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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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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.



Larry Ebbers, University Professor in the School of Education, retires after five decades of dedicated service to Iowa State University. Photo by Ryan Riley.“Legend” in higher education ends chapter at Iowa State

An Iowa State University professor hailed as one of the “giants” in higher education nationwide — and considered the face of community college leadership development in Iowa — will retire next month.



A team of students in Iowa State University’s Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences class this semester did national field research on what makes an iconic coffeehouse. Contributed photos.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.



An image of Terry Peterson Denny watches over students as they collaborate in the classroom named in her honor. Photo by Ryan Riley.Technology-rich classroom named for Terry Peterson Denny

A high-tech classroom for Iowa State University teacher education students now pays tribute to an alumna who coached countless children to overcome their learning disabilities.

The new Terry Peterson Denny Classroom in Lagomarcino Hall is designed to provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for students exploring teaching methods that improve literacy.



Physician assistant Raneen Schulte, who graduated from Iowa State in exercise and sport science, is part of a team of human scientists who continually adapt to changes in the medical field to improve people’s health. Photo by Ryan Riley.
Bringing compassion to the medical field

As a physician assistant, Raneen Schulte applies science and research to help people with chronic digestive problems to feel better.

“I think it takes a special type of person to work in this field,” she said. “A lot of our patients, they’re dealing with a lot of stress or emotional issues, and it comes out physically as gastrointestinal problems.”

Schulte, a 1999 Iowa State University alumna in exercise and sport science, is a physician assistant in gastroenterology with The Iowa Clinic in West Des Moines.



Iowa State University alumnus and superintendent David Wilkerson oversees Iowa’s fastest-growing school district. This year marks his 12th anniversary leading the Waukee school district. Photo by Ryan Riley.
Iowa State alumnus leads state’s fastest-growing school district

As superintendent of the Waukee Community School District, David Wilkerson has mastered the skill sets of a human scientist.

He leads the state’s fastest-growing school district by balancing the needs and priorities of students, parents, teachers, community members, and the school board. He also applies research-based information to improve outcomes for both teachers and students.



The Event Management Club will bring speakers to inspire students to entrepreneurship at the Collegiately Creative Conference April 16. Contributed photos. Photo collage by Ryan Riley.Event Management Club hopes to inspire students through first Collegiately Creative Conference

The Iowa State University Event Management Club is on a mission to inspire and encourage creativity — and empower students’ entrepreneurial spirits — through its first Collegiately Creative Conference.



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