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Scholarship and Financial Aid Deadlines

Applications for College of Human Sciences scholarships and financial aid are now available. The college and its programs offer approximately $1,500,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year. 

Study to explore how cognitive development affects later attitudes toward physical activity

Iowa State researchers are working to understand the connection between childhood cognitive development and attitudes toward physical activity. Kinesiology professor Panteleimon "Paddy" Ekkekakis and graduate student Matthew Ladwig believe that the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that controls emotions, may play a role. 

The prefrontal cortex not only controls emotions, but pushes people to their maximum effort and controls how adults feel about exercising. Since this region is not fully developed in children, it may more difficult for them to control their emotions, and thus have a negative view of exercise, especially if it is difficult. 

Read the complete story by the ISU News Service. 

Human Sciences Week co-chair applications open

Consider applying to become next year’s co-chairs of our College's annual celebration. This is a fantastic opportunity for growth, expression of leadership, and connection with CHS faculty, staff and students.

Reason named interim associate dean of the College of Human Sciences

Robert Reason, professor and associate director for research and administration in the School of Education at Iowa State University, has been named interim associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Human Sciences. The appointment runs from September 24, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

2018 Alumni Awards

The 2018 Alumni Awards have been announced and will be presented Friday, October 26 at 1:15p.m. in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building as part of Iowa State University Homecoming festivities.

Hydration strategy key as high school athletes begin practice

The first week of high school sports practices is a particularly vulnerable time for athletes, says an Iowa State University assistant professor of kinesiology. James Lang studies how environmental stresses, such as heat, affect how our bodies regulate internal temperature.

Lang says being proactive about hydration, rather than reactive, is important to keep athletes safe. He has the following recommendations for coaches and athletes:

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.


Sellers reappointed human sciences associate dean and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach director

Debra Sellers has been reappointed to serve another five-year term as director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach and associate dean in the College of Human Sciences. She has served Iowa State University in these capacities since July 2013.

Scholar draws Robert Wood Johnson Foundation support to build a healthier America

AMES, Iowa — Ashton Chapman has been selected to participate in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership development program designed to equip leaders across the country — in every sector and field — to collaborate, break down silos, and use their influence to make communities healthier and more equitable.

Vanessa Espinoza finds purpose in giving back to the Latinx community

Fifteen years ago, School of Education graduate student Vanessa Espinoza became a United States citizen. This year, she is being honored as a Latinx leader in Iowa just a few blocks away from where that event occurred. 

Espinoza is set to receive the inaugural Latinx Youth Leadership Award from the Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs. After her family moved to Conesville, a town with a majority Latinx population, Espinoza applied for, and later founded her own, scholarships that elevate Latinx youth in her community and others. 

"At awards banquets, you always see the top students getting scholarships – which is well-deserved, but what about students like me? I struggled in high school, academically and personally," she said. "But grades don’t define you. You’re defined by persistence, by grit, by your ability to aguantar."

Read the complete story by the ISU News Service. 

Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter to lecture at Iowa State

Costume designer Ruth E. Carter has more than 40 design credits to her name - the most recent being Marvel's "Black Panther." On Oct. 9, Carter will bring her story, expertise, and vision to Iowa State during her lecture, "A Hollywood Career in Costume Design." The lecture will be held at Stephens Auditorium, and is free and open to the public. Lecture attendees are encouraged to enter Stephens through the west or east door.

Carter has worked in the industry for more than three decade, and is the first African-American costume designer to be nominated for an Academy Award. She is know for her work on period ensemble films, and some of her design credits include Spike Lee's "Malcolm X," Steven Spielberg's "Amistad," and Ava Duvernay's "Selma." 

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.