Heather S. Wallace and Kayla Sizemore receive the Dutch and Marilee Cavender Award ​


2016 UTIA FCS publication award winners

Heather S. Wallace, assistant professor in family and consumer sciences for UT Extension, and Kayla Sizemore in the UT Department of Child and Family Studies, both received one of two honors in the Dutch and Marilee Cavender Award for Best Publication for UTIA.
 Pictured are (left to right) Tim Cross, Dean of UT Extension; Heather Wallace; Kayla Sizemore; and Larry Arrington, UTIA Chancellor.

 

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and outreach experts. Thirty-two people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held in early August. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Heather S. Wallace, assistant professor in family and consumer sciences for UT Extension, and Kayla Sizemore in the UT Department of Child and Family Studies, both received one of two honors in the Dutch and Marilee Cavender Award for Best Publication for UTIA.

Wallace and Sizemore wrote the publication “Let’s Talk About It” to go with UT Extension’s “Girl Talk” program. Here moms and their teenaged daughters are encouraged to communicate openly about topics such as sexuality, family values and decision-making. The publication will also be a national signature pilot program for the use of augmented reality in Extension publications. The authors are working with IT specialists to embed videos that model parent-child conversations about sensitive issues.  

“This publication is the first research-based, easy-to-read resource dedicated to supporting caregivers and children across all ages about sexual health,” says Wallace. “The importance of starting and continuing conversations with children about health is so important, and we were thrilled to fill that gap. This publication is also the first Extension resource integrating ‘Augmented Reality,’ which brings to life information, and allows readers to deepen their understanding of the related content.” 

“Research shows the benefits of parent-child communication about sexuality are unmatched,” says Sizemore. “While parent-child communication about sex is effective in delaying sexual activity, promoting safe sexual behavior, as well as a more positive body image, many parents are not having these conversations. This guide was designed to break down those barriers and give parents the information they need to feel confident about discussing sexuality with their child at any age. Additionally, this guide outlines conversational prompts, and Q an A’s that encourage parents to make this an on-going conversation.”

“We are so proud of the many talented and dedicated people working for the UT Institute of Agriculture across the state,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “It was an honor to recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”

The award was established by Dutch Cavender, former director of communications for UTIA, and his wife Marilee. It recognizes excellence in the development of published materials produced by professionals in UTIA. The winners were chosen from peer-reviewed publications, with faculty members Scott Stewart and Angela Thompson McClure with UT Extension also receiving one of the Cavender awards for a publication regarding insect control for row crops.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contacts: 

Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu

Heather S. Wallace, 865-974-7193, heather.wallace@utk.edu

Kayla Sizemore, 865-974-5316, ksizemo1@utk.edu


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