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Interchange - April 2018

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Grants and Contracts

In the period between November 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018, HES and HES Extension faculty and staff were project directors or co-principal investigators on a total of 35 grant proposals submitted to external funding agencies, totaling $4,498,958. During this same time, HES and HES Extension received 18 grant awards totaling $1,699,247.

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Publications and Presentations

Parks, Elizabeth. (2018, January). Are the federal government’s dietary guidelines making us fatter? The Kansas City Star.

Rodiek, S. and Schwarz, B. (Eds.) (In Press). Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia. Translated to Korean by Yoon, Hye Gyung. Seoul, Korea: Yonsei University Press.

Thibodeau, R.B., Brown, M.M., Nancarrow, A.F., Gilpin, A.T., & Elpers, K. (in press). Conceptual similarities among fantasy and religious orientations: A developmental perspective. Journal of Cognition and Culture.

Yu, M., Sacco, P., Choi, H., & Wintemberg, J. (2018). Identifying patterns of tobacco use among youth in the United States: Sociodemographic and tobacco related correlates. Addictive Behaviors, 79, 1-7.

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Award Winning Faculty and Students

The College of Human Environmental Sciences recognizes the outstanding achievements of our faculty, students and staff. HES is a college of excellence and engagement, discovering and providing solutions to real-world problems. HES congratulates those who have recently selected to receive awards.

Mansoo YuCongratulations to Dr. Mansoo Yu, Associate Professor at the MU School of Social Work, on receipt of his award from the MU Population, Education and Health Center for his project, "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Correlates of US Adolescent Substance Use: Do Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Matter?"

Dr. Rui Yao, Associate Professor, and doctoral student, Guopeng Cheng, in Personal Financial Planning, were recognized for their award winning article "Retirement Savings Behavior: Account Ownership & Account Balance," published in Dec 2017 FCSRJ will be presented at AAFCS conference June 2018 Both were also recently featured by the MU News Bureau for their study on millennials and their saving plans towards retirement, which found that nearly two-thirds of working millennials don't have retirement accounts.

Rui YaoDr. Rui Yao

Kevin ChengKevin Cheng

Jaume PadillaCongratulations to Dr. Jaume Padilla, Assistant Professor in NEP, for winning the inaugural American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology Article Impact Award 2017. The award is based on Dr. Padilla's article entitled, "Prolonged sitting-induced leg endothelial dysfunction is prevented by fidgeting," which was published in July 2016. Congratulations on this well-deserved accolade! The award will be announced at the American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Banquet at the Experimental Biology Meeting 2018 in San Diego, CA.

Gus CarloCongratulations to Human Development and Family Science 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. 

Dalisha Herring, Deanna Sharpe and Fran LawrenceDalisha Herring, MBA, CFP®, was honored as the Tribute to Women Graduate Student Honoree by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women on March 12, 2018. A doctoral student in Personal Financial Planning, she is pictured here with her dissertation chair, Associate Professor Deanna L. Sharpe, PhD, and her nominators Amy Lannin, PhD, Director of MU’s Campus Writing Program, and Frances C. Lawrence, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Personal Financial Planning. The Tribute to Women honorees are those who have worked above and beyond the expectations of their job responsibilities to help create an environment of equity, fairness and justice for women on the MU campus, including students, faculty and staff; and demonstrated respect for the diversity of women's experiences; and helped promote the advancement of women through education, advocacy, support and activism. Dr. Lannin shared, "Promotion of the advancement of women in higher education has been part of Dalisha’s experiences as a doctoral student, an instructor, and in her countless interactions with potential and current college students."

Rylie BryantCongratulations to Apparel Marketing & Merchandising student Rylie Bryant winner of a $5,000 scholarship in the 2018 Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) competition. Rylie was among 540 competitors who submitted case studies for the competition. In January, Rylie attended the FSF Scholarship Gala in New York City with award winners from across the country. Here is what Rylie had to say about her experience: "Winning the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund competition, and attending the Awards Gala was both humbling and rewarding. The relationships that I built, the opportunities I was presented with, and the doors that were opened by being an YMA FSF recipient are invaluable." Read more information about the 2019 Competition.

Upcoming Events

John KempMargaret Mangel Lectureship

President and CEO of Viscardi Center and distinguished advocate in the disabilities community John Kemp is this year’s Margaret Wilson Mangel Lectureship keynote speaker. John Kemp is the co-founder of the ADA. He is sponsored by the Department of Architectural Studies, the College of HES. He will speak on "When Full Inclusion Confronts Choices and Control Over Our Lives with Disabilities" on April 18, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Reynolds Alumni Center Ballroom.

HDFS Diversity Lecture

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.

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Promotion and Tenure Workshop

The College will once again provide a promotion and tenure workshop. The workshop will be held on May 4, Reading Day, from 11:30-3:00, starting in Gwynn Lounge. There will be an overview session followed by breakout sessions, and lunch will be provided. Breakout sessions will include promotion to associate with tenure, promotion to professor and non-tenure track promotion.

HES Staff Council Update

Written by Leona Nichols

The College of Human Environmental Science Staff Council is busy with a variety of committees and activities.

Congratulations to the Child Development Lab for winning the inaugural Door Decorating Contest. Also, we are enjoying getting to know College staff better through the HES Staff Spotlight, which puts the Spotlight on a different HES staff member every other week. We are also happy to announce $500.00 was collected for the family the Council adopted for the holidays. We would like to make this an annual event by selecting another family or raise donations for a selected organization, such as the Voluntary Action Center or the Food Bank.

The first staff development workshop "Budgeting and Tracking – Take Control of your Finances" to be presented by PFP graduate student Marco Pantoja, scheduled during HES Week, April 17 at 11:00, was announced as well as other upcoming College events, including the Roundtables.

Winner of the HES Staff Council door decoration contest 2018

HES Roundtables

Written by Desiree VanTassel

The HES Roundtables give HES staff and faculty an opportunity to learn about campus resources, strategies for helping students, and other topics for their professional development. Each roundtable session has 3-4 speakers who each host a table, discussing their topic with a small group; staff and faculty have the option to change tables every 15-20 minutes. Additionally, a table is available for staff and faculty who may not have an interest in any of the specific topics, but use the opportunity to catch up with colleagues. We've had speakers on a variety of topics including helping students in distress, myVITA, advising, grant funding, retirement planning, online teaching strategies, ergonomics, predatory academic journals, and more.

There are 2-3 roundtables each fall and spring semester. To determine topics, along with the best day and time for the roundtable, a survey is given during the fall faculty meeting to gather feedback from staff and faculty – suggestions for topics, requests to present a topic, and any other questions or suggestions can also be sent to



This summer, the College of Human Environmental Sciences will bring Camps for Youth to the University of Missouri Columbia campus on July 15-19, 2018. The theme is Extreme Makeover: Community Edition. 4-H will manage the camp. Here is what the camp will ask the youth who enroll: Are you a creative person? Do you like to make a difference in the lives of others? Throughout the week, campers will be challenged, learn to think outside the box, collaborate with others, and develop skills to plan and execute a fresh idea. Campers will learn how to take an innovative idea and turn it into a realistic solution that has the potential to impact the lives of real people in our community. Through the ultimate challenge of creating a business plan, they will work in teams and compete to design the most creative, feasible proposal for a food truck that provides affordable, healthy options to a low-resource population in the community. Participants should be prepared to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit and learn how professionals come together to address people's most basic needs related to food, finances, clothing, shelter, family, and community. And, have fun doing it!

Mission: The College of Human Environmental Sciences addresses human needs and enhances individual and family life in a diverse and global society by conducting advanced research, preparing professionals and providing outreach.
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