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Phi Upsilon Omicron national scholarships awarded to Leah Brooke, Amberly Ehret, Gretchen Henningsen, and Cady Wendel: Lea Brooke, dietetics, received the Martha Combs Jenkins Scholarship; Amberly Ehret, human development and family studies graduate program, received the Diamond Anniversary Fellowship; Gretchen Henningsen, nutritional science, received the Golden Anniversary Scholarship; and Cady Wendel, family and consumer sciences education and studies, received the Marty Bickett Frost Scholarship. The students were awarded the national scholarships from Phi Upsilon Omicron, an honor society for family and consumer sciences.
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School of Education's Noreen Naseem Rodriguez wins national 2017 Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award: Rodriguez, a new assistant professor of elementary social studies education in the School of Education, was selected to receive the 2017 Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. The award recognizes outstanding research completed in pursuit of the doctoral degree. Rodriguez' dissertation examined how Asian-American elementary teachers enact difficult histories such as the Japanese-American internment during World War II. She found that teachers' approaches to discussing race, citizenship, and injustice vary widely. Rodriguez will present her research and receive her award in November at the council's annual conference in San Francisco, before more than 3,000 of her colleagues. More».
For more information, contact Noreen Rodriguez in the School of Education at 515-294-3265 or

HDFS alumna Vanessa McNeal wins two international IndieFEST Film Awards: Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 graduate in child, adult, and family services, and her team for the documentary "The Voiceless" received two international IndieFEST Film Awards: Award of Merit: Liberation/Social Justice/Protest, and Award of Recognition: Women Filmmaker. "The Voiceless" features male survivors of sexual violence. The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are received from around the world. More».
For more information, contact Vanessa McNeal in human development and family studies at

Christine Lippard named Early Career Research Award recipient by National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Foundation: Lippard, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, received the award for her proposal "Preparation for a Strong Early Childhood Workforce: Preservice Training." It was selected on the merits of its being evidence-based, early childhood/early childhood teacher education research; making a significant contribution to the knowledge base of teacher education in early childhood/early childhood teacher education; and addressing issues of quality of program development in early childhood teacher education/early childhood. The award will be presented at the NAECTE Conference Reception, November 15, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. More».
For more information, contact Christine Lippard in human development and family studies at 515-294-5061 or

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