News and Events from the College of Human Sciences

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November 2015
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Iowa State University students are helping teens by sharing stories and strategies for overcoming difficulties in life. The stories can be found on the Iowa Department of Public Health's blog, or "Iowa adolescents making choices to control their future." The blog is aimed at helping teenagers make healthy choices for their future. Read more.

Older Iowans can quickly learn about what to eat, how to keep food safe, and how to increase their physical activity by trying free online nutrition lessons from Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. Sarah Francis, a state specialist in nutrition and wellness, developed seven online lessons to address the nutritional and food safety needs of older Iowans. Read more.

The College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of about 150 graduating students in a series of events Dec. 18 and 19. Six graduating seniors — Taylor Richardson, Courtney Stakey, Camry Crosswait, Ciara McCarty, Anne Seely, and Katie Jaeschke — will receive special honors at the college's fall 2015 convocation ceremony. Read more.

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Iowa State first in scholarly activities, awards at international apparel conference

Iowa State students presented the most scholarly activities at the International Textile and Apparel Association's annual conference for the fifth year in a row.

They went on to win the most awards.

Iowa State brought 42 oral and poster presentations, and juried design exhibits to the conference in Santa Fe. 

The students and faculty in apparel, merchandising, and design ultimately won 15 awards at the conference, while a recent alum won two. That's the majority of awards presented at the conference. Read more about the scholarly activities. See a list of awards, and photos of the winning garments.


Rosenfeld internship gives undergraduates hands-on experience working with prestigious faculty

Bailie Kies is traveling to Iowa schools this fall to recruit students to participate in a study about physical activity patterns being conducted by Iowa State's Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab.

As a Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Intern, Kies is getting hands-on experience this semester working with kinesiology professor Gregory Welk in determining the effectiveness of the Youth Activity Profile, an online tool designed to assess children's daily physical activity and sedentary habits.

Doing a research internship provides a new dimension to an undergraduate's university experience, said College of Human Sciences associate dean Carla Peterson. Read more.


Iowa State shares school leadership experience at national convention

Iowa State faculty members shared their expertise in school leadership — including a study of the increasingly popular "self-paced instruction" as the education world shifts from the classroom to the Internet — at a national convention in San Diego.

School of Education associate professor Joanne Marshall and assistant professors Jason Salisbury, Daniel Spikes, and Douglas Wieczorek attended the 29th annual University Council for Educational Administration convention, Nov. 20 to 23.

Iowa State's membership in the council since 1999 recognizes the quality of its educational administration program. Read more.


New College of Human Sciences program attracts food lovers to Italy

A new study abroad opportunity will allow Iowa State students in food science and human nutrition and apparel, events, and hospitality management to study in Italy.

The faculty-led program, "For the Love of Food and Italy," will be a tasting tour May 15 to 29 through several Italian cities including Rome, Tuscania, Florence, Pisa, Modena, and Parma.

Food is a key focus area of several College of Human Sciences majors including culinary science, food science, nutritional science, dietetics, hospitality management, and event management. Read more.


New associate professor seeks to increase college access for underrepresented students

Lorenzo Baber believes everyone should be able to achieve a college education.

The new associate professor in the School of Education came to Iowa State for its land-grant mission, the opportunity to improve educational equity across the state, and its nationally prestigious Community College Leadership Program.

He researches equity for students whose race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status are underrepresented in higher education. Read more.


Game-based learning is fun and games

Larysa Nadolny, an assistant professor in the School of Education, uses game-based learning to increase student attendance and participation.

"People who develop games have known for a long time what motivates people," she said. "As educators, we haven't always focused on what motivates the students. Now we're realizing how important that is to their learning."

Game-based learning is an approach to designing curriculum that, at its core, is structured like a game. It's not a new concept, but its foray into higher education has been fairly recent. Read more.


Sheth aims to bring equity to science teaching

Manali Sheth wants to make the teaching of science more equitable for students of all races and backgrounds.

Sheth, an assistant professor in the School of Education, aims to address educational inequities in science education.

As a former Chicago high school science teacher, she observed how schools and teachers treated students of color inequitably. She began researching how teachers reason with their ideas about race, culture, science, learning, and equity in their daily teaching practices. Read more.


Lagomarcino among recipients of 200 new benches

The hallway waiting game got a little easier for students in eight campus buildings. 

Campus services crews installed 178 benches in the hallways of Carver, Coover, Gilman, Hoover, Howe, Lagomarcino, Pearson and Physics halls, with another 22 to be placed soon. 

The benches, produced in state by Iowa Prison Industries, are aimed at providing attractive hallway seating for students waiting for classes or exams while helping declutter hallways. They're made of cypress wood that formerly served as patio fencing at University Village student apartments. Read more.


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Iowa State students are inspiring families to read at home with their children. Bookland, an outreach project by the freshman learning community of the School of Education, this month provided fun literacy-rich experiences at the Ames Public Library in collaboration with Raising Readers in Story County. See photos.


Human Sciences Extension and Outreach offers free "Buy Eat Live Healthy" nutrition education programs for families in Iowa who have low income. Adults learn how to budget food dollars, save time and money by planning meals, and make wise food choices to help themselves and their children stay healthy. Watch video.


Marlene Strathe, director of the School of Education, is a human scientist who aims to make Iowa State University the No. 1 choice for future educators. She gets excited about helping faculty and students develop their full potential. Watch video.


A record 310 people attended this year's Iowa Latina/o Education Initiative conference, co-sponsored by Iowa State. The conference at the Des Moines Area Community College's FFA Center in Ankeny aimed to improve the outcomes of Latino students in both high school and college. See photos.


Warren Franke, a professor and associate chair of kinesiology, is a human scientist who helps people to be healthier. He's an applied exercise physiologist who is director of the ISU Exercise Clinic. He researches heart disease and stress responses in law enforcement officers. Watch video.


Linda Niehm, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, is a human scientist helping students reach their potential in retail merchandising and entrepreneurship. Watch video.


William Terry, a School of Education alumnus, is featured in a music video produced at the Woodward Academy residential treatment facility for male youth. Terry is a lead teacher, U.S. government teacher, and special education teacher at Woodward Academy. Watch video


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