Research News

Auriel Willette receives award for metabolism research
Auriel Willette, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, was awarded $149,820 from the Alzheimer's Association. He will be looking at how mutations in energy metabolism genes, called Sirtuins, affect Alzheimer's disease progression, memory, and both brain structure and blood sugar use.

Iowa State researchers leading initiatives to improve rural healthMore than a million Iowans are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or a stroke simply because they live in a rural area. National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 aims to reduce the gap in rural and urban health outcomes – something Iowa State University researchers Sarah Francis, Kimberly Greder, and Jennifer Margrett are directly and indirectly doing through their research and ISU Extension and Outreach initiatives.

Report highlights food and ag science breakthroughs at Iowa State University and 10 other universitiesAMES, Iowa — Iowa State University and 10 other prominent research institutions have joined with the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation in urging increased federal support of food and agricultural science.

Cassondra Saande is awarded for whole egg consumption research
Cassondra Saande, a food science and human nutrition graduate student, is granted $20,000 from the American Egg Board for the Egg Nutrition Center's Young Investigator Research Award for Early Exploration. The purpose of her research is to understand how whole egg consumption influences insulin sensitivity and inflammation during the progression of obesity and insulin resistance.

Sparking conversations and awareness to bring about changeIowa State University faculty members are working with Ames students, teachers, and administrators to help the school district address academic achievement gaps and other racial disparities — creating a more inclusive environment through research, conversations, training, and awareness.

Ruth Litchfield granted award for egg consumption project
Ruth Litchfield, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition professor, is granted $15,000 total from the American Egg Board and Iowa Egg Council. The project will be exploring the impact of egg consumption on markers of inflammation and recovery in female gymnasts. Litchfield will be working with Marian Kohut, a kinesiology professor, and Hilary Green, a concurrent B.S./M.S. Diet and Exercise program student and a member of the Iowa State Gymnastics team.

Sarah Francis receives funding for work with Fresh Conversations program
Sarah Francis, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, was awarded $32,735 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, assist with the assessment of physical activity needs and preferences of participants, and conduct a qualitative evaluation of the program.

White named an inaugural fellow of International Carotenoid SocietyWendy White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, has been named an inaugural fellow of the International Carotenoid Society.

Gross-Wen Technologies named winner of entrepreneurial contestGross-Wen Technologies was named the first place winner of the 2017 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition and awarded $25,000. The company was founded by Dr. Zhiyou Wen and Dr. Martin Gross and seeks to develop water treatment processes that are sustainable, effective and affordable.

Iowa State researchers look into vaccines that can prevent, treat diseases caused by E.coli in humans, poultryDr. Melha Mellata and her team of researchers in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University previously discovered a link between foodborne E.coli and extra-intestinal infections in humans. Now, they’re taking their research a step further by looking into potential vaccines that can be used to prevent and treat the diseases caused by the E.coli bacteria.