Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Season of success for summer internships

It’s a summer of firsts for Iowa State University— its first female athletic training interns with the National Football League, its first merchandising interns with American Eagle, and its first intern assessing the needs of older Iowans in northwest Iowa.

Decision to live together negatively affects wealth accumulation

Living 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 development

New 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 and earnings. 

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 650 graduating students in a series of events on May 4 and 5.

Dean and Dean’s Chair Laura Dunn Jolly will join department chairs in individually recognizing students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation, 1 p.m. Friday, May 4 at James H. Hilton Coliseum. A reception for graduating students of all levels will immediately follow the convocation, at about 2:30 p.m. in the Scheman Building, first-floor lobby. The reception is open to all.

The all-university undergraduate commencement ceremony has been divided in two shorter events that are more meaningful for graduating students and their guests. College of Human Sciences undergraduates will be recognized at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at James H. Hilton Coliseum, along with those in the engineering and design colleges; other undergraduates will celebrate earlier that morning at Hilton as well. Graduate students in the College of Human Sciences will be recognized at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at James H. Hilton Coliseum.

Six graduating seniors — Morgan Bahl in nutritional science and dietetics; Cassidy Bilharz in elementary education; Emily Clark in apparel, merchandising, and design; Evelyne Guay in kinesiology and health; Mary Kirk in child, adult, and family services; and Jenna Petersen in kinesiology and health — will receive special honors at the College of Human Sciences’ spring 2018 convocation.

Morgan Bahl of Carpentersville, Illinois, is representing the College of Human Sciences as the University Marshal at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. She is graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in nutritional science and dietetics and a minor in Spanish. Bahl has provided nutrition and food safety educational outreach to Iowans as a Heddleson Intern and evaluated the impact of a statewide ISU Extension wellness newsletter as a Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Intern. She has served others as programming chair of the Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Club at Iowa State, a residential treatment mentor at Youth and Shelter Services in Ames, and a peer mentor for the ISU food science and human nutrition learning community. Bahl has accepted a dietetic internship at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan, and plans to become a registered dietitian and earn a master’s degree in counseling.

Cassidy Bilharz of Charles City, Iowa, is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching endorsements in K-6 elementary classroom, K-12 English as a second language, and K-8 reading. Prepared as a standout educator who is grounded in equity and inclusion, Bilharz participated in an elective course on teaching science with insects where she developed lessons and co-taught 20 ethnically-diverse youth from high-poverty schools in Des Moines. As a result, she was asked to join the ISU 4U Promise research team as an instructional strategies specialist and successfully led an after-school program at King Elementary School. She has accepted a job teaching first grade in the Hampton-Dumont Community School District.

Emily Clark of Lincoln, Nebraska, is also receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in apparel, merchandising, and design and emphases in creative and technical design. An innovative scholar, Clark enhanced The Fashion Show by organizing the show’s first livestream broadcast in 2017, and helping secure Patagonia as the guest designer in 2018. She has enriched the learning of others as a teaching assistant in digital textile printing and patternmaking classes. A tenured member of the Iowa State University Football “Varsity” Marching Band, Emily was mellophone captain for two years. After graduation, Clark will serve as an assistant technical designer at Abercrombie & Fitch.

Evelyne Guay of Oakville, Ontario, Canada is the College Marshal. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health, emphasizing pre-medical studies. A competitive student athlete, Guay was captain of the ISU women’s cross-country and track teams while excelling in the classroom, the lab, and the community. She also led her peers as co-president of the ISU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a team leader for the “ExerCYse is Medicine” student organization. As a research assistant, she gathered clinical data on older adults and investigated nicotinamide riboside supplementation and vascular function. She has interviewed at several medical schools and anticipates offers of admission later in May, for enrollment in the fall. 

Mary Kirk of Davenport, Iowa, is the final student receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in child, adult, and family services and a minor in sociology. As president of the Human Development and Family Studies Club, Kirk grew the organization’s membership and ensured the meetings were illuminating, inclusive, and community-oriented. As a Rosenfeld Intern, she became the only undergraduate lead coder of family interactions for a large-scale, longitudinal research project. She served as the undergraduate student-recruitment intern in the College of Human Sciences and a student associate with the ISU admissions office. Kirk recently accepted Iowa State’s offer of admission to the student affairs graduate program in the School of Education.

Jenna Petersen of Pine Island, Minnesota, is the spring 2018 College of Human Sciences Graduating Student of the Year. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health. As a Human Sciences Week co-chair, Petersen orchestrated the creation of successful events. She developed a wellness involvement booklet for employees during her internship at the ISU Foundation. As a Peer Wellness Educator with ISU Student Wellness, Petersen facilitated five presentations on alcohol, sleep, and stress. She assisted with ongoing research in the CydeKicks Peer Health Coaching program which led her to present preliminary findings at a national conference in Oklahoma. After graduation, Petersen will intern at Album Health in Des Moines as a health coach. She also will attend graduate school in integrated health and coaching at the University of Minnesota.

Iowa State University research links racial discrimination, depression

Racial discrimination in the neighborhood can make a person more prone to clinical depression, according to newly published research from Iowa State University.

Online training equips child care providers with information about health and safety

Iowa State University is working to ensure that child care centers and homes, preschools, and after-school programs across the state are healthy and safe for all children.

An online course developed by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach has provided training to 23,640 Iowa child care providers and early childhood teachers since September 2016. Participants learn about health and safety, child development, cultural diversity, and caring for children who are homeless.

Hurricane relief with love, from Iowa State

When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston metropolitan area last fall inflicting $190 billion in damage, the staff and students of Iowa State University’s Teacher Education Services knew they had to help.

Iowa State has had a close working relationship with the Aldine Independent School District in Houston for 27 years.

Iowa State University research sheds light on trends in male alcohol use

A new study from Iowa State University researchers in human development and family studies reveals the impact of parent communication on alcohol use among male adolescents.

Olivia Diggs, lead author of the study and a human development and family studies graduate student who received a Ruth and Vincent Mahoney Student Opportunity Fund Scholarship, said the research highlights that parents have an influence throughout their children’s lifetimes.

Sanders, Woods to be featured in 2018 calendar

Two women in human sciences will be featured in a calendar recognizing their leadership and the positive differences they’ve made at Iowa State University.

College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 300 graduating students in a series of events on Dec. 15 and 16.