The August graduation, held on the 12th of the month, marked the end of summer school, and the start of the Fall semester is little over a week away. In this posting, we list the accomplishments of HDFS students, staff, and faculty since our last posting in late June.
Two of our graduate students received their Ph.D.’s at the August commencement: Cassandra Huey (wearing gold cord), shown with her adviser Dr. Yvonne Caldera (left photo) and Andrea Parker, shown with her adviser, Dr. Mike McCarty (right photo).
Miriam Lieway and Cindy Martinez Garza received Master’s degrees at the same ceremony.
Dr. Sybil Hart’s research on sibling-rivalry was featured at inverse.com.
Finally, we have two items that were originally reported in the TTU College of Human Sciences’ “Internal Insights”:
“Instructor Stacy Johnson is awarded a grant from the Helen Jones Foundation for a project entitled ‘Creating Opportunities: Expanding Research and Training Environments for Faculty, Students and Community Professionals.’ This grant will be used to upgrade the equipment at the CDRC to be state-of-the-art for both observations and research endeavors.”
“Dr. Zhen Cong has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant entitled: ‘A multi-level dynamically coupled model for evaluating older adults’ vulnerability and resiliency to disasters.’”
Numerous HDFS faculty members and students achieved recognition over the past few months. They include:
- Sylvia Niehuis was elected member-at-large to the governing board of the International Association for Relationship Research for a two-year term.
- Drs. Niehuis and Jean Scott presented at the annual conference of the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, held in early June in Charleston, South Carolina. The two are also on the group’s board (Dr. Scott as president and Dr. Niehuis as secretary). Helyne Frederick, a Ph.D. graduate of our program and a faculty member at Winthrop University, served as this year’s program chair. Other participants included Kim Corson, also a Ph.D. alumnus, now at Penn State-Behrend, and Professor Emerita Judy Fischer. Here is a link to the program.
- Talking about Ph.D. graduates, we have four more! Drs. Janis Henderson and Ryan Tingey were hooded in the May ceremony, whereas Cassandra Huey and Andrea Parker recently completed their dissertation defenses (Andrea had also received a Research Support Award from the Graduate School). Miriam Lieway completed her Master’s defense. Other defenses were scheduled at “press time” and will be noted.
- Dr. Stephanie Shine and Andrea Parker visited Ethiopia, where they spoke at a conference on early-childhood education.
- Dr. Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo was selected as a TTU Integrated Scholar.
- Cindy Bruington, Associate Director of the Child Development Research Center, received the Robbie McGrew Child Advocacy Memorial Award from the Early Learning Centers of Lubbock.
- Dr. Elizabeth Sharp was recently appointed as the university’s Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement. In addition, Dr. Sharp and her colleague from the TTU Dance program, Genevieve Durham-DeCesaro celebrated the release of their new book, Ordinary Wars: Doing Transdisciplinary Research with a signing at the campus bookstore.
- Mitzi Ziegner will be the new Associate Department Chair in HDFS, replacing Dr. Sharp.
- Sothy Eng, another Ph.D. alumnus of our program, was profiled in an article from Lehigh University (Pennsylvania), where he is on the faculty.
- Two of our current Ph.D. students had journal articles come out: Jennifer (Harris) Chapman (with Dr. Sybil Hart; abstract) and Rebecca Oldham (with Drs. Dana Weiser and Elizabeth Sharp; abstract).
- Drs. Weiser and Niehuis were mentioned in this College of Human Sciences newsletter article for their awards in the Come ‘N Go Seed Grant Program, which funds TTU faculty to visit with a colleague at another university and host that colleague.
- Bachelor’s alum Whitney Squyres received an award for her work as a local educator.
The Fall 2016 semester is only a few weeks old, but several faculty and students have already received professional awards and honors of various kinds:
- Dr. Malinda Colwell and Child Development Research Center (CDRC) director Stacy Johnson were profiled in the university publication Texas Tech Today, for their work with other colleagues in the College of Human Sciences on improving the education of children in Malawi, Africa. The HDFS Blog first reported in 2013 on the efforts of Dr. Colwell and graduate student Holly Wright in Malawi.
- Dr. Sylvia Niehuis has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Family Theory & Review. This journal is one of the flagship publications of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).
- Rebecca Oldham has been selected as the College of Human Sciences’ Graduate Student of the Month for October 2016. A profile of Rebecca will appear on this archive of honorees on or around October 1.
- Dr. Elizabeth Sharp will receive the NCFR’s 2016 Anselm Strauss Award for innovation in family qualitative research, at the organization’s annual meeting in November. Dr. Sharp is also the new associate department chair, replacing Dr. Alan Reifman, who served in the post for the past six years. The associate chair mainly oversees the HDFS undergraduate curriculum.
- Dr. Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo is only days away from officially being inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy (click here for brief profiles of incoming members). The Teaching Academy honors faculty on campus for their effectiveness, creativity, and commitment in the teaching domain.
- Dr. Dana Weiser was quoted in Redbook magazine, in an article on the satisfaction of single women in their 30s.
Five Texas Tech faculty and staff members associated with HDFS were recognized at the annual Length of Service Awards Ceremony last Thursday, March 28. The ceremony recognizes employees who have completed 15 or more years of service at Texas Tech (in increments of five years). Professors Sybil Hart and Alan Reifman received their 15-year pins, as did two of our Ph.D.-program alumni, Jim Childers, who teaches in Forensic Sciences, and Andrea McCourt, who specializes in distance/online education. HDFS office manager Sidney Fleming was honored for 25 years at the university (which includes time in other departments before joining us). A full list of recognized employees is listed here.
Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo was honored as one of “14 Hispanic Professors Making a HUGE Difference in Texas.”
The annual Texas Council on Family Relations conference gets underway tomorrow in Austin. Janis Henderson, a Ph.D. student in our department, has served this past year as Vice President of the organization in charge of planning the conference.