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MFT student Cafferky receives graduate student award for research

Monday, September 29, 2014

A marriage and family therapy doctoral student was one of three receiving the 2014 University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Awards.

Bryan Cafferky, doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, was awarded $2,500.

The award recognizes students who have shown outstanding achievement in scholarship through publications and other accomplishments appropriate for his or her academic field. K-State's university distinguished professor group, has established a set of guidelines and criteria for the evaluation of candidates.

Cafferky's dissertation is "Substance Use and IPV: A Meta-Analysis." He has gathered statistical information from more than 200 studies regarding the relationship between types of substance abuse and intimate partner violence. It will be the largest, most comprehensive and statistically sensitive meta-analysis on the topic.

Cafferky will use the scholarship funds to purchase a computer to analyze the data, attend national and international conferences, and complete certifications. His adviser is Jared Anderson, associate professor of family studies and human services.

Also receiving the award were Jessica Rupp, doctoral student in plant pathology, and Clark Holdsworth, doctoral student in anatomy and physiology. His adviser is Timothy Musch, professor of anatomy and physiology. Musch is also professor in the Department of Kinesiology and interim associate dean for research and scholarship in the College of Human Ecology.

Holdsworth's dissertation is "KATP channel function in vascular and metabolic control during exercise: implications for cardiovascular disease." He is researching possible causes of an oxygen imbalance in individuals with chronic heart failure and diabetes, which leads to an intolerance to exercise. Holdsworth will use the funds for national conference travel and to present science career advocacy lectures to advanced placement high school students.

The awards are made possible through a combination of donations from individual university distinguished professors and support from the university's vice president for research.

"We are extremely proud of the commitment and dedication that our graduate students offer in their pursuit of new knowledge and invaluable insight," said Christer Aakeröy, president of the university distinguished professors group and a university distinguished professor of chemistry.

This article was posted on Monday, September 29, 2014, and is filed under Family Studies & Human Services.