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School of Education doctoral student Ashley Nashleanas will explore how high school math teachers nationwide accommodate students with blindness and low vision when using graphics in their teaching. Photos by Ryan Riley.Doctoral student aims to improve accommodations in STEM education

Ashley Nashleanas didn’t have a model or rule book to follow while growing up blind in the small northwest Iowa town of Hinton. Braille helped her to read textbooks in school, but graphics in math and science lessons were often just — missing.



Emily Rocha, a senior in athletic training, assists a wrestler with a nosebleed during the 2017 state dual wrestling tournament. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State athletic trainers mark 45 years at state wrestling tournament

As student-athletes take on their opponents at this year’s state high school wrestling tournament, they’ll have the support of Iowa State University athletic training majors — a relationship that this weekend marks its 45th year.



Iowa State senior Sarah Mader will join alumnae Elizabeth “Liz” Scarpino and Hannah Swanson in showing their collections at Omaha Fashion Week. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State well-represented at Omaha Fashion Week

Three Iowa State University fashion designers are among 17 who will show their collections next week at the Midwest’s premier fashion event that is also the nation’s fifth-largest.

Senior Sarah Mader and alumnae Elizabeth “Liz” Scarpino and Hannah Swanson will show their collections at Omaha Fashion Week, Feb. 21 to 26 at the Omaha Design Center.



Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, researches black men’s views of a husband’s role, and social fathers’ influence. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State research shows power of father figures for building views of husband’s role

New research from Iowa State University shows that black men build their perceptions of a husband’s role from a variety of experiences and examples.

“Fathers are not working in isolation to raise and rear their children,” said Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies. “Boys exist in a complex network.”



Haley Morris, a senior in elementary education, reads with a young student. Morris tutors in the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. Photo by Ryan Riley.Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic adding pilot program for struggling readers

An Iowa State University program is helping children become better readers as it expands to serve new students.



Amy Coenen, a senior in kinesiology and health, plays ball with a young boy in the Forker gym during an ExerCYse Time event. The events provide indoor play during cold months. Photo by Ryan Riley.ExerCYse is Medicine provides high-impact service learning experiences

An Iowa State University program is giving Cyclones ample opportunities for service learning — and making a big impact on healthful habits.

ExerCYse is Medicine, a kinesiology outreach program and recognized student organization, encourages regular physical activity and promotes its health benefits. The program is officially recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine.



Madie Conley and Haley Morris, both seniors in elementary education, are directors of recruitment and dancer relations for this year’s Iowa State Dance Marathon. Contributed photos.Human sciences students call work with Dance Marathon “life-changing”

College of Human Sciences students are taking their passion for helping people to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Iowa State Dance Marathon, the largest student philanthropy organization on campus that raises funds and awareness for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, will hold two 12-hour celebrations of life supporting more than 80 families across Iowa this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, in the Great Hall of Memorial Union.

Many of the 130 committee members for this year’s event are students in the College of Human Sciences. They include six of the 16 members of the Dance Marathon’s executive team, and 20 of the event’s 40 “morale captains.”



Faith Gaye, an ISU junior in kinesiology and health, will take part in a semester-long program aimed at encouraging undergraduates from underrepresented populations to pursue careers in toxicology. Photo by Christopher Gannon. Iowa State to launch new effort to mentor underrepresented students in toxicology

A new effort led by an Iowa State University veterinarian will kick off this semester to mentor undergraduate students from underrepresented populations with an interest in toxicology.



School of Education professors Michael Clough and Joanne Olson will receive the national Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers award at the Association for Science Teacher Education international conference in Des Moines. The conference is co-chaired by Olson. File photo by Wyeth Lynch.Iowa State shines at international gathering of science teacher educators

Iowa State University will showcase its expertise and leadership in science teacher education at a gathering this week of 500 science teacher educators from across the nation and world.

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) will hold its 2017 international conference, Jan. 12 to 14 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. It’s a chance for those who prepare science teachers — from colleges both big and small — to network, present scholarly papers and posters, and attend professional development workshops aimed at informing their work and improving the preparation of science teachers.



Ann Gansemer-Topf in the School of Education (left), Margaret Van Ginkel in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach (center), and Britney Williams in kinesiology and health (right) are among 12 women featured in this year’s Women Impacting ISU calendar. Photos by Catt Center.Three human sciences women featured in 2017 calendar

Three women in human sciences are being recognized for making a difference at Iowa State University.

Ann Gansemer-Topf, an assistant professor in the School of Education; Margaret Van Ginkel, a hotlines coordinator and human sciences specialist in family finance; and Britney Williams, a senior in kinesiology and health; are among 12 women featured in the 2017 Women Impacting ISU calendar.