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.
Tera Jordan discussed her study on African American families and Type 2 diabetes on Talk of Iowa: On August 2, Iowa Public Radio hosted HDFS associate professor Tera Jordan on the show Talk of Iowa to talk about how African American family culture affects the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
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Ph.D. graduate Jordan Arellanes receives award for conference proposal: Jordan Arellanes, Ph.D. graduate in human development and family studies, has received the 2019 Best Conference Proposal Award from the Family Policy section of the National Council on Family Relations for his proposal titled "Positive Latino Father Relationships Decrease Youths’ Drug and Alcohol Use into Emerging Adulthood." Arellanes graduated from Iowa State spring 2019 and is now an assistant professor of psychology at Illinois State University.
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Jennifer Margrett named interim associate dean for research and graduate education

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Jennifer Margrett has been named interim associate dean for research and graduate education in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences, effective August 1.

Family experience influences diabetes risk, management for African Americans

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African American families are more at risk for Type 2 diabetes. A team of CHS researchers dug deep into the family dynamics of 20 African American families to identify factors that may put them at more risk, and how to better manage the disease in the future.

Tera Jordan’s article republished by numerous news outlets

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HDFS Associate Professor Tera Jordan's article has been republished by a large amount of news sources from across the U.S. They are all listed within this post.
Newsweek published article by HDFS associate professor Tera Jordan: Tera Jordan's article on declining divorce rates in the U.S. is now featured in the opinion section on Newsweek's website with the headline "Younger Adults Drive Decline in American Divorce Rate, but More Seniors are Hopping Off the Bus."
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Tera Jordan's article on divorce rates runs in Wall Street Journal: An article by Tera Jordan, associate professor in human development and family studies, ran in the Wall Street Journal, June 21, under the headline, "The divorce rate is at a 40-year low, unless you're 55 or older."
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Tera Jordan’s article on declining divorce rate published by The Conversation

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Tera Jordan, associate professor in HDFS, wrote an article published by The Conversation about the decreasing rate of divorce in the U.S.
Spring graduates honored with Teaching Excellence Award: Those graduating in May who are receiving the Teaching Excellence Award include College of Human Sciences students Jesse Jurgenson, Ph.D., human development and family studies; Stephanie Hice, Ph.D., food science and human nutrition; and Brittany Sweers, M.Ed., education. Awardees are selected by the faculty in their respective academic units based on evidence of outstanding achievement in teaching.
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Outstanding Ph.D. graduates receive Research Excellence Award: College of Human Sciences Students receiving the Research Excellence Award along with a Ph.D. this spring include Stephanie Hice in food science and human nutrition; Hardeep Obhi in gerontology/human development and family studies; and Syafiqah Rahamat in apparel, events, and hospitality management. Awardees are selected by the faculty in their academic units to recognize superior research or creativity as demonstrated in their theses or dissertations.
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Hardeep Obhi is first student to earn a Ph.D. in gerontology from Iowa State University: The first-ever Ph.D. in gerontology from Iowa State University will be bestowed to Hardeep Obhi, Thursday evening at Hilton Colesium as part of the Graduate College Commencement Ceremony.

Obhi will also receive a Research Excellence Award from Iowa State for her investigation of biopsychosocial reserves and dementia and identification of life span protective factors that help prevent dementia. A Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health funded Obhi's dissertation work.

She has accepted a postdoctoral position at the Carolina Population Center at UNC Chapel Hill, where she will work on a funded study of the life course process of Alzheimer's disease and effects of sex differences and biosocial mechanisms.

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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 the graduating class of spring 2019 in a series of events on May 9-11.
Students initiated into Phi Upsilon Omicron and Kappa Omicron Nu honor societies: Outstanding Iowa State University students studying in human sciences fields were initiated into the Phi Upsilon Omicron and Kappa Omicron Nu honor societies at a ceremony on April 7 in MacKay Auditorium. Kallen Anderson, a Registered Dietitian in ISU Dining who graduated with degrees in dietetics and family and consumer sciences education and studies in 2014, delivered the keynote address at the event. Graduating students also received honor cords. Both Phi Upsilon Omicron and Kappa Omicron Nu focus on leadership, service, and scholarship.
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PsyPost runs story on new study by Birdie Shirtcliff reveals how skydiving impacts your testosterone and cortisol levels: A skydiving study by Elizabeth (Birdie) Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies, suggests that both the sex hormone testosterone and the stress-related hormone cortisol increase in first-time and experienced skydivers when they anticipate their fall. The study, which was published in the April 2019 issue of the journal Biological Psychology, was described in a PsyPost news article posted on April 7.
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Juntos family night highlighted by KWPC FM 95.1 and AM 860 "Voice of Muscatine" radio stations: As part of Juntos family night activities in Muscatine, Iowa, families and community partners gathered to promote high school graduation and pathways to higher education. The gathering was covered by the Voice of Muscatine in a news story that ran April 1. Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education) is a program ___ by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.
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SPIT lab continues to expand research on puberty, hair analysis

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The Stress Physiological Investigative Team (SPIT) Laboratory is working to develop an understanding of the changes that occur during puberty, as well as reasons why there is a lack of research on puberty in understudied populations.