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.

Teacher Education Career Fair at Iowa State University connects students with future employers

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With growing attendance and a new partnership with the Heartland Area Education Agency, the Teacher Education Career Fair at Iowa State University is connecting more future teachers to meet the needs of more school districts.
Expertise of Daniel Russell, professor in human development and family studies, featured in story on loneliness in multiple news outlets: Daniel Russell, professor of human development and family studies, says that "conflict between how many close friends you'd like to have and how many fewer you actually have may create feelings of loneliness and social isolation." Russell's findings and current study on loneliness were featured in NBC News, Herald Courier, Kaiser Health News, The Eagle, The Daily Times, Baytown Sun, and Clay Center Dispatch.
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Mission Inclusion promotes curriculum that examines inclusion, equity, representation

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What Iowa State University faculty and staff learned from the first yearlong "Mission Inclusion" seminar in 2017-18, and how they are going to alter their approaches going forward.
Alum Petey Peterson tapped for two awards for advancing inclusion from ACPA: Iowa State University alum Petey Peterson (B.S. ’10 child, adult, and family services; M.Ed. ’12 education) will receive two honors from the American College Personnel Association. Peterson will receive the 2019 Voice of Inclusion Award for making their campus, ACPA, and the field more equitable, inclusive, and just places. Peterson will also receive the Julie B. Elkins Outstanding Service award from ACPA's Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities. The Elkins award recognizes Peterson's work in raising LGBT awareness. Both awards will be presented to Peterson at the ACPA annual convention in Boston, March 3-6.
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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.