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Helping parents understand BMI may lead to positive changes in childhood obesity

Schools are taking a proactive approach to get students to move more and improve their eating habits. But it takes a team effort at both school and home to make a difference, said Greg Welk, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University.

Doctoral student aims to improve accommodations in STEM education

School of Education doctoral student Ashley Nashleanas will explore how high school math teachers nationwide accommodate students with blindness and low vision when using graphics in their teaching. Photos by Ryan Riley.

Ashley Nashleanas didn’t have a model or rule book to follow while growing up blind in the small northwest Iowa town of Hinton. Braille helped her to read textbooks in school, but graphics in math and science lessons were often just — missing.

Iowa State athletic trainers mark 45 years at state wrestling tournament

Emily Rocha, a senior in athletic training, assists a wrestler with a nosebleed during the 2017 state dual wrestling tournament. Photo by Ryan Riley.

As student-athletes take on their opponents at this year’s state high school wrestling tournament, they’ll have the support of Iowa State University athletic training majors — a relationship that this weekend marks its 45th year.

Positive parenting produces lasting effects at biological level

Elizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies, examines the long-term impacts of positive parenting. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Parents getting under a teen’s skin? It isn’t always a bad thing. When parenting is positive, it can have a lasting effect.

That’s according to Elizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State University and the primary author of a newly released paper in the journal Developmental Science.

“Positive parenting and a safe and supportive environment sets a person up for years,” Shirtcliff said. “What parents do matters long-term — across a lot of different outcomes. They are actively shaping who their children are at a biological, and maybe even cellular, level.”

Iowa State well-represented at Omaha Fashion Week

Iowa State senior Sarah Mader will join alumnae Elizabeth “Liz” Scarpino and Hannah Swanson in showing their collections at Omaha Fashion Week. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Three Iowa State University fashion designers are among 17 who will show their collections next week at the Midwest’s premier fashion event that is also the nation’s fifth-largest.

Senior Sarah Mader and alumnae Elizabeth “Liz” Scarpino and Hannah Swanson will show their collections at Omaha Fashion Week, Feb. 21 to 26 at the Omaha Design Center.

Iowa State research shows power of father figures for building views of husband’s role

Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, researches black men’s views of a husband’s role, and social fathers’ influence. Photo by Ryan Riley.

New research from Iowa State University shows that black men build their perceptions of a husband’s role from a variety of experiences and examples.

“Fathers are not working in isolation to raise and rear their children,” said Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies. “Boys exist in a complex network.”

Murdoch representing US this week in men’s hockey

Alan Murdoch, an assistant kinesiology professor, is representing the U.S. as general manager of the U.S. Men’s National University Team in Kazakhstan. Photo by Ryan Riley.

When the U.S. Men’s National University Team competes this week in the 2017 Winter World University Games, assistant kinesiology professor Alan Murdoch will have a bird’s-eye view — observing the action and recording player stats from the press box as the team’s general manager.

Iowa State professor to lead ‘transformative’ NSF project

Brian Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education, will receive the NSF CAREER award, the National Science Foundation’s most esteemed recognition for junior faculty members conducting scientific research. Photos by Ryan Riley.

An Iowa State University faculty member will receive the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s most esteemed recognition for junior faculty members conducting scientific research.

Brian Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education, is the recipient of a five-year, $569,702 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award, which supports early career development activities of teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

The grant will support Burt’s research on leveraging learning and engineering identity to broaden participation of black males in colleges of engineering.

Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic adding pilot program for struggling readers

Haley Morris, a senior in elementary education, reads with a young student. Morris tutors in the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. Photo by Ryan Riley.

An Iowa State University program is helping children become better readers as it expands to serve new students.

Hilton Chair Lectures continue this week with spring 2017 series

The Hilton Chair Lecture Series will continue with a number of talks this spring. Contributed photos. Photo collage by Alyssa Comstock.

The 2016-2017 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series — “Move for Life: The Health Benefits of Exercise Across the Lifespan” — will this week launch its spring 2017 lectures.

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