College of Human Sciences

Motivation to move may start with being mindful

A meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective at getting people to move more as structured exercise programs, according to a new study led by an Iowa State University researcher. Jacob Meyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology, is part of another study that found resistance training reduces symptoms of depression. 

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Garments designed by Iowa State students improve quality of life for people with disabilities

Shelby Miller, an Iowa State University freshman in animal science, can’t usually wear a dress. Her Type 1 diabetes requires her to have an insulin pump connected to her body at all times, and she needs access to that pump throughout the day.

Brain activity, reactivity help explain diabetics’ negative feelings and risk for depression

For millions of Americans who are obese and living with diabetes or prediabetes, feelings of sadness, anger and anxiety are often part of daily life. A new Iowa State University study suggests those negative feelings may stem from problems regulating blood sugar levels that influence emotional response in the brain. 

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Checking out STEM at the local library

Ames families can soon go to the library to check out new kits made by Iowa State University students that contain hands-on activities aimed at teaching young children more about science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and literacy.

College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 650 graduating students in a series of events on May 4 and 5.

Dean and Dean’s Chair Laura Dunn Jolly will join department chairs in individually recognizing students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation, 1 p.m. Friday, May 4 at James H. Hilton Coliseum. A reception for graduating students of all levels will immediately follow the convocation, at about 2:30 p.m. in the Scheman Building, first-floor lobby. The reception is open to all.

The all-university undergraduate commencement ceremony has been divided in two shorter events that are more meaningful for graduating students and their guests. College of Human Sciences undergraduates will be recognized at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at James H. Hilton Coliseum, along with those in the engineering and design colleges; other undergraduates will celebrate earlier that morning at Hilton as well. Graduate students in the College of Human Sciences will be recognized at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at James H. Hilton Coliseum.

Six graduating seniors — Morgan Bahl in nutritional science and dietetics; Cassidy Bilharz in elementary education; Emily Clark in apparel, merchandising, and design; Evelyne Guay in kinesiology and health; Mary Kirk in child, adult, and family services; and Jenna Petersen in kinesiology and health — will receive special honors at the College of Human Sciences’ spring 2018 convocation.

Morgan Bahl of Carpentersville, Illinois, is representing the College of Human Sciences as the University Marshal at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. She is graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in nutritional science and dietetics and a minor in Spanish. Bahl has provided nutrition and food safety educational outreach to Iowans as a Heddleson Intern and evaluated the impact of a statewide ISU Extension wellness newsletter as a Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Intern. She has served others as programming chair of the Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Club at Iowa State, a residential treatment mentor at Youth and Shelter Services in Ames, and a peer mentor for the ISU food science and human nutrition learning community. Bahl has accepted a dietetic internship at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan, and plans to become a registered dietitian and earn a master’s degree in counseling.

Cassidy Bilharz of Charles City, Iowa, is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching endorsements in K-6 elementary classroom, K-12 English as a second language, and K-8 reading. Prepared as a standout educator who is grounded in equity and inclusion, Bilharz participated in an elective course on teaching science with insects where she developed lessons and co-taught 20 ethnically-diverse youth from high-poverty schools in Des Moines. As a result, she was asked to join the ISU 4U Promise research team as an instructional strategies specialist and successfully led an after-school program at King Elementary School. She has accepted a job teaching first grade in the Hampton-Dumont Community School District.

Emily Clark of Lincoln, Nebraska, is also receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in apparel, merchandising, and design and emphases in creative and technical design. An innovative scholar, Clark enhanced The Fashion Show by organizing the show’s first livestream broadcast in 2017, and helping secure Patagonia as the guest designer in 2018. She has enriched the learning of others as a teaching assistant in digital textile printing and patternmaking classes. A tenured member of the Iowa State University Football “Varsity” Marching Band, Emily was mellophone captain for two years. After graduation, Clark will serve as an assistant technical designer at Abercrombie & Fitch.

Evelyne Guay of Oakville, Ontario, Canada is the College Marshal. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health, emphasizing pre-medical studies. A competitive student athlete, Guay was captain of the ISU women’s cross-country and track teams while excelling in the classroom, the lab, and the community. She also led her peers as co-president of the ISU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a team leader for the “ExerCYse is Medicine” student organization. As a research assistant, she gathered clinical data on older adults and investigated nicotinamide riboside supplementation and vascular function. She has interviewed at several medical schools and anticipates offers of admission later in May, for enrollment in the fall. 

Mary Kirk of Davenport, Iowa, is the final student receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in child, adult, and family services and a minor in sociology. As president of the Human Development and Family Studies Club, Kirk grew the organization’s membership and ensured the meetings were illuminating, inclusive, and community-oriented. As a Rosenfeld Intern, she became the only undergraduate lead coder of family interactions for a large-scale, longitudinal research project. She served as the undergraduate student-recruitment intern in the College of Human Sciences and a student associate with the ISU admissions office. Kirk recently accepted Iowa State’s offer of admission to the student affairs graduate program in the School of Education.

Jenna Petersen of Pine Island, Minnesota, is the spring 2018 College of Human Sciences Graduating Student of the Year. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health. As a Human Sciences Week co-chair, Petersen orchestrated the creation of successful events. She developed a wellness involvement booklet for employees during her internship at the ISU Foundation. As a Peer Wellness Educator with ISU Student Wellness, Petersen facilitated five presentations on alcohol, sleep, and stress. She assisted with ongoing research in the CydeKicks Peer Health Coaching program which led her to present preliminary findings at a national conference in Oklahoma. After graduation, Petersen will intern at Album Health in Des Moines as a health coach. She also will attend graduate school in integrated health and coaching at the University of Minnesota.

Iowa State University to offer master’s degree for dietitians

A new master’s degree at Iowa State University will allow registered dietitians to earn their graduate degrees ahead of the national deadline of Jan. 1, 2024, while advancing their knowledge and competitiveness in the field.

Studying abroad inspires student’s winning fashion show collection

For a second year in a row, a student whose fashion designs were inspired by traveling overseas took the top prize at the The Fashion Show at Iowa State University.

Katrina Pedrick, a senior in apparel, merchandising, and design, won the $1,000 Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show “Best in Show” Scholarship with her collection called “On the Fringe” at Iowa State’s 36th annual fashion show, held Saturday night at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.

Experience of black doctoral students underscores need to increase diversity in STEM fields

The danger and risk of riding out a storm is symbolic of the decision black men make to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. They do so knowing they will face challenges, but the barriers described by black men who shared their experiences as part of a six-year study show how race was a greater obstacle than they expected.

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Fashion show at Iowa State features athletic wear, garments inspired by Greece

Athletic wear designed to empower women and a collection of garments inspired by Greece are among the unique components of The Fashion Show 2018 at Iowa State University.

Iowa State University celebrates remodeled home for promoting physical activity and healthy living

Walk inside the Barbara E. Forker Building on the campus of Iowa State University, and the word “movement” splashed across the building’s bright new cardinal entrance says it all.

Iowa State’s highly-ranked kinesiology program now has a more modern and inviting facility that better matches its mission to promote health and well-being by creating and disseminating knowledge about physical activity and healthy living to improve people’s lives.