Creating a space where students can be themselves

Carmen Flagge (left) leads Connect Four, a learning community that connects College of Human Sciences students of color with one another and builds a smaller community within the larger Iowa State community. Photo by Ryan Riley.

For students of color at Iowa State University, multicultural program offices are both a resource and a place to call home.

Iowa State shares research about higher education policy and practice

Iowa State University scholars, largely from the School of Education in Lagomarcino Hall, are this week showcasing their research at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University scholars are this week sharing their research about higher education policy and practice at a meeting of the nation’s premier association for such research.

Twenty-one researchers, largely from the School of Education, are showcasing their work at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference, today through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The association is a scholarly society with 2,000 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study.

Iowa State top presenter at international textile and apparel conference

Iowa State graduate student April Elisha Stanley will exhibit a green jacket entitled \"Irish Roots\" and a blue ensemble called \"Paisley Impressions” at this year’s International Textile and Apparel Association conference. Contributed photo.

Iowa State University apparel, merchandising, and design students and faculty will this week present the most scholarly activities at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)’s annual conference for the sixth consecutive year.

Research to drive systemic change in STEM diversity

Sarah Rodriguez, Lorenzo Baber, and Mary Darrow are among School of Education faculty and staff leading research on National Science Foundation grants aimed at improving diversity in STEM. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University is a leader in bringing more diversity to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) — not only through outreach, partnerships, scholarships, and conferences, but also with research aimed at systemic change across colleges in the Midwest and nationwide.

School of Education faculty and staff members Sarah Rodriguez, Lorenzo Baber, Brian Burt, Mary Darrow, Rosemary Perez, and Mari Kemis will for the next five years lead the research components of four National Science Foundation grants totalling $11.6 million, all aimed at increasing diversity in STEM.

New agreement sets up exchange with Taiwan university

Leaders of Iowa State University and Fu Jen Catholic University sign an agreement that will create new opportunities for apparel, merchandising, and design students. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University will have new opportunities for students in apparel, merchandising, and design to study in Taiwan and to learn from Taiwanese students who will travel here, under a new agreement with Fu Jen Catholic University.

Learning communities key to Iowa State student success

Amy Raymond (middle) is a peer mentor for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers, one of more than 80 learning communities at Iowa State that help first-year college students succeed. Photo by Ryan Riley.

On an 1,813-acre campus with 36,660 students, Iowa State University manages to provide an experience that’s uniquely personal to each student.

Key to that experience is being part of a “learning community,” which is a group aimed at helping first-year college students succeed. More than 70 percent of first-year students — including 75 percent of first-year students of color — participate in learning communities at Iowa State.

Iowa State alumna serves as lead dietitian at Rio Olympics

Tania Lee, an Iowa State alumna in dietetics and nutritional science, served as lead dietitian for Malaysian athletes during the Rio Olympics. Contributed photo.

Tania Lee applied everything she learned at Iowa State University during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The 2013 alumna in dietetics and nutritional science was chosen to be lead dietitian of the 32-member Malaysian Olympics team this year.

Doctoral student takes his Iowa State experience to Scotland

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. He traveled twice to Scotland for his research on kiltmaking. Contributed photo by Juliana Guglielmi/Philadelphia University.

Iowa State University offers an increasing number of opportunities to take part in the ISU student experience — even from afar.

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its new hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. The program allowed Loranger to take most of his classes from his home on the East Coast, but come to Ames for summer classes.

Communicating who we are through how we look

Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, merchandising, and design, combines her passion for social justice with a focus on how people dress. Photo by Ryan Riley.

It isn’t easy navigating what to wear — and how you’re supposed to look — for some lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning women.

But Kelly Reddy-Best wants to make things better for those in stigmatized populations such as LGBTQ women and overweight youth.

Fourth-graders design boats as part of STEM lesson from Iowa State

About 100 Gilbert Intermediate School fourth-graders came Friday to Iowa State University to see if the boats they designed using new software would float across the Forker Building pool carrying freight. Photo by Lynn Campbell.

About 100 Gilbert Intermediate School fourth-graders came Friday to Iowa State University to see if the boats they designed using new software would float across the Forker Building pool carrying freight.

They made the boats out of foam, plastic, and wood using the math and science concepts, engineering design processes, and technologies they learned about over the past 4 ½ weeks from Christa Jackson and Mollie Appelgate, two assistant professors in the School of Education.