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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 subcontract 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.
Link between divorce and graduate education a concern as more jobs require advanced degreeChildren of divorce are less likely to earn a four-year or graduate degree, according to new research from Iowa State University.

The study, published in the Journal of Family Issues, is one of the first to look specifically at divorce and graduate education. Researchers — including Iowa State University alumna Camron Devor, Cassandra Dorius in human development and family studies, and Susan Stewart in sociology  — say it is important to understand this relationship as more jobs require a graduate or professional degree.


Cleve Redmond receives funding for elementary school behavior study
Cleve Redmond, a scientist in the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, received $769,470 for the third year of a project evaluating the Boys Town Well-Managed Schools program in elementary schools. Well-Managed Schools is a classroom management approach for teachers designed to promote positive student behavior and integrate social skills instruction into regular classroom activities.

Elizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff receives funding for work with entrepreneurs at Oasis Diagnostics Corporation
Dr. Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies, was awarded $100,796 from the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Grant in order to continue a collaboration with Oasis Diagnostics Corporation. The project will support phase I research to develop a device that measures salivary testosterone levels in real-time. The project entails Iowa State University being the first human-testing of this VerOFy® technology.

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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...