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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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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.

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.


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