News and Events from the College of Human Sciences

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 people's lives. Thanks for being part of our world.

October 2015
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For Mattie Bruning, the Child Development Laboratory School at Iowa State University has prepared her twice. Long ago, as a child, the lab school helped her to build problem-solving and people skills. Today, as an employee, the lab school reaffirms her passion for working with kids. Read more.

Four Iowa State University graduate students — Hardeep Obhi, Yan Su, Lauren Stratton, and Angelica Jasper — are pursuing advanced degrees in gerontology, the study of adult development and healthy aging, during the first year of an on-campus graduate program. Read more.

Join us for homecoming! Alumni are encouraged to stop by the College of Human Sciences visitor center in 118 MacKay Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 for student-led tours of the remodeled School of Education, food labs, child development labs, apparel labs, and more. It's all part of Homecoming Week.

Top Stories

Distinguished Professor named to National Academy of Medicine

A Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine for her achievements in human nutrition research.

Diane Birt, a Distinguished Professor of food science and human nutrition, is among 70 new members and 10 international members of the National Academy of Medicine. 

Birt's induction into the academy, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizes her professional achievements and commitment to service. Read more.


Iowa State University offers new health coach certificate

Iowa State offers a new, interdisciplinary health coach certificate for students seeking to add to their credentials in health care fields. The rigorous program will help students stand out among their peers.

Students from any major can add the certificate to their credentials. It is offered by food science and human nutrition, kinesiology, and psychology.

Students who participate will learn to apply nutrition and kinesiology principles to promote healthy weight, prevent chronic diseases, and enhance or maintain activity and fitness. They will also learn motivation and behavior change principles from human psychology. Read more.


Human Sciences seeks new efforts in extension and outreach

College of Human Sciences faculty hoping to make a big impact with their research have a new opportunity to do so through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program.

The pilot program will offer a minimum of one $10,000 award this year to a faculty or staff member whose research proposal could spawn new extension and outreach efforts.

Three funding streams through the County Extension Councils and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Foundation could offer one-year and multiple-year awards of varying amounts. Read more.


Iowa State students pitch event ideas to raise breast cancer awareness

Iowa State has a unique opportunity this semester to help Susan G. Komen Iowa expand its event portfolio beyond the well-known Race for the Cure held each October.

More than 70 event management students this month pitched new event concepts to raise breast cancer awareness to the local branch of the global organization leading the fight on breast cancer.

Students gave seven- to eight-minute pitches of ideas for potential events to representatives of Komen Iowa. Ideas included online auctions, pop-up events, escape room events, and food truck bazaars. Read more.


New book celebrates 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges

A new book released this month by an Iowa State professor and doctoral students celebrates the 50th anniversary of Iowa community colleges.

"Iowa's Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment" provides a history of the development of Iowa's community college system, through a focus on the individual college stories and dynamics.

The commemorative book is edited by Janice Friedel, an associate professor in the School of Education, and recent doctoral students Cristobal Salinas Jr. and Zoë Mercedes Thornton. Read more.


New regulations for producers will benefit consumers, say Iowa State food safety experts

Iowa State food safety experts are taking a lead role to help producers in Iowa and the Midwest comply with new federal regulations to guarantee the food we eat is safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million Americans – or one in six – get sick every year from foodborne illnesses. 

That's why the Food and Drug Administration is implementing new rules to make food producers, manufacturers and processors more accountable in preventing an outbreak. Read more.


Digital textbook analytics can predict student outcomes, Iowa State study finds

College professors and instructors can learn a lot from the chapters of a digital textbook that they assign students to read.

Reynol Junco, an associate professor in the School of Education, says digital books provide real-time analytics to help faculty assess how students are doing in the class.

The study of 236 students using e-books in classes at Texas A&M-San Antonio showed students spent an average of 7.5 hours reading over 11 days throughout the 16-week semester. Those who spent more time reading the textbook earned a higher grade in the course. Read more.



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The College of Human Sciences on Oct. 12 to 16 celebrated its first-ever Human Sciences Week with food, dance, speakers, and philanthropic events. Catch a glimpse of the excitement with this video. For more photos and videos, visit Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


Those chosen to be pie'd in the face this year at the annual CHS United Way fundraising event were: Robin Shook and Evan Fritz of kinesiology; Sarah Bennett of apparel, events, and hospitality management; Matthew Rowling of food science and human nutrition; Thomas Schofield of human development and family studies; and Emily Ramm in the School of Education. Watch video and see photos


Pamela White, dean and Dean's Chair of the College of Human Sciences, is featured in a Faculty Focus video. She says it's easy to be motivated for success when you are associated with our college. Watch video


About 5,188 students attended the fall 2015 ISU Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair and People to People Career Fair, where they discussed potential internships and job opportunities with about 300 employers. CHS career services also hosted 118 interviews. See photo album.


Carl Weems, professor and chair of human development and family studies, is featured in a Faculty Focus video. Watch video.


Hundreds turned out Oct. 7 to "Walk as ONE" at Iowa State, as part of the Healthiest State Initiative. The annual 1-kilometer walk shows a commitment to healthy living and to making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016. See photos.


WHO-TV on Oct. 15 featured School of Education alum Mike Todd and professor Joanne Olson in a story about the importance of being outdoors for students' learning and well-being. Watch video.