Help available for Iowans navigating new financial challenges

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ISU Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations with Iowans in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iowa State to keep classes online for remainder of semester

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Iowa State University will continue with virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring semester to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. The university remains open, but there are changes in the delivery and availability of campus services and programs.
Helen Lebaron Hilton Fund award supports expanding reach of 'Science of Parenting' program: A Human Sciences Extension and Outreach team has received $2450 from the Helen LeBaron Hilton Fund to expand a program that keeps parents abreast of research-based information on child-rearing. Specialists Lori Hayungs, Mackenzie Johnson, Barbara Dunn Swanson, and Mackenzie Dejong to expand use of audio and video digital media such as podcasting and live streaming to extend the "Science of Parenting" program to more parents.
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Daeyong Lee assists with Parenting: It's a Life improvements: Daeyong Lee, assistant professor in human development and family studies, was recognized by the Parenting: It's a Life (PIAL) program for his work in program innovation. PIAL equips Iowa youth with life skills and introduces them to the emotional, social, and financial realities of being a parent. Lee has greatly contributed to PIAL's success by improving survey methods.
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Early childhood education senior and PIAL facilitator Hannah Peterson designated Iowa State University Student Employee of the Year: Hannah Peterson, senior in early childhood education, has been named Iowa State’s 2019-2020 Student Employee of the Year. Hannah worked for Parenting: It’s a Life (PIAL) as a youth prevention program facilitator for three years. She has intentionally and thoughtfully integrated her work experience with her teaching philosophy to prepare her to be a successful future teacher.
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Initiative takes advantage of existing data to solve community problems

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Iowa State University researchers are lending their expertise to help Iowa communities access and analyze solutions to some of the problems these communities have been facing. The team is part of a three-state Coordinated Innovation Network of land-grant universities working to expand the Data Science for Public Good program, developed by the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute.

Maria Alcívar Zúñiga honored by AAC&U for efforts to empower Latinx families

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Maria Alcívar Zúñiga is a doctoral student in human development and family studies who is committed to improving the lives of immigrant families in the U.S. through policy change and research awareness. ISU News Service published a feature article on Maria to recognize her for her outstanding research and advocacy work.
Laura VanWaardhuizen receives ACTE postsecondary leadership success program fellowship: Laura VanWaardhuizen, an assistant teaching professor in human development and family studies who coordinates the family and consumer sciences education and studies program, has received a fellowship for a professional development program offered by the Association for Career and Technology Education. The program identifies and develops leaders to facilitate institutional change and improve education.
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Amie Zarling’s domestic violence program showcased in Atlantic article: Amie Zarling, assistant professor in human development and family studies, was acknowledged in an article by The Atlantic for the development of her domestic violence rehabilitation program, “Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior”, which was met with more success than the traditional model design.
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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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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.