Research news


Guowen Song awarded funding to develop smart textiles
Guowen Song, associate professor and Lloyd Chair in Textiles and Clothing in apparel, events, & hospitality management, received $152,906 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) to create smart textiles for intelligent garments. The textiles will be constructed from biocomponent fiber able to adapt to the user's body temperature or fluctuations in the external environment.

Many former public.iastate.edu faculty websites can be built on College of Human Sciences research website
As the University sunsets the public.iastate.edu website service, the College of Human Sciences offers an alternative to sites.iastate.edu for their own faculty. Review some of the new sites or request yours now.


SoJung Lee receives funding for rural community development research
SoJung Lee, assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, received $25,000 from North Central Regional Center for Rural Development funded by the USDA. The funding will be used to study the impact of volunteers on community festivals and development. Twelve rural festivals in Iowa, Michigan, and Kansas will be studied to identify how volunteers influence community sustainability, how demographics affect the impact of volunteers on a rural community, and to create a festival volunteer training toolkit.

SoJung Lee receives funding for rural community development research
SoJung Lee, assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, received $25,000 from North Central Regional Center for Rural Development funded by the USDA. The funding will be used to study the impact of volunteers on community festivals and development. Twelve rural festivals in Iowa, Michigan, and Kansas will be studied to identify how volunteers influence community sustainability, how demographics affect the impact of volunteers on a rural community, and to create a festival volunteer training toolkit.

Raise the visibility of your research by establishing a CHS individual faculty research webpage
As the College of Human Sciences aims to increase communication about scholarly research, faculty now have the opportunity to establish a website that focuses on their research work. Sites may focus on an individual researcher's work or a research team's work. Review some of the new sites or request yours now.


Telin Chung receives award for digital presence research
Telin Chung, along with AESHM research team Linda Niehm, Jessica Hurst, Ann Marie Fiore, and Rebecca Liang, received $3,696 from the Direct Selling Education Foundation to study how a direct selling company's digital presence influences the sale performances of its representatives in digital and non-digital channels. This proposed study will help DS companies make informed decisions when prioritizing their digital strategies based on their goals, company size, and characteristics of salesforce, and pair the right media with specific audiences and provide targeted supporting functions. Indirectly, this study may help increase the opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs (e.g., women) to gain business knowledge and skills by engaging in direct selling businesses.

Consider applying for Helen LeBaron Hilton funds of up to $2500 per special project
The Helen LeBaron Hilton Fund supports a wide variety of projects that promote leadership, philosophy, and service. Human Sciences Extension and Outreach program specialists are encouraged to apply by October 15, as are students, faculty, and staff in food science and human nutrition; human development and family studies; or apparel, events, and hospitality management.

New tenured/tenure-track faculty announcedAs the new academic year begins, the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences announces four tenure-track faculty members who have joined the faculty in 2018. 

All aiming to expand human potential and improve people's lives, their expertise ranges from educational technology to safe food packaging to sustainable functional apparel to how genes are expressed and effect disease.


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Learn how to get more exposure for your research through The Conversation

An information session for College of Human Sciences researchers and scholars will be held at 11 a.m.-12
30 p.m., August 30 in the LeBaron Conference Room, 1009 LeBaron Hall, on the The Conversation" team's approach and communications platform for communicating research-based knowledge to the public. Iowa State University has recently begun working with The Conversation, an independent news and commentary website that draws expertise from academics whose essays are edited by journalists. Recent Iowa State University essays have run in Smithsonian Magazine and Science Alert. Potential authors and who would consider publishing essays about their expertise for broad distribution are encouraged to attend. Register online.


Plan to attend NSF I-CORP information session, August 29
The vice president for research office invites College of Human Sciences faculty members to an information session on I-CORPS, at 1 p.m., August 29, in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. I-CORP is an initiative designed to transition National Science Foundation-funded research from the laboratory into a marketplace product. Iowa State became an NSF I-Corps Site in the fall of 2017. Thirty Iowa State University teams will be selected each year through a competitive process to participate in I-CORPS and receive industry exposure, entrepreneurial training, advice, resources, networking opportunities, and infrastructure for exploring commercialization opportunities.