Iowa State students to appear on The Biggest Loser

Allie Lansman, an Iowa State junior majoring in dietetics, lost 50 pounds and will appear on The Biggest Loser as a youth ambassador from the National 4-H Healthy Living Management Team. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

An Iowa State University student who battled childhood obesity but has since lost 50 pounds will appear on NBC-TV’s The Biggest Loser at 7 p.m. Thursday as a youth ambassador for healthy living.

Perez brings expertise in college students developing their own voice

Rosemary Perez is a new assistant professor in the School of Education specializing in student affairs. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

College plays a key role in students’ growth into adults — developing their internal voice, managing external influences, and using internally defined beliefs and values to evaluate information rather than blindly following authority figures.

New assistant professor joins the growing event management program

Eric Olson is the newest faculty member in the Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management Program. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Hotels, restaurants, and others in the hospitality industry often focus on how to create an outstanding customer experience. But Eric D. Olson is interested in when these experiences don’t go as well as planned.

MacKay Hall event celebrates building’s history and future

Robert Bosselman, Hannah Gibbs, Pamela White, and Jonathan Wickert cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the $3.2 million MacKay Hall renovation. Photo by Blake Lanser.

Ruth Ann Robson had just one word for the newly renovated lecture classroom on MacKay Hall’s second floor: “Wow.”

New assistant professor researches equity in the classroom

Christa Jackson is a new assistant professor in the School of Education. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Christa Jackson’s goal is to make mathematics everyone’s best friend.

Iowa State professor uses saliva to measure stress

Birdie Shirtcliff, a new associate professor in human development and family studies, researches stress in children through examining saliva. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Elizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff is studying stress in children by examining their saliva.

New 2014-2015 Faculty


Food Science and Human Nutrition  Human Development and Family Studies 
Kinesiology  Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management 

New kinesiology professor studies impact of inactivity on public health

Robin Shook, a new assistant professor in kinesiology, focuses his research on the public health aspect of obesity by exploring energy balance, which is the relationship between how many calories a person eats, how many they burn, and how they store excess calories in their body. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Robin Shook comes to Iowa State University with plans to research two chronic diseases related to physical inactivity: obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Iowa State professor studies safety of recycled plastic, food packaging

Keith Vorst, a new associate professor in food science and human nutrition, studies the compounds released into packaged foods. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

An Iowa State University professor is looking at how packaging can affect the safety of the food it touches.

New scholarship helps student teachers in STEM education

The Myrna and Jon Hamann Student Teaching Scholarship designates $2,500 each year to a School of Education student planning to teach science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) education. Above is Myrna Hamann (left) and Jon Hamann (right) with recipient Ashley Sonderman (center). Photo by Blake Lanser.

The newly established Myrna and Jon Hamann Student Teaching Scholarship helps future teachers when they need it most — when they’re working for free to get experience in the classroom.

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