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Iowa State alumna helps Olympic and Paralympic athletes stay on track

Jacquelyn Luedtke, who graduated in 2013 with a degree in event management, now works as full-time operations coordinator for the United States Olympic Committee at its flagship training facility in Colorado Springs. Contributed photo.

Jacquelyn Luedtke knows firsthand that it takes world-class event management skills to organize world-class sporting events.

Iowa State a top presenter at international hospitality conference

Iowa State\'s Thomas Schrier presents research on amusement parks and hotel lighting at an international hospitality management conference this week. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State researchers in hospitality management will give 14 research presentations — more than all but four other schools — at an international conference this week.

Insulin resistance increases risk for Alzheimer’s disease, new Iowa State study finds

Auriel Willette, a researcher in food science and human nutrition, says insulin resistance poses a risk for memory loss now and later in life. Photo by Dave Olson.

The fact that obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers is well known. But a new Iowa State University study adds to the growing evidence that memory loss should also be a top concern.

Iowa State analysis of national FITNESSGRAM data reveals needs for improvement in youth fitness

A study by Iowa State graduate research assistant Yang Bai reinforces the need to get children active at an early age. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

A new study provides a snapshot of health-related physical fitness levels for U.S. schoolchildren in grades first through 12th.

Iowa State University researchers analyzing data collected nationally through the NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM Partnership Project found that fitness levels sharply declined as students got older. The study is published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

Industry to follow Disney’s lead on selfie sticks, says Iowa State professor

More and more venues are considering or enforcing a ban on selfie sticks. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

The decision to ban selfie sticks at all Disney theme parks is one that Eric D. Olson expects other amusement parks and entertainment venues will soon start implementing if they haven’t already made such a move.  

New HDFS chair aims to cultivate department’s name-brand recognition

Carl Weems is the new professor and chair of human development and family studies at Iowa State University. The father of two is a developmental scientist and psychologist who applies science to real-world problems. He’s also an avid surfer. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University’s newest department chair brings to campus an expertise in the intervention and prevention of emotional difficulties.

Carl Weems is the new professor and chair of human development and family studies. His first day was July 1. Weems comes to Iowa State as the department is broadening its focus to include all aspects of family health and well being — not just physical health but mental health, socio-economic status, and relationships.

Decision to remove artificial ingredients a challenge, says Iowa State professor

Several major food companies have announced plans to remove artificial ingredients from their products within the next few years. It’s a move driven by consumer demand and one that will be a challenge for the industry, says Lester Wilson, University Professor of food science and human nutrition. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Several major food companies have announced plans to remove artificial ingredients, such as color and flavor, from their products within the next few years.

It’s a move driven by consumer demand and one that will be a challenge for the industry, says Lester Wilson, University Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

First Dean’s Faculty Fellowship supports crucial food safety research

Byron Brehm-Stecher, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, is the first faculty member to be named a Dean’s Faculty Fellow, an honor that will support his research in food safety. Photo by Blake Lanser.

A new College of Human Sciences fellowship will support efforts to detect and eliminate foodborne pathogens like salmonella and listeria.

College of Human Sciences supports students during unpaid internships

Katie Davis, a senior in child, adult, and family services, is interning at the Volunteer Center of Story County this summer. She is one of 21 students who received a College of Human Sciences scholarship for unpaid interns and student teachers. Photo by Blake Lanser.

New scholarships are reducing the financial stress for some Iowa State University College of Human Sciences students with unpaid internships and allowing them to focus on learning this summer.

Change agent: Amy Popillion

Amy Popillion wants her students to see the positive that can come from poor choices and bad situations in life. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

The future Amy Popillion envisioned as a kid growing up in small town Iowa could not be more different than the life she is living today.

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