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June 2017
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Fifty-two elementary school students engaged in hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the first STEM InCYte Camp at Iowa State. They learned about virtual reality, built high-tech model cars, and visited the Iowa Department of Transportation. Read more.

Did you know you throw out about 20 pounds of food every month? Nearly 40 percent of the food produced in the United States goes to waste. Iowa State's Ruth Litchfield and Susan Arendt share tips for reducing waste at home, and look at how the food service industry is working to do the same. Read more

Iowa State is once again ranked a top fashion school in the nation, according to 2017 rankings by Fashion School Career Advice. The ranking highlights Iowa State students' opportunities to study in New York, Chicago, and Europe; help produce Trend Magazine; and access the Textiles and Clothing Museum. Read more.

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New Iowa State degree to advance skills of nurses, improve patient care

The Iowa Board of Regents today approved plans for a new bachelor of science in nursing degree at Iowa State University.

The RN-BSN is a continuation program designed for registered nurses – those working in the field as well as recent graduates of approved nursing programs – who want to earn their bachelor's degree. 

Virginia "Ginny" Wangerin, a clinical assistant professor and director of nursing education at Iowa State, says the campus-based program meets a need as more hospitals and health care providers require or encourage nurses to obtain a BSN degree. Read more.

Summer internships provide springboard to careers

At least 345 College of Human Sciences students are putting their learning into practice this summer and gaining valuable work experience through internships in Iowa and across the globe.

More than 100 apparel, merchandising, and design students secured internships this summer, many in New York City.

Six athletic training students are interning with the National Football League. And several graduate students in human development and family studies acquired prestigious internships in Washington, D.C. Read more.

International designers lead weeklong workshop at Iowa State University

Two internationally renowned guest designers came to Iowa State this month as part of a weeklong fashion and textile design workshop funded in part by a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Heather Ujiie, an assistant professor at the Moore College of Art and Design, and Hitoshi Ujiie, a professor at the Philadelphia University School of Design and Engineering, led the hands-on workshops.

The event – "New Configurations in Fashion: Innovative Forms Meet Engineered Textile Printing" – was held June 15 to 21 in LeBaron and MacKay halls. It is another example of Iowa State's leadership in creative design as a form of scholarship. Read more.

Read outside the box to keep students learning during summer months

It was not unusual for Emily Hayden to spend the first three or four weeks of a new school year re-acquainting students with material they learned the previous year. That's typically how long it takes to overcome the learning lost during three months of summer vacation.

Often called "summer slide" or "summer brain drain," educators recognize that time away from school is going to have an impact come fall. Hayden, an assistant professor of literacy education and former elementary school teacher, says every day she spent playing catch up was one less day to devote to new material. 

While students deserve some time off, Hayden encourages parents to incorporate learning into summer activities. Read more.

Emotional toll from mass trauma can disrupt children's sense of competence

Traumatic events can have a profound effect on communities.

Whether it is a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or tornado, the aftermath can have lasting effects, especially on children.

How children respond in the wake of mass traumatic events is related to their perceptions of competence – or how they view their ability to control a situation, said Carl Weems, professor and chair of human development and family studies. An overwhelming challenge, such as a natural disaster, can disrupt the development of that sense of well-being. Read more.

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Iowa State's third annual Human Sciences Week will be held Oct. 2 to 6. It's a time for the College of Human Sciences to celebrate its unique, innovative, people-oriented programs and rich traditions with food, dance, speakers, and philanthropic events. Watch video.

About 575 incoming first-year College of Human Sciences students participated in orientation in June. As part of the program, students and their families met peers, signed up for classes, became familiar with the campus, and learned tips for making the most of their college careers. See photo album.

Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 graduate in child, adult, and family services, was interviewed on WHO-TV about her latest documentary, "The Voiceless," featuring male survivors of sexual violence. Her film has been accepted into the Newark International Film Festival and she is one of the cover stories on the Iowa State home page. Watch video and read story.

The College of Human Sciences hosted a table at ISU Young Alumni Night at Blank Park Zoo offering a chance to network, meet Dean Laura Dunn Jolly, and take fun selfies with animal masks. See photo album.

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