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July 2017
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Taylor Dulaney, a senior in culinary food science, worked as an intern alongside chefs from all over the world at Walt Disney World in Florida. As part of the Disney Culinary Program, she was assigned to Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter and to the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Read more.

A group of College of Human Sciences students served as summer camp counselors in China this month. The international activity was directed by associate dean Linda Serra Hagedorn, who recently spent six weeks in China and India on a multitude of college-related ventures. Read more.

Two new national rankings make it good to be a Cyclone. Iowa State University is among the 20 safest colleges in America, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, which looked at crime rates. Ames is also fifth best college town in the nation to live in forever, according to College Ranker

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Diet, exercise, and counseling combine to limit weight gain during pregnancy

New research by Iowa State shows that women can nearly double their chances of preventing excessive weight gain during pregnancy — and ensure a healthier future for themselves and their babies — with a comprehensive "lifestyle intervention."

A two-year study led by Lyndi Buckingham-Schutt, a doctoral student in food science and human nutrition, applied a three-prong intervention with pregnant women that included a better diet, more physical activity, and behavioral counseling from a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Results show 60 percent of women participating in the study met the weight gain recommended by the Institute of Medicine during pregnancy, compared with 30 to 35 percent nationwide. Read more.

More human sciences faculty engage in extension and outreach

Three new projects from Iowa State will bring human sciences research to Black Hawk, Polk, and Jefferson counties through the second year of the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program, a partnership between ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences.

Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, will lead a team in strengthening connections between the Black Hawk County's African-American community and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. She'll also help to address critical disparities in education in Polk County's African-American community.

Eric Olson, an assistant professor in apparel, events and hospitality management, will provide education and training resources to immigrant and refugee populations in Jefferson County who have great food products, but may lack the knowledge to adequately market their products. Read more.

New intervention program reduces domestic violence recidivism rates

A three-year study found that domestic violence offenders who completed a new intervention program developed by an Iowa State professor showed significantly fewer offenders — a nearly 50 percent difference — reoffended and were charged in the year after treatment.

The new method by Amie Zarling, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in human development and family studies, is called Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior program. 

Zarling partnered with the Iowa Department of Corrections to pilot her program. Results are published online by the journal Psychology of Violence. Read more.

Research finds that all teachers bring politics to the classroom

How a teacher teaches is never neutral or apolitical. Instead, educators bring their social and cultural identities into their classrooms — making it important to consider how those lessons and choices are received by students from marginalized groups.

That's the premise of a new research article by Jeanne Dyches, an assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education, published in June by the Journal of Teacher Education, the top-tier journal in the field of teacher education.

"Everything we do as teachers is always influenced by who we are as sociocultural beings," Dyches said. "It's disingenuous and even dangerous to prepare our teachers to believe that their instructional choices aren't inherently political in nature." Read more.

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A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting was held July 12 for the newly renovated Kemin Food Science Laboratory in the Food Sciences Building. The lab will be used for undergraduate food chemistry and food analysis lab classes and food microbiology lab classes. See photos.

Iowa State dietetic interns completing their community rotation in Ghana assessed people for malnutrition and provided an intervention. Here they are under Umbrella Rock at Boti Falls with ISU Dietetic Internship director Jean Anderson and instructor Laurie Kruzich. See photos

Iowa State students Nick GreinerLandon Calderwood, and Derrik Wallace attend the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national leadership conference in Nashville, TennesseeSee photo album.

C-SPAN's "Lectures in American History" program featured a lecture by Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair of food science and human nutrition, that traces the history of diet and nutrition guidelines. Watch video.