Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

More human sciences faculty engage in extension and outreach

Three new projects from Iowa State University will bring human sciences research to Black Hawk, Polk, and Jefferson counties through the second year of the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program, a partnership between ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences.

New intervention program reduces domestic violence recidivism rates, Iowa State study finds

A three-year study found that domestic violence offenders who completed a new intervention program developed by an Iowa State University professor showed significantly fewer offenders — a nearly 50 percent difference — reoffended and were charged in the year after treatment.

Iowa’s rural centenarians help unlock the secrets to aging well

A team of College of Human Sciences researchers are peering into the secrets of living and aging well. By studying lives well-lived, they’re addressing global challenges affecting people’s health.

Summer internships provide springboard to careers

At least 345 College of Human Sciences students are putting their learning into practice this summer and gaining valuable work experience through internships in Iowa and across the globe.

Renovated labs provide researchers with critical space for advancements

State-of-the-art facilities are key to Iowa State staying on the cutting edge of changing national trends that require the integration of research, technology, and hands-on experiences.

Emotional toll from mass trauma can disrupt children’s sense of competence

Traumatic events can have a profound effect on communities. Whether it is a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or tornado, the aftermath can have lasting effects, especially on children.

Family history of Alzheimer’s may alter metabolic gene that increases risk for disease

A new Iowa State University study may have identified the link that explains years of conflicting research over a mitochondrial gene and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Auriel Willette, an ISU assistant professor of food science and human nutrition who led the study, says the researcher who initially discovered the gene, TOMM40 (Translocase of Outer Mitochondrial Membrane–40kD), found it increased the risk for Alzheimer’s. However, when multiple studies failed to replicate the results, many researchers dismissed the findings, Willette said.

Not convinced the gene was a total bust, Willette decided to look at other factors that may be contributing to the mixed results.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Iowa State provides 21st century skills through family and consumer sciences

As the U.S. marks National Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Day today, Iowa State University is equipping educators to provide today’s students with 21st century skills.

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 450 graduating students in a series of events on May 5 and 6.

Dean and Dean’s Chair Laura Dunn Jolly and department chairs will individually recognize students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation, 2 p.m. Friday, May 5 at Hilton Coliseum. A livestream of the event will be available online. A reception for graduating students at all levels will immediately follow the college convocation, at about 3:30 p.m. in the first-floor lobby of the Scheman Building.

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.