Kelly Reddy-Best and Jessie Christensen are first in college to earn Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters: Kelly Reddy-Best, assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, and Jessie Christensen, instructional support specialist in Online and Distance Learning, on being the first two College of Human Sciences faculty to earn their Teaching Online Certificate through the nationally recognized Quality Matters program. To earn this certificate, participants must complete a series of seven online training programs. Learn more about this professional development opportunity:
Congratulations to more than 500 students who received scholarships from the College of Human Sciences and its academic units for 2019-20

Jennifer Margrett named interim associate dean for research and graduate education

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Jennifer Margrett has been named interim associate dean for research and graduate education in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences, effective August 1.

Li-Shan Chou leads kinesiology as professor and chair

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Li-Shan Chou, a scholar who applies engineering and mechanical theories to enhance understanding of mechanisms that govern human locomotion, became professor and chair of kinesiology at Iowa State University on July 1.
Outstanding Ph.D. graduates receive Research Excellence Award: College of Human Sciences Students receiving the Research Excellence Award along with a Ph.D. this spring include Stephanie Hice in food science and human nutrition; Hardeep Obhi in gerontology/human development and family studies; and Syafiqah Rahamat in apparel, events, and hospitality management. Awardees are selected by the faculty in their academic units to recognize superior research or creativity as demonstrated in their theses or dissertations.
Hardeep Obhi is first student to earn a Ph.D. in gerontology from Iowa State University: The first-ever Ph.D. in gerontology from Iowa State University will be bestowed to Hardeep Obhi, Thursday evening at Hilton Colesium as part of the Graduate College Commencement Ceremony.

Obhi will also receive a Research Excellence Award from Iowa State for her investigation of biopsychosocial reserves and dementia and identification of life span protective factors that help prevent dementia. A Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health funded Obhi's dissertation work.

She has accepted a postdoctoral position at the Carolina Population Center at UNC Chapel Hill, where she will work on a funded study of the life course process of Alzheimer's disease and effects of sex differences and biosocial mechanisms.

HDFS graduate student receives Best Poster Presentation Award at GPSS Research Conference: Rotem Arieli, a graduate student in human development and family studies, recently received that Best Poster Presentation Award at the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Research Conference. The title of the poster was "Social Support and Social Resources Predicting Life Satisfaction in a Centenarian Population." Arieli's research was co-authored with Peter Martin, university professor of human development and family studies, and Leonard Poon, distinguished research professor emeritus at the University of Georgia.
Gerontology rankings: The "College Choice" website has ranked the Iowa State University gerontology program. Iowa State was ranked #7 among the Best Master's in Gerontology Degree program and #4 among the Best Online Master's in Gerontology program. ISU was also ranked #6 among the Most Affordable online Master's in Gerontology program.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach article spotlights "Science of Parenting" blog: An article published by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discusses the importance and value of communicating respectfully and calmly during parenting. According to Lori Hayungs, a human sciences specialist in family life, the "Science of Parenting" blog by ISU Extension and Outreach shares and discusses research-based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.
College of Human Sciences publishes February HS Matters Online: The February edition of HS Matters Online was recently published to 34,200 subscribers, as well as to Facebook and Twitter. Read about a kinesiology outreach program that travels to Ames-area elementary schools, The Fashion Show's crowdfunding efforts to raise $25,000, and the opportunities that pre-health professions students are pursuing on campus.