Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Greder named Rossmann Manatt awardee, to present public lecture on health and education

Latino families in Iowa are gaining information and opportunities to improve their health and well-being, thanks in part to an Iowa State University associate professor in human development and family studies who serves as a human sciences state specialist in family life.

Kimberly Greder received the 2016 Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award for demonstrating exceptional creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching, and service. She works with communities across Iowa to connect Latino immigrant families with resources to bring education through building trust.

Human development and family studies students use virtual reality to measure stress response

Students in an Iowa State University human development and family studies course are venturing into virtual reality to intensify scientific inquiry.

When Elizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff challenged her HDFS 640/440X Biomarkers of the Family class – a mix of undergraduate and graduate students – to create a situation that would trigger a stress response, they created a computer simulation.

College devotes more than $200,000 to help unpaid interns and student teachers

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships over the past two years to assist students gaining work experience through unpaid internships and student teaching experiences.

College of Human Sciences students gain workplace readiness skills at etiquette dinner

Human Sciences students are making strides in their career preparation that would make etiquette expert Emily Post proud.

More than 50 students participated Thursday in an etiquette dinner, a collaboration between the college’s career services office and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Student guests represented every College of Human Sciences department and school.

ISU alum will premiere and discuss her new documentary on campus March 27

vanessa-mcnealVanessa McNeal, a 2015 Iowa State alumna in child, adult, and family services, will on Monday, March 27 premier her third film on campus. ”The Voiceless” features stories of five men who have experienced sexual violence. The event comes in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

 

 

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

 

Human sciences students spend their spring break serving others

Sixteen College of Human Sciences students were among 59 from Iowa State University who spent their spring break doing service projects aimed at helping those in need.

Changes to credit reports will benefit college students

Jonathan Fox, director of Iowa State University’s Financial Counseling Clinic and Ruth Whipp Sherwin Endowed Professor, and other financial experts say many Iowa State students may benefit from changes to credit report criteria taking effect this summer.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Peterson named to new professorship in early childhood development and education

Carla Peterson, an associate dean of the College of Human Sciences and a professor in human development and family studies, will improve services to families across Iowa with the assistance provided through a new endowed professorship to her research.

The Nancy Rygg Armbrust Professorship in Early Childhood Development and Education is funded by a private gift from Nancy (’73 B.S., food science and human nutrition) and Scott (’75  D.V.M., veterinary medicine) Armbrust.

Career fair expands options for future educators

Future teachers attending this year’s Teacher Education Career Fair at Iowa State University can visit with representatives of public school districts, charter schools, early childhood education providers, and organizations seeking summer employees.

Positive parenting produces lasting effects at biological level

Parents getting under a teen’s skin? It isn’t always a bad thing. When parenting is positive, it can have a lasting effect.

That’s according to Elizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State University and the primary author of a newly released paper in the journal Developmental Science.

“Positive parenting and a safe and supportive environment sets a person up for years,” Shirtcliff said. “What parents do matters long-term — across a lot of different outcomes. They are actively shaping who their children are at a biological, and maybe even cellular, level.”