Staff of 1890 Research and Extension Participate in Joint 1890 Conference

Monday, June 23, 2008

ORANGEBURG, S.C., June 23, 2008
- Several SC State researchers and staff, whose research seeks to identify solutions that address one of the 1890 Land Grant System’s four areas of national priority, were selected to discuss and showcase their scholarly work at the 2008 Association of Extension Administrators (AEA)/Association of Research Directors (ARD) Land Grant Conference, June 8-11, in Memphis, Tenn.

“Addressing Universal Issues through Science and Engagement” provided a forum for interactions and subsequent partnership commitments among the 1890 Land Grant System in four areas of national priority: obesity and wellness, youth development, renewable energy and food safety.


Dr. George Cooper at Land Grant Conference
University faculty and staff at the 2008 AEA/ARD 1890 Land Grant Conference encircles SC State’s incoming President Dr. George Cooper (center), who currently serves as the USDA’s deputy administrator for Science and Education Resources Development.
“I am pleased that several 1890 researchers and extension staff had the opportunity to show how SC State’s 1890 Program is working to solve some of the problems that many Americans face,” said Robert Phillips Jr., assistant administrator for research and technology and a member of ARD.


Researchers and staff from SC State’s 1890 Research & Extension Program were selected to deliver oral presentations or display poster presentations about their research. Those selected to give oral presentations competed against more than 100 proposals submitted by researchers, faculty and extension staff at other 1890 land grant universities. The research projects selected were:

Oral Presentations

“An Impact Study of the Relationship Between Healthy Eating/Healthy Lifestyles and Cognitive/Academic Development in Adolescence in Rural South Carolina”
Dr. Martha Jean Adams-Heggins and Dr. Necati Engec, 1890 researchers, Monica Fields and Robin Glenn, 1890 extension agents

“An Integrated Approach to Prevention of Obesity in High Risk Families”
Dr. Rafida Idris, 1890 researcher

Poster Presentations

“Assessment of WIC Services for Hispanics in Coastal and Pee-Dee Regions of South Carolina over a Four-Year Period (2000-2003)” and “Assessment of the Usage of WIC Program for Hispanics in South Carolina over Four-Year Period (2000-2003)
Dr. Christopher Mathis and Dr. Shobha Choudhari, 1890 researchers, Monica Fields, 1890 extension agent, and Oni Hasan-McDade, 1890 research assistant

“Glycoxidative Modification of DNA-RNA in Relation to Diabetes”
Dr. Mahtabuddin Ahmed and Dr. Rahina Mahtab, 1890 researchers, Lila Zeenat Ara, Paulette Allen and TaTrek M. Polite, 1890 research assistants

“Healthy Eating/Healthy Lifestyles: A Qualitative Evaluation of a Summer Healthy and Wellness Camp”
Dr. Martha Jean Adams-Heggins, 1890 researcher, LaTonya Capers, Ericka Lynch and Melody Gilmore, 1890 research assistants

“The Effects of an Action Research and Reflections Model on the Effective Teaching and Learning of Low-Achieving Students in Rural Community Schools”
Dr. Helen Brantley, 1890 researcher, Demeturia Kelly and Darius Krider,1890 research assistants, and Demier Richardson, 1890 extension agent

“Project ACT – Augmentative Communication Technology for Providers and Consumers in Rural Settings”
Dr. Harriette Gregg and Debra Frishberg, 1890 researchers

A contingent of nearly 40 SC State administrators and faculty and staff, from various disciplines across campus, along with representatives from the 1890 Program, joined more than 600 conference attendees that represented the nation’s 1890 land-grant universities. Conference goers participated in small, theme-based forums and listening sessions to learn about the work that other 1890 institutions are doing and discuss how integration can help the 1890 Land Grant System advance its programming.

“By taking such a diverse group to the conference, we hope that individuals returned to campus inspired to strengthen old programming and develop new initiatives that integrate disciplines across campus and even encourage collaborations at other institutions,” said Delbert T. Foster, assistant administrator for community education and public service activities.

The 1890 Land Grant System is comprised of 18 institutions: Alcorn State, Alabama A & M, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Fort Valley State, Kentucky State, Langston, Lincoln, North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M, South Carolina State, Southern, Tennessee State, Tuskegee, Virginia State and West Virginia State universities, and the universities of Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Maryland, Eastern Shore. Universities in the system provide teaching, research and public service to help improve the standard of living and quality of life of limited-resources persons in rural and urban communities.

For more details on the AEA/AEA Conference, visit To obtain more information about the 1890 Research & Extension Program at SC State University, visit