Research news

Grant to improve firefighters and first responders' protective glovesThe heat-protective gloves firefighters and first responders wear are thick, bulky and limit dexterity. That's why a team of Iowa State University researchers is working to improve the safety and function of the gloves as part of the personal protective equipment system.

New tenured and tenure-track faculty for 2019-20 announcedEleven outstanding scholars joined the tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences when the 2019-20 academic year began.

Using their expertise to improve people's lives, the focus of these human scientists' research ranges from textile design processes, to wine polyphenols and polysaccharides, to orthopedic biomechanics, to the intersection of political philosophy, normative ethics, and evidence in educational decision-making.

Brewed coffee grounds offer sustainable clothing dyeIowa State University researchers have found a natural way to add color to clothing using the leftover grounds from your daily cup of coffee.

The textile industry uses more than 2 million tons of chemicals and synthetic dyes annually, which is why researchers are interested in finding sustainable alternatives. Changhyun “Lyon” Nam, a graduate student in apparel, merchandising, and design, said his coffee habit inspired him to experiment with the grounds.


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.