The Purdue University Board of Trustees on June 11 ratified MFRI’s director Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth as a Distinguished Professor of Department of Human Development and Family Studies. MacDermid Wadsworth has been a Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences professor since 2001 and is an internationally-renowned expert on work and family life relationships, specifically on the resilience of military families. She has been a productive scholar with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, more than 30 book chapters and nine edited or authored books. MacDermid Wadsworth came to Purdue in 1989 and has received the highest recognitions that the University bestows: the Morrill Award from the Office of the Provost, the Lu Ann Aday Award from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, and the Faculty Engagement Scholar Award. She co-founded MFRI in 2000 and has been MFRI’s director since 2007.