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December 2016
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Iowa State's kinesiology department will next fall add a new option — physical activity and health promotion — under the kinesiology and health major. The new option provides broad coverage of both the behavioral and psychological aspects of physical activity. Read more.

A medallion ceremony honored Stephanie Clark as the Virginia M. Gladney Professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Clark is internationally recognized as a dairy food expert and serves as an associate director of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center. Read more.

Beverly Crabtree, dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1987 to 1997, died Dec. 7 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 79. Memorial contributions can be made to the Beverly and R. Jewell Crabtree Scholarship in care of the ISU Foundation. Read more.

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Students to receive special honors at fall convocation

The College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of approximately 110 graduating students this weekend. 

Those receiving special honors include Megan Doubleday in elementary education, the university marshal; Jonathan Anders in kinesiology and health, the college marshal; and Valerie Vander Linden in apparel, merchandising, and design, the fall 2016 Graduating Student of the Year. 

Students receiving the Dean's Recognition Award include Lindsay Hall in hospitality management; Kathryn Seiler in child, adult, and family services; and Katelyn Fane in nutritional science. Read more.

Future teacher rebounds from head injury to graduate

On her way to becoming a teacher, Amanda Paulsen Rohlf hit a brick wall.

Actually, it was the Coralville Reservoir. But the way her head struck the water when she flew off her boat-pulled inner tube, it might as well have been a brick wall.

That was July 16, 2011. Rohlf had just completed her junior year at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School.

She had the world at her fingertips until that head injury. With a strength she didn't know she had and support from her family, church, and university, Rohlf bulldozed through that brick wall and this weekend graduates magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Read more.

Iowa State a finalist in major baking competition

Three graduate students will head to Chicago in February to showcase their proposal for a new bakery food product.

Kangzi Ren, Joshua Nazareth, and Monica Primacella in food science and human nutrition were named finalists in the American Society of Baking product development competition, to be held Feb. 27 and 28.

This is the first time a team from Iowa State has entered the competition. The team made a pumpkin-flavored and shaped bread that they called "Bump'in." The bread uses a combination of sprouted wheat flour and sprouted oat flour. Read more.

Alumnus opens flagship store in New York City

Huxley native Todd Snyder, one of Iowa State's most celebrated and well-known menswear fashion designers, is inspiring students with the opening of his flagship store in New York City.

The flagship store on Madison Avenue at 26th opened Dec. 6. It includes his well-known apparel collections, but also offers visitors an experiential shopping venue with services such as personal styling, shoe shining, a cafe/bar, and barber shop. Linda Niehm, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, represented Iowa State at the grand opening.

"I think he gives back through the inspiration he provides to our students and faculty," said Ann Thye, an academic adviser in apparel, merchandising, and design. "It represents the dream. He did this, and you can too." Read more and watch a slide show of photos.

Margrett named fellow of American Psychological Association 

Jennifer Margrett's outstanding contributions to the field of psychology have earned her fellow status in the American Psychological Association.

"The field of psychology is certainly enhanced by your diligent work and commitment, and the public is better served," said Kristy Nielson, chair of the APA Fellows Committee. 

Margrett, an associate professor in human development and family studies and director of Iowa State's interdepartmental gerontology program, researches health and wellness issues related to aging populations. Read more.

Researcher joins effort to prevent online harassment

Rey Junco, an associate professor in the School of Education, is part of a team of researchers working with Google Jigsaw to understand why people engage in online harassment.

The team is also looking at the personal and social costs of such harassment, and how best to intervene and prevent it from happening. 

About 140 million people in the United States say they've been affected by online harassment, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center study. While many have experienced or witnessed it, Junco said there's a lot we don’t know about it, which makes it difficult to effectively address the problem. Read more.

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Two career fairs scheduled for Feb. 8 at Iowa State

Alumni Kristie Kuhse, Andrew Troxel among finalists for 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Save the date: CHS basketball spirit rally with Dean Laura Jolly, 10 a.m. Jan. 28 in Scheman Building 

Textiles and Clothing Museum exhibit celebrating 10 years opens Jan. 25

Family and consumer sciences students light Betty Lamp, embark on student teaching

Maria Alcivar and Rosemary Perez receive multicultural change agent awards


Student volunteers and participants with Parkinson's disease from Iowa State's music and movement program, led by kinesiology assistant professor Elizabeth Stegemöller, enjoyed dancing at this year's Holiday Extravaganza. See photo album.

Ames is much different than where Markus Flynn grew up, 15 minutes south of Chicago. But instead of pulling away, he became a McNair scholar, a mentor, and president of the Black Student Alliance. Watch video by ISU News Service.

Brian Burt is a human scientist who is an assistant professor in the higher education program in the School of Education. He specializes in graduate student learning and achievement. Watch Faculty Focus video.

Restoration was recently completed on the MacKay Memorial Fountains in MacKay Hall. They feature Batchelder tiles and the original plaques from 1926. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the fountains' construction. See photos.

Shannon Coleman is a human scientist who is an assistant professor in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is also a human sciences specialist in food safety and consumer production. Watch Faculty Focus video.

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