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An information session for College of Human Sciences researchers and scholars will be held at 11 a.m.-12
30 p.m., August 30 in the LeBaron Conference Room, 1009 LeBaron Hall, on the The Conversation" team's approach and communications platform for communicating research-based knowledge to the public. Iowa State University has recently begun working with The Conversation, an independent news and commentary website that draws expertise from academics whose essays are edited by journalists. Recent Iowa State University essays have run in Smithsonian Magazine and Science Alert. Potential authors and who would consider publishing essays about their expertise for broad distribution are encouraged to attend. Register online.

Plan to attend NSF I-CORP information session, August 29
The vice president for research office invites College of Human Sciences faculty members to an information session on I-CORPS, at 1 p.m., August 29, in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. I-CORP is an initiative designed to transition National Science Foundation-funded research from the laboratory into a marketplace product. Iowa State became an NSF I-Corps Site in the fall of 2017. Thirty Iowa State University teams will be selected each year through a competitive process to participate in I-CORPS and receive industry exposure, entrepreneurial training, advice, resources, networking opportunities, and infrastructure for exploring commercialization opportunities.

Elizabeth Shirtcliff awarded funding for puberty research project
Elizabeth, "Birdie," Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies, was awarded a $70,000 subcontact from the University of California Berkeley on a National Institutes of Health research grant. Shirtcliff will investigate the influence of pubertal maturation and stress exposure on biobehavioral development and mental health. The project examines the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas study which is the longest running longitudinal birth cohort study of environmental exposures among children in a farmworker community. Shirtcliff and her team will continue to serve as the project’s biocore for hormone assessments and study design.

Ji Young Choi among 18 to receive child development grants
Ji Young Choi, an Iowa State University assistant professor in human development and family studies, has received one of 18 grants awarded by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) to early career scholars around the globe. Her pilot study will examine the language use and experience of preschoolers who are dual language learners using a novel technology, the Language ENvironment Analysis (LENA) system.

Decision to live together negatively affects wealth accumulationLiving together is often a first step before marriage, or for a growing number of millennials, an alternative to tying the knot. Money or debt can be a common reason for this decision, but there are long-term financial implications to cohabitation, according to research from Iowa State and Kansas State universities.   

Tax hurts investment in medical device research and developmentNew Iowa State University research shows companies cut funding for research and development in response to a tax imposed on medical devices as part of the Affordable Care Act. The study found the tax reduced R&D investment by $34 million and also negatively affected sales revenue, gross margins...

Tricia Neppl granted funding for impacting factors on mid-life years study
Tricia Neppl, an associate professor in human development and family studies, is awarded $16,000 from Michigan State University to examine the impact of environmental stress and biological mechanisms on health and well-being during the early mid-life years.

Cleve Redmond obtains funding for child rearing environment project
Cleve Redmond, a scientist at the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, receives a subcontract award of $189,651 from Pennsylvania State University. This award is for the first year of a five-year project, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. For this study, Redmond is examining adolescent and emerging adulthood factors that can be targeted through earlier intervention to improve child rearing environments for the next generation.

Amie Zarling is awarded funding for domestic violence against women research
Amie Zarling, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, is awarded $391,000 from the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women to conduct a randomized controlled trial of Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior (ACTV), her new program for domestic violence offenders. Zarling has worked closely with the Iowa Department of Corrections for over eight years to disseminate ACTV across the state in both community corrections and prisons. She will compare ACTV to a traditional intervention program, which is based on feminist theory and the Duluth Model. The goal of the study is to evaluate each program's ability to reduce participants' verbal, physical, and sexual aggression toward female partners, and the likelihood of reoffending.

The College of Human Sciences is seeking proposals from untenured faculty members for research seed grants of up to $10,000
Untenured faculty members in the College of Human Sciences are invited to submit proposals for seed grants designed to help them develop as researchers. Apply online.