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HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State events will bring fun to finance
Over the next two weeks, financial counseling and planning majors will be holding fun student events on Iowa State's campus in honor of National Financial Literacy Month.
Iowa State student seeks justice through family services
Iowa State University student Vanessa McNeal has made it her life's mission to help families and improve the quality of their lives.
Motivating children for a lifetime of learning
Iowa State alumna Tasia Becker teaches children to love learning at the start of their educational careers, when they're just beginning to build a lifetime of scholastic habits.
Marriage more likely to end in divorce when wives get sick, according to ISU study
A new Iowa State study of marriages impacted by serious illness found that divorce is more likely if the wife is the one to get sick but not if the husband gets sick.
Carl Weems to lead human development and family studies at Iowa State University
Carl Weems, a scholar and leader in psychopathology and mental health, will take the helm of human development and family studies at Iowa State University, effective July 1.
AmeriCorps joins Iowa State in community efforts to protect children
The AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children project, based at Iowa State, will assist community efforts to stop child abuse and neglect.
  Iowa State financial experts say now is the time to set a new savings goal
Many Americans aren't putting enough of their incomes in savings, but America Saves Week is a great opportunity to start changing these bad financial habits.
Iowa State researchers urge rural states to prepare for aging
Older adults living in rural states are at risk of lacking access to the resources they need, according to a new study led by Iowa State University.
National report: Human Sciences majors among the most meaningful
Academic majors offered by the College of Human Sciences are considered among the most meaningful nationally, leading to jobs that make the world a better place.
Study abroad programs expand Iowa State’s international reach
Study abroad opportunities help Iowa State University expand its international reach. The number of College of Human Sciences students who study abroad has grown 142 percent in the past five years.