College of Human Science News

HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Iowa’s rural centenarians help unlock the secrets to aging well
Researchers are peering into the secrets of aging well. By studying lives well-lived, they’re addressing global health challenges.
Look inside your own pantry or fridge to find the top culprit of food waste
Nearly 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. Iowa State University experts have tips for reducing waste.
Summer internships provide springboard to careers
At least 345 College of Human Sciences students secured internships this summer in Iowa and across the globe.
New Iowa State STEM camp aims to excite children about learning
Fifty-two incoming fifth- and sixth-graders will next week engage in hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the first-ever STEM InCYte Camp at Iowa State University.
International designers to lead weeklong workshop at Iowa State
Digital printing experts Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie will lead a weeklong fashion and textile design workshop at Iowa State.
Read outside the box to keep students learning during summer months, says ISU professor
Emily Hayden has suggestions for parents to encourage learning this summer and prevent “summer slide.”
Renovated labs provide researchers with critical space for advancements
Building renovations provide College of Human Sciences researchers with the space and equipment crucial to their research.
Emotional toll from mass trauma can disrupt children’s sense of competence
How children respond to trauma relates to their perception of competence – or how they view their ability to control a situation.
Family history of Alzheimer’s may alter metabolic gene that increases risk for disease
A new Iowa State study may have identified the link explaining years of conflicting research over a gene and the risk for Alzheimer’s.
Pinpointing exercise’s positive effects on human health
What started as a $25,000 College of Human Sciences 2014 seed grant has evolved into research poised to change exercise habits.

HDFS Announcements

HDFS Announcements

WHO-TV interviews alumna Vanessa McNeal about new documentary:

Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 graduate in child, adult, and family services, was interviewed by Megan Reuther at WHO-TV about her latest documentary, "The Voiceless," featuring male survivors of sexual violence. Her film has been accepted into the Newark International Film Festival in New Jersey and was screened June 21 at the Des Moines Social Club. HBO has asked for a screeners version of it. She is one of the cover stories on the Iowa State University home page. More».



Spring 2017 College of Human Sciences dean's list announced:

The list honors students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the spring semester of 2017. More».



Latest film by HDFS alumna Vanessa McNeal accepted into Newark International Film Festival
Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 graduate in child, adult, and family services, is one of the cover stories on the Iowa State University home page. Her latest documentary, "The Voiceless" featuring male survivors of sexual violence, has been accepted into the Newark International Film Festival in New Jersey and HBO has asked for a screeners version of it. She credits Iowa State with her success. "It was here that she discovered the path that would lead her to filmmaking, public speaking, and advocating for sexual abuse victims." More»

Summer, fall Rosenfeld interns announced

One human development and family studies student, Haylee Flint-Baker, has been accepted into the Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship Program. Rosenfeld internships provide undergraduate students in the College of Human Sciences with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience while they consider whether to pursue advanced degree. The program offers interns exceptional opportunities to work with faculty and learn how to conduct research in their chosen fields.



Clinton Gudmunson and Tricia Neppl to receive faculty promotions
Two human development and family development faculty members are among those granted promotions, in action by the Iowa Board of Regents for the 2017-2018 academic year. Among those promoted to associate professor with tenure: Clinton Gudmunson and Tricia Neppl in human development and family studies. The promotions take effect Aug. 16.

HDFS graduate student Shannin Moody receives Graduate Student Mentor award from ISU McNair Program

HDFS graduate student Shannin Moody received one of two Graduate Student Mentor awards from the ISU McNair Program, which aims to increase the attainment of doctorate degrees by first-generation and underrepresented college students. Moody mentored Mouhamad Diallo, a junior in mechanical engineering who noted that Shannin "keeps him on task and provides helpful tips on everything from time management, potential opportunities, and what life is like outside of the mechanical engineering department." More».



Tera Jordan receives Above and Beyond award

Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, has received the Thelma L. Harding Above and Beyond award for her service to the Iowa State University McNair Program. The McNair Program seeks to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees among first-generation and underrepresented student populations by providing graduate school preparatory courses and undergraduate research opportunities to McNair Scholars. Jordan became involved in the McNair program at Indiana University Bloomington in 1995 as an undergraduate, and participated in the program for two years. Jordan then went on to become active in the Iowa State McNair program and was recognized with the Above and Beyond award for her leadership, support, and dedication to the program.



Human Development and Family Studies alumna Vanessa McNeal wins Young Woman of Tomorrow award at Women of Persimmon ceremony

Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 Iowa State alumna in child, adult, and family services, won the Young Woman of Tomorrow award at the 2017 Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon awards ceremony on April 25. The recognition is given by the YWCA of Black Hawk County. Nominees demonstrate a commitment to the Cedar Valley through their time, talents, and efforts. Award categories include Professional/Business Woman, Volunteer, Young Woman of Tomorrow, Youth Advocate, and Business or Organization that Empowers Women. McNeal recently released her third documentary, "The Voiceless," which features five men and their experiences with sexual assault. The film will be available for purchase online beginning May 1. More».



Margaret O'Connor to complete Heddleson summer internship

Margaret O'Connor, a human development and family studies major, will serve as one of two interns this summer. Coordinated by Iowa State University Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, the Heddleson Internship program is designed to support student experiences that prepare individuals for a career in extension or community outreach. O'Connor's main interest in extension and outreach is family health and underserved populations. She hopes her internship will let her see firsthand the wonderful work Iowa State University's Extension and Outreach is doing for the community and will give her the experience she needs to work in Extension and Outreach after she completes her doctoral degree. More».



Sergio Torres promotes his passion for diversity in student profile article

Sergio Torres wants to one day help people manage their debt as a financial counselor. When he isn't studying, he can be found dancing, writing, or playing video games. More».



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