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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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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.



Kate Bruce’s collection featuring the beauty of office supplies won the Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show \"Best in Show\" Scholarship at The Fashion Show 2016. Bruce was also one of two producers of the show. Contributed photo.Collection featuring office supplies wins top prize at Iowa State’s fashion show

Three weeks after winning her showcase at Omaha Fashion Week, Kate Bruce wowed the judges here at home and took the top prize at The Fashion Show 2016 at Iowa State University.



The pop-up shop, which debuted last year during Iowa State University’s Fashion Week, features some free fashion-related services such as hair and nails. Photo by Blake Lanser.Fashion Week touts more industry involvement

From yoga on the lawn to a tour of fashion capitals around the world, Iowa State University’s apparel, merchandising, and design program will demonstrate its increasing partnership with industry during Fashion Week.



From left: Quinton Wayne, Vanessa McNeal, and Micheal Phipps will release \"We are Survivors,\" a film giving voice to survivors of sexual violence. Photo by Matthew Rezab with Iowa State Daily.“We Are Survivors” film gives voice to sexual assault survivors

Vanessa McNeal gives a voice to survivors of sexual assault with a new film that will be released just before Sexual Assault Awareness Month.



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