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Greetings from the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences. We hope you take a moment to learn about the exciting work our alumni, students, and faculty are doing to advance the science and technology of living and learning. Their research and outreach in the areas of education, health, families, and consumer sciences are key to improving peopleís lives. Thanks for being part of our world.

February 2014
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Iowa State University's College of Human Sciences has 110 student athletes, second only to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Kirby Van Der Kamp and Kristen Hahn, both seniors majoring in kinesiology, have shown what it takes to stand out in sports and academics during their time at Iowa State. Read more.

Connie Sievers, a 1984 Iowa State University family and consumer sciences education and studies graduate, is one of six people selected from hundreds across the country to be part of CNNís Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge, with the goal of completing the Nautica Malibu Triathlon this September in Malibu, Calif. Read more.

In blind taste tests, consumers cannot detect a difference between milk in different types of packaging or between milk at various points of freshness. Their tastes, however, may not line up with their purchasing decisions, according to preliminary findings of research in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Read more.

Top Stories

Iowa State social justice journal to receive national award

An online journal focused on issues of social justice and published by a group of graduate students in the School of Education is barely into its second year of publication, and itís already being recognized nationally.

Iowa State University students who founded the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis will on March 30 receive the Exemplary Social Justice Contribution by a Graduate Student award from the Commission for Social Justice Educators at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott.

The honor will come as part of a larger reception by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), also known as College Student Educators International. Itís one of the largest conferences for student affairs in higher education, with about 3,000 people in attendance each year. Read more.


CHS students prepare for black student government conference

Three College of Human Sciences students are taking leadership roles to connect minority students across the Big 12 Conference.

Chrishelda Green, Dominique Williams, and Jordan OíBrien are playing integral roles in planning and hosting the 37th Annual Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government, which will be held Feb. 27 to March 1 at Iowa State.

Green, a junior in child, adult, and family services, is the conference co-chair. Williams, a junior in hospitality management, and OíBrien, a junior in kinesiology and health, are committee members. Read more.


Efforts to get healthy fuel demand for Iowa State University program

Anyone struggling to shed a few pounds knows they need to watch what they eat, but itís not always easy to change those habits without help from a registered dietitian nutritionist.

The demand for help has led to growth in the dietetics field, said Jean Anderson, director of the ISU Dietetics Internship in the  Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

The job outlook for registered dietitian nutritionists through 2020 is expected to grow by 20 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thatís faster than the average rate for all occupations and likely a reflection of the rising obesity rates in the U.S. The combination of all these factors is fueling interest in ISUís dietetics program. Read more.


Iowa State partnership helps address needs of aging population

Safe and affordable housing is a critical issue as people live longer and decide to ďage in placeĒ or move to a senior community. Older adults want options to maintain their lifestyle, which is why a team of Iowa State University researchers is collaborating with Northcrest Community in Ames to address these needs and issues.

According to AARP, one in five Americans will be over age 65 by 2030, and there will be a shortage of safe housing that can also accommodate people with disabilities. Thatís motivation for Iowa Stateís interdisciplinary team working with Northcrest on smart technology and design as well as developing diet and exercise programs to improve the health of older adults.

Peter Martin, a professor of gerontology, says the partnership gives students the opportunity to interact with and better understand the issues of older adults. Researchers hope their work will be a model to address the needs of an aging population in Iowa and nationwide. Read more.




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The Iowa State University Dietetics Internship and the growing demand for dietitians were featured this month on WHO-TV Channel 13. The story featured graduate student Lisa Ferin and Jean Anderson, director of the dietetics internship. Read the story and watch the video.


More than 700 students turned out to see 85 employers at the People to People Career Fair, co-sponsored by the College of Human Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Two days later, about 1,900 students and 160 employers attended the ISU Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair. Watch a slide show of photos.



Watch a slide show of Iowa State alum Todd Snyder's fall 2014 collection. WWD (Women's Wear Daily) writes, "Popular in the Far East and Europe and preparing to open a store in Tokyo, Snyder clearly has a more global customer in mind. This internationally flavored collection was right on the mark."