|4-H alums credit youth program with launching human sciences careers|
As Iowa teens this week participate in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University, they’ll pledge their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service, and their health to better living, not only for themselves, but also their communities and beyond.
For a number of 4-H alumni, that commitment to head, heart, hands, and health led them to pursue a career in human sciences.
“4-H really set a foundation for my life,” said Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing and the College of Human Sciences’ equity adviser. “It’s a fabulous organization. Often, when I have 4-H’ers in class, it’s evident. They possess attention for detail, good communication skills, inquisitiveness, and a willingness to take risks.”
|Iowa State students shine in internships across the nation|
More than 300 Iowa State University students — in areas ranging from culinary food science to athletic training, apparel, event management, and extension and outreach — are gaining valuable work experience this summer through internships in Iowa and across the globe.
|Low-income, rural mothers express need for family time outdoors|
Low-income mothers from rural communities say participating in outdoor activities as a family is a primary need for their physical and emotional well-being.
|Iowa State engages Iowans with new Human Sciences research|
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is launching two new research projects in northern Iowa. One will build literacy and STEM skills in children, while the other will use singing training to improve quality of life for Iowans with Parkinson’s disease.
The two proposals have been selected for funding through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program, a partnership of ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences. This new program funds research projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit Iowans, their families and communities.
|Technology helps fifth and sixth graders with math problems|
Students in Christa Jackson’s CI 523 Teaching Mathematics to Struggling Elementary Learners class and Mollie Appelgate’s CI 448 Teaching Children Mathematics class this semester developed modules — or online tutorial videos — to encourage student collaboration and increase conceptual understanding of mathematics ideas.
|Establishing an iconic coffeehouse|
What makes a coffeehouse iconic?
Five Iowa State University undergraduate students in Linda Niehm’s AESHM 474-574 Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences class this semester reached out to coffeehouses across the nation in search for the answer.
They’ll be among 101 students presenting their findings from 39 projects at the 13th annual College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in the LeBaron Hall lobby with awards to follow in LeBaron Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.
|Donation gardening project aims to bring more produce to food pantries|
As a human scientist, Christine Hradek applies research and utilizes local resources to meet the needs of hungry Iowans.
|Iowa State presents research aimed at equity, awareness, acceptance|
Iowa State University will receive national recognition at an upcoming gathering of 15,000 peers for its distinguished contributions to improve the educational conditions of students, families, and communities.
More than three dozen Iowa State faculty members, graduate students, and alumni will give presentations at the upcoming American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting, April 8 to 12 in Washington, D.C.
|Looking to the past to inform the future|
Madison DeShay is looking to the past to inform the future.
As the daughter and granddaughter of civil rights activists, black history has always intrigued her. She decided after her grandmother Aldeen Davis of Muscatine died that she couldn’t let any more history slip away.
DeShay, a graduate student in the Iowa State University School of Education, will this summer release a 90-minute documentary that’s been two decades in the making. “The Center Street Story: An Urban Renewal Retrospective” is the unique story of a thriving African-American business and residential district in Des Moines during the first half of the 20th century. The district has since been displaced.
|Specialists offer tips on managing the impact of caregiving|
As an increasing number of people find themselves juggling work and the responsibilities of providing care to a family member, experts with Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach advise that communication is key.