News and Events from the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State University Cyclones join elementary students for some ExerCYse

A kinesiology outreach program is boosting kids’ physical activity during the cold winter months. ExerCYse Time, led by Iowa State’s ExerCYse is Medicine club, provides exercise events in a fun, safe environment for students ages 5 to 12. Since spring 2017, the events have expanded from the Forker Building gym on campus to off-campus, into Ames schools. Kids play coordinated games with an experienced staff of undergraduate students. Through a partnership with Iowa State Athletics, student-athletes have joined in the fun, leading exercise warm-ups and cool-downs. This year’s events run through early March. Read more.

Transforming teachers' learning environments with emerging technologies

Evrim Baran, an Iowa State alumna known worldwide for applying technology to improve teaching and learning, returned to Iowa State this spring as a faculty member. Baran, who received her doctorate from Iowa State in 2011, joined the School of Education as an associate professor in educational technology. Her research brings together educational technology, teacher education, and human computer interaction. Read more.

Students find plenty of opportunities on path to medical school

It was “Doc” who inspired an Iowa State student to pursue a career in medicine. Ben Dralle, a senior in nutritional science and genetics, grew up in Osage, a town of fewer than 4,000 in northern Iowa. The whole town knows Doc — Dr. Mark Haganman — who’s been with Mitchell County Regional Health Center for 25 years. Haganman demonstrates the importance of humanity in medicine, Dralle said. Read more.

Rossmann Manatt awardee provides research experiences to students

They say it’s never too early to begin gaining research experience, and that is just what Kevin Schalinske provides in his lab for both graduate and undergraduates students. Schalinske, a professor in food science and human nutrition, was selected as a Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award winner in recognition of an exceptional level of creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching, and service. Read more.




Sarah Rodriguez, an assistant professor in the School of Education, has a passion for inquiry and research. She hopes to be a force for positive change as she assists others in defining their interests and engaging in research. Watch video.


Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, studies the intersections of culture, fashion, and dress as well as topics related to the LGBTQ+ community. Watch video.


Kere Hughes-Belding, an associate professor and director of graduate education in human development and family studies, has a passion for supporting parents and their young children. Watch video.


Constance Beecher is an assistant professor in the School of Education. Her research focuses on early intervention with language and literacy development. Watch video.



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