J. William Fulbright Core Scholar in Hong Kong.

Dr. Brookshire takes over this position from Sandy Rikoon, who began his work in HES in 2009. She is clearly excited by the new position: "I love the fact that this position helps me stay close to research and graduate education communities within HES. I have been passionate about helping faculty and graduate students do more research, learn more about research, and promote research findings, ever since I came to Mizzou 10 years ago. This position allows me to do more of these things in a more systemic way and to reach out to a broader community within HES."

"Jung Ha-Brookshire is an outstanding researcher," notes Interim Dean Rikoon, "and she brings a wealth of research and grant experience in interdisciplinary studies." In a recent assessment of authorship of published research in the top journals in fashion retail and merchandising, Jung was ranked as the third-leading researcher in the world. "I very much appreciate Jung’s ability to perform both quantitative and qualitative research," Rikoon added, "which makes her a resource for faculty and students throughout the college."

Dr. Brookshire will continue existing programs and initiate new activities to help maintain HES’ recent record-setting performance in grants and contracts. As she observes, "HES has strong tradition and emphasis on improving the quality of human lives, and I am extremely proud of the 'impact' that we make in almost everyone’s lives locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Faculty research and graduate student learning outcomes are on a national spotlight very often, and every time I read my fellow faculty and graduate students’ work, I have been thrilled to be part of HES."

HES Reaches Record Heights in Grants and Contracts

Posted: Sep. 19, 2016

The numbers are in, and HES is a big winner! In FY2106 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016), HES faculty and staff successfully competed for the highest yearly total amount of grants and contracts in college history! Over these twelve months, the college received more than 29 million dollars in awards for its research, instruction, and Extension programs.

"What is truly remarkable about the college’s performance is the breadth of participation in this success," notes Interim Dean Sandy Rikoon. "We had incredible achievement in virtually every unit in the college, and from the most basic research and laboratory activities to the kinds of outreach education and Extension programs that brings HES in contact with diverse constituencies across the state."

Rikoon attributes the college’s unprecedented success to a number of factors including the addition of outstanding new faculty over the last ten years, the maturation of a research infrastructure including new facilities and two college grant-writers, the continuing success of the college’s Extension programs and their integration with the research community, and the commitment of HES to enhancing its performance on the AAU Research 1 University metrics. "I’m a huge believer that our human capital is our greatest asset," he reports, "and we have terrific people. But our ability to attract and retain the best faculty, staff, and students also depends on our ability to fund the technology and facilities that allow them to reach their full potential."

HES taps an array of federal, state, and other sources for grants and contracts. In FY2016 the college received competitive awards from several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control, and the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Agriculture. The state contracts with the college for programs ranging from training of child care professionals to nutrition education. "I am sure it is our engagement with basic human needs that accounts for the myriad of sponsors interested in our work," Rikoon concludes, "we are all concerned with impacting the lives of diverse individuals, families, and communities."

Remember, M-I-Z + HES = IMPACT!

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Health Benefits of Fidgeting

Posted: Sep. 8, 2016

Dr. Jaume Padilla, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, discusses his research on fidgeting and how it can help prevent arterial dysfunction in MU Health Magazine.

Toe-tapping to Better Health: Fidgeting Helps Prevent Arterial Dysfunction Caused by Hours of Sitting

Previous research has shown that sitting for an extended period of time at a computer or during a long airline flight reduces blood flow to the legs, which may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have found that fidgeting while sitting can protect the arteries in legs and potentially help prevent arterial disease.

"Many of us sit for hours at a time, whether it’s binge watching our favorite TV show or working at a computer," said Jaume Padilla, PhD, an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU and lead author of the study. "We wanted to know whether a small amount of leg fidgeting could prevent a decline in leg vascular function caused by prolonged sitting. While we expected fidgeting to increase blood flow to the lower limbs, we were quite surprised to find this would be sufficient to prevent a decline in arterial function."

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2016 Issue of Vanguard

Posted: Jul. 14, 2016

2016 Vanguard CoverCheck out the latest issue of Vanguard, an annual publication of the College of Human Environmental Sciences.



Millennial Alumni Panel

Posted: Jul. 1, 2016

The PFP Millennial Alumni Panel was an event for our young professionals to return to Mizzou in order to share their career experiences with students. Our young alumni spoke with students about their experiences in the PFP Program, as well as what to expect after graduation in different fields within the financial services industry.

VANGUARD: News from the College of Human Environmental Sciences

The Generosity and Gratitude Behind Scholarships
Ashton Chapman and Dr. Marilyn Coleman, HDFS, at the Scholarship and Honors Convocation ceremony on Sep. 25, 2016.

Stephen Jorgensen accepting award

Spotlight on Career Achievement
Dr. Stephen R. Jorgensen, Dean Emeritus receives Legends of the Field Award.

Deana Sharpe

Spotlight on Career Achievement
Dr. Deanna Sharpe, Associate Professor, receives the 2016 Honor a Mentor Award.

Rui Yao

Spotlight on Career Achievement
Dr. Rui Yao, Associate Professor, is elected to American Council on Consumer Interests Board of Directors.

Colleen Galambos

Spotlight on Career Achievement
Dr. Colleen Galambos, Professor, School of Social Work, is recognized by the National Association of Social Workers as a Pioneer.