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September 2015
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Research by Ji Young Choi, a new Iowa State assistant professor in human development and family studies, provides evidence that the quality of teacher-child interactions can be an even more significant factor for early learning and development than the teacher's qualifications. Read more.

Kinesiology students can study abroad in Ireland next summer. Students will travel for three weeks from May 26 to June 15. The trip is significant for kinesiology and health, which is the third largest undergraduate major at Iowa State but until now has had few opportunities to study abroad. Read more.

A new textbook co-authored by two Iowa State University professors is helping future elementary school teachers take the fear out of teaching science. Education associate professor E.J. Bang and physics professor John Hauptman co-authored "Children Doing Physics." Read more.

Top Stories

Students look to meaningful careers in the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State students hoping to spend their professional lives helping others continue to be drawn to the people-oriented majors offered by the College of Human Sciences.

The college once again enrolls more than 5,000 students this fall, contributing to Iowa State's seventh year of record enrollment with 36,001 students.

Since the College of Human Sciences' formation from longstanding programs a decade ago, student enrollment has grown by 48 percent. Read more.


College of Human Sciences to celebrate first annual Human Sciences Week

The College of Human Sciences will come together to celebrate its people-oriented programs and rich traditions with food, dance, speakers, and philanthropic events during the first annual Human Sciences Week, Oct. 12 to 16.

The week will include a philanthropy lunch; a dance event; free cake; and a food and fun festival featuring AESHM cherry pies, fudge, and popcorn.

It will also feature a book drive, a speaker who focuses on literacy as a form of liberation, and a meal-packing event to prepare food for those in need. Read more and see a schedule of events


Iowa State helps create new Hy-Vee nutrition labels

Iowa State faculty and students in food science and human nutrition are helping to create new nutrition labels for ready-to-eat meals at Hy-Vee stores because of new requirements under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Hy-Vee, Inc., in January approached Iowa State for help in creating about 10,000 nutrition labels for more than 235 stores in their food service departments, such as the Italian, Chinese, and salad bar areas.

Since then, Iowa State students and interns at Hy-Vee's corporate office have assisted with analyzing recipe nutritional content and standardizing Hy-Vee's recipe guidelines.The project is expected to continue through January 2017. Read more.


Supplements, exercise could improve muscle mass and strength for older adults

The loss of muscle strength and function, or sarcopenia, is a growing public health concern because of the risk for falls, injury and decline in quality of life.

That's why an Iowa State researcher is working to slow or reverse the progression of sarcopenia. 

Kinesiology professor Rick Sharp is testing the effectiveness of a combination of supplements and resistance training in older adults with low vitamin D levels. The trial is designed to build on previous studies, which show that the supplement HMB reduces muscle loss. HMB, or b-hydroxy-b-methylbutyrate, is a natural body building compound discovered by Iowa State researchers. Read more.


Absent fathers link to educational attainment

The stress of an absent father tends to put families in a state of working toward meeting the needs of the moment. 

The economical and biological pressure to meet urgent needs causes an inability to plan for the future — such as seeking higher education.

Those are some of the findings by human development and family studies lecturer Meghan Gillette and assistant professor Clinton Gudmunson on the effect of father absence on educational attainment among African-American girls.

The researchpublished in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, recently won a prestigious national award for its significant contribution to the field. Read more.


Hilton Chair hosts multidisciplinary lecture series

Ross Parke, an expert in family sciences, will headline a multidisciplinary lecture series at Iowa State on the future of healthy families as the 2015-2016 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair.

While the chair has in the past presented one lecture, the committee and chair will this year host a series of 10 lectures. Read more and see photos of Parke from the first lecture

The lecture series kicked off Sept. 16 and runs through April 20. Lectures are free and open to the public. Alumni are welcome to attend in person or watch online by selecting 'enter as a guest' and typing in your first name and last initial. 


New math education professor bridges gap for English language learners

Students who don't speak English as their first language often have difficulty understanding math problems.

But Ji Yeong "Joann" I, a new assistant professor in the School of Education, has found a way to break through to students who are English language learners.

I uses lots of visuals to bridge cultural differences so students can make sense of math problems. She connects math concepts with students' life experiences to help them develop their own interest in math, and incorporate their interests into math activities. Read more.  


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Iowa State University is playing a key role in making Iowa the top state in the nation with its 90 percent high school graduation rate. Alumni of the School of Education are leaders at Scavo Alternative High School in Des Moines — where the emphasis is on giving students positive experiences in education and providing them tools for success. Watch video.


Iowa State University students in kinesiology lecturer Holly Lipsey's community public health class helped to mulch the area next to LeBaron Hall this month as part of United Way of Story County's Day of Caring. See photo album.


Garry Anderson, the principal of The Terrace School in Alexandra, New Zealand and his wife, Glenis, visited Iowa State in September. They are from the New Zealand location of international student teaching, where Iowa State students can go to student teach. While the Andersons were here, they got together for a reunion with those who student taught in New Zealand. See photo album.


Two television stations in September featured Iowa State's research on nomophobia, the fear of being without your mobile phone. Watch the video by KCCI-TV in Des Moines and KIMT-TV in Mason City. The story features research by Iowa State graduate student Caglar Yildirim in human computer interaction and Ana-Paula Correia in the School of Education. 


The College of Human Sciences welcomed about 5,000 new and returning students for the 2015-16 school year. Experience what it's like to be on campus with this time-lapse video by College of Human Sciences videographer Ryan Riley featuring views from central campus and around the college. Watch the video.