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 the graduating class of fall 2018 in a series of events on Dec. 14 and 15.
Human Sciences Extension and Outreach program manager to receive National Excellence in Extension Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: An article by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach that also the ran in Iowa Ag Connection and USAgNet spotlight adjunct assistant professor and human sciences extension specialist Lesia Oesterreich who has been recognized for winning the Excellence in Extension Award from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Oesterreich received the award on Nov. 11.
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Several national news outlets feature ISU research on benefits of singing for people with Parkinson's disease: A pilot study by Elizabeth Stegemoller, Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, and Andrew Zaman which shows that singing can benefit people with Parkinson's disease in ways similar to taking medicine, has been featured in several news outlines. In articles from ReachMD, Health News Digest, Medicine Newsline, McKnight's Senior Living, Medicalnewser, and Eurasia Review, the researchers discuss early results and where they go from here with the new data.
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Singing may reduce stress, improve motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease

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In a recent study done by Iowa State researchers, singing has been found to reduce stress and improve motor function in people with Parkinson's disease. While it is "preliminary data," the study shows that the improvements among participants are similar to improvements made from taking medicine.

Oesterreich to receive national 2018 Excellence in Extension Award

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Lesia Oesterreich from Iowa State University will receive the 2018 Excellence in Extension Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Oesterreich is being recognized for her educational programs that help teachers and caregivers significantly increase understanding in child development, early learning, positive behavior reinforcement and nutrition, as well as health and safety practices.
WalletHub features advice from Jonathan Fox to consumers comparing credit cards: Jonathan Fox, the Ruth Whipp Sherwin Professor in Human Development and Family Studies and director of the financial counseling and planning program, offers advice to consumers on how to avoid mistakes when comparing credit cards, in a WalletHub feature.
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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.
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.