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The summer 2014 issue of College of Human Sciences Matters showcases the statewide impact of extension and outreach by the College of Human Sciences and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. These efforts help to fulfill Iowa State University’s mission as a land-grant university.


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Children have been educated at Iowa State University’s Child Development Laboratory School since its inception in 1924. College students in early childhood education practice their profession in the school. Photo by Blake Lanser. Lab school takes a sharper focus on early childhood education

Nearly a century after opening its doors, Iowa State University’s Child Development Laboratory School has become a nationally accredited model of early childhood education that prepares students to be teachers, administrators, and child and family specialists.



Marlene Strathe will lead the School of Education as its director, effective  Jan. 1. Strathe has served as vice president of academic affairs and provost at three universities. Contributed photo.Alum, ‘seasoned’ provost will direct Iowa State University School of Education

An Iowa State University alum who has led three other universities as vice president for academic affairs and provost will return to Ames to lead the School of Education.

Marlene Strathe will become the next director of the School of Education at Iowa State, effective Jan. 1.



The ISU Diabetic Education Club — a newly formed student club at Iowa State University aimed at raising awareness about diabetes — will hold a Beat Diabetes Walk this Wednesday. Photo by Blake Lanser.ISU Diabetic Education Club holds campus walk

A newly formed student club at Iowa State University aimed at raising awareness about diabetes will hold its first event this week: an indoor, lunchtime walk on campus that’s free and open to the public.



Barb Crittenden (middle), president of Southwestern Community College in Creston, is an Iowa State graduate who became the first female community college president in Iowa. Contributed photo.ISU School of Education cultivates Iowa’s top educational leaders

The Iowa State University School of Education prepares thousands of Iowa’s top educational leaders through its Educational Administration Program and Community College Leadership Program.



Robert Bosselman, Hannah Gibbs, Pamela White, and Jonathan Wickert cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the $3.2 million MacKay Hall renovation. Photo by Blake Lanser.MacKay Hall event celebrates building’s history and future

Ruth Ann Robson had just one word for the newly renovated lecture classroom on MacKay Hall’s second floor: “Wow.”



Robin Shook, a new assistant professor in kinesiology, focuses his research on the public health aspect of obesity by exploring energy balance, which is the relationship between how many calories a person eats, how many they burn, and how they store excess calories in their body. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. New kinesiology professor studies impact of inactivity on public health

Robin Shook comes to Iowa State University with plans to research two chronic diseases related to physical inactivity: obesity and cardiovascular disease.



Keith Vorst, a new associate professor in food science and human nutrition, studies the compounds released into packaged foods. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Iowa State professor studies safety of recycled plastic, food packaging

An Iowa State University professor is looking at how packaging can affect the safety of the food it touches.



A $200,000 gift from Iowa State alumni Ana and Ed McCracken to the College of Human Sciences will provide four years of tuition support for freshman Sarah Waigand and three successive students who enter the apparel, merchandising, and design program from 2015 through 2017. Photo by Blake Lanser.McCracken gift empowers student to immerse fully in college experience

A couple’s firsthand understanding of Iowa State University’s impact — and continued commitment to making their own — have led the Iowa State alumni to fashion a first-of-its-kind scholarship for students majoring in apparel, merchandising, and design (AMD).



Mary Lou Wright survived the removal of the upper lobe of her lung because of cancer two years ago. She partly credits the successful surgery to her good health. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Participants attribute their health to ISU Exercise Clinic

Mary Lou Wright survived the removal of the upper lobe of her lung because of cancer two years ago — an operation she said her doctor agreed to do because of her outstanding health.



Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is offering a program to better prepare individuals and families for retirement. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Retirement planning important for child care professionals

Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. However it’s vital they include retirement planning in their financial planning, says Cindy Thompson, a family life and family finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.



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