Lecturer positions open within department

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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is looking for lecturers across a range of child and family topics in undergraduate and graduate courses. The starting date is January 2019.

Iowa State University scholar draws Robert Wood Johnson Foundation support to build a healthier America

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Ashton Chapman, postdoctoral research associate in human development and family studies and associate director of research and engagement for the ISU Translational Research Network, has been selected to participate in a leadership development program with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Lesia Oesterreich receives national 2018 Excellence in Extension Award: Lesia Oesterreich, a family life extension specialist in human development and family studies, will receive the 2018 Excellence in Extension Award from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The award will be presented to Oesterreich at a ceremony on Nov. 11, in New Orleans, Louisiana at APLU’s annual meeting. The honor recognizes her leadership of outstanding educational programs for teachers and caregivers that significantly increase their understanding of child development, early learning, positive behavior reinforcement, nutrition, and health and safety practices. The programs are accessed by more than 36,000 early childhood educators each year who teach an estimated 165,000 children annually.
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AgNet picks up story about human development and family studies scientist leading opioid abuse prevention workshop: The "Planning to Take Action against Opioids in Your Community" workshop, held on Sept. 12, was hosted by PROSPER Rx, an Iowa State project led by human development and family studies scientist Lisa Schainker. The project aims to help communities build networks -- and provide coaching support to increase the capacity of ISU Extension and Outreach professionals to build and maintain community prevention systems to combat the opioid epidemic.
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Human Development and Family Studies chair Carl Weems named APS fellow

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Human development and family studies professor and department chair Carl Weems has been named a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, a mark of excellence from the leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology. Weems's research focuses on how traumatic experiences affect brain development in children and adolescents.
Landon Calderwood and Sydney Larson elected chairs of the American Association Family Consumer Sciences National Board Student Unit: Both seniors in family consumer science education and studies, Calderwood will serve as the National Student Unit's Chair-Elect for 2018-2019 and the Chair for 2019-2020 while Larson will serve as the first Vice Chair for 2018-2019. They will be attending the 110th Conference and Expo in St. Louis, Missouri to meet with the AAFCS Board of Directors, Student Unit Leaders, and other AAFCS members.
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Link between divorce and graduate education a concern as more jobs require advanced degree

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Children of divorce are less likely to earn a four-year or graduate degree, according to new research from Iowa State University. Researchers says it is important to understand this relationship as more jobs require a graduate or professional degree.
More than 400 undergraduate students receive scholarships from College of Human Sciences and academic departments: The College of Human Sciences and related academic departments collectively awarded $1.3 million in scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year above and beyond the university-level scholarships that were bestowed. See which undergraduate students received awards this year.
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Six Iowa State scholars honored at the annual Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators conference: The Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators honored six Iowa State scholars at their annual conference in Ames on August 6. Brea Baumhover, a senior in family and consumer sciences education and studies, received the group's Student of the Year award. Alumna Katie (Jaeschke) Brouwer ('15 FCEDS) was named Outstanding New Educator of the Year for her work as a middle school and high school teacher at Roland Story Schools. Alumna Dana Einck (B.S. '99 Housing and the Near Environment, M.Ed. '01 FCEDS) received the Educator of the Year award. Darlene Fratzke, student recruitment director in the College of Human Sciences, was awarded the group's Friends award for her service. Family and consumer sciences education and studies seniors Rebecca Wallace and Katie Walrod received scholarships from the organization.
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Jennifer Margrett elected president-elect of American Psychological Association's division on adult development and aging: Jennifer Margrett, an associate professor in human development and family studies and director of Iowa State University's interdepartmental gerontology program, will this month become president-elect of the American Psychological Association's Division 20, the Division on Adult Development and Aging. Her term begins at the APA Convention, Aug. 9-12 in San Francisco. The three-year commitment involves being president next year, and past president the year after that.
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Cassandra Dorius discussed latest study on cohabitation and wealth: Cassandra Dorius, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, was a guest on WHO-TV 13’s 4 p.m. Monday newscast discussing her latest study on cohabitation and wealth. Dorius had an interview for KCCI's 6 p.m. June 24 newscast, on the same topic. She also participated in interviews with Alisa Wolfson, writer for Moneyish; James Dennin, writer for Inverse; and Myles Ma, writer for PolicyGenius .
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Season of success for summer internships

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Nearly 400 College of Human Sciences students are using this summer to gain knowledge, skill, and experience in their field through an internship.  Internships, student teaching placements and other practicums are essential to the learning process at Iowa State, whether they are close to campus or around the world.

Decision to live together negatively affects wealth accumulation

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Cohabitation has long-term financial implications, according to research from Iowa State and Kansas State universities.

Tax hurts investment in medical device research and development

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New research shows companies cut funding for research and development by $34 million in response to a tax imposed on medical devices as part of the Affordable Care Act.

College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation

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The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 650 graduating students in a series of events on May 4 and 5.
Branden Arends, Britta Becker, Ann Gansemer-Topf, Armine Ghalachyan, Kelly Reddy-Best, Hope Yates, The Fashion Show win Student Affairs awards: Branden Arends, a junior in kinesiology and health, was one of two recipients of the Scott Rohlf Presidential Leadership Initiative Award. Britta Becker, a senior in family and consumer sciences education and studies, received the Above and Beyond Award. Ann Gansemer-Topf, an assistant professor in the School of Education, received the Wilbur L. Layton Faculty Recognition Award. Armine Ghalachyan, a graduate student in apparel, events, and hospitality management, won the Unsung Hero Award. Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, merchandising, and design and director of the Fashion and Culture Research Lab, accepted the W. Houston Dougharty Ally Award. Hope Yates, a senior in kinesiology and health, received the Student of Distinction Award. And The Fashion Show 2018 won the Outstanding Event of the Year Award.
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John Schuh, Ana Hays McCracken, Sandy Horton receive university's highest awards: Three from human sciences were among those to receive the university's highest awards for alumni and friends at the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration on Friday, April 20. John Schuh, the retired director of the School of Education, received an Honorary Alumni Award by the ISU Alumni Association. Ana Hays McCracken, a 1984 graduate in fashion merchandising, received an Order of the Knoll Campanile Award by the ISU Foundation. And Sandy Horton, a 1962 graduate in child development, received an Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award by the ISU Foundation.
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Jonathan Fox receives Great IDEA Award for ensuring excellence of family financial planning program offered by seven universities: Jonathan Fox, the Ruth Whipp Sherwin Professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State University, has been recognized for providing exceptional leadership for an online master’s degree and certificate program that is jointly offered by seven major universities. Fox received a Great IDEA Award for serving as a "Fearless Leader" and providing outstanding coordination of the online graduate program in family financial planning offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Both the degree and certificate programs prepare students to take the Certified Financial Planner Certificate Examination which leads to CFP® certification, a standard of excellence. Fox, who also leads the financial counseling and planning degree program at Iowa State, was cited for ensuring the Great Plains IDEA program’s excellence and innovation, and establishing outcome requirements in collaboration with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. The award was presented April 10 at the alliance's annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Rachel Wall, Barb Fuller, Sandra McKinnon, Tera Jordan, Lori Hayungs, Sara Nelson receive ISU Extension and Outreach awards: Six from the College of Human Sciences were recognized at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach annual awards conference on March 26. Rachel Wall, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness, received the Early Career Service Award. Barb Fuller, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness, received the Epsilon Sigma Phi Mid-Career Service Award. Sandra McKinnon, a human sciences specialist in family finance, received the Distinguished Service Award. Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, received the Excellence in the Scholarship of Community Engagement award. Lori Hayungs, a human sciences specialist in family life, received the Creativity in Service to All Iowans award alongside her northwest Iowa team members Mackenzie DeJong, Rahn Franklin, and Nichol Kleespies. Finally, the 4-H Youth Development team of Sarah Nelson, a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Education, Katie Petersen, Nicole Hanson, and Brenda Welch received the award for Originality and Innovation in Programming.
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College of Human Sciences students initiated into Phi Upsilon Omicron honor society: The Omicron chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron initiated 21 students from the College of Human Sciences. This honor society was founded in 1909, and was the first national student organization in family and consumer sciences. Phi Upsilon Omicron promotes academic excellence, develops professional leadership, and encourages professional and personal integrity.
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Five College of Human Sciences students initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society: Katie Nunemaker, Jennifer Duerkes, Kari Prasuhn, Zahidah Ab-Latif, and Kathiana Franco Torres were initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society on April 8, 2018. The Omicron Gamma chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu at Iowa State was founded in 1913, and is dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, research, and leadership development. Membership in Kappa Omicron Nu is the highest scholastic honor attainable in the area of family and consumer sciences.
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Lisa Sharp receives Friend Award for innovative advising in online education: Lisa Sharp, an academic adviser for early childhood education students at Iowa State, has been honored for improving advising for distance education students living around the world who are enrolled in a new online bachelor's degree program. Sharp received a 2018 Friend of the Great Plains IDEA Award for improving communication among advisers and students across all seven universities who are working together in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance to offer a program that prepares students to work with diverse groups of young children, families, and communities in a global society. The degree program is known by different names at various member universities. Students who enroll through Iowa State work toward the early childcare education and programming degree.
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Iowa State University research links racial discrimination, depression

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Iowa State University researchers have linked neighborhood-level discrimination and clinical depression in African-American women.