News and Events from the College of Human Sciences

Researchers work to improve protective gloves

for firefighters and first responders

The heat-protective gloves firefighters and first responders wear are thick, bulky and limit dexterity. That's why a team of Iowa State University researchers is working to improve the safety and function of the gloves as part of the personal protective equipment system.

Guowen Song, associate professor and the Noma Scott Lloyd Chair in Textiles and Clothing, recognizes the challenges existing protective gear create for firefighters and first responders. With a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, Song and an interdisciplinary team of Iowa State University researchers are working on the safety and function of heat-protection gloves as part of the personal protective equipment system for firefighters and other first responders. Read more. See video.

Gerontology scholars are redefining aging in America

Finding new ways to optimize the vitality and autonomy of older adults is the focus of Jennifer Margrett, gerontology program director, and more than 50 scholars from across the university. Read more (PDF).

Iowa State delivers $3.4 billion impact to state economy

Iowa State University’s $3.4 billion impact on the state of Iowa reflects service to families, communities, and businesses — and benefits to society from an expanded economy and improved quality of life, according to an economic impact and investment analysis released on November 14, 2019, by the Iowa Board of Regents.

The College of Human Sciences is a driving force. From promoting health and social wellbeing and educating young minds to responsibly improving the consumer economy, the college develops stronger citizens, families, schools, and communities. Read more.

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