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From the very young to the very old, students in human development and family services help populations reach their full potential, despite life’s challenges, such as addiction, abuse, aging, chronic illness, immigration, and special needs.

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The Iowa State University financial counseling and planning bachelor’s degree program, which is the only program of its kind in Iowa, is now an approved program of excellence by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

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HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

  New 2015-2016 Faculty

Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair to host multidisciplinary lecture series
Ross Parke will host a multidisciplinary lecture series on the future of healthy families as the 2015-2016 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair.
Mock interviews with employers prepare Iowa State students for job hunts
The job search process can be daunting to students, but career services' new mock interviews offer Iowa State students the chance to practice with real employers.
ISU gerontology program carries out goal of the Older Americans Act
In the 50th year of the Older Americans Act, Iowa State’s gerontology program helps older adults age actively by preparing communities for lifespan issues.
Mothers give more than they receive when family struck by major illness
Mothers provide more support to adult children with a serious health condition than to their other children — a situation that can put older mothers in a vulnerable position.
Iowa State’s financial counseling and planning achieves new standard of excellence
The program is now registered by the Certified Financial Planner Board — a mark of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning.
New HDFS chair aims to cultivate department’s name-brand recognition
Carl Weems is the new professor and chair of human development and family studies. He's a developmental scientist and psychologist who applies science to real-world problems.
College of Human Sciences supports students during unpaid internships
The college recently awarded scholarships of up to $2,000 each to 21 students who are gaining work experience as unpaid interns.
Change agent: Amy Popillion
Amy Popillion, senior lecturer in human development and family studies, knows the impact a teacher can have on a child's life, which is why she strives to be a positive influence on her students.
Book aims to help young children understand the hurt of name-calling
Iowa State alumna and retired teacher Joyce Knock has a new book aimed at helping young children understand the hurt of name-calling.