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Hello friends of Iowa State University,

Each week there will be a theme highlighting a specific college or department at Iowa State. Read on to find out what is happening in the College of Human Sciences!

The Iowa State School of Education is home to international leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

  • Iowa State associate professor Joanne Olson is president-elect of the international Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), a leading voice on research and policies that advance science teacher preparation and professional development. She will assume the presidency next year.
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  • Iowa State associate professor Michael Clough is president of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group, which conducts research on issues related to student and public understanding of what science is and how it works.  

Iowa State is committed to serving as a key resource to Gov. Terry Branstad's STEM Advisory Council. Through education, research, and ISU Extension and Outreach, the university is working to bolster STEM education and innovation and better position Iowa's youth and economy for the future. Iowa State is home to the North Central STEM Hub, one of six in the state.


Iowa State receives national recognition for its strength in preparing highly effective science teachers who use best practices to improve student learning.  


A recent Iowa State study showed that its education graduates are teaching the "nature of science" -- knowing what science is and how it works, to better understand ideas like evolution and climate change -- at high levels. Few teachers nationwide effectively teach this. The study received a national award this month for pragmatic research and will be published by the journal Science Education in March. 


Did you know? Since 2003, three of every 25 U.S. teachers honored with the Simmons Award, the National Science Teachers Association's highest distinction for new teachers, have been Iowa State graduates.

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