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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 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...

Greg Welk and an interdisciplinary research team receives funding for expansion on school wellness program
College of Human Sciences researchers Greg Welk, Spyridoula Vazou, and Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, as well as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences researcher Doug Gentile, received funding to continue the expansion of the School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health (SWITCH) Project. The team of researchers are running this project to enhance school wellness programming in Iowa. The new funding will enable the team to extend their evidence-based training model developed for elementary schools into middle schools.

Carolyn Elbert, Stewart Burger, Eric Olson, Virigina Wangerin, Doreen Chung receive CHS Innovative Teaching Grants
The College of Human Sciences has awarded four 2017-2018 Innovative Teaching Grants to support development and delivery of innovative approaches to enhance student learning. Grant recipients are AESHM lecturers Carolyn Elbert and Stewart Burger for a new course focusing on non-alcoholic beverages and cafe operations, AESHM assistant professor Eric Olson for creation of a new online master's program in event management, FSHN clinical assistant professor Virginia Wangerin to successfully launch the new bachelor's degree in nursing program, and AESHM assistant professor Telin "Doreen" Chung for a new 500-level course focusing on Social Network Analysis, a research tool for understanding human interactions using big data techniques. The grants of up to $20,000 can be used over a period of two years.