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March 2015
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Iowa State University's dietetics internship program will expand its international reach to as many as four additional countries around the globe. The program first offered rotations in Ghana and now offers placements for interns in India. The program plans to expand to Uganda, Peru, and Spain. Read more.

Unique entries in The Fashion Show at Iowa State this year include clothes especially designed for men who bike to work, and swimwear for full-figured women. One of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation will be held at 7 p.m. April 11 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Read more.

Yong Chin Pak, a martial arts grandmaster who taught judo, hapkido, and taekwondo classes at Iowa State for four decades, will be inducted into the U.S. Taekwondo Grandmaster Society's hall of fame this April in Los Angeles. Pak will receive the Outstanding Leadership Award. Read more.

Top Stories

ISU School of Education has a reason to celebrate

With its fresh new look and new leadership, the Iowa State University School of Education will take a moment next month to celebrate.

The nationally award-winning school that's at the heart of the College of Human Sciences' efforts to expand human potential and improve people's lives will hold a ribbon cutting from 3 to 5 p.m. April 24 in the courtyard of Lagomarcino Hall.

The event will showcase the School of Education. It will also mark the end of the $5.4 million renovation to the north end of Lagomarcino Hall which brought in more natural light, more meeting spaces, and a more welcoming feel aimed at building a sense of community. Read more.


Iowa State aims to fill gap in teaching of state history

Iowa State will this summer offer an innovative new course that aims to fill the current gap of teaching about Iowa history.

"Teaching and Learning Iowa History" is a four-week, mostly online class that will be offered for the first time this July. Its mission is to tell the history of people in Iowa whose stories don't often get told — from groups who are marginalized to people involved in social movements. The class will be open to students, teachers, and members of the public. It will tackle issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.    

"I'm really interested in uncovering a more diverse, more multicultural history of Iowa than what is typically told in schools," said Katy Swalwell, an assistant professor in the School of Education. "I want to encourage and ignite a love for Iowa history." Read more.


ISU study: Marriage more likely to end in divorce when wives get sick

Countless couples have recited the words, 'in sickness and in health' on their wedding day with the intention of honoring those vows. But as it turns out, that may be easier said than done.

A new Iowa State study analyzed the divorce rate for couples in which either spouse was diagnosed with a serious illness. The study, published in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found a 6 percent higher probability of divorce for couples in which wives got sick compared to marriages in which wives remained healthy. However, a husband's illness did not increase the risk for divorce.  

Amelia Karraker, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State, is the lead author of the study. Read more or watch TV coverage of the study.   


March: The calm before the storm for the ISU Fashion Show 

This year's fashion show at Iowa State will feature a new type of scholarship, new categories of competition, and a "pop-up shop" that's part of the latest craze in retail.

The Fashion Show is in its 33rd year and will feature more than 150 student-designed garments on the runway and in mounted exhibitions.

This year's show is called "The calm before the storm." Student organizers say the first half will be calm and reflective, while the second half after intermission will reflect a change of pace. 

New this year is the Lora and Russ Talbot Merchandising Scholarship, aimed at involving more merchandising students. Read more.


Carl Weems to lead human development and family studies at Iowa State 

Carl Weems has been tapped to lead the Iowa State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Weems, professor and associate chair of psychology at the University of New Orleans, was selected from among three finalists after a national search. He will serve as chair for a five-year term beginning July 1.

Weems previously worked as a clinical professor in psychiatry at Louisiana State University. He will succeed Gong-Soog Hong, who will return to the faculty after serving as professor and chair of the department since 2010. Read more.


Iowa State empowers Turkish women using technology

A doctoral student in the Iowa State University School of Education is assisting women in developing countries who earn money to help their families. 

Pinar Arpaci is the founder of Prodigy Stream, a program created to help women in Istanbul, Turkey open an online store and sell their handcrafted goods through the online site, Etsy.

Most of the women who participate in the program are stay-at-home moms with young children who didn't finish high school or college. Prodigy Stream helps them profit from the creativity and talents they already use in their homes every day. The women's skills run from knitting to glass blowing, to making jewelry and dolls. Read more


AmeriCorps joins Iowa State in community efforts to protect children 

Iowa State is playing a key role in strengthening community partnerships to stop the abuse and neglect of children.

The university's Child Welfare Research and Training Project recently acquired funding to provide AmeriCorps assistance to non-profit human service organizations working toward child protection.

The AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children project provides community outreach and support to vulnerable families and communities with higher rates of abuse and neglect. Through the project, AmeriCorps members help communities across Iowa build the capacity to address locally-identified gaps in human services for children and families. Read more.


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Iowa State University shined on the runway at Omaha Fashion Week. Apparel, merchandising, and design graduate students Katie Thompson and Whitney Rorah both won designer showcases. AMD senior Erin Tepper and sophomore Caleb Hanner also showcased their collections. See photos


Vic Miller, head athletic trainer for the Iowa State University men's basketball team and last year's Big 12 Athletic Trainer of the Year, holds the Big 12 Championship trophy after the team's big win in Kansas City. See Facebook post.


Iowa State hosted around 300 high schoolers this month for the Iowa ProStart Invitational culinary competition in the Great Hall of Memorial Union. ProStart offers hands-on experience and educates students about restaurant life while teaching them how to cook with both speed and precision. Watch a video by the ISU News Service and see photos by Blake Lanser.


Eighteen College of Human Sciences students were among 63 from Iowa State University who spent their spring break doing service projects in Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Georgia, and Kansas through Iowa State's Alternative Breaks program. See photos and a full list of names of CHS participants.


Workers put on some finishing touches this month in the renovation of the School of Education, on the north end of Lagomarcino Hall. Here, they are installing the remaining pane of art glass near the new entrance. The School of Education ribbon cutting is scheduled for April 24. See photos of the school and of the artwork by Blake Lanser.