Fellowship to expand opportunities in entrepreneurship

Linda Niehm, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, plans to extend opportunities in entrepreneurship as the new Dean’s Faculty Fellow in the College of Human Sciences. Photo by Ryan Riley.

A prestigious College of Human Sciences fellowship will soon be used to develop entrepreneurship opportunities for both Iowa State University students and underserved populations in rural Iowa.

Linda Niehm, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, is the second faculty member named a Dean’s Faculty Fellow, an honor made possible by an anonymous gift to the College of Human Sciences.

New Iowa State professor examines impact of exercise on the brain

Peter Clark, an assistant professor in nutritional science who swam competitively in college, applies his love of physical activity to his psychological studies. He researches how nutritional, physical, and physiological changes in the brain impact behavior. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Exercise and the human brain have always fascinated Peter Clark.

Clark, a new assistant professor in nutritional science at Iowa State University, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology while winning medals for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s swim team. He swam competitively from the time he was 10 years old, through college.

Jolly aims to connect people, broaden networks

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.

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.

Workshops aim to improve career advancement among graduate students, faculty of color

Tera Jordan, Monic Behnken, Eulanda Sanders, Thelma Harding, and Gloria Jones-Johnson coordinated a workshop series aimed at improving career advancement among Iowa State graduate students and faculty of color. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Five professional development workshops to be held during the 2016-2017 academic year aim to assist Iowa State University graduate students and faculty of color attain tenure-track positions, achieve tenure and promotion through the ranks, and prepare for academic administrative positions.

Why customers choose to eat healthy at restaurants

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.

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.

Iowa State University helps couples improve their relationships

Diane and Bill Jamison talk about the benefits of the Elevate couples education curriculum to enhance healthy relationship knowledge and skills — such as improving communication and reducing stress. Contributed photo.

Iowa State University will soon offer a new program that applies a national research-based training model to help couples have healthy relationships.

ISU study suggests ‘use it or lose it’ to defend against memory loss

Auriel Willette used data from brain scans and memory tests to track the progression of Alzheimer\'s disease. Photo by Blake Lanser.

Iowa State University researchers have identified a protein essential for building memories that appears to predict the progression of memory loss and brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients.

‘Boomerang dads’ have positive effect on daughters’ mental health

Cassandra Dorius is working to better understand how family instability and stress affects children. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

In the movie “The Parent Trap,” twin sisters meet at a summer camp and plot to reunite their divorced parents.

It’s an unlikely scheme that works in the movies, but new research shows it’s not so uncommon for fathers to come back after a separation — even without their children intervening — which can be beneficial for their daughters.  

Iowa State to share expertise in cultural proficiency

Daniel Spikes, an assistant professor in the School of Education, will speak about cultural proficiency at the Summit on School Climate and Culture. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Two assistant professors in the Iowa State University School of Education will share their expertise on cultural proficiency at the Des Moines Public Schools’ first annual Summit on School Climate and Culture.

Daniel Spikes and Jason Salisbury will be among a national panel of experts in school improvement speaking before nearly 1,200 educators at the first-of-its-kind event aimed at making a difference in the school and classroom. The summit will be held Aug. 8 and 9 at the Iowa Events Center.

Iowa State University shifts focus to children in domestic violence cases

Leah Kinnaird, an Iowa State University human service specialist and domestic violence response coordinator, shows some of the Safe and Together materials used in training Iowa’s child welfare professionals. Photo by Shannon Stump.

An Iowa State University initiative is making a difference for thousands of domestic violence cases across the state by placing the focus on children’s safety and needs.

The Child Welfare Research and Training Project in human development and family studies partners with David Mandel and Associates, a child welfare consulting group, to deliver the Safe and Together Program to all child welfare professionals in Iowa. The work is funded by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Development of this initiative is a contractual partnership between the Iowa State University Child Welfare Research and Training Project and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

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