Apps win top prizes at 2016 Entrepreneurship Showcase

Iowa State University students competed for cash prizes of up to $200 at the 13th annual College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase. Photos by Ryan Riley.

Technology was the big winner at this year’s College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase, with two of the top awards going to ideas for apps for mobile devices.

Burt named fellow by the National Academy of Education

Brian Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education, has been named a 2016 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow by the National Academy of Education. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Brian Burt will soon be among an elite group of scholars considered the strongest education researchers in the field.

Burt, an assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education, is a recipient of the 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, which supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research.

Reducing biases in science and mathematics education

From left: Christa Jackson, Sarah Rodriguez, and Gale Seiler, faculty in the School of Education, use research to improve equity in STEM education. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Human scientists at Iowa State University are using research to show that students learn best when teachers interact with them in ways that recognize their cultural and social identities as positive assets in the classroom.

Clothing made from tea byproduct could improve health of fashion industry

Young-A Lee and her research team have designed a vest and shoe prototype from the cellulosic fiber grown in this lab. Photos by Christopher Gannon.

Rows of shallow plastic bins cover nearly every available space inside one of the textile and clothing labs in LeBaron Hall. The lab is really more of a “greenhouse,” but it is far different from the other greenhouses on the Iowa State University campus. 

“Legend” in higher education ends chapter at Iowa State

Larry Ebbers, University Professor in the School of Education, retires after five decades of dedicated service to Iowa State University. Photo by Ryan Riley.

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.

College of Human Sciences scholarships support students at unpaid internships

Kelsey Driscoll, a senior in kinesiology and health, leads a walk around Fenway Park in Boston as part of an internship she worked at with the help of a scholarship from the College of Human Sciences for unpaid internships and student teaching. Contributed photo.

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences has in the past year helped nearly six dozen students who interned in fields where they are helping others, but were not going to be compensated for their work.

College of Human Sciences graduating seniors to be recognized at ceremonies

Graduating seniors Michele Ries, Andria Knutson, Joe Webb, Chrishelda Green, and Kate Bruce, along with Sammi Roelfs (not pictured) will receive special honors at the College of Human Sciences’ spring 2016 convocation ceremony. Photo by Ryan Riley.

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of more than 400 graduating students in a series of events on May 6 and 7.

Dean and Dean’s Chair Pamela White and department chairs will individually recognize students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation ceremony, 2 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Hilton Coliseum. A reception for graduating students at all levels will immediately follow the ceremony, at about 3:30 p.m. in the first-floor lobby of the Scheman Building.

The all-university commencement ceremony is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Jack Trice Stadium.

Technology helps fifth and sixth graders with math problems

Aaron Hauser, an Iowa State junior in elementary education, works with Nevada fifth graders Allison Kruzich and Stephanie Lopez to use a new online math lesson he developed. Photo by Lynn Campbell.

About 45 future teachers at Iowa State University are using technology to help fifth and sixth graders at Nevada Middle School better understand math concepts that give them difficulty.

Students in Christa Jackson’s CI 523 Teaching Mathematics to Struggling Elementary Learners class and Mollie Appelgate’s CI 448 Teaching Children Mathematics class this semester developed modules — or online tutorial videos — to encourage student collaboration and increase conceptual understanding of mathematics ideas.

Establishing an iconic coffeehouse

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.

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.

‘Good cop’ parent not enough to buffer some harmful effects of ‘bad cop’ parent

Research by Thomas Schofield, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, shows harsh parenting may have lasting health consequences for children. Contributed photo.

New research shows harsh parenting may increase a child’s risk for poor physical health and obesity as they get older. And attempts by one parent to counterbalance the harsh behavior are not always effective in lessening that risk.

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