Using social marketing to promote healthy eating

A recently published study co-authored by Christine Hradek in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach shows that social marketing campaigns can increase kids’ consumption of fruits and vegetables. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Social marketing campaigns that educate parents about good nutrition can help to increase children’s consumption of fruit, vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free milk.

That’s according to findings of a recently published study co-authored by Christine Hradek, a state nutrition program specialist with Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Keener combines science with practice to bring increased value to bio-based economy

Kevin Keener, a professor in food science and human nutrition, is director of ISU’s Center for Crops Utilization Research and BioCentury Research Farm. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Rubber from Russian dandelions? Kevin Keener knows it’s possible. It’s just a matter of economics.

“It just depends on where you are in the world what the renewable resource is,” he said. “If something grows there, whether it’s dandelions or cactus, there’s technology innovation where we can take that plant and look at it as a raw material with compounds that can be pulled out of it.”

The wonder drug for preventing chronic illness the focus of Hilton Chair Lecture

I-Min Lee, a leading researcher on the role of physical activity in preventing chronic diseases and enhancing longevity, will kick off the 2016 Hilton Chair Lecture Series.

About half of all adults, or 117 million people, have at least one chronic health condition according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Harvard Medical School researcher will explain how physical activity can reduce the rate of chronic illness during the Hilton Chair Lecture at Iowa State University.

I-Min Lee is a professor of medicine and a leading researcher on the role of physical activity in preventing chronic diseases and enhancing longevity. Her free, public presentation, “Physical Activity: Wonder Drug for Chronic Disease Prevention,” starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center.

Iowa State internships aim to secure employment for youth with disabilities

Andy Casady is one of four young adults with disabilities gaining hands-on work experience this fall through an internship with the College of Human Sciences. Photo by Ryan Riley.

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences is this fall providing four youth with disabilities with hands-on work experience to help them make the successful transition from school to adult life.

Howell uses technology to improve students’ engagement, learning

Emily Howell, a new assistant professor in the School of Education, researches how technology can be effectively integrated into literacy instruction. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Students become more engaged when their lessons in school align with their interests outside of school.

That’s why Emily Howell, a new assistant professor of literacy education in the Iowa State University School of Education, is exploring how the use of technology can assist in students’ learning.

College of Human Sciences students driven by passion to help others

College of Human Sciences students in fall 2016 include these peer mentors with Connect Four, a learning community for first-year students of color. Photo by Ryan Riley.

A passion to help others — whether it’s working with children, people with disabilities, or those in need — continues to drive strong enrollment in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences.

Fellowship in family health powers Arellanes’ passion for impacting Latino families

Jordan Arellanes, a Dorothy A. Wyant Fellow in Family Health, has a passion for preparing Latino families for their children’s success. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Jordan Arellanes is on a mission to improve the lives of Latino families.

The Iowa State University graduate student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, who holds the Dorothy A. Wyant Fellowship in Family Health, strives to better prepare families for a future where their children can go to college.

“Research isn’t just made to be published,” Arellanes said. “It’s made to impact people’s lives. I want to share the untold story that needs to be written.”

Employee happiness key to success in hospitality industry

Wen Chang, an assistant professor in hospitality management, researches how positive psychology can keep employees happy and improve a company’s performance. She once managed a beverage and snack store in California called Tealicious. Photo by Ryan Riley.

A written contract generally spells out a person’s pay and benefits at work.

But Wen Chang says it’s the unspoken or psychological contract — which only exists in an employee’s mind — that ultimately determines a worker’s happiness and can significantly impact a company’s success.  

Human Sciences Week to feature new dean, ways to help others

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.

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.

Bissonnette works to affirm diverse students, increase literacy with classical texts

Jeanne Bissonnette, a new School of Education assistant professor, explores how educators teach literature in ways that affirm diverse students. Photo by Ryan Riley.

When Jeanne Bissonnette taught high school juniors and seniors in North Carolina, she knew it was important to reach her students in culturally responsive ways.

“There’s nothing inherently oppressive about what Shakespeare was doing when he was writing over four centuries ago,” she said. “What has become oppressive, however, is our relentless and often unquestioned reverence for teaching required traditional texts — allegiance that can result, whether we realize it or not, in the privileging and marginalization of students in secondary classrooms.”

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