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The winter 2014-2015 issue of College of Human Sciences Matters celebrates a decade of accomplishment since the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the College of Education combined to become the College of Human Sciences.

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Tasia Becker, a graduate of Iowa State\'s early childhood education program, impacts students at the beginning of their learning careers. Photo by Blake Lanser.Motivating children for a lifetime of learning

In a school room near one of the few four-way stops in Slater, a group of beaming first graders gathers around teacher Tasia Becker for the day’s lesson about coins. She asks the students to describe a quarter and hands shoot up, fingers wriggling.

Becker loves engaging with students at such a young age when school is an exciting, new experience. She wants her students to maintain that excitement throughout their learning careers.

Greta Stuhlsatz researches romantic relationships, as a graduate student in human development and family studies. Carl Weems will lead her department, effective July 1. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Carl Weems to lead human development and family studies at Iowa State University

Carl Weems has been tapped to lead the Iowa State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Weems, professor and associate chair of psychology at the University of New Orleans, was selected from among three finalists after a national search.

Marlene Strathe is the new director of the School of Education. She wants to make Iowa State the top pick for future educators. Photo by Blake Lanser.Strathe aims to make Iowa State the top pick for future educators

Marlene Strathe wants the Iowa State University School of Education to be the top choice for students wanting to become teachers, and schools looking to recruit quality teachers.

Maggie Mabery, who graduated from Iowa State in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, is the 2015 California Teacher of the Year. Contributed photo.Iowa State alum to be honored at White House this year as California Teacher of the Year

Iowa State University alumna Maggie Mabery is a California middle school science teacher who runs a paper-free class, uses an iPad daily, and isn’t afraid to say when she doesn’t know something.

Marty Glanville (center) graduated in 1967 with a degree in child development. She now operates Sunrise Flour Mill LLC, a company in North Branch, Minnesota that specializes in organic heritage wheat flour. Contributed photo.Iowa State alum finds success with organic flour company

What started as a hobby seven years ago has turned into a full-time business for Iowa State University alumna Marty Glanville.

College of Human Sciences students put science into practice where people live, work, and learn. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.College of Human Sciences builds on strong legacy

Susan Maxwell credits her Iowa State University education with preparing her for a remarkably successful career.

Panteleimon Ekkekakis, an associate professor in kinesiology, said job prospects for kinesiology students are good because employers are hiring such professionals to motivate employees to be physically active. Photo by Blake Lanser. Kinesiology shifts to focus on lifelong health

The Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology has evolved from solely teaching physical education to leading advanced research and professional training focused on bettering lifelong health.

Thanks to an anonymous endowed gift, Pamela White is the inaugural holder of the Dean\'s Chair in the College of Human Sciences.Anonymous donors establish endowed Dean’s Chair in the College of Human Sciences

An anonymous gift to the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University will fund a new endowed Dean’s Chair. The gift will allow Pamela White, who will become the inaugural holder, unrestricted use of earnings toward the college’s priorities.

Alum Katie Borton is one former Iowa State M.A.T. student who hasbeen awarded for exceptional science teaching in the first five years in the classroom. Photo by Blake Lanser.
Iowa State helps to fill shortage of science teachers

A nationally award-winning program at Iowa State University has for more than a decade helped fill the state’s need for high-quality science teachers.

Iowa State University’s Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom adapts to industry trends to give students the best possible on-campus restaurant experience. Photo by Blake Lanser. Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom adjusts to industry changes

Iowa State University’s Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom adapts to industry trends to give students the best possible on-campus restaurant experience.


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