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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

On-campus graduate program in gerontology begins with four students
Four on-campus students pursue advanced degrees in gerontology, the study of adult development and healthy aging, during the program’s first semester on campus.
New assistant professor studies impact of child care quality
Ji Young Choi, a new assistant professor in human development and family studies, researches the impact of teacher-child interactions on early learning and development in child care programs.
Students look to meaningful careers in the College of Human Sciences
Iowa State students hoping to spend their professional lives helping others continue to be drawn to the people-oriented majors offered by the College of Human Sciences.
Human Sciences Week celebrates college’s commitment to expand human potential, improve people’s lives
The ISU College of Human Sciences will come together Oct. 12 to 16 to celebrate the first annual Human Sciences Week.
Absent fathers link to educational attainment
Award winning research by Clinton Gudmunson and Meghan Gillette in human development and family studies shows how father absence affects educational attainment for African-American girls.
  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.