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HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State adds graduate degrees in gerontology
Iowa State University now offers on-campus, interdepartmental master’s and doctoral degrees in gerontology, the study of adult development and healthy aging.
Iowa State professor uses saliva to measure stress
Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, a new associate professor in human development and family studies, researches stress in children through examining different hormones in saliva.
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New Iowa State professor researches impact of socioeconomic status on health
Amelia Karraker, a new assistant professor in human development and family studies, looks at the relationship between education, stress, and social connectedness.
Iowa State professor applies new intervention to reduce domestic violence
Amie Zarling, an assistant professor, plans to continue her research on domestic violence as a new member of the human development and family studies faculty.
College of Human Sciences enrollment tops 5,000
Student enrollment in the College of Human Sciences topped 5,000 this fall for the first time. The college also saw record enrollment this fall with its minority and international students.
Iowa State specialist offers advice for school success
Kim Greder, an associate professor and ISU Extension and Outreach family life specialist, says parental involvement is a predictor of student achievement.
New hires bring international acclaim to College of Human Sciences
Nationally and internationally renowned experts are among 41 new employees joining the College of Human Sciences this fall.
MacKay Hall remodeling ends, ribbon cutting scheduled
The $3.1 million MacKay Hall remodeling project at Iowa State University is scheduled to end Thursday. A ribbon cutting will be held Oct. 9.
Iowa State researchers find relationship between food insecurity and depression
A new study conducted by Kim Greder directly links food insecurity to motherhood depression in rural American families.