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.
Clinton Gudmunson offers credit card tips on WalletHub: Clinton Gudmunson, associate professor in human development and family studies, was quoted in the "Ask the Experts" section of a WalletHub article on balance transfer credit cards. Gudmunson shared tips for paying off credit card debt with balance transfer credit cards and good credit practices.
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College of Human Sciences team authors bilingual curriculum to support Latinx students, families: A College of Human Sciences team consisting of: human development and family studies doctoral student Maria B. Alcivar-Zuniga; postdoctoral associate Judy Levings; Extension and Outreach program specialist Brenda Allen, extension field specialists Rosa Gonzalez and Norm Dorado-Robles; extension educator Michelle Schott, extension youth program coordinator Araceli Martinez; human development and family studies professor Kimberly Greder; and School of Education professor Katherine Bruna has developed a new bilingual curriculum for Latinx students' college and career readiness. ¡Salir Adelante! Caminos a Nuestro Futuro (Pathways to Our Future) will be pilot-tested in three Iowa communities this fall.
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Kelly Reddy-Best and Jessie Christensen are first in college to earn Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters: Kelly Reddy-Best, assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, and Jessie Christensen, instructional support specialist in Online and Distance Learning, on being the first two College of Human Sciences faculty to earn their Teaching Online Certificate through the nationally recognized Quality Matters program. To earn this certificate, participants must complete a series of seven online training programs. Learn more about this professional development opportunity:
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Congratulations to more than 500 students who received scholarships from the College of Human Sciences and its academic units for 2019-20
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ISU research explores why more women are drinking

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An Iowa State research team that includes assistant professor of human development and family studies Cassandra Dorius dispels myths about women's alcohol consumption and points out important mental and physical health issues linked to alcohol use.

Human Sciences entrepreneurs pitch ideas at the Iowa State Fair Saturday

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A number of the College of Human Sciences' entrepreneurs presented their business ideas in The Great Iowa State Pitch Off: STANDING InnOVATION! exhibit at the Iowa State Fair this week. The seven finalists representing the college will compete again Saturday, August 17 starting at 12:30 p.m.