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FSHN students among undergraduates to present research at national conferenceBeing from a small Iowa town, Iowa State University nutritional science and genetics student Benjamin Dralle has been researching how primary care providers in Iowa view the assessment and treatment of children with obesity....

Human scientists among undergraduates to present research at national conferenceWith four years of undergraduate research under her belt and a passion for helping people to adopt healthier behaviors, Iowa State University kinesiology and health student Jenna Petersen will share her research on a national platform next week.

Discovering how much low-socioeconomic women know about beansWhile healthy diets can decrease a person’s likelihood of developing chronic health conditions, having the means and resources to purchase nutritious foods can prove a challenge for low-socioeconomic populations.


Sarah Francis receives funding for work with the Linn County Innovations in Nutrition Program
Sarah Francis, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, was awarded $25,926 from the Iowa Department on Aging. She will conduct needs and preference assessments to identify meal site preferences and participation motivators, as well as develop assessment tools to assess program impact.




Manju Reddy receives grant for iron absorption supplement study
Manju Reddy, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition receives $26,856 from Cura Global Health Inc. After working on a new organic iron supplement for a couple of years, Reddy and her team are testing whether the new supplement can cause less side effects than commonly used ferrous sulfate, without compromising the iron absorption. Ferrous sulfate is an iron supplement which when taken in high doses to treat anemia causes many side effects in humans. This study is important to identify alternate iron supplement in treating anemia.



Rossmann Manatt awardee strives to provide research experiences to studentsThey say it’s never too early to begin gaining research experience, and that is just what Kevin Schalinske provides in his lab for not only graduate students, but undergraduates, as well.

Schalinske, professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, was selected as the 2017...


One-hour Researcher Guidebook webinars presented by University-Industry Demonstration Partnership kick off February 7
The seven free one-hour webinars for researchers and contract negotiators are designed to give you a competitive edge and provide you with insight to better navigate expectations when industry and university researchers collaborate. The webinars are hosted by the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. Attend one or more sessions, but RSVP to pduncan@iastate.edu at least one week in advance. Each session runs from noon to 1
15 p.m. at 1805 Collaboration Place in Ames, except on February 21, when it will be held in Room 6115 of Building 6 at the Research Park.

New faculty member brings microRNA gene research experience to Iowa StateShe once thought fruit flies were just annoying little bugs, but now Elizabeth McNeill spends her time studying them as part of her research.

McNeill joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as an assistant professor earlier this month. Having earned her bachelor of science...

Keith Vorst's work with recycled plastics featured in ISU Change Agent storyAMES, Iowa – Keith Vorst is trying to convince the world there’s value in something much of humanity considers utterly disposable.

Human beings discard hundreds of millions of tons of plastic every year, and much of it ends up in landfills where it may take centuries to decompose. Or, worse,...

Iowa State researcher continues search for cause of Alzheimer'sDr. Auriel Willette and his team of researchers are continuing their look into how obesity-related problems are linked to metabolism and diabetes.

The outcomes of their latest research, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, point to a new biomarker, insulin-like growth factor binding...