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February 2016
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Rey Junco is a widely recognized technology expert who's often quoted for his expertise by the national media. But twice a year, he unplugs and turns all of his gadgets off. "For me, it's for mental health reasons," Junco said. "It's for psychological well-being." He recommends using this technique to improve workflow and mental balance. Read more.

Iowa State will present ideas for globalization at the national Board on Human Sciences conference. College of Human Sciences director of international programs Erin French and associate dean Linda Serra Hagedorn will deliver one of three international outreach presentations at the conference, March 8 to 11 in Alexandria, Virginia. Read more.

The College of Human Sciences this month celebrated Black History Month by highlighting black leaders who have made contributions to fields of study within the human sciences. Students made about 25 posters that were displayed in the MacKay Hall foyer. Those highlighted include Madam C.J. Walker and Keesha Gaines. Read more.

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Raising Iowa's cheese profile

Stephanie Clark is determined to make Iowa the next great cheesemaking state.

"We do have a number of really good cheesemakers around here, and I think it's time we make people more aware of it," she said.

Clark — an associate professor in food science and human nutrition who goes by the email "milkmade" — is one of the state's premier leaders in promoting Iowa cheese. Her efforts were key in bringing an international cheese conference to Iowa, forming a new guild that connects the state's dairy professionals, and co-founding a statewide dairy products showcase. Read more.


Science Bound celebrates 25th anniversary

Iowa State this month began celebrating 25 years of empowering thousands of ethnically diverse Iowa students to pursue careers in math and science through a highly successful outreach program.

Science Bound in February hosted a grand opening celebration of its new location at 2156 Gilman Hall. The program was previously housed in the Office and Laboratory Building. The new space will allow the program, which is part of the School of Education, to meet its growing needs.

"The expanded space allows us to better serve our pre-college students and teachers, and specifically meet the needs of our ISU Science Bound students earning STEM degrees," said Connie Hargrave, director of Science Bound and an associate professor in the School of Education. Read more.


New Iowa State research holds promise for diabetics with vitamin D deficiency

A simple change in diet could boost vitamin D levels for millions of Americans suffering from Type 2 diabetes, according to new Iowa State research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 

Vitamin D is important for bone health and protecting against cancer and other diseases, but diabetics have trouble retaining it and other nutrients because of poor kidney function. A team of Iowa State researchers found diabetic rats fed an egg-based diet had higher concentrations of vitamin D, improved blood glucose levels and gained less weight.  

Matthew Rowling, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, joined professor Kevin Schalinske and graduate research assistant Samantha Jones in working to understand why more vitamin D is retained from eggs than supplements. They say it may be related to other components found in eggs. Read more


Study examines how mother affects baby — even before birth

As a human scientist, Andrew Dismukes isn't satisfied to know that maternal factors influence a child's development. He wants to understand the mechanisms that explain how and why. 

Dismukes, a doctoral student in human development and family studies, studies epigenetics — the way genes get expressed as a result of factors in their environment.

Through a research internship, Dismukes is finishing his second year working with a five-year study at Tulane University that looks at how a mother's experiences before and during pregnancy influence her child and her relationship with her child. Read more.


SHOP campus food pantry celebrates 5th anniversary

The SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers), a student-run food pantry in the Food Sciences Building, is celebrating five years of helping students in need.

The campus food pantry, created by food science and human nutrition students to ensure food security on campus, first opened its doors on Feb. 1, 2011. This month marked its 5th anniversary.

"We are a resource on campus that is easily accessible for students in need, striving to achieve food security, while incorporating opportunities for volunteer experience and leadership," said SHOP president Heather Van Wyk, a junior in dietetics. "But most of all, we are about helping the fellow student." Read more and watch news coverage by WHO-TV.


Iowa State holds activities for Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week

The departments of kinesiology and food science and human nutrition are this week co-sponsoring activities on the Iowa State campus for Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

The parents of a 19-year old who died after a yearlong struggle with bulimia were the headline speakers for the week's activities. Tom and Doris Smeltzer on Wednesday presented "Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia" in the Memorial Union. 

The week also featured a documentary and panel discussion about "The Illusionists" which discusses the global marketing of unattainable beauty ideals, as well as a bake sale, a party promoting body acceptance, and training for staff and students on working with eating disorders. Read more.


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Event management students begin fundraising for Collegiately Creative Conference


Students Christina Hillman and Joe Webb receive Wallace E. Barron Award


Amanda Schickel is college's new recruiting and career coordinator



Iowa State's apparel, events and hospitality management program this month sold more than 1,600 cherry pies as part of a fundraiser to benefit student scholarships and organizations. Read more and watch WHO-TV coverage


With The Fashion Show 2016 approaching, Iowa State students Richard Martinez and Rachel Geronimo released a documentary of last year's show. A viewing party was held in LeBaron Auditorium. Click here to watch the hourlong documentary.


The College of Human Sciences was proudly represented at this year's Iowa State University Day at the Capitol. See photos.


Kevin Schalinske, an Iowa State University professor in food science and human nutrition, is researching ways to prevent birth defects and cancer. Watch video.


Mary Lynn Damhorst, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, is a human scientist who enjoys teaching, research, and her role as the equity adviser for the college. Watch video.


Pamela White, dean and Dean's Chair, received a game ball during a recent women's basketball game sponsored by the College of Human Sciences. Watch video.


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