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Iowa State partners with third-graders to stage ‘maker theater’
Ames third-graders combined lessons in literacy and geometry to stage a theater using sets and scripts developed by Iowa State students.
Pease Family Scholar will discuss genetics of physical activity in ISU lecture Oct. 19
A federally funded scientist who researches the genetics of physical activity will speak at Iowa State University as the Pease Family Scholar on Thursday, Oct. 19.
Award-winning Iowa State research, outreach poised to combat opioid misuse, other health challenges
Iowa State researchers are battling America’s health challenges, including opioid misuse, through award-winning outreach initiatives.
Researcher finds further evidence that fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggies
A recently published study led by Wendy White tracked how the human body better absorbs eight micronutrients when salad vegetables are eaten with oil.
Laboratory School increases child wellness, education with local foods
An ISU Child Development Laboratory School initiative is bringing more locally grown food to the school’s children.
Improving teaching and learning in large lecture classes
School of Education assistant professor Michael Brown aims to improve teaching and learning in large college lecture classes.
The Faces of Iowa State: Artist’s Reception with Rose Frantzen

High-intensity workouts send the wrong message, says Iowa State professor
Kinesiology professor Paddy Ekkekakis says high-intensity interval training is not sustainable for the majority of people who are trying to lose weight and move more.
Meyer leverages exercise studies to boost mental, physical health
Jacob Meyer is bringing exercise’s benefits to those who, due to chronic conditions, have unique relationships with exercise routines.
Iowa State professor’s book about critical theory selected as critics’ choice
A book by Isaac Gottesman has been named a 2017 Critics' Choice Book by the American Educational Studies Association.

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Alliance for Iowa State highlights Richard Spoth, research combating substance misuse

Richard Spoth, the director of Iowa State's Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, was featured in Alliance for Iowa State for his work studying how to curb the growing opioid epidemic in the United States. Spoth researches the effect of community-based programs on opioid drug misuse among youth. Most recently, Spoth and his colleagues published the Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience, or PROSPER, model study in this month's edition of Psychological Medicine. More».

Human Development and Family Studies graduate student Hardeep Obhi awarded Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship

Hardeep Obhi, a graduate student in human development and family studies, has been awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship. Obhi will receive funding for her project entitled "Biopsychosocial Reserves and Dementia: Identifying Life-span Protective Factors" in part by this fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. More».

Megan Wallace turns passion for childcare into a career plan in student profile

When Megan changed her major to child, adult, and family services after her freshman year, she knew it was the right choice. She enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and going out to eat with friends. More».

Jeanne Dyches, Megan Gilligan, Auriel Willette latest to be featured in Faculty Focus videos

Jeanne Dyches in the School of Education, Megan Gilligan in human development and family studies, and Auriel Willette in food science and human nutrition are three of the latest human scientists to be featured in the College of Human Sciences' Faculty Focus videos. Visit our YouTube page to see all Faculty Focus videos. More».

Human development and family studies graduate student Leslie Dooley awarded 2017 Kathleen W. McCartan Award

Leslie Dooley, a graduate student in human development and family studies, recently received the 2017 Kathleen W. McCartan Award from the Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. This award is given in memory of Kathleen McCartan, who was a leader in the field of personnel preparation, a previous Iowa State University professor, and an involved member of the Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. The Kathleen W. McCartan award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student who has made significant contributions through service to the field, community, and professional organizations. More».

Forty-four College of Human Sciences students named Human Sciences Ambassadors

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences today announced the newest class of Human Sciences Ambassadors for the 2017-18 academic year. The Ambassadors offer positive and realistic student perspectives on the College of Human Sciences to prospective students and parents. See who was selected. More».

Carol Cordell, Donna Donald, Tera Jordan, Tera Lawson, Carl Weems receive University Awards

Five College of Human Sciences faculty and staff members were recognized on Sept. 25 at Iowa State University's annual awards ceremony. Carol Cordell, an academic adviser in kinesiology, received the Regents Award for Staff Excellence, which recognizes outstanding university citizens for their significant service to the university or the state of Iowa. Donna Donald, a field specialist in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, received the Award for Distinguished Service in Extension. This is the highest award bestowed on an Extension professional, and recognizes sustained distinguished performance and educational contributions. Tera Jordan, assistant professor in human development and family studies, received the Award for Inclusive Excellence, a newly established award that recognizes P&S staff who have advanced the university's mission of diversity, equity and inclusion beyond their usual job responsibilities. Tera Lawson, program coordinator for the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching in the School of Education, received the Professional and Scientific Council Award for her contributions and achievements both inside and outside of Iowa State. And Carl Weems, professor and chair of human development and family studies, received the Award for Early Achievement in Departmental Leadership for his impact as department chair during the first three years of his role. More».

Olivia Diggs discusses importance of research in student profile:

Olivia Diggs wants to become a tenured professor at an R1 teaching and research academic institution. Between research projects, Olivia finds time to kayak, attend concerts, and support her siblings in their sporting and music activities. More».

Human Development and Family Studies alumna Vanessa McNeal wins best director at Newark International Film Festival

Vanessa McNeal, a 2015 Iowa State graduate in child, adult, and family services, won best director in the documentary category of the Newark International Film Festival for her documentary "The Voiceless." The Newark International Film Festival seeks to recognize emerging filmmakers and put them in front of major players in the film industry and movie lovers from around the world. "The Voiceless" features the stories of five male survivors of sexual violence and aims to shed light on the taboos, stereotypes, and impact of male sexual violence. "The Voiceless" is McNeal's third documentary, following "We are Survivors" and "I am," both of which discuss similar topics. McNeal earned a master's degree this spring in social work from University of Northern Iowa, and currently runs her own company, McNeal Media. More».

Sia Turner shares the impact her past has made on her future career in student profile:

Sia Turner's goal is to serve as a Peace Corps Youth in Development volunteer. She would also like to be a social worker, empowering teens to improve their lives. Between volunteering, Sia finds time to bike, listen to music, and watch Netflix. More».

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