Faculty News

Changes to credit reports will benefit college students

credit-reports-editedJonathan Fox, director of Iowa State University’s Financial Counseling Clinic and Ruth Whipp Sherwin Endowed Professor, and other financial experts say many Iowa State students may benefit from changes to credit report criteria taking effect this summer.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Human Sciences students form campus clubs to increase Alzheimer’s disease awareness

Joe Webb and Hannah Chute, founders of Iowa State Alzheimer’s-related clubs, educate others about Alzheimer’s disease research and caregiver support. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. However, students within the College of Human Sciences are working to bring healing and hope to persons affected by Alzheimer’s, and to raise awareness for battling the disease.

Peterson named to new professorship in early childhood development and education

Carla Peterson (third from left) joined Dean Laura Jolly, President Steven Leath, and Scott Armbrust during her Nancy Rygg Armbrust Professorship ceremony. Contributed Photo.

Carla Peterson, an associate dean of the College of Human Sciences and a professor in human development and family studies, will improve services to families across Iowa with the assistance provided through a new endowed professorship to her research.

The Nancy Rygg Armbrust Professorship in Early Childhood Development and Education is funded by a private gift from Nancy (’73 B.S., food science and human nutrition) and Scott (’75  D.V.M., veterinary medicine) Armbrust.

Service learning expands to making shorts for South African boys

Thla Sui, a freshman in apparel, merchandising, and design, makes a pair of shorts that will be donated to a boy in South Africa. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University students in an introductory apparel construction class are using their newly learned skills to make shorts for boys in South Africa.

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 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.