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Human sciences students spend their spring break serving others

Iowa State students who worked last week with Harvest Farm in Wellington, Colorado were among 16 from the College of Human Sciences who spent their spring break doing service projects through Alternative Breaks. Contributed photos.

Sixteen College of Human Sciences students were among 59 from Iowa State University who spent their spring break doing service projects aimed at helping those in need.

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.

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 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.

Human sciences students call work with Dance Marathon “life-changing”

Madie Conley and Haley Morris, both seniors in elementary education, are directors of recruitment and dancer relations for this year’s Iowa State Dance Marathon. Contributed photos.

College of Human Sciences students are taking their passion for helping people to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Iowa State Dance Marathon, the largest student philanthropy organization on campus that raises funds and awareness for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, will hold two 12-hour celebrations of life supporting more than 80 families across Iowa this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, in the Great Hall of Memorial Union.

Many of the 130 committee members for this year’s event are students in the College of Human Sciences. They include six of the 16 members of the Dance Marathon’s executive team, and 20 of the event’s 40 “morale captains.”

Iowa State to launch new effort to mentor underrepresented students in toxicology

Faith Gaye, an ISU junior in kinesiology and health, will take part in a semester-long program aimed at encouraging undergraduates from underrepresented populations to pursue careers in toxicology. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

A new effort led by an Iowa State University veterinarian will kick off this semester to mentor undergraduate students from underrepresented populations with an interest in toxicology.

Creating a space where students can be themselves

Carmen Flagge (left) leads Connect Four, a learning community that connects College of Human Sciences students of color with one another and builds a smaller community within the larger Iowa State community. Photo by Ryan Riley.

For students of color at Iowa State University, multicultural program offices are both a resource and a place to call home.

Iowa State shares research about higher education policy and practice

Iowa State University scholars, largely from the School of Education in Lagomarcino Hall, are this week showcasing their research at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University scholars are this week sharing their research about higher education policy and practice at a meeting of the nation’s premier association for such research.

Twenty-one researchers, largely from the School of Education, are showcasing their work at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference, today through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The association is a scholarly society with 2,000 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study.

Research to drive systemic change in STEM diversity

Sarah Rodriguez, Lorenzo Baber, and Mary Darrow are among School of Education faculty and staff leading research on National Science Foundation grants aimed at improving diversity in STEM. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University is a leader in bringing more diversity to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) — not only through outreach, partnerships, scholarships, and conferences, but also with research aimed at systemic change across colleges in the Midwest and nationwide.

School of Education faculty and staff members Sarah Rodriguez, Lorenzo Baber, Brian Burt, Mary Darrow, Rosemary Perez, and Mari Kemis will for the next five years lead the research components of four National Science Foundation grants totalling $11.6 million, all aimed at increasing diversity in STEM.

Doctoral student takes his Iowa State experience to Scotland

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. He traveled twice to Scotland for his research on kiltmaking. Contributed photo by Juliana Guglielmi/Philadelphia University.

Iowa State University offers an increasing number of opportunities to take part in the ISU student experience — even from afar.

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its new hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. The program allowed Loranger to take most of his classes from his home on the East Coast, but come to Ames for summer classes.