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Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair to host multidisciplinary lecture series

Ross Parke, the 2015-2016 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair, will host a multidisciplinary lecture series on the future of healthy families. Contributed photos. Photo collage by Ray Schmidt.

Ross Parke, an expert in family sciences, will host a multidisciplinary lecture series at Iowa State University on the future of healthy families as the 2015-2016 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair.

Mock interviews with employers prepare Iowa State students for job hunts

Iowa State University students will soon be able to connect with employers through mock interviews at the College of Human Sciences’ career services office. Photo by Ryan Riley.

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences career services office will in September offer a new mock interview program with employer partners to help students practice speaking with recruiters and interviewing for jobs.

New Iowa State professor to help small farmers with food safety

Shannon Coleman is a new assistant professor in food science and human nutrition who specializes in food safety. Her research includes identifying foodborne pathogens that could cause risk for fresh produce such as hydroponic tomatoes. Photo by Blake Lanser.

Shannon Coleman’s interest in science stems from the first grade, when she propagated a pineapple plant. She still recalls cutting off the top of the pineapple, burying it in soil, and watching the leaves grow — just as she observed horticulture students do years later in college.

“That was my first science fair project,” she said. “Ever since that pineapple plant project, I have been a scientist.”

Coleman is a food microbiologist who’s a new assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist at Iowa State University.

Iowa State study explores fear of being without your mobile phone

Iowa State University researchers have developed a way to help you identify if you suffer from a modern-day phobia. Photo and video by Dave Olson.

Are you a nomophobe? 

If you’re wondering how to respond to that question, an Iowa State University study can help you find the answer. ISU researchers have developed a questionnaire to help you determine if you suffer from nomophobia, or a fear of being without your mobile phone. 

New Iowa State professor gets Latino students excited about education

Julio Cammarota is a new associate professor of multicultural education in the Iowa State University School of Education. He engages Latino high school students in research about race and ethnicity. Photo by Blake Lanser.

Julio Cammarota has a track record of engaging Latino high school students in research about race, racism, and ethnic identity.

Study finds heavy metals traces in plastics may pose future environmental, health threats

Keith Vorst, a researcher in food science and human nutrition, says heavy metal traces in recycled plastic may cause harm in decades to come. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

The trace amounts of toxic substances used to make plastics don’t contaminate the food or beverage products they contain at a significant level and pose no immediate threat to consumers, according to recent Iowa State University research.

Activity trackers not as accurate for some activities, ISU study finds

Iowa State researchers put some of the more popular activity trackers to the test. Photo by Dave Olson.

Activity trackers can provide a good overall estimate of calories burned, but an Iowa State University study finds they’re less accurate when measuring certain activities, such as strength training. 

ISU gerontology program carries out goal of the Older Americans Act

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act, helping adults live in the community of their choice for as long as possible. Photo by Ryan Riley.

In the spirit of the Older Americans Act, Iowa State University’s gerontology program helps older adults to age actively in the community of their choice.

Mothers give more than they receive when family struck by major illness

Iowa State researcher Megan Gilligan says mothers are put in a vulnerable position when caring for a seriously ill adult child. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Mothers are often the caregiver when a child is sick, and that motherly instinct doesn’t go away when the child is an adult.

In fact, mothers provide more support to adult children with a serious health condition than to their other children, according to new research presented at the American Sociological Association 2015 Annual Meeting.

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