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HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

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.
Human Sciences students gain new international experiences
New opportunities are opening up for College of Human Sciences students to travel abroad, to both learn and teach in countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Ecuador, China, and South Africa.
Iowa State study aims to improve classroom experience for toddlers
Christine Maynard, an assistant professor in human development in family studies, is researching the individual classroom experience in toddlers.
Juntos encourages Latino families to consider college
Juntos: Together for a Better Education is a program created to help Latino students pursue higher education. Since 2013, the program has reached more than 250 Iowa families.
College of Human Sciences students offer Veishea 2014 activities
Check out activities hosted by College of Human Sciences students, faculty, and staff as part of the annual campus-wide VEISHEA 2014 celebration.
Iowa State aids efforts to become the healthiest state
Iowa State University and the Healthiest State Initiative are working together to front efforts in helping Iowa become the healthiest state in America by 2016.
Iowa State students to pull an all-nighter designing new financial games and apps
“Money Game Jam” is a 24-hour competition in which student participants will develop a new game, mobile application, or website to get students involved in their personal finance. The event takes place March 29-30 in the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center.
Puppy to be sponsored by College of Human Sciences club
The Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club in human development and family studies is sponsoring a puppy to be trained to become a guide dog by a prison inmate.
Financial Counseling Clinic offers tax advice for students
Jonathan Fox, director of the ISU Financial Counseling Clinic and the Ruth Whipp Sherwin Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, encourages students to file income tax reports.