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November 2013
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Iowa State University professors in kinesiology and human development and family studies are teaming up to boost physical fitness in preschool. Spyridoula Vazou, an assistant professor in kinesiology, is leading the effort. "We do know obesity levels are increasing, even among preschoolers," she said. Read more


A new study led by James Hollis, an Iowa State University assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, says that Americans who eat soup are less likely to be overweight. Hollis said the results are likely because soup keeps eaters feeling full for longer periods of time than other foods. Read more.

Happy Thanksgiving 

The College of Human Sciences would like to express its gratitude to our generous alumni and friends. Your gifts of time, advocacy, and resources allow us to thrive in our quest to expand human potential and improve people's lives. Thank you. Watch a slide show of fall colors on campus.

Top Stories

Iowa State encourages first graders to attend college

Iowa State University’s School of Education is partnering with a school in Omaha, Neb. to actively encourage at-risk first graders to attend college.

It’s part of a program called “No Excuses University” at Field Club Elementary School. Each classroom partners with a college to improve outcomes for the students, and put them on a path toward higher education.

“Our goal for the program is to encourage students to be thinking about college even at a young age,” said first-grade teacher Lori Cupit-Stott, a 1995 Iowa State graduate in elementary education. Read more.


Iowa State professor studies why black women are disproportionately single

Gender relations within the black community are a key reason why black women are disproportionately single, according to a new study by Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies. 

Seven out of 10 black women are single and three out of 10 may never marry, according to a 2010 national study by the Pew Research Center. Only five out of 10 black men are single, in comparison.  

Jordan is the lead author of the article, “Married black men’s opinions as to why black women are disproportionately single." Seventy-nine percent of men interviewed for the study discussed the way black men and women interact, or gender relations, as a major factor. The article cites sex ratio, incarceration, education, employment, readiness for marriage, and interpersonal trust. Read more.


Anderson recognized for success of Iowa State's dietetics internship

Jean Anderson’s integration of cutting-edge technology in Iowa State’s dietetics internship program and trailblazing leadership in distance education is receiving national recognition among her peers.

Anderson is a senior clinician in food science and human nutrition who has been director of the dietetics internship since 1997. She recently won the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2013 award for excellence in dietetics education.

Under Anderson's watch, the dietetics internship has grown from eight interns a year to 160, from one class each year to two classes, and from central Iowa to locations across the nation and world. Her work embraces the use of technology ranging from electronic portfolios to video conferencing, iPods, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Read more.


Iowa State experts have the holidays covered

College of Human Sciences professors give advice on how to avoid going broke or putting on too much weight during the holidays.

Jonathan Fox, director of th ISU Financial Counseling Clinic and Ruth Whipp Sherwin professor in human development and family studies, encourages shoppers to build a budget and stick to it.

Ruth Litchfield, an associate professor and associate chair in food science and human nutrition, says to limit special holiday foods and use a plate rather than grazing. Read more.



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Phil Martin, professor and chair in kinesiology, got pie'd in the face during Iowa State University's homecoming lunch at central campus. Martin won the CHS Student Council contest that raised $816.22 for United Way. See photo album.


Donors and scholarship recipients came together Oct. 25 for this annual College of Human Sciences event honoring scholarship recipients. See photo album.


Seventeen hospitality management and event management students were recently inducted into the Eta Sigma Delta International Honor Society. Members are selected based on cumulative grade point average after completing at least half of their degree requirements. See photo album.