Research

A cornerstone of the land-grant mission of Iowa State University is a focus on research. And in the College of Human Sciences, our research has a direct impact on the way our communities live and learn. Consider some of the current projects:

  • Marian Kohut, an associate professor in Kinesiology, and a team of ISU researchers are making groundbreaking discoveries on critical health issues related to exercise and symptoms of the influenza virus.
  • Steve Garasky and Kim Greder, faculty members in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, along with field specialists, are identifying communities with high food insecurity – and how to do something about it.
  • Corey Drake, an associate professor in curriculum and instruction, is leading a research collaboration of six participating schools in the TEACH MATH project, which was awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation. The project is designed to improve preK-8 mathematics teaching and student learning in the nation’s increasingly diverse public schools.

These are just a few examples of the many outstanding research efforts being conducted in the College of Human Sciences. Whether it’s a focus on STEM education or nutrient bioavailability, our research is at work around the world, improving the lives of others.

Research News

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.New hires bring international acclaim to College of Human Sciences

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.



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

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.



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. Iowa State professor finds leisure running reduces mortality risk

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



ISU experts develop food safety campaign to keep older adults safe

Iowa State University researchers are targeting leafy greens in an effort to protect older adults from foodborne illnesses. Leafy greens are a common source of contamination in such outbreaks, according to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults are often most susceptible to severe illness or death.



Phil Martin, professor and chair in kinesiology, discusses how the women\'s locker rooms will be turned into kinesiology laboratories during the $668,000 renovation. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Forker Building next to get a facelift

Renovation to the Forker Building at Iowa State University will transform unused locker rooms in the 1940 building into more functional space to meet the needs of today’s kinesiology students and faculty.



Christine Maynard (right), an assistant professor in human development and family studies, and Alexa Caldwell (left), a senior in early childhood education, are monitoring individual toddlers in 10 different classrooms across central Iowa. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.  Iowa State study aims to improve classroom experience for toddlers

An Iowa State University professor and students are looking at why research shows that toddlers have the lowest quality classroom experience of any age group.



Graduate students Rui Li and Armine Ghalachyan from apparel, merchandising, and design and Gauri Ramasubramanian from materials science and engineering represented Iowa State at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Iowa State wins with leather-like vest at National Sustainable Design Expo

Iowa State University was one of seven winners among 40 teams competing this weekend at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C.



Kiearrah Williams, a freshman majoring in kinesiology and health, is a member of Connect Four, a group aimed at improving minority student retention by helping first-year students of color to connect and adjust to college. Contributed photo.Iowa State expands support to doctoral students, sophomores, veterans

Iowa State University is expanding its efforts to ensure student success in the midst of growing enrollment.



College of Human Sciences students Malinda Pum and Sabrina Skerston participated in Veishea service day last weekend. The students are with Connect Four, a group aimed at helping first-year students of color to connect and adjust to college and overcome hurdles such as homesickness. Contributed photo.Women, minority college students more prone to severe homesickness

Most first-year college students experience some degree of homesickness.



A book co-edited by an Iowa State University professor outlines the governance, financing, and accountability of community colleges in all fifty states.New book compares community college systems in all 50 states

As lawmakers across the United States debate ways to finance colleges and hold schools accountable, a new book edited by an Iowa State University professor lays out a state-by-state rundown of two-year higher education systems.



  • Research Support Opportunities

    The College of Human Sciences is sponsoring a special seed grant competition. The competition provides initial support to CHS faculty members for interdisciplinary, collaborative projects that can provide results likely to engender significant external funding.

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  • Contact Information

    Sarah Carlson
    515-294-0211
    scarlson@iastate.edu