News and Events from the College of Human Sciences

Research shows connection between muscle strength and type 2 diabetes

Of the 30 million Americans who have diabetes, 90 to 95 percent of them have type 2 diabetes. New research shows that increasing muscle strength might decrease risk of type 2 diabetes. 

In a study conducted by DC Lee, associate professor of kinesiology, and Angelique Brellenthin, postdoctoral researcher in kinesiology, moderate muscle mass was found to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by 32 percent in the 4,500 adults surveyed. Lee says that even the smallest amount of resistance exercise can decrease risk of type 2 diabetes. Read more.

SPIT lab analyzes hair to expand research on puberty

While puberty is something that everyone experiences, there is little explanation for how those changes affect one's physical and mental health. The Stress Physiology Investigative Team (SPIT) Laboratory at Iowa State is working to understand these changes through hair sample analysis, as well as understand these changes in understudied populations.

Take a look inside the lab (video) with Elizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff, an associate professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University. She is part of teams of researchers working to expand our understanding of puberty. Read more.


Teacher Education Career Fair connects students and employers

Three hundred education students explored career opportunities — and 67 school districts sought out job candidates — at the Teacher Education Career Fair at Iowa State University on March 4. Read more.

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Allison Gress crossed the U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean seeking meaningful ways to live and learn before she found amazing opportunities and proactive professors at Iowa State. Now that she’s a senior in child, adult, and family services, she’s pumped about working on a large-scale study that may benefit thousands of children. Watch Video.


Asian fashion was always something that Zenobia Afeworki found interesting. When she started exposing herself to Korean culture at Iowa State, she found a new and exciting side of the fashion industry. Watch Video.

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