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2009 Extension Human Sciences Network (EHSN) Conference

The 2009 Extension Human Sciences Network conference was held April 21–24, 2009 in New Orleans, LA. Hosted by the Louisiana State University (LSU) Agricultural Center, the theme of the 2009 conference was “Circle of Influence: Discovery, Scholarship, and Engagement Through Family Science.”  Specialists and administrators from all family and consumer sciences disciplines and geographic regions participated. The meeting was convened by Caroline Crocoll, acting director Nutrition and Family Sciences, and national program leader – Family Science.
Featured speakers included Paul Coreil, vice chancellor and director, Louisiana Cooperative Extension; Jeanette Tucker, Luella Dugas Chambers professor and family economics specialist, LSU AgCenter; and H. Wallace “Wally” Goddard, professor & family life specialist, University of Arkansas. Dr. Coreil provided an overview of the leading role Extension has played in responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, before joining a panel that discussed the broader role Extension takes in disaster preparedness and recovery.  The panel was moderated by Dan Kugler, NIFA Families, 4-H, and Nutrition interim deputy administrator, who also updated attendees on NIFA transition to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  Dr. Tucker highlighted Extension’s approaches to promote financial security and Dr. Goddard led a discussion of the National Extension Parent Education Model and Framework (NEPEM / NEPEF).

View the full program or click on highlighted links to access the associated slide presentations.

During the conference six individuals were recognized for their contributions to the human sciences in four categories.  The following awards were presented for promising student, team, innovation, and career achievement. 

NFSEE Student of Excellence in Extension Family Science Award

H. Marissa Stone, University of Georgia
National Future Scientists and Educators of Extension

Extension Family Science Team Award

Lynette Black, Oregon State University
Pamela Powell, University of Nevada-Reno
Marilyn Smith, University of Nevada-Reno
Alert, Evacuate, and Shelter (AES) Project
Slide Presentation

Kobbe Innovation Award

Suzanna Smith, University of Florida
Family Album Radio
Slide Presentation

Career Achievement Award

Mary Brintnall-Peterson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Demonstrating Extension’s support for the ongoing recovery of the Gulf Coast from storm damage, conference attendees participated in the mold remediation of a New Orleans home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina floodwaters. Working with the St. Bernard Parish Project, Extension professionals volunteered over 85 person-hours and also collected more than $1,000.00 toward a goal of $12,000 to support a family’s return home. A dedicated Facebook® page, Extension Human Sciences Network, Rebuild Tyson's Home, encourages anyone interested to chart the rebuilding effort’s progress.
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