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Searching for connection between egg consumption and athletic performanceDue to the nature of the sport, gymnasts’ joints take a lot of hits during practices and competitions. Researchers in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition wanted to see if regular consumption of eggs would have any effect on joint inflammation.

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What you eat could impact your brain and memoryYou may be familiar with the saying, “You are what you eat,” but did you know the food you eat could impact your memory?

Assistant Professor Auriel Willette and his team of researchers in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition analyzed data and discovered a satiety hormone that,...


Shannon Coleman receives award for Food Safety Modernization Act Project
Shannon Coleman, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach state extension specialist, received a subcontract of $50,410 from Tennessee State University as part of a three-year grant program. This award supports the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations in communities in Iowa and the state of Tennessee. Signed into law in January of 2011, FSMA is the most comprehensive U.S. food manufacturing and agricultural production legislation in more than 70 years. The food safety law aims to ensure safety of domestic and imported foods by shifting focus of federal food regulatory agencies from response to contamination to preventive measures. Coleman will assist with the development of a Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Control for Human Foods Toolkits to engage extension professionals. She will use her subcontract to assist with developing short videos which cover critical pieces of the legislation for producers and processors.

Sarah Francis receives funding for work with Linn County Innovations in Nutrition Program
Sarah Francis, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, was awarded $25,360 from the Iowa Department on Aging. She will conduct a comprehensive program evaluation study.

Sarah Francis receives funding for work with Fresh Conversations program
Sarah Francis, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, was awarded $33,747 from the Iowa Department of Public Health to continue working collaboratively with the Fresh Conversations program. Her work will help ensure that Fresh Conversations is adhering to the Health Belief Model, and conduct a statewide program evaluation.

Manju Reddy awarded grant for iron absorption supplement study
Manju Reddy, a professor in food science and human nutrition, received $4,600 from Cura Global Health Inc. This funding will be used to determine if the organic iron supplement that Reddy and her team are testing can cause less side effects than other commonly used ferrous sulfates without compromising iron absorption. Ferrous sulfate is an iron supplement used to treat anemia and causes many side effects in humans when taken in high doses. This study hopes to identify a safer alternative to treat anemia.

Sarah Francis receives award for WIN Program
Sarah Francis, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, received $36,887 from the Iowa Department of Human Services to promote awareness of and enrollment in the Iowa Food Assistance Program through the ISU Extension-delivered Wellness and Independence through Nutrition (WIN) Program. The WIN Program will be offered in 31 Iowa counties to inform Iowans ages 50 years and older of how food assistance can improve their nutritional intake and quality of life.

Toni Wang receives funding for fresh produce coating
Toni Wang, professor in food science and human nutrition, was awarded $89,595 from the United Soybean Board. The funds will be used to continue the development of a fresh produce smart coating made of soybean oil. The coating helps to slow quality deterioration during shipping and storage and reduce food waste.

Melha Mellata receives funding for E. coli vaccine research
Melha Mellata, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, received $56,087 from Ceva Biomune to evaluate a live E. coli vaccine strain for the prevention of E. coli infection in chickens. This study will evaluate the safety of the experimental vaccines in chickens and will provide new insights into the broad protective capabilities of live vaccines against E. coli in chickens. Overall, this study will contribute to ongoing work on animal health and could greatly benefit poultry producers.

Angela Shaw receives $199,186 for food safety project
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Angela Shaw, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, received a $199,186 award from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The award is part of a five year grant totaling $1,160,000 and will be used to provide food safety leadership, policy, and technical expertise to Iowa fruit, vegetable, and nut farmers to be in compliance with the new Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. This is the third year of funding for the project.