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December 2015
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Adolescence is a time when many children may consider experimenting with alcohol or drugs. New research by Thomas Schofield, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, shows parents can reduce that risk by maintaining a healthy and open relationship with their children. Read more.

A group of future teachers at Iowa State became mentors to at-risk first-graders in Omaha this fall. They got to know one another as pen pals, trading letters and photos. They encouraged the first-graders to do well in school, and they talked about college. This month, they met face-to-face. Read more and watch video.

As an events management student, Valerie Villa helped to manage an Oxfam Hunger Banquet, an international conference in Washington, D.C., and a James Taylor concert. But last weekend, she participated in the biggest event of her life — graduating from Iowa State University. Read more.

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At least 8,200 Iowa State graduates work as educators statewide

Iowa State University is a leader in preparing thousands of teachers, principals, superintendents, professors, and other educators working throughout the state in all of Iowa's 99 counties.

As of November, Iowa State had at least 8,201 graduates working as educators throughout the state, according to county-by-county data maintained by the ISU alumni database.

Of those alumni, 4,765 are either preschool or K-12 teachers, while 851 are in educational administration. Another 1,196 teach at universities and 1,389 others work at an educational institution. Read more and see a map of educators in your county.


Iowa State kinesiology students prevail in effort to ban e-cigarettes 

The city of Ames, which led the state in approving a smoking ban in public places before it became state law in 2008, is now one of two Iowa cities that is also expected to ban e-cigarettes.

The move came this month following a yearlong campaign by kinesiology and health students in the Iowa State University Health Promotion Club. 

The Ames City Council voted 5-1 to create an ordinance banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places where traditional smoking is currently prohibited under the 2008 Iowa Smokefree Air Act. The ordinance faces three readings and public input before taking effect. Read more and watch TV news coverage by Local 5 News.


Apparel design students create new staff uniforms for Hancher Auditorium 

Cyclones and Hawkeyes are working together in a unique new partnership.

Iowa State apparel, merchandising, and design students are partnering with the University of Iowa to design new uniforms for student ushers at Hancher Auditorium, the Iowa City events venue that will reopen in a new building next year after being destroyed seven years ago by flooding.

Students in Ling Zhang's AMD 278 Fashion Illustration course are taking part in a design competition to create a new look for the 150 student ushers, who will debut their new uniforms at the kickoff of Hancher Auditorium's 2016-2017 season. Read more.


Online master's program produces technology experts in education

Carrie Hillman is passionate about using technology to open new avenues of learning for her students.

Hillman, a technology integration specialist at Nevada Community School District, is a 2013 graduate of Iowa State University's online Master of Education degree program in curriculum and instructional technology.

Over the past decade, the program has prepared dozens of educators to use technology appropriately and effectively for learning. The online program is part of the Iowa State University School of Education. Read more.


Iowa State event management students tackle industry issues

As Iowa State University's event management program continues to grow, students in that major are tackling tough industry topics such as ethical behavior during business trips.

A case study by a group of event management students this semester examined ethics during familiarization trips — also known as "fam trips." Event professionals take these location scouting trips before planning meetings or expos. "Fam abuse" occurs when event planners misuse travel resources for personal benefit.

"Fam abuse is a relevant topic in the industry because event planners these days need to be held accountable for their trips and use ethics to help them promote their brand image," said Samantha Hocker, a senior in event management. Read more.


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Hear the bells ringing in the hearts of all. Students, faculty, and staff of the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences wish you hope, happiness, and health. Watch holiday video.


Bob Bosselman, professor and chair of apparel, events, and hospitality management, is a human scientist who aims to make each of his department's programs world-renowned. Research by his faculty, staff, and students explores ways to improve the functionality of clothing and businesses. Watch video.


Tim Derrick, a professor in kinesiology, is a human scientist who researches and teaches biomechanics — the application of physics and engineering to the human body. He looks at stresses and strains in the human body as people exercise, and provides consulting for shoe companies. Watch video.


Suzanne Hendrich, a University Professor in food science and human nutrition, is a human scientist who specializes in food toxicology — teaching students about substances that can harm us in foods. She searches for solutions to improve people's health. Watch video.



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