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Iowa State specialist offers advice for school success

Kimberly Greder, an associate professor and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life specialist, says parental involvement, more than income or social status, is a predictor of student achievement. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Students are back in school and now is the time for parents to develop routines to help their children succeed academically.

Darling-Hammond comes to Iowa State as an endowed chair

Linda Darling-Hammond is this year\'s Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair in the College of Human Sciences. Contributed photo.

One of the nation’s most prestigious names in education will come to Iowa State University this year as the Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair in the College of Human Sciences.

New hires bring international acclaim to College of Human Sciences

Robin Shook, a new assistant professor in kinesiology, talks with College of Human Sciences dean Pamela White and assistant kinesiology professor Rudy Valentine at fall convocation. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Nationally and internationally renowned experts are among 41 new employees joining the College of Human Sciences this fall — adding to the expertise the college already provides in expanding human potential and improving people’s lives.

Event Management Club finds signature event

The Iowa State University Event Management Club will plan, coordinate, and execute the College of Human Science\'s annual service day, Day of Caring. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

The Iowa State University Event Management Club will oversee the College of Human Sciences’ annual service day in an effort to expand volunteer opportunities and create a signature event for its program.

Engaging students through social media is focus of ISU professor’s new book

Rey Junco, an associate professor in the School of Education, published a book, \"Engaging Students Through Social Media,\" discussing the use of social media in education. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Contrary to popular belief about the negative effects of social media, Reynol Junco is using Facebook and Twitter to help college students succeed. Instead of seeing social media as a distraction in the classroom, Junco says it helps him engage and connect with students. In his new book, “Engaging Students through Social Media,” Junco encourages student affairs professionals and other educators to use social media to do the same.  

Iowa State offers new minor in food and society

A new minor, food and society, will give students the opportunity to learn about food systems, sustainability, and world issues relating to food and nutrition. Photo by Emily Logan.

A new minor at Iowa State University will give students an opportunity to explore the influences society has on the path that food travels from field to fork. 

Iowa State, Des Moines schools win $4.5 million grant to enhance STEM education

Joanne Olson, associate professor in the School of Education, will be managing and coordinating a $4.5 million research project to enhance STEM education at Iowa State University and Des Moines Public Schools. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Iowa State University and Des Moines Public Schools have won a $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance teacher education and improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in elementary schools.

Lagomarcino Hall moves closer to completion

After 14 months of work, the first phase of a $5.4 million renovation in Lagomarcino Hall comes to a close. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

The remodeling of Lagomarcino Hall moves a step closer to completion this week with the reopening of classrooms and the return of School of Education faculty and staff to their offices.

Retirement planning important for child care professionals

Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is offering a program to better prepare individuals and families for retirement. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. However it’s vital they include retirement planning in their financial planning, says Cindy Thompson, a family life and family finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa State professor finds leisure running reduces mortality risk

D.C. Lee, an assistant professor in kinesiology, found running 5 to 10 minutes a day can reduce all-cause mortality rate by 30 percent and cardiovascular mortality rate by 45 percent.  Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

An Iowa State University professor has found running for 5 to 10 minutes a day can help people live longer.

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