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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.

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.