Tricia Neppl research broadcasted on Iowa Public Radio, Radio Iowa: Research conducted by Tricia Neppl, associate professor of human development and family studies, has been featured in stories ran by Iowa Public Radio and Radio Iowa. Neppl's research includes taking retina scans to determine a patient's risk of Alzheimer's disease before early symptoms are detectable.
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Amy Popillion featured in Iowa State Daily article: Amy Popillion, professor in human development and family studies, was featured in an Iowa State Daily article for her passion for teaching. Popillion tells the story of her academic journey in the piece, published in December 2019.
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Ph.D. student Maria Alcívar Zúñiga honored with AAC&U K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award: Maria Alcívar Zúñiga, a doctoral student in human development and family studies, has been honored with the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The award cites Alcívar Zúñiga for showing exceptional promise as a future leader of higher education, as demonstrated by her innovative approach to student learning, commitment to equity, and contributions to communities on campus and beyond. Alcívar Zúñiga is one of seven graduate students nationwide selected for the award from among more than 200 applicants.

Originally from Ecuador, Alcívar Zúñiga is an immigrant who was once undocumented. Her doctoral research centers on immigration policy and the health and well-being of Latinx families. She has worked with ISU Human Science Extension and Outreach research programs, including Rural Family Speak about Health Project, JUNTOS: Para Una Mejor Educación, and Abriendo Caminos. She was also recruited to develop a new ISU Extension and Outreach curriculum, ¡Salir Adelante! Caminos a Nuestro Futuro (Pathways for our Future). In 2018, she was invited to work with a bi-national research project titled "Health and Well-being of U.S. Children of Deported Parents," which was funded by the National Institutes of Health. is also actively engaged with the Latinx community across the state and has served as an advocate for immigrant rights since she moved to Iowa in 2008.

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ISU News story on Alzheimer's research project published by News-Medical: News-Medical.net, a worldwide index for health and life science news, published the ISU News Services story on the Alzheimer's research project co-pioneered by associate professor of human development and family studies, Tricia Neppl. The study examines retina scans of participants to determine if they can show signs or risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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Study examines biomarkers, economic factors that may increase risk for cognitive decline

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An image of your retina may help Iowa State University researchers determine your risk for Alzheimer’s disease even before other symptoms are detectable. Tricia Neppl, associate professor of human development and family studies, is co-leading this project.

College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation

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The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of graduating students on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21.
Maria Alcívar Zúñiga receives AAC&U Future Leaders Award: Maria Alcívar Zúñiga, a doctoral student in human development and family studies, will receive the 2020 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Only seven graduate students were selected for the award from among a pool of more than 200 applicants nationwide. The award recognizes Alcívar for showing exemplary promise as a future leader of higher education, demonstrating a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility, and doing work that reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.
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AERA honors ISU assistant professor Ji Young Choi for outstanding scholarship in early childhood education: Ji Young Choi, an assistant professor of early childhood education in human development and family studies, received the Early Career Award from the Early Education and Child Development special interest group of the American Educational Research Association. The national award is conferred annually to an individual with an early and promising record as a researcher and scholar in the early childhood field, as demonstrated by competitive publications and other scholarly activity that suggest a vital research agenda. The award was announced in April 2019 at AERA's annual meeting in Toronto.
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ISU alumna Jane Hoegh named 2019 ProStart Educator of Excellence by Iowa Restaurant Association: Jane Hoegh, who teaching family and consumer sciences at Hampton-Dumont High School, has been named the 2019 ProStart Educator of Excellence by the Iowa Restaurant Assocation. Hoegh was cited today for demonstrating passion for her work and dedication to her students. She holds both a bachelor's and a master's degrees in family and consumer sciences education from Iowa State.
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Laura VanWaardhuizen selected for ACTE Fellowship Program: Laura VanWaardhuizen, an assistant teaching professor in human development and family studies who coordinates the family and consumer sciences education and studies program, has been selected to participate in the National Leadership Fellowship Program of the Association for Career and Technical Education, in 2020. The program identifies and develops leaders to improve support for an educated, prepared, adaptable, and competitive workforce. Each of the 24 fellows in the 2020 cohort will participate in training and events, write blog posts, and visit individually with a local, state, and federal legislator.
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Graduate student Jenny Phan receives fellowship from National Institutes of Health to support research on adolescent on autism spectrum: Jenny Phan, a doctoral student in human development and family studies, has been awarded $39,000 as the first-year installment of a 2-year fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. The F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship recognizes Phan as a promising predoctoral student and helps enable the individualized mentoring she is receiving from outstanding faculty sponsors as she conducts research relevant to the NIH mission.

Through her research, Phan aims to provide fact-based information about puberty and autism to help adults navigate the parenting of adolescents on the autism spectrum. In particular, she will examine the impact of pubertal maturation on the risk for internalizing symptoms in adolescent boys on the autism spectrum as well as those who show typical neurological behavior and development. Her innovative approach is targeting the internalizing symptoms and autistic behaviors of boys from a developmental perspective. She is examining puberty as a life stage during which many symptoms may be exacerbated by the biological, psychological, and sociological changes that happen concurrently within the body and brain.

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Grant to improve firefighters and first responders’ protective gloves

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A team of Iowa State University researchers is working to improve the currently thick, bulky, and limited-dexterity protectant gloves for firefighters and first responders. This $1.5 million grant will help the research team in bettering the function of personal protective equipment.

Iowa Board of Regents proposes $55 million College of Human Sciences building project

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A project to replace LeBaron Hall and renovate portions of MacKay Hall is Iowa State University's top capital priority for the 2020 legislative session. The $55 million project will feature flexible state-of-the-art spaces for high-impact learning, teaching, and outreach. The Board of Regents funding request to the Iowa Legislature included $30 million in state funds allocated over three years for the project. Private fundraising is already underway.

USDA Grant Will Support Farm Stress Assistance Regional Project

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2019 Alumni Awards

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The 2019 Alumni Awards have been announced and will be presented Friday, October 25 at 1:15p.m. in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building as part of Iowa State University Homecoming festivities.

Kimberly Greder and colleagues receive 2019 National Extension Diversity Award

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Kimberly Greder, professor in human development and family studies and family life extension state specialist, will receive the 2019 National Extension Diversity Award for her two outstanding educational extension programs.