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Olivia Diggs discusses importance of research in student profile:

Olivia Diggs wants to become a tenured professor at an R1 teaching and research academic institution. Between research projects, Olivia finds time to kayak, attend concerts, and support her siblings in their sporting and music activities. More».

Human Development and Family Studies alumna Vanessa McNeal wins best director at Newark International Film Festival

Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 Iowa State graduate in child, adult, and family services, won best director in the documentary category of the Newark International Film Festival for her documentary “The Voiceless.” The Newark International Film Festival seeks to recognize emerging filmmakers and put them in front of major players in the film industry and movie lovers from around the world. “The Voiceless” features the stories of five male survivors of sexual violence and aims to shed light on the taboos, stereotypes, and impact of male sexual violence. “The Voiceless” is McNeal’s third documentary, following “We are Survivors” and “I am,” both of which discuss similar topics. McNeal earned a master’s degree this spring in social work from University of Northern Iowa, and currently runs her own company, McNeal Media. More».

Sia Turner shares the impact her past has made on her future career in student profile:

Sia Turner’s goal is to serve as a Peace Corps Youth in Development volunteer. She would also like to be a social worker, empowering teens to improve their lives. Between volunteering, Sia finds time to bike, listen to music, and watch Netflix. More».

Jordan Arellanes shows importance of bringing passion into research in student profile:

Jordan Arellanes hopes to become a professor at a research-intensive university. Jordan spends time fishing, coaching soccer, and playing with his dog, Lana, when he isn’t in the lab. More».

Sia Turner shares the impact her past has made on her future career in student profile

Sia Turner’s goal is to serve as a Peace Corps Youth in Development volunteer. She would also like to be a social worker, empowering teens to improve their lives. Between volunteering, Sia finds time to bike, listen to music, and watch Netflix. More».

Jordan Arellanes shows importance of bringing passion into research in student profile

Jordan Arellanes hopes to become a professor at a research-intensive university. Jordan spends time fishing, coaching soccer, and playing with his dog, Lana, when he isn’t in the lab. More».

Christine Lippard named Early Career Research Award recipient by National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Foundation

Lippard, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, received the award for her proposal “Preparation for a Strong Early Childhood Workforce: Preservice Training.” It was selected on the merits of its being evidence-based, early childhood/early childhood teacher education research; making a significant contribution to the knowledge base of teacher education in early childhood/early childhood teacher education; and addressing issues of quality of program development in early childhood teacher education/early childhood. The award will be presented at the NAECTE Conference Reception, November 15, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. More».

HDFS alumna Vanessa McNeal wins two international IndieFEST Film Awards:

Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 graduate in child, adult, and family services, and her team for the documentary “The Voiceless” received two international IndieFEST Film Awards: Award of Merit: Liberation/Social Justice/Protest, and Award of Recognition: Women Filmmaker. “The Voiceless” features male survivors of sexual violence. The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are received from around the world. More».

Peter Martin awarded 2017 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award:

Peter Martin, a University Professor in human development and family studies, was recently awarded the 2017 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award from The Gerontological Society of America behavioral and social sciences section. The award honors Martin for articulating a novel perspective or synthesis that addresses significant gerontological challenges. Martin will formally receive his award and deliver a lecture in November 2018 at the annual GSA meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. More».

Jordan Arellanes receives 2017 Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal for Research in Family Policy Award:

Arellanes, a graduate student in human development and family studies who holds the Dorothy A. Wyant Fellowship in Family Health, is the recipient of the 2017 Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal for Research in Family Policy Award. He’ll receive the award Nov. 16 at a plenary session of the National Council on Family Relations annual conference in Orlando, Florida. Arellanes works with Brenda Lohman and Kim Greder in studying Latino fathers’ contributions and strengths to help their children succeed in school. The award he will receive recognizes a graduate student or new professional who has demonstrated excellence in research and potential contribution to family policy studies. Arellanes will receive a $250 cash award and plaque, and will present a brief report on his project and related findings at the NCFR annual conference. More».

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