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Iowa State University research links racial discrimination, depression
Iowa State University researchers have linked neighborhood-level discrimination and clinical depression in African-American women.
Empowering Spanish speakers through food safety training
Twelve human sciences specialists taught ServSafe to 2,133 Iowans in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Seventy of those participants took the course in Spanish.
Attend the School of Education Director finalists' open forums in March

Iowa State University works to help Main Street thrive
Twenty Iowa State students are working with five Main Street businesses in Jewell to improve their marketing, branding, and more.
Iowa State's RN-BSN nursing program receives final approval
Iowa State's nursing program receives final approval
Attend the Kinesiology Department Chair finalists' open forums in March

Kinesiology faculty, students spark conversation about diversity
Scherezade Mama will lecture about physical activity promotion in underserved populations, 7 p.m. March 1 at the Memorial Union.
Online training equips child care providers with information about health and safety
About 23,640 Iowa child care providers have received training through an online course by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.
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HDFS Announcements

HDFS Announcements

Tahira Hira to be honored for career excellence by University Missouri

Tahira Hira, a professor emerita in human development and family studies at Iowa State University, will be honored for career excellence by the college from which she earned a Ph.D. Hira will receive the Citation of Merit Award from the University of Missouri's College of Human Environmental Sciences. The award recognizes exemplary service that addresses human needs and enhances individual and family life. Hira will formally receive the award at a reception on Thursday, April 19, on the Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo. More».
For more information, contact Tahira Hira in human development and family studies

Landon Calderwood supports expansion of FCCLA to Iowa State

Landon Calderwood is preparing to be a family and consumer sciences professor after graduation. He enjoys playing the organ, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends when he isn't focusing on coursework and clubs. More».

Anlis Mercado shares how she made Iowa State her home away from home

After graduating, Anlis Mercado wants to work as a guidance counselor for adolescents. Walking around campus, watching Netflix, or reading a good book are ways she unwinds after hours of classes and studying. More».

Amie Zarling is awarded funding for domestic violence against women research

Amie Zarling, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, is awarded $391,000 from the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women to conduct a randomized controlled trial of Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior (ACTV), her new program for domestic violence offenders. Zarling has worked closely with the Iowa Department of Corrections for over eight years to disseminate ACTV across the state in both community corrections and prisons. She will compare ACTV to a traditional intervention program, which is based on feminist theory and the Duluth Model. The goal of the study is to evaluate each program's ability to reduce participants' verbal, physical, and sexual aggression toward female partners, and the likelihood of reoffending. 
For more information, contact Amie Zarling in human development and family studies at 515-294-5083 or

Gina Lee attributes career path to her father in student profile

After earning her master's degree and Ph.D. in gerontology, Gina Lee wants to work at a research institution. More».
For more information, contact Gina Lee in human development and family studies at

Lauren Stratton shares gerontology research in student profile

Lauren Stratton sees herself doing research, programming, and/or policy work for an organization devoted to helping older adults and their caregivers after graduation. More».
For more information, contact Lauren Stratton in human development and family studies at

Vanessa Kime promotes Academic Program for Excellence in student profile

Vanessa Kime wants to use her degree in elementary education to teach all over the world. More».
For more information, contact Vanessa Kime in human development and family studies at

Des Moines Register shares financial tips from Suzanne Bartholomae

In the article, Bartholomae, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, said taking on increased debt for college can jeopardize parents' retirement savings. More».
For more information, contact Suzanne Bartholomae in human development and family studies at 515-294-9528 or

Hardeep K. Obhi keeps her future career options open in student profile

Hardeep Obhi hopes to work as a researcher who studies healthy aging after she graduates. For now, Hardeep spends her free time with family and friends, watching TV and movies, or learning about other cultures. More».
For more information, contact Hardeep K. Obhi in human development and family studies at

Kere Hughes-Belding and Carla Peterson receive award to expand project:

Kere Hughes-Belding, an associate professor, and Carla Peterson, the associate dean of HDFS, received a $11,638 award to expand their work with the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting project in Iowa. A assessment of the quality of parent-child interaction, Parenting Interactions with Children: A Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO), is being used as an outcome measure for the program. Drs. Hughes-Belding and Peterson are training home visitors across Iowa to help administer the PICCOLO measure and use the resulting data to inform their interventions with families. 
For more information, contact Carla Peterson in human development and family studies at 294-7804 or

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