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October 2016
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Fashion piracy is a legal quagmire that dates back to the late 19th century. In her new book, Iowa State professor Sara Marcketti explains why consumer demand is a driving force, and why some designers are taking legal action. Read more.

Iowa State students and faculty will present the most scholarly activities at the International Textile and Apparel Association's annual conference for the sixth consecutive year. ITAA meets Nov. 8-11 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more.

Emily Hayden, an assistant professor of literacy education, has two driving passions: improving student literacy and strengthening teacher preparation. She co-leads the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. Read more.

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Science Bound celebrates 25 years of academic excellence 

Science Bound this month celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Since 1991, the Iowa State University program has offered scholarships to more than 500 Science Bound graduates. More than 160 graduates are on campus this fall, including four siblings of the Gomez family. A total of 113 Science Bound graduates hold degrees from Iowa State. 

The program is designed to meet state and national need for a technical workforce by increasing the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students who earn degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Read more.

Stephanie Clark named Virginia M. Gladney Professor

Professor Stephanie Clark has been named the Virginia M. Gladney Professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Clark is internationally recognized as a dairy food expert. She is an associate director of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center, which provides research funding to promote the quality, safety, and new product development of dairy foods.

The professorship was named for food science and human nutrition alumna Virginia M. Gladney. It was the first endowed professorship for a full-time professor awarded to the College of Human Sciences in 2008. Read more.

Fourth-graders design boats as part of STEM lesson from Iowa State

About 100 Gilbert Intermediate School fourth-graders came this month to Iowa State to see if the boats they designed using new software would float across the Forker Building pool carrying freight.

They made the boats out of foam, plastic, and wood using the math and science concepts, engineering design processes, and technologies they learned about over the past 4 1/2 weeks from Christa Jackson and Mollie Appelgate, two assistant professors in the School of Education.

It's all part of an ongoing effort to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in elementary schools. The students' objective: To move the most load from one side of the pool to the other in a specified amount of time. Read more and watch video.

Roderuck faculty fellowship to support global nutrition research

Wendy White has big plans for how she'll use the extra support she'll receive as the newest holder of the Charlotte E. Roderuck faculty fellowship at Iowa State University.  

White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, researches methods to improve the nutritional value of vegetables such as carrots, corn, and tomatoes. She's working on ways to make their red-orange carotenoid pigments such as beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene easier to process and absorb.

"While most carotenoids aren't essential nutrients, they are linked to protection against chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease," she said. Read more.

Communicating who we are through how we look

It isn't easy navigating what to wear — and how you're supposed to look — for some lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning women.

But Kelly Reddy-Best wants to make things better for those in stigmatized populations such as LGBTQ women and overweight youth.

Reddy-Best is a new assistant professor in apparel, merchandising, and design. Her work combines her passion for social justice — giving a voice to those who may not have one — with a focus on how people dress. Read more.

Kim applies numbers to the hospitality industry

Jewoo Kim worked for five years at an investment bank in South Korea — establishing investment strategies, analyzing businesses of publicly traded firms, and managing customized derivative funds for government agencies.

Today, he applies that knowledge to the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industry.

"I'm a very number-oriented person," he said. "But I also think consumer behavior is very important in analyzing and understanding a firm's performance. It's not easy to measure that kind of behavior. I want to measure those behaviors in more objective terms." Read more.

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For 25 years, Science Bound has prepared ethnically and racially diverse students from Iowa to excel in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Watch video.

Iowa State alumna Tina Hillman was honored Oct. 16 by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at its Woman of the Year ceremony in Indianapolis, where she was one of nine finalists. The award-winning shot putter double-majored in psychology and child, adult, and family services. Watch video.

Hilton Chair I-Min Lee, a Harvard professor of medicine and leading researcher on the role of physical activity in preventing chronic diseases and enhancing longevity, spoke recently at Iowa State. Watch video.

Ames Channel 12 recently featured Bookland, a School of Education outreach project that inspires families to read at home with their children. Two more events are coming up 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, and 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at the Ames Public Library. Watch video.

Manju Reddy is a professor in food science and human nutrition who specializes in iron deficiency and iron excess in humans and animals. Watch video.

Debra Sellers, an associate dean of the College of Human Sciences and director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, uses an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to empower people to change their lives through access to research-based information, resources, and education. Watch video

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