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January 2017
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Iowa State's Textiles and Clothing Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special exhibit featuring favorite objects selected by faculty and staff. The exhibit, "Our Favorite Things: Celebrating 10 years and 30+ Exhibits," runs through April 8 in the Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill Hall. Read more

College of Human Sciences students are making a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses. As leaders of this year's Iowa State Dance Marathon, human sciences students helped to raise more than $293,000 this month for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Read more.

When the U.S. Men's National University Team competes this week in the 2017 Winter World University Games, assistant kinesiology professor Alan Murdoch will have a bird's-eye view – observing the action and recording player stats from the press box as the team's general manager. Read more.

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Iowa State shines at international gathering of science teacher educators

Iowa State showcased its expertise and leadership in science teacher education at a gathering this month of 500 science teacher educators from across the nation and world.

The Association for Science Teacher Education held its 2017 international conference this month in Des Moines.

This year's conference was  co-chaired by School of Education professor Joanne Olson and alumnus Jerrid KruseIt was a chance for those who prepare science teachers to network, present scholarly papers and posters, and attend professional development workshops aimed at informing their work and improving the preparation of science teachers. Read more

Iowa State professor to lead 'transformative' National Science Foundation project

An Iowa State faculty member will receive the National Science Foundation's most esteemed recognition for junior faculty members conducting scientific research.

Brian Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education, is the recipient of a five-year, $569,702 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award, which supports early career development activities of teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

The grant will support Burt's research on leveraging learning and engineering identity to broaden participation of black males in colleges of engineering. Read more.

Iowa State study suggests gym membership to improve exercise and health

A new study from a team of Iowa State researchers found that people who belonged to a health club not only exercised more — for both aerobic activity and strength training — they also had better cardiovascular health outcomes. 

Gym members were 14 times more aerobically active than non-members and 10 times more likely to meet muscle-strengthening guidelines, regardless of their age and weight, said Duck-chul (DC) Lee, an assistant professor of kinesiology and corresponding author of the paper. The results were similar in both men and women.  

Those health benefits were even greater for people who had a gym membership for more than a year, Lee said. The research is published in the journal PLOS ONE. Read more in this ISU News Service story.

Duffelmeyer reading improvement clinic adds pilot program for struggling readers

An Iowa State program is helping children become better readers as it expands to serve new students.

Future teachers serve as tutors in the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. They learn to assess elementary school students to determine their needs and create individualized, personalized plans to motivate and educate struggling readers.

Tutoring starts today for the spring 2017 sessions. This semester, the clinic is launching a new pilot program where tutors visit Mitchell Elementary School in Ames to meet with readers. Read more.

Hilton Chair lectures continue this spring

The 2016-2017 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series — "Move for Life: The Health Benefits of Exercise Across the Lifespan" — last week launched its spring 2017 lectures.

The Hilton Endowed Chair, I-Min Lee, kicked off the speaker series last semester by discussing how exercise can reduce the risk of dying prematurely.

Hilton Chair speakers coming to campus this semester will continue this theme, describing how exercise can have dramatic benefits on brain health and cognition, enhancing bone and muscle health as tools to age well, and improving mental health by reducing depression. Read more.

Iowa State to launch new effort to mentor underrepresented students in toxicology

A new effort led by an Iowa State veterinarian will mentor undergraduate students from underrepresented populations with an interest in toxicology.

Faith Gaye, a junior in kinesiology and health, will participate in the semester-long program that's a collaboration with Tuskegee University and Ohio State.

The program is funded by a National Institutes of Health grant. It will link undergraduate students with aptitudes in science and mathematics with professional toxicologists in academia, government and industry. Read more in this ISU News Service story.

Three human sciences women featured in 2017 Women Impacting ISU calendar

Three women in human sciences are being recognized for making a difference at Iowa State.

Ann Gansemer-Topf in the School of Education, Margaret Van Ginkel in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, and Britney Williams in kinesiology and health are featured in the 2017 Women Impacting ISU calendar.

The calendar, produced by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, honors women for leadership and achievements in service, teaching, research, administration, and other campus activities. Read more.

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Two career fairs scheduled for Feb. 8 at Iowa State

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Orchesis I annual dance show: Barjché: Feb. 3-5, Fisher Theater, Iowa State Center

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The College of Human Sciences was the official game sponsor of the Iowa State women's basketball game against TCU. Students Jenna Cullen and Jacob Bennett joined Dean Laura Jolly at center court and presented a game ball. Watch video.

Iowa State's fashion show, one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation, will be held April 8. A crowdfunding campaign kicked off last week with a goal of raising $20,000. Watch video and donate to this year's show through Feb. 24. 

Small Talk Story County — a collaboration between Iowa State, the Ames Public Library, and Raising Readers in Story County — captured first place and will receive a $10,000 grant in the Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation. Watch the ISU Extension and Outreach video.

Brenda Lohman is a human scientist who is a professor in human development and family studies. Her primary focus is on issues related to adolescent health and family policy. Watch Faculty Focus video.

WHO-TV discusses schools' body mass index policies with Iowa State dietetic internship instructor Alison St. Germain, who brings her background in dietetics and nutrition to the conversation about body image and healthful eating behaviors. Watch video.

Food science and culinary food science majors learn the chemical makeup of ingredients, study how to make sure food is safe and consistent, and practice developing new foods for grocery stores. Watch this latest student recruitment video.

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