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April 2016
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Three weeks after winning her showcase at Omaha Fashion Week, Kate Bruce wowed the judges here at home and took the top prize at Iowa State's 34th annual fashion show. Bruce, a senior in apparel, merchandising, and design, won best in show and a $1,000 scholarship with her collection featuring the beauty of office supplies. She was also one of two producers of the show. Read more.

The College of Human Sciences will recognize accomplishments of more than 400 graduating seniors in a series of events May 6 and 7. Six of them — Kate Bruce, Joe Webb, Chrishelda Green, Andria Knutson, Sammi Roelfs, and Michele Ries — will receive special honors at the College of Human Sciences' spring 2016 convocation ceremony, 2 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Hilton Coliseum. Read more.

Laura Dunn Jolly will be the new dean of the College of Human Sciences, beginning July 5. Dunn is a professor of textiles, merchandising, and interiors at the University of Georgia and has served as dean and associate director of cooperative extension and experiment station in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and as vice president for instruction. Read more and watch video

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Higher education legend ends chapter at Iowa State

An Iowa State University professor hailed as one of the "giants" in higher education nationwide — and considered the face of community college leadership development in Iowa — will retire next month.

Larry Ebbers, a University Professor and alumnus of the School of Education, began working at Iowa State in 1965. For more than five decades, he has advanced higher education, earning statewide and national recognition for his leadership in community college initiatives.

A retirement reception honoring Ebbers will be held 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 2 in the South Ballroom and Great Hall of the Memorial Union at Iowa State University, with a program at 4:15 p.m. Read more.


Establishing an iconic coffeehouse

What makes a coffeehouse iconic?

Five undergraduate students in Linda Niehm's AESHM 474-574 Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences class this semester reached out to coffeehouses across the nation in search for the answer.

They'll be among 101 students presenting their findings from 39 projects at the 13th annual College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in the LeBaron Hall lobby with awards to follow in LeBaron Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

For the first time, the Entrepreneurship Showcase will feature a coffee bar as a way to demonstrate students' findings. Read more.


Iowa State a partner in textile manufacturing institute

Iowa State is part of a new $317 million public-private partnership working to improve the design and function of protective clothing for military, emergency responders and other professionals.

The Department of Defense announced that it is dedicating $75 million over five years to the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America partnership to create the Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute, based at MIT. The remaining funding will come through cost sharing among the participants.

Guowen Song, an associate professor and the Noma Scott Lloyd Chair in Textiles and Clothing, will lead Iowa State's team of researchers in apparel design, materials science and engineering, and kinesiology. Read more


College of Human Sciences scholarships support students with unpaid internships

The College of Human Sciences in the past year helped nearly six dozen students who interned in fields where they are helping others, but were not compensated for their work.

From summer 2015 through spring 2016, the college awarded $54,000 in scholarships to 70 students who gained work experience through unpaid internships or student teaching.

"It could have been stressful to attempt to try to work and focus my attention on student teaching as well," said Amber Johnson, a senior in elementary education. "This scholarship helped ease my stress about the finances the graduation and being unemployed brings." Read more.


Students share stories of being military kids as Iowa State honors them

Being a military kid makes you grow up and mature faster.

"My parents went to the Air National Guard every third weekend of the month, so we would cook and clean the house," said Allison Tikalsky, a senior in kinesiology and health. "I was doing laundry in third grade."

Tikalsky, shown here with Michelle Aberle, a junior in event management, are among 30 College of Human Sciences students who are the children of military families. Statewide, Iowa has about 10,000 military children.  

April is Month of the Military Child, which recognizes the sacrifices military children make while parents serve their country. Read more.


Technology helps fifth- and sixth-graders with math

About 45 future teachers at Iowa State are using technology to help fifth- and sixth-graders at Nevada Middle School better understand math concepts that give them difficulty.

Students in Christa Jackson's CI 523 Teaching Mathematics to Struggling Elementary Learners class and Mollie Appelgate's CI 448 Teaching Children Mathematics class this semester developed modules — or online tutorial videos — to encourage student collaboration and increase conceptual understanding of math.

"These videos will offer our students a selection of alternative problem-solving strategies on a variety of math topics," said Kate Wieczorek, a sixth-grade math teacher at Nevada Middle School. Read more.


"Good cop" parent not enough to buffer some harmful effects of "bad cop" parent

New research shows harsh parenting may increase a child's risk for poor physical health and obesity as they get older.

Attempts by one parent to counterbalance the harsh behavior are not always effective in lessening that risk.

Thomas Schofield, lead author and an assistant professor of human development and family studies, says the results lead to more questions than answers. He and his colleagues at the University of California-Davis and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the link from harsh parenting to physical health is buffered by a warm and nurturing coparent. Read more.


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Pamela White, dean and Dean's Chair of the College of Human Sciences, retires in July after working at Iowa State for more than 40 years. She served as dean or interim dean for 10 years —eight of those for the College of Human Sciences under its current structure. Watch a slideshow of photos and join us for a retirement reception honoring White, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in the first-floor atrium of Beardshear Hall.


Apparel students showcased their work at The Fashion Show held April 9 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. See 153 photos from the show.


Nevada Middle School fifth grader Samuel Betting describes his experience working with Iowa students who developed math teaching videos to help the students understand math concepts. He said it was interesting and fun. Watch video by the Nevada Journal.


Future teachers in Sara Nelson's CI 378 class, the teaching and reading of language arts, recently played with a parachute to demonstrate that experiences help you understand text and improve your writing. See photos.


At the third annual Trashion Show, 67 students in Elena Karpova's AESHM 222 class constructed 25 designs made of recyclable materials. The event, which celebrated Earth Month and aimed to bring awareness to various environmental issues, raised $1,781 for clean water projects in Iowa. See photos.


Nineteen apparel, merchandising, and design students in Ellen McKinney's AMD 426 creative design class this month shared fashions made of refuse from Reiman Gardens — cocoons, butterfly wings, and more. See photos.


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