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College of Human Sciences Dedicates Research Suite

The suite is named in honor of and funded by alumna Iva Lea Barton.

Written by Jaryn Jones

Barton's gift funded the new research facility.

Barton’s gift funded the new research facility.

The Texas Tech College of Human Sciences is dedicating the newly renovated Iva Lea Barton Research Suite at 3 p.m. today (Nov. 4) in Room 501 of the College of Human Sciences.

The facility is named in honor of Iva Lea Barton, who graduated from Texas Tech in 1944 with a home economics education degree. Barton, who was honored as a Distinguished Alumna in 2007, has funded two other projects in early childhood education to further teaching and research efforts in the college. Her private gift was the major source of funding for the new research facility.

“Having a state-of-the-art research lab for the observation of individuals, couples, families and other groups enhances our educational and research missions,” said Jean Scott, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS).

The purpose of the research suite is to allow HDFS faculty and students to conduct research in a private space and facilitate multiple research projects at one time. The suite includes a focus group room, several interview and observation rooms, a central coding room, a family waiting room, camera rooms and a research lab.

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