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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.

June 2016
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Lindsey Spratt is among 191 teacher education graduates who took part in Iowa State's third educator preparation cording ceremony. Spratt's third-grade teacher, Jean O'Brien, corded her and gave her an attic full of treasures from her own teaching career. Read more.

More than 300 Iowa State students in areas ranging from culinary food science to athletic training, apparel, event management, and extension and outreach are gaining valuable work experience this summer through internships in Iowa and across the globe. Read more.

Iowa State University is ranked as one of the top schools in the nation for both fashion merchandising and fashion design, according to new rankings from Fashion School Career Advice. Students can assist in production of Trend magazine and The Fashion Show. Read more.

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New book features Iowa State leaders in family and consumer sciences

At least 15 Iowa State leaders are featured in a new book that recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the field of family and consumer sciences.

"Leaders in Family and Consumer Sciences" was unveiled this month during the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences' 107th annual conference and expo.

Among those featured: Laura Jolly, who on July 5 becomes the dean and Dean's Chair of the College of Human Sciences. Read more.


Cyclone Aides welcome incoming students

More than 40 Iowa State students — including seven from the College of Human Sciences — in June served as Cyclone Aides and coordinators during orientation, welcoming incoming students and their families to campus and setting them up for success.

June is orientation month at Iowa State for students starting their adventure in the fall.

At least 533 incoming freshmen and 193 incoming transfer students have declared majors in the College of Human Sciences, which range from education to food science, kinesiology and health. Registration is ongoing. Read more.


Harsh parenting, food insecurity predicts obesity for young women

The adolescent years can be full of changes, whether physical, emotional, or familial. 

A new study by Iowa State researchers Brenda Lohman, Tricia Neppl, and Meghan Gillette suggests that when these years include prolonged periods of food insecurity coupled with harsh parenting practices, females are prone to obesity in early adulthood.

The study published in the July 2016 edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health indicates that food deprivation, when combined with other stressors such as harsh parenting, impacts a teen's development. Read more.


Rising Star Interns call attention to locally grown foods

College of Human Sciences students are among a group of Rising Star Interns working with northwest and central Iowa local food producers and farmers markets this summer. 

They include Cali Westergard in kinesiology and health, Christel Gustafson in nutritional science, Mericia (Merissa) Boutchee in food science, and three in dietetics: Jade Jensen, Carissa Brown, and Celeste Moeller.

Interns for the program, in its third year, focus on helping people better understand the local food system and provide incentives for consuming locally grown food. Read more.


Bad behavior may not be a result of bad parenting, but a lack of common language

Most parents will admit that talking with a teenager is difficult at times.

It is even more challenging when parents and children don't speak the same language fluently — a reality for a growing number of immigrant families in the United States.

New research led by Thomas Schofield, an assistant professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State, suggests this language barrier can have negative consequences for adolescent self-control and aggressive behavior. Read more.


Schalinske to receive award for faculty excellence

Kevin Schalinske, a professor in food science and human nutrition, is one of five recipients of the 2016 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Schalinske is widely recognized as an expert in the field of nutritional sciences and the biochemical pathways associated with folate metabolism and methylation.

He'll be recognized Sept. 26 at the Iowa State University Awards Ceremony, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall of Memorial Union. Read more.


Scientist to be honored for staff excellence

Jeanne Stewart is one of four recipients of the 2016 Regents Award for Staff Excellence by the Board of Regents.

Stewart is an assistant scientist in food science and human nutrition and laboratory safety coordinator for the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center. 

She has been the research support on numerous key research projects and grants that have investigated nutrients and foods that impact human health. She'll be recognized Sept. 26 at the Iowa State University Awards Ceremony, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall of Memorial Union. Read more.


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Kinesiology students this summer explored and toured health programs in the different regions of Ireland and North Ireland with program director Warren Franke and his wife, Libby Franke. See photo album.


"For the Love of Food and Italy" allowed human sciences students to explore cooking, tour, and eat their way through different regions of Italy with program directors Linda Svendsen and Erica Beirman. See photo album.


Some human sciences students joined program director Kurt Rosentrater in France this summer for a study abroad trip called the "Production and Processing of Sustainable, Safe, and Nutritious Food." See photo album.


WHO-TV recently interviewed Constance Beecher, an assistant professor in the School of Education, about a state law effective May 2017 that requires Iowa third-graders to read at their grade level or get held back in school. Watch video.


About 75 small business owners, community leaders, and business consultants came to Iowa State for the Iowa Retail Summit. The event showcased the Iowa Retail Initiative, which provides a single point of contact for rural communities and retailers seeking help. See photos


Is whole milk making a comeback? Ruth Litchfield, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition and specialist with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, discusses the trend with The Des Moines Register. Watch video.


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