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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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HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

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.
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.