News and Events from the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State University named best in the nation for event management

Iowa State was named the top university in the nation for its bachelor's degree in event management, according to Trained and talented event planners are in high demand throughout the hospitality industry. Events are a people-driven business and directors of resorts, convention centers, and other venues need quality candidates to build successful sales and marketing teams. Iowa State landed the top spot based on its affordable tuition, as well as its high acceptance and graduation rates. Read more.

Checking out STEM at the local library

Ames families can soon go to the library to check out kits made by School of Education students that contain hands-on activities aimed at teaching young children more about science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and literacy. Read more.

Six human sciences groups study abroad this month

School of Education students traveled to Rome and Florence to learn about disciplinary literacy. Kinesiology students experienced Ireland. Food science students connected with Italian food at home and abroad. Apparel, events, and hospitality management students explored craftsmanship and hospitality in Western Europe, and compared the event and hospitality industry of Prague to that of the United States. And students in human development and family studies explored life satisfaction, happiness, and hygge in Denmark. See photos.

Brain activity, reactivity help explain diabetics' negative feelings and risk for depression

For millions of Americans who are obese and living with diabetes or prediabetes, feelings of sadness, anger and anxiety are often part of daily life. A new Iowa State University study suggests those negative feelings may stem from problems regulating blood sugar levels that influence emotional response in the brain. Read more.

Motivation to move may start with being mindful

A meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective at getting people to move more as structured exercise programs, according to a new study led by an Iowa State University researcher. Jacob Meyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology, is part of another study that found resistance training reduces symptoms of depression. Read more.



Ana Hays McCracken, a 1984 graduate in fashion merchandising, and her husband Ed were among those from human sciences to receive the university's highest awards for alumni and friends at the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration. The McCrackens received the Order of the Knoll Campanile Award from the ISU Foundation. John Schuh, the retired director of the School of Education, received an Honorary Alumni Award from the ISU Alumni Association. And Sandy Horton, a 1962 graduate in child development, and her husband Dick received the Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award from the ISU Foundation. Watch a video of the ceremony.


Members of the Valenzuela family share how Juntos — a program that brings together families, school staff, and community partners to help Latino youth successfully complete high school and explore opportunities for higher education — has made a difference in their lives. Watch video.


In case you missed it, here is the video that played at this spring's Educator Preparation Cording Ceremony. Watch a video to hear some graduates reflect on their student teaching experience and what motivates them. See a list of new educators corded.


Nearly 650 College of Human Sciences students graduated in spring 2018 and were recognized in a series of events May 4 and 5. Missed it? Watch a video of the college’s convocation ceremony.



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