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Eddie G. Gouge
Executive Director
Board on Human Sciences
(202) 478-6028

Marianne Klein
Program Staff Associate
Board on Human Sciences
(202) 478-6093


Board on Human Sciences

Representing the “Human” dimension of the “Sciences”

The Board on Human Sciences (BoHS), is an association of administrators of higher education units responsible for research/discovery, extension/outreach, and teaching/learning programs in the human sciences at universities across the country. Their members are committed to a national agenda that unifies disciplines within and beyond the human sciences to enrich people’s lives. Please take a look at our brochure.

Human Sciences

Purposeful integration that addresses issues challenging individuals, families and communities is the role of human sciences.  Solutions to major issues facing individuals, families and communities typically cannot be found in only one discipline. The human sciences bring together multiple perspectives to address human needs.

Professionals in the field of human sciences integrate the best thinking from various disciplines to address and solve important challenges that we face individually, as families and communities, and as a society. We integrate disciplines to solve practical, reoccurring problems that individuals, families and communities face.

2020 BoHS Awards Nominations Due July 22, 2019 

You are invited to nominate a deserving individual, faculty, or staff member for one of four Board on Human Sciences awards presented at APLU's 132nd Annual Meeting on November 11, 2019 in San Diego, CA. All award materials should be submitted to Eddie G. Gouge, BoHS Executive Director ( by July 22, 2019. For further information on past award winners, eligibility requirements, and the nomination procedure, click here

2020 BoHS/CAFCS Joint Meeting

The 2020 BoHS/CAFCS Joint Meeting will be held in Kansas City, MO, February 18 - 21, 2020. More information coming soon!

Human Sciences at Work

Dementia Care Research at Oklahoma State University

There are currently 46.8 million people with dementia worldwide and this number is expected to reach 131.5 million by 2050. In the US, 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia and by 2050, this number is projected to grow to 13.8 million. In response to increasingly significant issues facing individuals with dementia and their caregivers, the Alliance on Aging in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University have collaborated with community members and industry partners to develop innovative initiatives with the help of Human Sciences students.

The Dementia Friendly City Center Student Design Workshop

Texas Tech

The Dementia Friendly City Center (DFCC) is envisioned to be a care center to encourage a focus on wellness over illness for individuals living with dementia. A student 3-day design workshop was held in the College of Human Sciences, with five student teams developing and presenting their designs focusing on the mission of the DFCC: an environment designed to promote a comfortable and productive model for everyday life. Students focused on creating conceptual work that incorporated four design tenants: sustainability, a therapeutic environment, universal design and supporting personal autonomy.

Convergence Community Workshop

Texas Tech 2

The OSU student work led to grant funding for a follow-up community visioning workshop developed through the College of Human Sciences and sponsored by the ASID Foundation, bringing together stakeholders from around Oklahoma to discuss the opportunities for re-thinking dementia care in our state, nationally and internationally. Community members from memory care and medical fields, architects, landscape architects, state health employees, social workers, and family caregivers attended the all-day Convergence workshop, as well as OSU students, faculty and alumni. An additional 2-year grant funded by the non-profit Next50 Initiative will allow for further student design team work to create a fully developed site plans and images to share with other entities interested in the DFCC concept.

CATcare- Cognitive Assistive Technology for Dementia Home Care

Other recently funded grant work at the College of Human Sciences includes a partnership with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) for a 3-year NIH R-15 grant. The objective of this project is to develop an innovative cognitive assistive technology, called CATcare, a wearable device designed to enable the individual with dementia more independence and situational awareness in the home setting. This technology will be designed to enhance quality of living with less reliance on the caregiver, instilling more confidence and autonomy. Several undergraduate and graduate research assistants will be involved over the 3-year period, and grant funding will support the development of a human factors lab in the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising in the College of Human Sciences for the CATcare testing. This lab will include a mock-up home environment which will also serve to support other environmental design and assistive technology research focused on an aging population. Find more information on the Alliance on Aging at or contact Dr. Emily Roberts at 

Well Connected Communities Launches Web Site to Help Cultivate Wellness Across the U.S.

As a member of the Steering Committee of the Culture of Health Initiative:  Well Connected Communities (WCC), the BoHS is pleased to share their new website. Visitors to the site can learn more about the public health priorities being addressed by each community and how local health councils, comprised of both youth and adults, are working to develop and implement action plans. 

BoHS Social Media Internship

The BoHS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the three social media internship positions for the 2018-19 academic year have been filled. Please consider nominating a student from your institution for the 2019-2020 academic year. For more information please click here.

International Federation of Home Economics 2020 World Congress

August 2 - 8, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. For updates check here.

BoHS Business Meetings

March 8, 2019 Business Meeting Minutes (draft)

November 12, 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

March 9, 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

November 13, 2017 Business Meeting Minutes


You may access the archives of the Board on Human Sciences by clicking here. In 1995, The Board on Home Economics within the National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges (NASULGC) changed its name to the Board on Human Sciences.


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