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Tricia Neppl granted funding for impacting factors on mid-life years study
Tricia Neppl, an associate professor in human development and family studies, is awarded $16,000 from Michigan State University to examine the impact of environmental stress and biological mechanisms on health and well-being during the early mid-life years.

Cleve Redmond obtains funding for child rearing environment project
Cleve Redmond, a scientist at the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, receives a subcontract award of $189,651 from Pennsylvania State University. This award is for the first year of a five-year project, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. For this study, Redmond is examining adolescent and emerging adulthood factors that can be targeted through earlier intervention to improve child rearing environments for the next generation.

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.

The College of Human Sciences is seeking proposals from untenured faculty members for research seed grants of up to $10,000
Untenured faculty members in the College of Human Sciences are invited to submit proposals for seed grants designed to help them develop as researchers. Apply online.

Iowa State University research links racial discrimination, depressionRacial discrimination in the neighborhood can make a person more prone to clinical depression, according to newly published research from Iowa State University.


One-hour Researcher Guidebook webinars presented by University-Industry Demonstration Partnership kick off February 7
The seven free one-hour webinars for researchers and contract negotiators are designed to give you a competitive edge and provide you with insight to better navigate expectations when industry and university researchers collaborate. The webinars are hosted by the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. Attend one or more sessions, but RSVP to pduncan@iastate.edu at least one week in advance. Each session runs from noon to 1
15 p.m. at 1805 Collaboration Place in Ames, except on February 21, when it will be held in Room 6115 of Building 6 at the Research Park.


Contact research dean by January 31 to plan for NSF Early Career Development Program award application
The National Science Foundation's Early Career Development Program offers a prestigious 5-year awards for early career investigators. Although the submission deadline is in July, now is the time to begin planning a submission. If you think you will submit an NSF Career proposal in 2018, contact Brenda Lohman or Sarah Carlson by January 31 to develop a plan for proposal development and support. The NSF directorates for Education and Human Resources and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences have program areas that intersect with Human Sciences fields. STEM education and increasing accessibility in STEM fields are also topics that NSF funds.

Iowa State University research sheds light on trends in male alcohol useA new study from Iowa State University researchers in human development and family studies reveals the impact of parent communication on alcohol use among male adolescents.

Olivia Diggs, lead author of the study and a human development and family studies graduate student who received a Ruth and Vincent Mahoney Student Opportunity Fund Scholarship, said the research highlights that parents have an influence throughout their children’s lifetimes.

Iowa State researchers leading initiatives to improve rural healthMore than a million Iowans are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or a stroke simply because they live in a rural area. National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 aims to reduce the gap in rural and urban health outcomes – something Iowa State University researchers Sarah Francis, Kimberly Greder, and Jennifer Margrett are directly and indirectly doing through their research and ISU Extension and Outreach initiatives.

Learning two languages does not limit academic potential for Head Start studentsA new Iowa State University study examined how variation in dual language status among Head Start students related to development in cognitive and academic areas. The research team led by Ji-Young Choi, an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies, found dual-language learners (DLLs)...