College of Human Sciences

Online training equips child care providers with information about health and safety

Iowa State University is working to ensure that child care centers and homes, preschools, and after-school programs across the state are healthy and safe for all children.

An online course developed by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach has provided training to 23,640 Iowa child care providers and early childhood teachers since September 2016. Participants learn about health and safety, child development, cultural diversity, and caring for children who are homeless.

Iowa State University Cyclones join elementary students for some ExerCYse

An Iowa State University outreach program is boosting kids’ physical activity during the cold winter months.

ExerCYse Time, led by Iowa State’s ExerCYse is Medicine club, provides exercise events in a fun, safe environment for students ages 5 to 12. Since spring 2017, the events have expanded from the Forker Building gym on campus to off-campus, into Ames schools. This year’s events run through early March. Youth do not need to be from an Ames school to participate.

Iowa State students find plenty of opportunities on path to medical school

It was “Doc” who inspired an Iowa State University student to pursue a career in medicine.

Ben Dralle, senior in nutritional science and genetics, grew up in Osage, a town of fewer than 4,000 in northern Iowa. The whole town knows Doc – Dr. Mark Haganman – who’s been with Mitchell County Regional Health Center for 25 years. Haganman demonstrates the importance of humanity in medicine, Dralle said.

New event management professor embraces tourism, technology, diversity

Ken Tsai’s activities and involvement as an undergraduate student at Iowa State University ultimately led to him becoming a faculty member here.

Tsai, a new assistant professor in event management, recently joined the Iowa State faculty. He received his bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing from Iowa State in 2003.

A Cyclone heads to the Super Bowl

When Super Bowl LII is played next Sunday in Minnesota, Iowa State University alumnus Jordan Pierce will have a front-row seat.

But the 2015 graduate in athletic training won’t be sitting much. As an athletic training intern with the New England Patriots sports medicine staff, he’ll be at the center of the action, helping players to stay healthy and prevent injuries.

Transforming teachers’ learning environments with emerging technologies

Evrim Baran, an Iowa State University alumna known worldwide for applying technology to improve teaching and learning, returned to Iowa State this spring as a faculty member.

Baran, who received her doctorate from Iowa State in 2011, joined the School of Education as an associate professor in educational technology. Her research brings together educational technology, teacher education, and human computer interaction (HCI).

New faculty member brings microRNA gene research experience to Iowa State

She once thought fruit flies were just annoying little bugs, but now Elizabeth McNeill spends her time studying them as part of her research.

McNeill joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as an assistant professor earlier this month. Having earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Iowa State in 2002, McNeill said she appreciated the dedication faculty members had toward students while she was an undergraduate and knew she wanted to return to campus as a professional.

See the complete story by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Museum exhibit explores clothing worn by Midwest LGBTQIA+ individuals

Some like to appear more masculine. Others prefer a more feminine look.

But regardless of their preference, some Midwest women who identify themselves as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and other) say they’ve struggled over the years with what to wear and how they are perceived.

Changes needed to help Latina/o students succeed in developmental education courses

A disproportionate number of Latina/o students who take developmental education courses never pass and advance to college-level courses. That's why Erin Doran, an assistant professor of education, has developed a framework to better serve Latina/o students needing extra preparation.

Hurricane relief with love, from Iowa State

When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston metropolitan area last fall inflicting $190 billion in damage, the staff and students of Iowa State University’s Teacher Education Services knew they had to help.

Iowa State has had a close working relationship with the Aldine Independent School District in Houston for 27 years.