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HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Estrangement likely when adult child does not share mother’s values, Iowa State study finds
A strong bond between mothers and children is often severed as a result of a difference in values, according to a new Iowa State study.
Iowa State professor aims to revolutionize stress studies
The VerOFy stress test created by Birdie Shirtcliff will enable stress studies to be much more precise — one of several important pieces of research coming out of her Iowa State laboratory.
Student accomplishments will take center stage at graduation events
The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of hundreds of graduating students in a series of events this weekend.
Iowa State alumni advocate for older adults
Iowa State University human development and family studies alumni are advocating for older adults and educating a workforce to help meet their needs.
Helping at-risk children find strength and purpose
Iowa State alumnus Carlos Alonzo has spent nine years as a case worker in the Des Moines public school system, where he makes a difference in children's lives.
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.