Brewed coffee grounds offer sustainable clothing dye

Iowa State University researchers have found a natural way to add color to clothing using the leftover grounds from your daily cup of coffee.

The textile industry uses more than 2 million tons of chemicals and synthetic dyes annually, which is why researchers are interested in finding sustainable alternatives. Changhyun “Lyon” Nam, a graduate student in apparel, merchandising, and design, said his coffee habit inspired him to experiment with the grounds.

Jennifer Margrett named interim associate dean for research and graduate education

 Jennifer Margrett, a professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State University and director of the ISU interdepartmental gerontology program, has been named interim associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Human Sciences. The appointment is effective August 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Li-Shan Chou leads kinesiology as professor and chair

Li-Shan Chou leads kinesiology as professor and chair. Chou's appointment at Iowa State University became effective on July 1.

Chou comes to Ames from University of Oregon in Eugene, where he headed the Department of Human physiology from 2014 to 2018 and led research in a biomechanics motion analysis laboratory.

Antioxidant SOD1 puts up fight, loses battle against toxic tau protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease

A team of Iowa State University researchers is the first to identify the correlation between the antioxidant superoxide dismutase, or SOD1, with tau proteins in brains with Alzheimer's disease. The team's new research may explain why SOD1, which protects the brain, is also associated with deterioration in areas susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease.

Iowa State University joins Carnegie Project to transform education doctorate

The Iowa State University School of Education has joined the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, effective immediately. The School of Education is one of nine institutional members recently admitted to the project’s consortium, which is working to transform education doctoral programs to meet the educational leadership needs of the 21st century.

Iowa State is among fewer than 20 land-grant institutions that have joined about 90 other universities in the consortium.  Members network to stimulate each institution's work and provide space for sharing, learning, and offering feedback in a national dialogue across faculty, students, and administrators of Doctor of Education — or Ed.D. — programs.

School of Education Director Marlene Strathe shared what the acceptance into the Carnegie project means for faculty.

"Being one of nine accepted institutions that are joining the Carnegie consortium demonstrates Iowa State University's commitment to preparing educational leaders who will focus on equity and social justice," Strathe said. "The insight, guidance, and professional supports offered through participation in the Carnegie project will strengthen and grow the School of Education faculty members."

Strathe said membership in the consortium will also help ensure the rigor and relevance of Iowa State's Ed.D. program.

"Due to Iowa State University’s membership in CPED, ISU education faculty will be able to tap into the consortium's rich research base on how best to design accountable, high-quality education degree programs," Strathe said.

The School of Education is accepting student applications for the Ed.D. program until Wednesday, May 1 for classes that begin in August 2019. Students can choose between two tracks. One track focuses on preparing community college leaders. The other is designed for P-12 systems-level educational leaders, and can lead to a recommendation for licensure as a school superintendent.

The program was approved by the Iowa Board of Regents in November 2018. Leading up to the approval, a task force appointed by Strathe worked with the consortium to survey the educational needs of educational leaders.  Adhering to the Carnegie project framework, Isaac Gottesman and Lorenzo Baber, associate professors, and Anne Foegen, professor and director of graduate education and interim associate director of the School of Education, drafted the successful proposal to establish the transformational Ed.D. program.

Students and alumni to meet prospective employers at Big 12 Virtual Career Fair

Iowa State University students and alumni seeking job opportunities and internships will connect with more than 100 prospective employers during the Big 12 Virtual Career Fair, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Wednesday, March 27.

Teacher Education Career Fair at Iowa State University connects students with future employers

Three hundred education students explored career opportunities — and 67 school districts sought out job candidates — at the Teacher Education Career Fair held at Iowa State University on March 4.

The growing attendance was apparent on every floor of the Iowa State Alumni Center, with streams of students connecting with prospective employers.

"We received really positive feedback in conversations with school district personnel," said Jaime Boeckman, director of ISU Teacher Education Services, which teamed up with the College of Human Sciences Career Services staff to coordinate the fair. "Our staffs did a tremendous job of putting the event together and supporting everyone who attended."

Besides exploring their job options, student attendees, including those who are student teaching this spring, learned more about career development. Attendees polished their skills in mock interviews and received interviewing tips and advice from successful peers. They also learned the ins and outs of signing a contract and obtaining a teacher license.

"It definitely reflects positively on our students to see this high level of engagement for the Teacher Education Career Fair," said Tammy Stegman, director of CHS Career Services. "While a majority of those in attendance were ready to enter the job market soon, close to 20 percent of the attendees were underclassman. This shows a genuine interest in learning about career opportunities — which is exactly what we want to happen."

Instead of hosting a separate career fair this year, Heartland Area Education Agency partnered with Iowa State to enhance the fair. Heartland professionals offered a workshop on leveraging AEA resources to improve learning in the future educators' classrooms.

"We are proud to partner with Heartland to better serve the needs of future teachers and schools," Boeckman said. 

Alumnus Michael Nettles receives award from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine

Michael T. Nettles, who earned both a masters and a Ph.D. in higher education from Iowa State University, has received a 2019 Dr. John Hope Franklin Award from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

Nettles is senior vice president and the Edmund W. Gordon Chair of the Educational Testing Service's Policy Evaluation and Research Center. He is nationally recognized as a top policy researcher on educational assessment, student performance and achievement and educational equity.

In August 2014 President Barack Obama appointed Nettles to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He was also appointed by two U.S. secretaries of education to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees and develops policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

He sits on numerous boards and for several decades he has served the education community tirelessly in efforts to close achievement gaps and improve educational opportunities for minorities.

Iowa State University honored Nettles in 1992 with the College of Education Alumni Achievement Award. In 2005, Iowa State recognized Nettles with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the university's highest honor for alumni.

The Dr. John Hope Franklin Award is awarded to organizations and individuals whose contributions to higher education are consistent with the highest standards of excellence. Among the past recipients are Clifton Wharton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the late Maya Angelou.

The award's namesake was an historian, writer, educator and humanitarian who made significant contributions to shaping the perspective of American history in the 20th century. Nettles will be featured in the March 21 issue Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Brian Burt cited as Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

An Iowa State University assistant professor of education who studies the experiences of graduate students has been cited as a 2019 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Brian Burt, who researches institutional policies and practices that influence students’ educational and workforce pathways, is one of 15 scholars recognized as representing "the very best of the U.S. academy" from among hundreds of nominees all working toward a more equitable and just society.

Sketchnoting pushes students to learn, retain information differently — particularly in STEM

As leaders in the U.S. aim to increase the number of young people who prepare to work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, Iowa State University professors are testing new ways to learn and teach STEM subjects.

Ann Gansemer-Topf, an associate professor in the School of Education, is studying whether sketchnoting — a new method of note-taking — enhances learning among Iowa State University students in an introductory ecology class.