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May 2016
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SoJung Lee, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, was a key organizer of a Korean-American hospitality conference to which she brought three Iowa State students. Read more.

Alison Brinkman, a recent Iowa State graduate in kinesiology and health, organized "Dancing with the Students" to give people with Parkinson's disease a fun way to experience movement intervention. Read more.

Nearly three times as many students presented research at this year's Bald Eagle and Panda U.S.-China Culture Exchange Virtual Conference, organized and coordinated by Iowa State University. Read more.

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Iowa State a finalist in national new product competition

A healthy dessert invented by eight Iowa State students is one of three finalists in a national food product competition.

"Beyond the Bar" is a frozen yogurt sandwich containing vanilla matcha green tea-flavored frozen Greek yogurt with a chocolate swirl, in between two oat blend honey granola wafers.

The dessert — which combines sweet-tooth satisfaction, natural energy enhancers, and nutrients — is one of three finalists in the 2016 National Dairy Council New Product Competition. The final outcome will be determined in July. Read more.


Low-income, rural mothers need family time outdoors

Low-income mothers from rural communities say participating in outdoor activities as a family is a primary need for their physical and emotional well-being.

But a new paper co-authored by Iowa State's Kimberly Greder and published in the Journal of Leisure Research demonstrates many of these families aren't getting time together.

"The families did not necessarily have usable outdoor space that was convenient or appropriate for their families, such as parks with age-appropriate equipment or safe walking trails," said Greder, an associate professor in human development and family studies and extension specialist in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. Read more.


Apps win top prizes at Entrepreneurship Showcase

Technology was the big winner at this year's College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase, with two of the top awards going to ideas for apps for mobile devices.

Best in show for a new business start-up idea went to AirMechanic — a mobile app that would bring together car owners and average joes with a knack for cars.

Brittany Uitermarkt and her roommate, Sarah Baker, won first place in the business idea pitch contest. They proposed an app called Hippocampus to help students more easily find food around campus. Read more.


Burt named fellow by National Academy of Education

Brian Burt will soon be among an elite group of scholars considered the strongest education researchers in the field.

Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education, is a recipient of the 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, which supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research.

He is the third faculty member from Iowa State to receive the postdoctoral fellowship, which funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of educationRead more.


Clothing made from tea byproduct could improve health of fashion industry

In the book "Sustainable Fibers for Fashion Industry," Young-A Lee writes about the results of her case study of cellulosic fiber.

Lee, an associate professor in apparel, merchandising, and design, is growing a gel-like film consisting of cellulose fibers — a byproduct of kombucha tea — that feeds off a mixture of vinegar and sugar. 

The properties of this film are similar to leather once it's harvested and dried, and can be used to make clothing, shoes, or handbags. The fact that the fiber is 100 percent biodegradable is a significant benefit for the fashion industry, Lee said. Read more.


Iowa State students increase middle schoolers' excitement about reading

Iowa State students are helping middle schoolers get excited about reading.

Battle of the Books is a challenge where students form teams, read a designated list of books, then meet at the Ames Public Library for a final competition. Questions in the competition are based on facts from the books. 

Students in Sara Nelson's "Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Grades" class helped facilitate a sixth-grade Battle of the Books, and created questions for a new seventh-grade battle that the Ames Public Library will hold for the first time this fall. Read more.


Engaging Iowans with Human Sciences research

ISU Extension and Outreach is launching two new research projects in northern Iowa.

One will build literacy and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills in children. The other will use singing training to improve quality of life for Iowans with Parkinson's disease.

The two proposals were selected for funding through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program, a partnership of ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences. The program funds projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit Iowans, their families and communities. Read more.


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School of Education students Sarah Brown Wessling, an Iowa State alumna and 2010 National Teacher of the Year, recount their Iowa State University adventures and explain why they chose to become teachers. Watch video.


Student ambassadors from the ExerCYse is Medicine program planned, coordinated and celebrated international ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) Day. They brought Cy the mascot to exercise with kids at Meeker Elementary School in Ames. Watch video by ISU News Service.


Students from King Elementary in Des Moines recently came to the Iowa State campus, where they participated in a scavenger hunt and completed a science project. The students were hosted by the School of Education as part of the ISU 4U Promise program. In April, students from Moulton Elementary School visited campus for a similar experience. See photos.


Iowa State's Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is among the top programs in the nation. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the program enhance human health and quality of life through education, research, and outreach in food and nutrition sciences. Watch video.


The College of Human Sciences held its spring 2016 convocation Friday, May 6 at Hilton Coliseum. Watch a video of the full ceremony.


Several graduating College of Human Sciences students, including university marshal Kate Bruce, shared advice for current and incoming students at convocation. Watch video.


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