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The Human Sciences Matters Summer 2016 issue showcases how College of Human Sciences students, faculty, staff, and alumni serve as human scientists — applying science and research to improve the human condition.

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Yesenia Alvarez (center), a family and consumer sciences teacher at Waukee High School, honed her teaching talents at Iowa State. Photo by Ryan Riley.Alvarez credits Iowa State experience with building leadership, teaching talents

Some say that Yesenia Alvarez started her teaching career in the first grade. At a young age, she would gather her older cousins around in the basement and play teacher.

“I’ve always known I’ve wanted to be a teacher,” said Alvarez, an Iowa State University alumna in family and consumer sciences education and studies.

Iowa State graduate student April Elisha Stanley will exhibit a green jacket entitled \"Irish Roots\" and a blue ensemble called \"Paisley Impressions” at this year’s International Textile and Apparel Association conference. Contributed photo.
Iowa State top presenter at international textile and apparel conference

Iowa State University apparel, merchandising, and design students and faculty will this week present the most scholarly activities at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)’s annual conference for the sixth consecutive year.

Keecha Harris, a 1996 Iowa State graduate in dietetics and president of KHA Inc, gives a voice to underrepresented populations in discussions of food policy. Photo by Ryan Riley. Dietetics alumna Keecha Harris finds her voice on campus to be a voice for others

Keecha Harris is a voice for the underrepresented. She’s leading change when it comes to food policy.

Tania Lee, an Iowa State alumna in dietetics and nutritional science, served as lead dietitian for Malaysian athletes during the Rio Olympics. Contributed photo.
Iowa State alumna serves as lead dietitian at Rio Olympics

Tania Lee applied everything she learned at Iowa State University during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The 2013 alumna in dietetics and nutritional science was chosen to be lead dietitian of the 32-member Malaysian Olympics team this year.

Victor, Natasha, Becky, and Thomas Gomez are siblings attending Iowa State University through Science Bound. Photo By Christopher Gannon.Science Bound celebrates 25 years of academic excellence

As much as Becky Gomez loved math and science as a kid, she never really connected her favorite subjects with what she might want to do when she grew up. Even when her mom encouraged her to join Science Bound, Becky says she initially thought it was just something fun to do after school.

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for the second annual Human Sciences Week. Photo by Alisha Zika.
Human Sciences Week to feature new dean, ways to help others

The Iowa State University community will this month have an opportunity to meet the new dean of the College of Human Sciences, learn about living a healthy lifestyle, enjoy cherry pies, and make shoes out of used jeans.

The College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for a week of food, fun, speakers, and philanthropic events during the second annual Human Sciences Week.

Laura Jolly (right), the new dean and Dean’s Chair of the College of Human Sciences, aims to connect people, broaden networks, and advocate for Iowa State University’s top-ranked programs to have state-of-the-art facilities. Photo by Ryan Riley.Jolly aims to connect people, broaden networks

Laura Dunn Jolly is a leader who works to connect people and broaden networks.

She describes her leadership style as one that is hands-on and collaborative. She wants people to know that the door to her office and to the college is open.

Susan Arendt, an Iowa State University professor in hospitality management, has co-authored several studies on what makes people choose to eat healthy at casual dining restaurants. Photo by Ryan Riley.Why customers choose to eat healthy at restaurants

A person’s decision to choose healthful foods when eating at a casual dining restaurant is the result of complicated interactions between socio-demographic, psychological, and environmental factors.

But past exposure to a certain food also affects a customer’s decision to eat healthy, according to a new study co-authored by an Iowa State University professor and two former doctoral students.

Laura Dunn Jolly, the incoming dean and Dean’s Chair of the College of Human Sciences, is one of at least 15 from Iowa State featured in a new book that recognizes those who have made significant contributions in family and consumer sciences. Photo by Ryan Riley.New book features Iowa State leaders in family and consumer sciences

At least 15 Iowa State University leaders are featured in a new book that recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the field of family and consumer sciences.

Alyssa Randall, a 2002 Iowa State University alumna who received degrees in both food science and technology and chemical engineering, is a senior research and development engineer for General Mills in Minneapolis. Photo by Andi Fink.
Passion for helping others evolves over place and time

Alyssa Randall has a passion for helping people.

As a senior research and development engineer for General Mills in Minneapolis, she reformulated seven flavors of Yoplait Greek yogurt and made them more to consumers’ liking. She also implemented more than $2.5 million in cost savings and production efficiencies.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, she found a way to make a difference while living for a few years in Istanbul, Turkey. She worked for Artisans Lane, a social purpose company that employs low-income women to create handicrafts sold in the United States and Europe.


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