News and Events from the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State part of $10 million effort to encourage a diverse faculty in STEM fields

Iowa State researchers are part of a national alliance that won a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The alliance will develop programs that increase the diversity and effectiveness of faculty teaching science, technology, engineering, and math. Iowa State's part of the project focuses on working with community colleges to recruit and prepare a diverse group of graduate students for teaching careers at community colleges. Lorenzo Baber, an associate professor of higher education in the School of Education, serves on Iowa State's grant team. Read more.

Science Bound honored for inspiring STEM

The Science Bound program at Iowa State University was honored for inspiring and encouraging a new generation of underrepresented students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — STEM.

Science Bound received a 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a publication that focuses on diversity and inclusion in higher education. The honor recognizes Science Bound as a model for other institutions. Read more.

Baker receives award for dissertation

Amanda Baker, assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education, has been awarded the Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Educational Psychology division of the American Psychological Association.

Baker’s doctoral dissertation discusses her research on postsecondary service learning programs — programs that combine community service with instruction — and how student beliefs about knowledge and the need to draw quick conclusions predicted individual outcomes in those programs. Read more.

Opioid prevention workshop equips Iowa community leaders

One hundred and twenty community leaders from 30 Iowa counties — including mayors, legislative staffers, health agency leaders, and court administrators — attended the “Planning to Take Action against Opioids in Your Community” workshop, on Wednesday, September 12, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.

Participants were equipped with community toolkits to assist them in reaching various age groups with substance misuse prevention programming. Read more.


Weems named fellow

An Iowa State University researcher with expertise in traumatic stress, emotional development, and the intervention and prevention of emotion-related difficulties has joined an elite group of researchers in the field of psychology. Carl Weems, professor and chair of human development and family studies, has been named a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Read more.


Kinesiology student Rick Gardner is the first in his family to attend a four-year college. As a scholarship recipient, he has found the support he needs to thrive at Iowa State. Watch Video.

Take a look at some of the adventures of CHS students this summer abroad. Watch Video.

Cass Dorius is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies who is looking at new and novel ways that families are forming, and how that affects individual lives. Watch Video.



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