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Thursday, August 28 2014

Maddy portrait

Iowa State graphic design student wins Best of Show in Iowa State Fair exhibition

Maddy Baker, a junior in graphic design from West Des Moines, earned Best of Show honors in the adult division of the 2014 Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. Her colored-pencil self portrait was chosen from among 370 works accepted for this year’s show. It was a project for Baker’s spring-semester figure drawing class, taught by associate professor Brent Holland, integrated studio arts.

Helping children succeed in school

How parents can help their children succeed and stay in school

Students are back in school and now is the time for parents to develop routines to help their children succeed academically. Kimberly Greder, an associate professor and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life specialist, says parental involvement, more than income or social status, is a predictor of student achievement.

Use a rule of thumb when pouring wine

Use a rule of thumb to control how much you drink

Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index. That’s the finding of a new Iowa State and Cornell University study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Timmerman

"Where Am I Wearing?" author will discuss the human face of globalization at ISU Sept. 2

When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he journeyed from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Timmerman will discuss what he learned about the gap between the world's clothing producers and consumers in "Where am I Wearing?" on, Sept. 2. It is free and open to the public.

Junco book "Engaging Students Through Social Media"

Engaging students through social media is focus of ISU prof’s new book

Contrary to popular belief about the negative effects of social media, Reynol Junco is using Facebook and Twitter to help college students succeed. Instead of seeing social media as a distraction in the classroom, Junco says it helps him engage and connect with students. In his new book, “Engaging Students Through Social Media,” Junco encourages student affairs professionals and other educators to use social media to do the same.

Bricklaying

Pounding the pavement will make these ISU students better landscape architects

It's summertime and the learning is easy. But the work is hard for nine Iowa State University landscape architecture students who are finishing their internship project at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville. For them, pounding the pavement has taken on a whole new meaning.