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August 29, 2017

Tricia Neppl receives funding for relationship study: Tricia Neppl, an associate professor in human development and family studies, was awarded $304,999 from the University of Georgia as a year four funding. Neppl is examining continuity and change in couple relationships and health from midlife to later adulthood.
For more information, contact Tricia Neppl in human development and family studies at 515-294-8502 or tneppl@iastate.edu.

Tong Wang awarded funding for dairy lipid research: Tong Wang, a professor in food science and human nutrition, received $75,766 for a two-year project funded by the Midwest Dairy Association (MDA) and Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). The DMI portion of the funding is subcontracted through the University of Minnesota, which provided $7,783 for the study. The project focuses on dairy polar lipids, health-promoting lipids found in dairy processing co-products. Wang is developing feasible and scalable methods to concentrate these lipids and characterize their functionality.
For more information, contact Tong Wang in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-5448 or tongwang@iastate.edu.

Heather Rouse, Ji-Young Choi, Daniel Russell receive grant for children's school readiness study: Heather Rouse, Ji-Young Choi, and Daniel Russell, in human development and family studies, recently received a research grant of $40,000 from the Spencer Foundation. Their project builds on a current research study to understand the comprehensive sets of child and family risks that hinder young children's school readiness capacities. This new effort will examine patterns and predictors of early non-parental care experiences (e.g., child care, preschool) for children prior to kindergarten entry, with a specific focus on the needs and services of Native American children.
For more information, contact Heather Rouse in human development and family studies at 515-294-2370 or hlrouse@iastate.edu.

August 22, 2017

Manju Reddy receives financial award for supplement research: Manju Reddy, a food science and human nutrition professor, was awarded $33,332 from Gross-Wen Technologies LLC. Reddy will study selenium-rich algae, which can be used as a supplement in a highly absorbable form and plays an important role in maintaining human and animal health and preventing diseases. Reddy will assess the selenium availability of selenium rich-algae provided by Gross-Wen Technologies.
For more information, contact Manju Reddy in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-2024 or mbreddy@iastate.edu.

Rosemary Perez receives grant for critical consciousness study: Rosemary Perez, an assistant professor in the school of education, obtained $3,000 in funding from the American College Personnel Association. Perez will use the funds to study undergraduate college students who participate in diversity dialogue courses and programs to understand the development of critical consciousness and how it is distinct from other diversity-related outcomes.
For more information, contact Rosemary Perez in the School of Education at 515-294-4447 or rjperez@iastate.edu.

Joey Talbert awarded financial grant for food safety research: Joey Talbert, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, received $80,000 from the National Science Foundation. His research focuses on the rapid detection of food and waterborne pathogens using phage-based nanobiosensors. While collaborating with researchers at Cornell University, he is integrating engineered bacteriophage with nanostructure elements to rapidly identify, separate, concentrate, and detect bacteria in a pragmatic manner.
For more information, contact Joey Talbert in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-7015 or jotalber@iastate.edu.

August 15, 2017

Cleve Redmond receives grant for drug use prevention research: Cleve Redmond, a scientists in the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, was granted $65,150 for the third year of a subcontract from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. This award is part of a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research project to evaluate a family-centered substance use program for American Indian adolescents.
For more information, contact Cleve Redmond in human development and family studies at 515-294-0114 or cleve@iastate.edu.

Linda Hagedorn and Ran Li awarded funding for international student transfer experience research: Linda Hagedorn, the associate dean in the College of Human Sciences and Ran Li, postdoc in the School of Education received $800 from the University of Georgia for research on international student reverse transferring. Reverse transferring refers to moving from a four-year institute to a community college. Using a mixed method approach, the project will survey and interview international students from the largest community college in Iowa (DMACC) and the number one transfer destination university (ISU) in the state. This project will examine the decision-making process of reverse transfer and the transfer experiences of international students.
For more information, contact Linda Hagedorn in the School of Education at 515-294-5746 or lindah@iastate.edu.

Donna Winham awarded funding for research collaborating with the "Shop Healthy/Compre Saludable Iowa" initiative: Donna Winham, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, received an additional $3,000 award, totaling $11,756, from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Winham and her research team (Jenny Baier, Shelly Palmer) will use the funding for evaluation of their Latino Nutrition Environment Measures Survey for Stores (Latino NEMS-S) in Sioux City and Davenport.
For more information, contact Donna Winham in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-5040 or dwinham@iastate.edu.

August 8, 2017

Linda Niehm is awarded for business development research: Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management professor Linda Niehm receives $40,000 from Texas A&M University as part of a larger USDA-NIFA rural development grant. This project uses data from restricted-access government databases and publically available data, to create algorithms that help researchers and practitioners more accurately estimate the sustainability of rural business establishments. The long-term goal is to spur economic growth by focusing entrepreneurial and business development efforts on industries with a high probability of success in specific rural areas.
For more information, contact Linda Niehm in apparel, events, and hospitality management at niehmlin@iastate.edu.

Duck-chul Lee receives second year award for exercise study: Duck-chul Lee (DC Lee), an assistant professor in kinesiology, is awarded $716,120 from NIH-National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. This is a second year award as part of his five year award. Researching prevention of heart attacks and strokes, his study focuses on investigating health benefits of resistance and aerobic exercise with a healthy eating plan.
For more information, contact D.C. Lee in kinesiology at dclee@iastate.edu.

Christa Jackson and team are awarded grant for mathematics learning research: School of Education researchers Christa Jackson, Ji Yeong I, and Mollie Appelgate, along with Department of Mathematics researcher Heather Bolles, receive $254,872 from the Iowa Department of Education on their algebra learning professional development study. The team is collaborating with Drake University, Heartland AEA, and the Des Moines Public Schools on the project, called "Effectively Supporting all Students to be Successful in Algebra" or ES3A. They are focusing on increasing teachers' algebraic content knowledge; teachers' understanding and use of effective instructional practices, especially when teaching algebra content such as ratios, proportions, expressions, number systems, and functions to African American students and English Language Learners; and students' mathematical achievement. In this project, the team will provide high quality professional development, classroom support, and a variety of resources to middle school teachers so they can effectively support all of their students to be successful in algebra.
For more information, contact Christa Jackson in the School of Education at jacksonc@iastate.edu.

Greg Welk, Senlin Chen, Spyridoula Vazou, Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, and Doug Gentile earn third year funding for school wellness program: College of Human Sciences researchers Greg Welk, Senlin Chen, Spyridoula Vazou, and Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences researcher Doug Gentile, receive grant of $717,481 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This is their third year of funding for their research on the School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health (SWITCH) program.
For more information, contact Greg Welk in kinesiology at gwelk@iastate.edu.

May 22, 2017

Emily Howell earns grant for research on the digital writing process: Emily Howell, an assistant professor in the School of Education, is awarded $24,447 from the Center for Educational Transformation at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research project works with upper-elementary teachers, at local Iowa schools, to develop professional development for teachers to improve the digital writing process for students.
For more information, contact Emily Howell in the School of Education at 515-294-2655 or ehowell@iastate.edu.

Auriel Willette and Joseph Webb receive funding for neurogenetics research: Auriel Willette, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, and Joseph Webb, a graduate student in nutritional sciences, received a $5,000 award from the American Federation for Aging Research. They will be looking at parts of the genetic code, specifically related to energy metabolism in human brain cells, to see the effects of genetic code on the ability to function and live.
For more information, contact Joseph Webb, Auriel Willette in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-3011, 515-294-3110 or jlwebb@iastate.edu, awillett@iastate.edu.

May 1, 2017

Greg Welk receives grant for fitness program evaluation: Greg Welk, a professor in kinesiology, received $225,404 from the Cooper Institute. Welk and his team will use this grant to continue working on the evaluation of the NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram Partnership Project in collaboration with the Cooper Institute.
For more information, contact Greg Welk in kinesiology at 294-3583 or gwelk@iastate.edu.

April 6, 2017

SoJung Lee and Linda Niehm awarded funding for creating assessment toolkit: SoJung Lee, an assistant professor in apparel events and hospitality management (AESHM) and Linda Niehm, a professor in AESHM, received a $1,800 junior faculty grant from the Heddleson Faculty Fund. Lee and Niehm will use this money to create a cultural festival assessment toolkit for festival organizers in rural Iowa.The Heddleson Junior Faculty Grant program was established by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach to ensure that new faculty are exposed to and incorporated into Extension and Outreach projects in Iowa counties targeted to families. More».
For more information, contact Anthony Santiago in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 294-7042 or ads@iastate.edu.

Eunha "Lena" Jeong and Lakshman Rajagopal receive funding for examining effects of advertising in restaurants: Euhnha Jeon, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management (AESHM), and Lakshman Rajagopal, an associate professor in AESHM, received a $1,710 junior faculty grant from the Heddleson Faculty Fund for their advertising research. The mission of this research is to study the impact of restaurants' plate waste reduction practices according to consumers' attitudes about the company. The Heddleson Junior Faculty Grant program was established by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach to ensure that new faculty are exposed to and incorporated into Extension and Outreach projects in Iowa counties targeted to families. More».
For more information, contact Anthony Santiago in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 294-7042 or ads@iastate.edu.

March 27, 2017

Ji-Yeong "Joann" I receives funding for developing math curriculum: Ji Yeong "Joann" I, an assistant professor in the School of Education, received $6,000 from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for her collaborative English language learner (ELL) research study with Meredith Middle School in Des Moines. This research project is developing an effective mathematics curriculum to help English language learners make sense of essential mathematical concepts through modeling problems that are closely related to the students' lives. Through this project, Professor I and a middle school teacher will employ multi-tier design-based research to co-develop mathematical lessons based on modeling problems and co-teach the lessons for English language learners in an urban middle school in Des Moines.
For more information, contact Ji-Yeong I in the School of Education at 515-294-7667 or jiyeongi@iastate.edu.

Elizabeth Shirtcliff earns funding for puberty research project: Elizabeth, 'Birdie,' Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies, earned an $8,635 financial award from the University of Pittsburgh. Shirtcliff will examine puberty and hormones in relation to fMRI imaging of neural activation to reward in girls. The goal of the study is to see how the brain changes across development, particularly at puberty.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Shirtcliff in human development and family studies at 294-3677 or birdie@iastate.edu.

March 20, 2017

Zach Stromberg awarded competitive postdoctoral fellowship: Zach Stromberg, a post-doc in Professor Melha Mellata's lab in Food Science, was awarded the USDA postdoctoral fellowship ($152,000) to support a research project on E. coli found in beef that cause disease in humans. Under Mellata's supervision, Stromberg will study at the molecular level, how emerging E. coli persist in beef and cause diseases. This fellowship will prepare Stromberg for a successful career in the field of food safety and generate key data that will help fight these bacteria.
For more information, contact Melha Mellata in food science and human nutrition at 294-9920 or mmellata@iastate.edu.

Peter Martin receives funding for health-personality assessment: Peter Martin, a professor in human development and family studies, received $141,972 from United Health Care Services Inc. The grant will fund the project, "Population-based management and segmentation for optimal health care." The purpose of this study is to develop a health-personality assessment for older adults. The health personality assessment will help understand participants' health-related attitudes and behaviors with the goal of finding personality health patterns that can serve as an effective tool to optimize healthcare needs.
For more information, contact Peter Martin in human development and family studies at 294-5186 or pxmartin@iastate.edu.

Duck-chul Lee awarded funding for physical fitness study: Duck-chul Lee, an assistant professor in kinesiology, received 10,000 grant from Biospace Inc. for the Physical Activity and Sarcopenia Study (PASS). Lee will investigate the longitudinal associations of physical activity and fitness with sarcopenia and other chronic diseases in older adults by conducting a prospective cohort study.
For more information, contact Duck-chul Lee in kinesiology at 294-8042 or dclee@iastate.edu.

March 6, 2017

Greg Welk awarded funding for Iowa Fitnessgram Initiative: Greg Welk, a professor in kinesiology, was awarded a $12,000 grant to support continued work on the Iowa Fitnessgram Initiative. The funding provides continued support for a participatory research project focused on promoting physical activity and physical fitness in Iowa school children through the use of FitnessGram software.
For more information, contact Greg Welk in kinesiology at 294-3538 or gwelk@iastate.edu.

February 27, 2017

Zhiyou Wen given grant for analyzing water in Chicago: Zhiyou Wen, a professor in food science and human nutrition, received $199,514 from Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago. Wen's group has developed a novel algal cultivation technology with low cost and high production efficiency. In this project, Wen will study the use of microalgae technology to recover nutrients from wastewater at MWRD facility in Chicago area.
For more information, contact Zhiyou Wen in food science and human nutrition at 294-0426 or wenz@iastate.edu.

February 20, 2017

Brian Burt receives award to research black men in engineering: Brian Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education, received a $569,702 CAREER award to research how black men's experiences in Colleges of Engineering shape the evolution of their engineering identities and how an engineering identity relates to their success in STEM education. Burt's project will be the largest qualitative study of its kind about black men in engineering graduate programs and will shed light on key mechanisms that improve academic retention and success. More».
For more information, contact Brian Burt in the School of Education at 294-4466 or burt@iastate.edu.

February 10, 2017

Kere Hughes-Belding and Carla Peterson receive award to expand project: Kere Hughes-Belding, an associate professor, and Carla Peterson, the associate dean of HDFS, received a $11,638 award to expand their work with the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting project in Iowa. A assessment of the quality of parent-child interaction, Parenting Interactions with Children: A Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO), is being used as an outcome measure for the program. Drs. Hughes-Belding and Peterson are training home visitors across Iowa to help administer the PICCOLO measure and use the resulting data to inform their interventions with families.
For more information, contact Carla Peterson in human development and family studies at 294-7804 or carlapet@iastate.edu.

January 30, 2017

Linda Hagedorn receives grant for diversity program: Linda Serra Hagedorn, the Associate Dean of the School of Education, along with Rebecca Tang, an associate professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, received $75,000 from the U.S. Department of State and the US Embassy in Beijing. The grant will support the Fourth Annual Bald Eagle and Panda Virtual Conference. The conference, for students in China and the U.S., invites students to present issues related to comparative culture between the two countries.
For more information, contact Linda Hagedorn in the School of Education at 515-294-5746 or lindah@iastate.edu.

January 23, 2017

Sarah Francis awarded funding to evaluate nutrition program: Sarah Francis, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, was awarded $54,777 from the Iowa Department of Public Health. The money allows Francis to continue assisting in the evaluation of Fresh Conversations, a SNAP-ed nutrition education program for older adults.
For more information, contact Sarah Francis in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-1456 or slfranci@iastate.edu.

January 19, 2017

Participate in Fitbit study for patients with low back pain: Those between the ages of 24-65 who are suffering from chronic low back pain, do not take high blood pressure medicine, and do not exercise regularly may be eligible to participate in the Fitbit Study for Low Back Pain. This study is a free behavior change program designed to help individuals suffering from back pain become more physically active. As part of the study, participants will be provided with a Fitbit Charge physical activity monitor to use for 3 months. Participants will have the opportunity to target their own goals and track their progress using the Fitbit software/app. Registration for this Fitbit Study is open and ongoing. To learn more, email Maria Perez at wellnessworksISU@gmail.com. More».
For more information, contact Maria Perez in kinesiology at wellnessworksISU@gmail.com.

January 13, 2017

Keith Vorst obtains funding for researching shelf life extension: Keith Vorst, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, earned an award of $17,484 from Hillphoenix, along with a matched donation from Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). Vorst will work with Angela Shaw, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, to evaluate various cooling technologies for produce and meats for efficiency and shelf life extension.
For more information, contact Keith Vorst in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-6957 or kvorst@iastate.edu.

December 19, 2016

Christa Jackson receives grant for EDISON project: Christa Jackson and Mollie Appelgate, assistant professors in the School of Education, received a $107,226 grant from Parametric Studios Inc for their project, EDISON (Engineering Design Instruction Software for implementing Objectives of Next Generation Standards). EDISON focuses on providing gamified design, simulation, prototyping and a collaborative environment that serves as a work space for middle school students. More».
For more information, contact Christa Jackson in the School of Education at 515-294-4519 or jacksonc@iastate.edu.

December 12, 2016

Sarah Francis received an award for nutrition program: Sarah Francis, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, received a $43,858 award from the Iowa Department of Human Services to continue previous efforts to increase 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 promotes awareness of how food assistance can improve the nutritional intake and quality of life for adults ages 50+ years in 37 Iowa counties. The majority of these counties have a food assistance participation rate for adults ages 59+ years of less than 10 percent.
For more information, contact Sarah Francis in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-1456 or slfranci@iastate.edu.

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Nutrition and Wellness Team obtain financial support for food safety training: Catherine Strohbehn, an adjunct professor in Hospitality Management and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist, along with other members of the Nutrition and Wellness Extension and Outreach Team received a $15,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Human Services to provide food safety training to child care providers. Strohbehn will work with Co-PI Barbara Fuller, also a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist, to coordinate scholarships for those who prepare food for young children to attend a ServSafe® Certified Food Protection Manager course offered by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialists.
For more information, contact Catherine Strohbehn in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-3527 or cstrohbe@iastate.edu.

December 5, 2016

School of Education's Robin Galloway, Elisabeth Callen contract with Iowa Department of Education: Robin Galloway, a research and evaluation scientist in the School of Education, contracted with the Iowa Department of Education for $73,295 to conduct the 2016-2017 external evaluation of the efforts to implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) across the state. PBIS is a multi-tiered continuum of supports for all students in the school environment. It provides schools with the framework and organizational plan to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence for all students. Elisabeth Callen, a postdoc research associate in the School of Education, will assist with the analysis of the data and development of the 2016-2017 Iowa PBIS Annual Report submitted to the state. More».
For more information, contact Robin Galloway in the School of Education at 515-294-7009 or rgal@iastate.edu.

Murlidhar Dharmadhikari receives grant for promoting wine industry: Murlidhar Dharmadhikari, an adjunct associate professor in food science and human nutrition, earned a $250,000 grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to do research, outreach, and services to promote Iowa’s grape and wine industry.
For more information, contact Murlidhar Dharmadhikari in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-7211 or murli@iastate.edu.

November 28, 2016

Ann Gansemer-Topf receives award for military transition study: Ann Gansemer-Topf, an assistant professor in the School of Education and Denise-Williams Klotz, student services specialist in Multicultural Student Affairs, received a $30,000 award from the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Foundation. The award will fund “Examining the Transition Experiences of Military-Connected Students of Color,” a project that looks at the experiences of students of color in their first year of college.
For more information, contact Ann Gansemer-Topf in the School of Education at 515-294-7635 or anngt@iastate.edu.

Kimberly Greder awarded money for Latino extension and outreach program: Kimberly Greder, an associate professor in human development and family studies and a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist, was awarded $62,724 from the University of Illinois. The money is part of a USDA NIFA AFRI grant to help fund research and implementation of “Abriendo Caminos: Clearing the path for good health among Latino families,” a program that brings together Latino parents and their children in three Iowa communities to discuss, learn, and apply information and strategies to promote health in their families.
For more information, contact Kimberly Greder in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515 294 5906 or kgreder@iastate.edu.

October 10, 2016

Zhiyou Wen obtains funding for bioreactor project: Zhiyou Wen, a professor in food science and human nutrition, earned a $24,998 award from the Technical University of Denmark. This money funds a project that will develop a novel bioreactor for enhance the efficiency of mass transfer in syngas fermentation, which is a crucial step in producing biofuel from lignocellulosic biomass.
For more information, contact Zhiyou Wen in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-0426 or wenz@iastate.edu.

September 26, 2016

School of Education's Christa Jackson and Mollie Appelgate receive grant for STEM project: Christa Jackson and Mollie Appelgate, assistant professors in the School of Education, received a $49,813 grant from Parametric Studios Inc for their project, DESCARTES (Design Environment for Educator-Student Collaboration Allowing Real-Time Engineering-centric STEM). Jackson and Appelgate created a STEM curriculum for fourth graders that focuses on designing a boat with gamified software. Jackson and Appelgate and Jackson are also working with Christ Whitmer from Parametric Studios.
For more information, contact Christa Jackson in the School of Education at 515-294-4519 or jacksonc@iastate.edu.

Sarah Rodriguez and Rosemary Perez receive grant for STEM research: Sarah Rodriguez and Rosemary Perez, assistant professors in the School of Education, and principal investigator Craig Ogilvie, assistant dean of the Graduate College and a Morrill Professor in physics and astronomy, received a $410,626 grant from the National Science Foundation. Ogilvie, Rodriguez, and Perez will use this money to fund a study of the CIRTL AGEP Transformation Alliance. This group will develop, implement, and study models to examine pathways to the professoriate and the success of historically underrepresented minority (URM) students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Research will focus on how students engage with their STEM discipline and which experiences, relationships, and supports foster a sense of community and interest in joining the professoriate. More».
For more information, contact Sarah Rodriguez; Rosemary Perez in the School of Education at 294-8391; 294-4447 or srod@iastate.edu; rjperez@iastate.edu.

September 19, 2016

Kimberly Greder earns award for collaborative youth project: Kimberly Greder, an associate professor and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Specialist, along with Barbara Woods, a special projects coordinator in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, earned a $140,000 continuation award from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Greder and Woods will use this money to work in partnership with Extension and Outreach staff to implement a five-component project in Des Moines and Muscatine which aims to increase the high school graduation rates and access to college among Latino youth.
For more information, contact Kimberly Greder in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-5906 or kgreder@iastate.edu.

Jeanne Bissonnette co-authors paper on regional differences in how teacher education students discuss sociolinguistic content: In the paper, Bissonnette, an assistant professor in the School of Education, and her colleagues examine how being Southern shapes thoughts about language in pre-service teachers’ online discussions. These talks include how cultural norms surrounding language usage relate to content knowledge and instructional methods. "Regional Differences in Pre-Service Teachers' Responses to Critical Language Pedagogies" appeared in the print edition of the Southern Journal of Linguistics, 40(10), 1-39. J. Reaser, J. Hatcher, and A. Godley served as Bissonnette's co-authors. More».
For more information, contact Jeanne Bissonnette in the School of Education at 515-294-9764 or jdbiss@iastate.edu.

Tricia Neppl receives funding for monitoring stressors: Tricia Neppl, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, received third year funding of $365,736 from the University of Georgia. Neppl and her team will use this funding to examine the influence of relationship quality and psychosocial stressors on health changes during the transition from midlife to later adulthood.
For more information, contact Tricia Neppl in human development and family studies at 515-294-8502 or tneppl@iastate.edu.

August 17, 2016

Manju Reddy awarded contract for studying potential iron supplement: Manju Reddy, a professor in food science and human nutrition, received a $107,860 contract from Cura Global Health Inc. Reddy will be testing Aspergillus oryzae (AspironTM). , an iron enriched fungal supplement developed by Cura. They are hoping their research will prove Aspiron has the potential to be used as a food fortificant as well as a supplement to treat iron deficiency anemia.
For more information, contact Reddy Manju in food science and human nutrition at 294-2024 or mbreddy@iasate.edu.

Sarah Francis received funding for helping older adults eat healthier: Sarah Francis, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, has received a three year, $47,990 grant to continue her work with the Polk County Commodity and Supplemental Foods Nutrition Education program. Francis oversees the Nutrition Education With Seniors (NEWS) You Can Use Program which is a newsletter-based nutrition education program for adults age 60+ years. Since 2013, this program has led to older adults making healthier food choices, applying budget-friendly shopping tips and preparing the monthly recipe at home.
For more information, contact Sarah Francis in food science and human nutrition at 294-1456 or slfranci@istate.edu.

August 1, 2016

Elizabeth Stegemoller in kinesiology awarded grant to examine effects of singing in persons with Parkinson’s disease: Elizabeth Stegemoller, an assistant professor in kinesiology, received $20,000 from the Calhoun County Extension District. The money will fund a project which will expand on a previous grant that examined the effects of singing on voice, respiratory control, and swallowing in persons with Parkinson’s disease. In this grant, a training video (with Stegemoller leading the intervention) will be completed and the program will be carried out with the Extension specialist for a group of persons with Parkinson’s in Calhoun County. The idea is to determine if a virtual program will elicit the same response as the live program. If so, this will allow the singing program to expand and hopefully help more Iowans with Parkinson’s disease across the state.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Stegemoller in kinesiology at 515-294-5966 or esteg@iastate.edu.

July 27, 2016

Gong-Soog Hong and Janet Melby in HDFS receive funding to continue partnership for child welfare service training: Professor Gong-Soog Hong and adjunct associate professor Janet Melby in human development and family studies received a $1,998,137 award from the Iowa Department of Human Services. The award continues a partnership between the ISU Child Welfare Research and Training Project and the DHS Bureau of Service Support and Training and Bureau of Child Care Service. The project provides on-line instructional courses, blended learning opportunities, and classroom training to IDHS Social workers and community partners. They are essential to the delivery of social, rehabilitative treatment and support services throughout Iowa. In addition, the award supports state-wide community-based initiatives and continued implementation of the Safe and Together Model. The contract includes matching support for the AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children program being administered through the Child Welfare Research and Training Project.
For more information, contact Gong-Soog Hong in human development and family studies at 515-294-6120 or shong@iastate.edu.

July 21, 2016

Constance Beecher receives funding for development of internship program: Constance Beecher along with Mollie Appelgate, assistant professors in the School of Education, received 12,000 from six different county extension offices for their work on developing a summer internship program. Beecher and Appelgate will work with the extension and outreach offices and a local library in each county to create an internship program where SOE students (who have completed Block 1) will deliver STEM-focused literacy programs for children and families in the community.
For more information, contact Constance Beecher in the School of Education at 294-4512 or cbeecher@iastate.edu.

June 15, 2016

Elizabeth Shirtcliff and lab team awarded funding for assessing technology: Elizabeth Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies, and the Stress Physiology Innovation Team (SPIT) were awarded $25,200 from Oasis Diagnostics Corporation. The team will use the money to continue expand assessment of their technology that measures the stress hormone cortisol in real-time. This academic-industry partnership will add new assessments and assays to their ongoing beta-site testing of this emerging technology. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to improve the health and wellbeing of children through research that incorporates noninvasive, point-of-care, and real-time stress information.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Shirtcliff in human development and family studies at 515-294-0363 or birdie@iastate.edu.

Carl Weems awarded grant for testing intervention methods: Carl Weems, the Chair of the human development and family studies department, was awarded a three-year subcontract of $198,226 from Standford University and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. The grant will be used to test the relative efficacy of two interventions and control condition for reducing PTSD symptoms in youth exposed to traumatic stress and investigating treatment related changes in brain function using Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS).
For more information, contact Carl Weems in human development and family studies at 515-294-9659 or cweems@iastate.edu.

June 13, 2016

Susan W. Arendt receives funding for grocery store project: Susan W. Arendt, an associate professor in the apparel, events, and hospitality management department, received a $21,000 award from the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals. Arendt will work directly with the department developing instruments for data collection, assisting with data analysis and dissemination of findings for this project. The project, The Grocery Store Delis and Practices Related to Prevention of Listeria Monocytogenes: Rapid Response Team Project, is a large-scale research project which includes collection of micro samples, observations, and interview data from more than 200 grocery store delis.
For more information, contact Susan W. Arendt in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7575 or sarendt@iastate.edu.

Ji Young Choi awarded funding for researching child development program: Ji Young Choi, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, received a $46,026 award from the University of Oklahoma. The award will be used to research whether the continuity of care practice in Early Head Start Programs would be beneficial for low-income infants’ and toddlers’ developments.
For more information, contact Ji Young Choi in human development and family studies at jychoi@iastate.edu.

May 24, 2016

Seeking participants for study on graduate students who are also parents: Graduate students who balance the responsibilities of school with being parents are invited to sign up for a new study about graduate students with children. Amber Kreischer, a graduate student in human development and family studies, is recruiting study participants for one-hour interviews. Interview questions will ask graduate students how their status as parents is perceived by faculty, and ask for details about their experiences. The research aims to inform policies and procedures to support graduate students who are parents. Please contact Amber for more information. More».
For more information, contact Amber Kreischer in human development and family studies at 512-853-0861 or alk@iastate.edu.

May 3, 2016

Mari Kemis and Brandi Geisinger awarded funding for evaluation of NSF-funded RET site: Mari Kemis, interim director of RISE, and Brandi Geisinger, research and evaluation scientist in RISE, were awarded $50,000 from the University of Notre Dame to conduct an evaluation of their Research Experience for Teachers (RET) for Unconventional Computing project. The evaluation of this three-year project will provide key data and reporting that documents the impact of teachers' summer research experiences on content knowledge, practices in the classroom, and how they think about teaching computing at the K-12 level.
For more information, contact Mari Kemis in the School of Education at 515-294-9452 or mrkemis@iastate.edu.

April 25, 2016

Ruth MacDonald and Ruth Litchfield receive grant for summer undergraduate research program to address childhood obesity: Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair of food science and human nutrition, and Ruth Litchfield, associate chair, received a $275,760 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant will support summer research programs for three years for undergraduate students. Students will work with faculty and community partners to develop an appreciation for the comprehensive nature of the food system and the many influences on food access, food choices, and lifestyle behaviors, with the goal of reducing risks of overweight and obesity within communities.
For more information, contact Ruth MacDonald in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-5991 or ruthmacd@iastate.edu.

Lesia Oesterreich awarded funding to develop online curriculum on children's health and safety: Lesia Oesterreich, a state specialist in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach and adjunct assistant professor in human development and families studies, has received a grant award of $26,500 to develop an online curriculum titled Essentials Preservice for Early Childhood Education Professionals. The 10-module curriculum is being developed in partnership with Healthy Child Care Iowa and is funded by Iowa Department of Human Services. The online training will be required for all new early childhood education professionals and child development home providers to meet new federal legislative health and safety requirements.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

Ann Marie Fiore and team awarded funding to improve fashion education in India: Ann Marie Fiore, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, was awarded $190,000 from the United States-India Educational Foundation to improve fashion merchandising education in India. Activities emphasized include the development of a graduate-level course, service-learning activities in India, public lectures, and open source educational materials that better prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, global retail industry. Fiore’s team includes apparel, merchandising, and design professors Linda Niehm, Jessica Hurst, Te-Lin Chung, Elena Karpova, and Eulanda Sanders, along with Ana-Paula Correia in the School of Education. The team will also work with faculty from Oklahoma State University, the University of North Texas, and the National Institute of Fashion Technology in India.
For more information, contact Ann-Marie Fiore in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-9303 or amfiore@iastate.edu.

April 18, 2016

Tera Jordan, Sarah Francis, and Mary Krisco earn grant for diabetes prevention program: Tera Jordan, and assistant professor in human development and family studies; Sarah Francis, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition; and Mary Krisco, an Human Sciences Extension and Outreach field specialist; earned an $1,800 grant from the Heddleson Faculty Fund to develop a culturally-relevant, gender-sensitive, and family-based Diabetes Prevention Program for black men.
For more information, contact Anthony Santiago in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-7042 or ads@iastate.edu.

Sarah Rodriguez receives award for studying Latino men in college: Sarah Rodriguez, an assistant professor in the School of Education received $5,900 from the Center for the Study of Community Colleges. The grant will be used to study how prior gender socialization experiences and pre-conceived ideals of masculinity and identity affects Latino male students’ attitudes and behaviors while transitioning from community college to a four-year university. Rodriguez will work with Iowa State alumni Marissa Vasquez Urias, currently at San Diego State University, and Cristobal Salinas, currently at Florida Atlantic University.
For more information, contact Sarah Rodriguez in the School of Education at 515-294-8391 or srod@iastate.edu.

Shannon Coleman receives funding for studying food safety practices: Shannon Coleman, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, received $3,600 from the Heddleson Faculty Fund for studying common food safety practices for farmers' market vendors. Coleman will be collaborating with Lakshman Rajagopal, an associate professor in hospitality management, Barb Fuller, a Human Sciences Specialist in nutrition and wellness, Alexi Groumoutis, local foods coordinator for Southern Iowa Local Foods Initiative, and Brian Zachary, market manager/local food advocate for Creston Farmers Market.
For more information, contact Anthony Santiago in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-7042 or ads@iastate.edu.

April 8, 2016

Angela Shaw awarded funding for establishing food safety center: Angela Shaw, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, was awarded a three-year $950,000 grant from the federal Food and Drug Administration after applying through their competitive grant program. The grant will be used to establish the new North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, which will provide guidance to food processors and growers in 12 Midwestern states to become compliant with new regulations. The Iowa State University multidisciplinary team, comprised of faculty and Extension Specialists, is led by Angela Shaw, with support from Linda Naeve M.S. and Joseph Hannan, M.S. from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Dr. Catherine Strohbehn from the College of Human Sciences.
For more information, contact Angela Shaw in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-3527 or cstrohbe@iastate.edu.

February 22, 2016

FDA names Iowa State University regional center for food safety training: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has named Iowa State University as the home to one of four regional centers that will ensure local farmers and small processors can meet Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements. Iowa State faculty and staff will start up the North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technology Assistance. Angela Shaw, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, is the principle investigator on the grant. More».
For more information, contact Angela Shaw in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-0868 or angelaml@iastate.edu.

Kinesiology professor awarded funding for fitness initiative: Greg Welk, a professor in kinesiology, was awarded $12,000 from the Cooper Institute. Welk will use the funding to support the Iowa Fitnessgram Initiative, a local participatory research network. The initiative is designed to support central Iowa schools in using the Fitnessgram health related fitness profile in Physical Education programming.
For more information, contact Greg Welk in kinesiology at 515 294 3583 or gwelk@iastate.edu.

February 15, 2016

Bob Bosselman receives second-year funding to study menu labeling: Bob Bosselman, professor and chair in apparel, events, and hospitality management, received $11,660 from Gachon University in Seoul, South Korea to continue work on a collaborative menu labeling project. Bosselman and a team from Gachon University will interview industry experts and consumers in both the United States and South Korea to discuss menus and determine the most acceptable formats for menu labeling.
For more information, contact Bob Bosselman in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515 294 8550 or drbob@iastate.edu.

Duck-chul Lee receives award to research sarcopenia: Duck-chul Lee, an assistant professor in kinesiology, received $10,000 from Biospace Inc. to investigate the associations between daily physical activity and sarcopenia. The team will recruit 300 older adults aged 65 years or older, and follow them for one year to measure changes in physical activity and sarcopenia variables including muscle mass, muscle strength, and physical function. This study will fill an important gap in knowledge of the effects of physical activity on sarcopenia by adding more reliable data using comprehensive and objective assessments for both physical activity and sarcopenia.
For more information, contact Duck-chul Lee in kinesiology at 515 294 8042 or dclee@iastate.edu.

February 1, 2016

Human development and family studies professor awarded funding for studying couple relationships: Tricia Neppl, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, was awarded $365,736 from the University of Georgia. Neppl will use the funding to study continuity and change in couple relationships and health over the transition from middle to the later years.
For more information, contact Tricia Neppl in human development and family studies at 515-294-8502 or tneppl@iastate.edu.

January 28, 2016

Donna Winham publishes article on low-income women’s lack of knowledge about health benefits of beans: The Public Library of Science (PLOS) on Jan. 28 published a manuscript by Winham, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, entitled “Low-Income US Women Under-informed of the Specific Health Benefits of Consuming Beans." Winham is an expert in community and global nutrition. She said low-income women are at higher risk of poor dietary quality and chronic diseases. For Hispanics, bean consumption may drop as part of the acculturation experience while disease risk increases. Current beliefs about beans can help tailor education and outreach for vulnerable women. Emphasizing knowledge of the health benefits of beans and their role in cultural traditions may be a better approach to retain or increase bean consumption rather than focusing on beans as low-cost for nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These findings support current research in ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences on cultural diversity and reducing health disparities, and nutrition-specific agriculture programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. More».
For more information, contact Donna Winham in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-5040 or dwinham@iastate.edu.

January 25, 2016

School of Education professors given funding for year-long equity audit: Manali Sheth, Daniel Spikes, Jason Salisbury, and Katy Swalwell, assistant professors in the School of Education, have been awarded $9,356 from the West Des Moines School District to engage in a year-long equity audit with Valley High School. Through the audit, observations, interviews, and focus groups, the ISU team will help create a professional development plan and document this work for research purposes.
For more information, contact Katy Swalwell in the School of Education at 515-294-4511 or swalwell@iastate.edu.

January 18, 2016

Spyridoula Vazou receives award for evaluating physical activity program: Spyridoula Vazou, an assistant professor in kinesiology, received a $12,082 award from the ActivEd organization in order to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of the Walkabout program in preK-2nd grade students. Walkabouts are short videos that integrate physical activity with learning of common core concepts in the classroom. More».
For more information, contact Spyridoula Vazou in kinesiology at 515-294-8677 or svazou@iastate.edu.

December 14, 2015

Eric D. Olson receives funding for LGBT marketing initiative: Eric D. Olson, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, received $1,000 from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Ames LGBT Marketing Initiative Project. The aim of this project is to provide the Ames Convention Visitors Bureau with specific findings from marketing research that identifies Ames’s current perceived image as an LGBT-friendly destination, the motivational factors of LGBT tourists who visit Ames, and important factors that constitutes an “LGBT-friendly” destination.
For more information, contact Eric D. Olson in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515 294-0699 or olsoned@iastate.edu.

December 7, 2015

Sarah Francis receives funding for healthy living program: Sarah Francis, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, received $43,048 from the Iowa Department of Public Health to oversee the evaluation of the Fresh Conversations program. The nutrition education program, which helps seniors live healthier lives, is provided at congregate mealsites around the state.
For more information, contact Sarah Francis in food science and human nutrition at 515 294 1456 or slfranci@iastate.edu.

November 30, 2015

Panteleimon Ekkekakis awarded funding for psychological responses to cycling exercise: Panteleimon Ekkekakis, an associate professor in kinesiology and Zachary Zenko, a graduate student in Kinesiology were awarded $4,549 from Duke University. Ekkekakis and Zenko will work with Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University to learn more about the psychological responses to cycling exercise.
For more information, contact Panteleimon Ekkekakis in kinesiology at 515 294-8766 or ekkekaki@iastate.edu.

Constance Beecher awarded funding for evaluating developmental assessment framework: Constance Beecher, an assistant professor in the School of Education, received $14,586 from Washington State University. Beecher will work with faculty at Washington State to evaluate and improve a developmental assessment framework that is currently being implemented across all schools and districts in Washington State.
For more information, contact Connie Beecher in the School of Education at cbeecher@iastate.edu or 515 294-4512.

November 16, 2015

Sarah Francis awarded funding for continuation of increasing enrollment in the Iowa Food Assistance Program: Sarah Francis, a specialist in the Human Extension and Outreach Department, received $41,055 from the Iowa Department of Human Services. This award continues previous efforts to increase awareness and enrollment in the Iowa Food Assistance Program among older adults through the ISU Extension-delivered Wellness and Independence through Nutrition Program.
For more information, contact Sarah Francis in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at slfranci@iastate.edu or 515 294-1456.

Linda Hagedorn given grant for support of conference: Linda Serra Hagedorn, the Associate Dean of the School of Education received $50,000 from the U.S. Department of State and the US Embassy in Beijing. The grant will support the Third Annual Bald Eagle and Panda Virtual Conference. The conference, for students in China and the U.S., invites students to present issues related to comparative culture between the two countries. Hagedorn works with Rebecca Tang, an associate professor in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management and Arne Hallam, the Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
For more information, contact Linda Hagedorn in the School of Education at 515 294-5746 or lindah@iastate.edu.

November 9, 2015

Mari Kemis awarded funding for STEM Initiative Monitoring project: Mari Kemis, an assistant director in the School of Education, was awarded $29,700 from the University of Northern Iowa to support the Iowa STEM Initiative Monitoring Project. The project provides data for selected indicators related to K-12 student preparation in Iowa, student achievement and interest in STEM, college completion, and employment and workforce development in STEM fields; a statewide survey of public attitudes toward STEM in Iowa; assessment of student interest in STEM; and educator and student attitudes and learning from participation in statewide scale-up projects. The Monitoring Project is in its fourth year and supports the work of the Iowa Governor’s Advisory Council of the Iowa STEM Initiative.
For more information, contact Mari Kemis in the School of Education at 515-294-9452 or mrkemis@iastate.edu.

November 2, 2015

Amelia Karraker and Cassandra Dorius receive funding for marital histories project: Amelia Karraker and Cassandra Dorius, both assistant professors in human development and family studies, received $43,258 from Boston College for the project, “Marital Histories, Gender, and Financial Security in Late Mid-Life: Evidence from Four Cohorts in the Health and Retirement Study.” The project examines how marital histories impact individuals’ financial security as they approach retirement, including variation by gender and birth cohort.
For more information, contact Amelia Karraker in human development and family studies at 515 294 7392 or karraker@iastate.edu.

Robin Galloway awarded funding for statewide evaluation: Robin Galloway, a program coordinator in the School of Education, was awarded $71,277 from the Iowa Department of Education for a statewide evaluation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The program will be implemented in over 500 K-12 schools in Iowa. Galloway serves on the Iowa Department of Education statewide PBIS Leadership Team and assists with formative and summative assessment. Elizabeth Callen, doctoral graduate student, assists with data analysis and reporting.
For more information, contact Robin Galloway in the School of Education at 641-430-1508 or rgal@iastate.edu.

October 26, 2015

Kimberly Greder awarded grant for educational project: Kimberly Greder, an associate professor in human development and family studies, along with Katherine Richardson Bruna of the School of Education and Barbara Ann Woods of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, were awarded $135,000 from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant will support the second-year implementation of the five-year project, Juntos: Together for a Better Education and Success for At-Risk Youth in Iowa Communities. The community-based educational project aims to help Latino youth successfully complete high school and pursue a higher education. More».
For more information, contact Kimberly Greder in human development and family studies at 515-294-5906 or kgreder@iastate.edu.

October 19, 2015

Greg Welk and team awarded funding for evaluating physical activity assessment methods: Greg Welk, a professor in kinesiology and his team received $70,000 for a project funded by Westat, an independent research firm. The project provides support for Dr. Welk’s team in the Physical Activity and Health Promotion lab to evaluate new physical activity assessment methods to be used by the National Cancer Institute for large population surveillance studies. The team will be comparing new pattern recognition methods for raw accelerometer output from wrist worn monitors.
For more information, contact Greg Welk in kinesiology at 515-294-3583 or gwelk@iastate.edu.

October 12, 2015

Mandi Anderson receives funding for education project: Mandi Anderson, a research and evaluation scientist in the Research Institute for Studies in Education, received $30,000 for the third and final year of a $70,000 evaluation of In-depth Mathematical Practices and Content Teacher Training. The Mississippi State University project provides a professional learning community for 4th-8th grade teachers and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Math and Science Partnership program.
For more information, contact Mandi Anderson in the School of Education at 515-294-5847 or mande@iastate.edu.

September 29, 2015

Two universities contract with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach for AnswerLine services: Debra Sellers, Associate Dean and Director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, received continuations for contracts for $32,749 from South Dakota University Extension Service and another for $86,645 from University of Minnesota Twin Cities Extension. The contracts are for the two states to use Human Sciences Extension and Outreach's AnswerLine. The service provides research-based information throughout the year for consumers that have home and family questions (e.g., drought, disaster, power outages, food recalls) via a toll free phone number, email, Facebook page, and blog.
For more information, contact Debra Sellers in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-2312 or dsellers@iastate.edu.

September 22, 2015

Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute receives funding to study grape growing and winemaking: Under the direction of Murli Dharmadhikari in food science and human nutrition, the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute received a $288,000 award from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The money will go toward research aimed at improving the quality of grapes, strengthening the economic viability of the Iowa grape and wine industry, and enhancing the marketability of Iowa wines. The institute will also provide teaching, education, extension and outreach to support the development of the growing wine industry in Iowa.
For more information, contact Murlidhar Dharmadhikari in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-7211 or murli@iastate.edu.

September 15, 2015

FSHN's Auriel Willette receives funding for studying the effect of calorie restriction on the brain: Willette, a research scientist in food science and human nutrition, received $134,730 from the National Institute on Aging. Willette will investigate the effect of intermittent calorie restriction on brain function in healthy, older adults. Losing weight through dieting improves insulin signaling, giving certain brain cells more glucose to use for fuel, which may translate into improved memory, executive function, and higher brain activity in relevant regions.
For more information, contact Auriel Willette in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-3110 or awillett@iastate.edu.

HDFS' Elizabeth Shirtcliff receives award to study pubertal changes in adolescents: Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies, received a federal grant of $86,048 from the National Institute of Mental Health. Adolescence is a time of stress, full of anxiety and social threat, but it is also a time when youth are sensitive to social rewards. Neuromaturational changes in a longitudinal study at the University of Pittsburgh will investigate these changes in adolescents during puberty and in relation to pubertal hormones like testosterone and estrogen. Iowa State researchers in the HDFS SPIT (Stress Physiology Innovation Team) Laboratory will oversee the study’s investigation of puberty and pubertal hormones.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Shirtcliff in human development and family studies at 515-294-3677 or birdie@iastate.edu.

September 7, 2015

Lesia Oesterreich of HSEO, HDFS awarded funding for early childhood assessment project: Lesia Oesterreich, a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist and adjunct assistant professor in human development and family studies, was awarded $281,473 from the Iowa Department of Human Services for an early childhood environment rating scale assessment project. The project offers assessment and provides feedback to early childhood programs voluntarily participating in the Iowa Quality Rating System for early childhood education programs.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

August 25, 2015

Human Extension Outreach specialist earns funding for training program: Lesia Oesterreich, a human sciences extension and family outreach specialist, received $254,097 from the Iowa Department of Human Services for the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale Training Program. The educational program guides child care and preschool educators through a self-assessment of program quality. The end goal is to develop an action-based program improvement plan which will strengthen the quality care and education for Iowa’s young children.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

August 24, 2015

HDFS professor awarded a grant for credential program: Lesia Oesterreich, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the human development and family studies program and a human sciences extension and family outreach specialist, received a grant for $112,360 from the Iowa Department of Human Services. The grant will fund I-Consult, a competency-based credential program for early childhood education consultants, mentors, and supervisors who serve Iowa’s early childhood educators.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in human development and family studies at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

Human Extension and Outreach specialist receives funding for educational program: Lesia Oesterreich, an Extension to Families Specialist, received $140,958 from the Iowa Department of Human Services for the Better Kid Care New Staff Orientation. The orientation is an online and distance education program for Iowa’s early childhood program administrators and new early childhood education teachers.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

HDFS professors Gong-Soog Hong and Janet Melby receive funding to continue partnership for child welfare service training: Professor Gong-Soog Hong and Adjunct Associate Professor Janet Melby received a $1,948,458 award from the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). The award continues a partnership between the ISU Child Welfare Research and Training Project and the Department of Human Services (DHS) Bureau of Service Support and Training and Bureau of Child Care Services for FY 2016. The funds are used to deliver training, outreach, and evaluation regarding child welfare services, and support to DHS service workers and contracted providers throughout Iowa. In addition, the funds are being used for statewide implementation of the Safe and Together Model to address cases where domestic violence, child maltreatment, and child welfare meet. The contract also includes the AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children program administered through the Child Welfare Research and Training Project.
For more information, contact Gong-Soog Hong in human development and family studies at 515-294-6120 or shong@iastate.edu.

Three SOE members receive $300,000 award to serve as third-party evaluators: Arlene de la Mora, a research scientist, Soko Starobin, an associate professor, and Mari Kemis the Interim Director of the Research Institute for Studies in Education in the School of Education, will serve as the third-party evaluators on the Iowa’s Information Technology, Healthcare, Utilities, and Manufacturing (IHUM) project. The project is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Program. The IHUM network, consisting of all 15 Iowa community colleges, was developed to increase the education and training of TAA-eligible workers in the high-growth industries of health, information, manufacturing, and utilities. By building capacity in gap areas, graduates of the program will have the appropriate skills and credentials to successfully enter and advance in the related occupations while meeting the very specific skill needs sought by IHUM industry employers.
For more information, contact Arlene de la Mora in the School of Education at 515-294-6919 or adelamor@iastate.edu.

FSHN professor awarded funding for studying grapes and enology projects: Murlidhar Dharmadhikari, an adjunct associate professor in food science and human nutrition, received a $251, 185 award from Cornell University to fund a viticulture project. The project, Northern Grapes: Integrating Viticulture, Winemaking, and Marketing of New Cold-Hardy Cultivars Supporting New and Growing Rural Wineries, includes several wine studies and enology projects in winemaking and sensory evaluation. The projects is co-investigated by Jacek Koziel, an associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering, Gail Nonnecke, Morrill Professor in horticulture, and Diana Cochran, an assistant professor in horticulture.
For more information, contact Murlidhar Dharmadhikari in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-7211 or murli@iastate.edu.

Kinesiology professor awarded second year of NIH funding for youth physical activity research: Greg Welk, a professor in Kinesiology, was awarded $157,794 from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute to continue his second year of research on the online self-report assessment called the Youth Activity Profile. YAP uses objective activity monitors to accurately estimate the time kids spend doing physical activity.
For more information, contact Greg Welk in kinesiology at 515-294-3583 or gwelk@iastate.edu.

August 18, 2015

Three CHS staff members coordinate grant funded scholarships for food safety certification program: Catherine Strohbehn and Barb Fuller, both extension and outreach specialists, along with Victoria Van Voorhis, secretary of the Apparel, Event, and Hospitality Management Department, coordinate administration of a $15,000 training grant from the Department of Human Services. The grant allows for 100 child care providers in Iowa (20 for each Child Care Resource and Referral Region) to attend the ServSafe® food safety certification program. ServSafe® teaches providers how to lessen risks of food through education about safe food handling practices.
For more information, contact Catherine Strohbehn in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-3527 or cstrohbe@iastate.edu.

SOE professor Amy Hutchison receives funding to study school’s implementation of new system: Amy Hutchison, an associate professor in the School of Education received a $79,898 award from the Center for Educational Transformation at the University of Northern Iowa. She will work with a school district in the metro area to study the implementation of their Teacher Leadership and Compensation System as they train teachers to become school leaders in using digital technology in their teaching.
For more information, contact Amy Hutchison in the School of Education at 515-294-1952 or amyhutch@iastate.edu.

July 16, 2015

HDFS professors Gong-Soog Hong and Janet Melby receive funding to continue partnership for child outreach project: Professor Gong-Soog Hong and Adjunct Associate Professor Janet Melby received a $1,721,392 award from the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). The award continues a partnership between ISU’s Child Welfare Research and Training Project and DHS’s Child Support Recovery Unit for delivery of training, outreach and evaluation regarding child support and paternity establishment to Iowa schools, hospitals, agencies, and field offices. It includes delivery of Parenting: It’s a Life and completion of Mapping the Future of Paternity Establishment through Geographic Information System (GIS).
For more information, contact Gong-Soog Hong in human development and family studies at 1-515-294-6120 or shong@iastate.edu.

July 15, 2015

HDFS professors Amelia Karraker and Megan Gilligan awarded funding to examine family finance variations: Amelia Karraker and Megan Gilligan, assistant professors in HDFS, earned $20,000 from the University of Michigan (with support from the National Institute on Aging) for their project, “Between-and Within-Family Variation in Parental Financial Support to Adult Children across Three Generations. This project examines between and within family variation, with a particular focus on parental support for education and buying a home. By examining patterns of financial support across generations, they will contribute understanding to how the family as a unit perpetuates inequality over time--both between family members and across families.
For more information, contact Amelia Karraker in human development and family studies at 515-294-7392 or karraker@iastate.edu.

AESHM faculty Susan W. Arendt and Eric D. Olson gain funding for studying summer food service program: AESHM associate professor Susan W. Arendt and assistant professor Eric D. Olson received a $16,165 award from the University of Southern Mississippi to study the Summer Food Service Program. The goals of this research project are to describe the innovative avenues sponsoring organizations are reaching children and providing meals and nutrition education via the Summer Food Service Program; identify the perceptions of sponsors and food service staff operating the program; identify the issues, successes, barriers, and plausible resolutions that impact the program. The information gained from this research will be used to improve awareness and reach of the Summer Food Service Program to increase provision of meals to kids needing them.
For more information, contact Susan W. Arendt in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7575 or sarendt@iastate.edu.

July 6, 2015

Carla Peterson receives award from the University of Washington for providing training materials to youth educators: Carla Peterson, associate dean of the College of Human Sciences, received a $109,204 award to continue the five-year program with the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL). This is the fifth year Peterson and the ISU team has received the award which is used to provide training and technical assistance materials for Head Start and Early Head Start personnel around the country. The team has helped develop materials focused on home-based programming and infant-toddler programming. In addition to developing useful materials, the team also does numerous conference and seminar presentations. More».
For more information, contact Carla Peterson in administration at 1-515-294-7804 or carlapet@iastate.edu.

Stephanie Clark receives award from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association for researching defects in cheese: Stephanie Clark, associate professor in food science and human nutrition along with Distinguished Professor Donald Beitz in animal science received a $79,146 award to investigate the reason distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may contribute to late-blowing cheese, which means the cheese is visibly spoiled. The research will look at two potential reasons: the presence of spores that lead to gas-producing microorganisms and/or excess lactose in baby Swiss cheese. More».
For more information, contact Stephanie Clark in food science and human nutrition at 1-515-294-7346 or milkmade@iastate.edu.

Amie Zarling receives award from the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center for testing new intervention method: College of Human Sciences assistant professor in HDFS, Amie Zarling, received a $60,923 award from the University of Iowa Injury Prevention and Research Center. This money will be used to implement a state-wide, randomized, controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior (ACTV) for men who have been arrested for domestic violence and who have been court-mandated to complete treatment. ACTV is a new intervention model which hopes to reduce violent behavior and crime in convicted men. The study will compare ACTV with the standard Duluth Model intervention assessing changes in domestic abuse, verbal aggression, and other relationship behaviors.
For more information, contact Amie Zarling in human development and family studies at azarling@iastate.edu.

Elizabeth Shirtcliff receives award from the University of Houston for researching physiological impacts of stress: Elizabeth Shirtcliff, associate professor in human development and family studies, received a $84,750 multi-year subcontract for a federal grant from National Institutes of Health (NIDA). The money will fund a project, led by Dr. Ezemenari Obasi at the University of Houston, which is designed to understand how stress exposure — which disproportionately affects African Americans — exerts a physiological impact on people and places them at risk for drug use and physical body damage. The Iowa State’s saliva and psychology investigative team in human development and family studies will categorize how a range of stress biomarkers affect individuals.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Shirtcliff in human development and family studies at 1-515-294-3677 or birdie@iastate.edu.

May 29, 2015

Debra Sellers receives award from West Virginia University to reach youth in high-risk populations through education: Debra Sellers, associate dean of the College of Human Sciences and director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, received a subcontract of $79,145 from West Virginia University as a result of a 5-year Children Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) grant. This award will aid with implementing the PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) model in two West Virginia and two Iowa communities. PROSPER is a system that supports the continued delivery of evidence-based programs and makes the most of Extension and partner organization resources. The model is scientifically proven to increase positive development and behavior among youth ages 11-13, such as problem-solving skills and encouraging parent-teen relationships. It is also proven to decrease problem behaviors such as alcohol and drug use. More».
For more information, contact Debra Sellers in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 1-515-294-2312 or dsellers@iastate.edu.

Murlidhar Dharmadhikari, an adjuct associate professor in food science and human nutrition, receives award from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship for wine study: College of Human Sciences adjunct professor in FSHN, Murlidhar Dharmadhikari, received a $288,000 award from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. A portion of this award will be used to study the flavor profiles of cold hardy grapes and wines.
For more information, contact Murlidhar Dharmadhikari in food science and human nutrition at 1-515-294-7211 or murli@iastate.edu.

May 4, 2015

Two CHS associate professors, along with two other Iowa State faculty, receive grant from Midwest Dairy Association: The College of Human Sciences' Stephanie Clark and Byron Brehm-Stecher, along with two other Iowa State faculty, Rebecca Cademartiri and Donald Beitz, received a $90,000 grant from the Midwest Dairy Association. This award will support a study of Salmonella detection methods in milk, a study of milk MicroRNAs, and an evaluation of consumer perceptions of fluid milk. The goals of these studies are: to develop an easy-to-use, disposable kit that can capture and detect low levels of Salmonella, to find healthful properties of milk-derived MicroRNAs, and to identify strategies to reverse the declining milk consumption trend.
For more information, contact Stephanie Clark in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-7346 or milkmade@iastate.edu.

Greg Welk, Senlin Chen, Spyridoula Vazou, Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, and Doug Gentile receive award for program that helps prevent childhood obesity: College of Human Sciences researchers Greg Welk, Senlin Chen, Spyridoula Vazou, and Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, along with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences researcher Doug Gentile, received a $693,768 award from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This award is part of a four-year funded project that will systematically evaluate the factors influencing the adoption, implementation, and maintenance of the SWITCH Program in elementary schools.The SWITCH program is an evidence-based obesity prevention program developed at Iowa State that is designed to help youth "SWITCH what they Do, View, and Chew." More».
For more information, contact Greg Welk in kinesiology at 515-294-3583 or gwelk@iastate.edu.

April 27, 2015

Two CHS associate professors work with Iowa State faculty to study methods to test and detect Salmonella: College of Human Sciences associate professors Byron Brehm-Stecher and Stephanie Clark, along with two other Iowa State faculty, Rebecca Cademartiri and Donald Beitz, received a $90,000 grant from the Midwest Dairy Association. This award will support the study of faster and easier methods for Salmonella detection during processing. They will study methods that combine portable and user-friendly approaches and include the development of tests constructed from or utilizing inexpensive materials such as filter paper and adhesive tape. The goals of the study are to simplify the screening of processing environments for pathogens and to develop easy-to-use, disposable kits that can capture and detect low levels of Salmonella from relatively small volumes of milk.
For more information, contact Byron Brehm-Stecher in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-3011 or byron@iastate.edu.

April 20, 2015

Susan Maude receives award to serve as a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs external evaluator: Susan Maude, associate professor in human development and family studies, received a $20,000 award from Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington to serve as an external evaluator on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. This is the fourth community college program Maude will evaluate, as program faculty reexamine and revise curricula to prepare paraeducators to support children and their families who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.
For more information, contact Susan P. Maude in human development and family studies at 515-294-2370 or smaude@iastate.edu.

April 10, 2015

Apparel, events, and hospitality management professors receive 2015 Heddleson Junior Faculty Grant:Assistant professor Eric D. Olson and and associate professor Lakshman Rajagopal are recipients of the 2015 Heddleson Junior Faculty Grant. With their $3,600 award, they plan to conduct a needs assessment of current festivals, fairs, and events managers and then develop an event management toolkit for organizers and managers in rural Iowa. During their research process, they plan to work with ISU Extension professionals and involve apparel, events, and hospitality management graduate and undergraduate students. More».
For more information, contact Anthony Santiago in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-7042 or ads@iastate.edu.

April 7, 2015

SoJung Lee receives grant from Club Managers Association of America: Lee, an assistant professor of Hospitality Management received funding from the Club Managers Association of America to study individual's motivation to join country clubs.
For more information, contact James E. Butler in the College of Human Sciences at 2392625550 or jebutler@iastate.edu.

March 30, 2015

Amy Hutchison receives award as part of Center for Educational Transformation fellowship: School of Education assistant professor Amy Hutchison received a $63,736 award that will fund the study of a model of planning and professional development for integrating digital technology into literacy instruction. She received this award as part of a fellowship with the Center for Educational Transformation.
For more information, contact Amy Hutchison in the School of Education at 515-294-1952 or amyhutch@iastate.edu.

March 23, 2015

AESHM receives 2015 Ames Community Grant for research marketing Ames as LGBT visitor destination: The Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management on Monday received the 2015 Ames Community Grant for a research initiative engaging and marketing Ames as a visitor destination for the LGBT community. The $1,000 grant came from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau. More».
For more information, contact Allyson Walter in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-956-4567 or allysonw@amescvb.com.

Elizabeth Shirtcliff receives grant to continue phase II of work with device that measures cortisol levels in saliva: Human development and family studies associate professor Elizabeth Shirtcliff received $152,966 from Oasis Diagnostics to support phase II of her team's work with the VerOFy® Rapid, Oral Fluid Test Platform. For the past three years, Oasis Diagnostics has partnered with Iowa State University and its Stress Physiology Innovative Team (SPIT) laboratory to test its VerOFy® technology. This technology can measure salivary cortisol within 20 minutes of sample collection in point-of-care, portable settings. These measurements are important biomarkers of stress. Phase II of work with this platform will allow Shirtcliff and her team to test the VerOFy® on human saliva and coordinate a series of sites across the country to determine the utility of knowing about stress physiology in real time.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Shirtcliff in human development and family studies at 515-294-3677 or birdie@iastate.edu.

March 9, 2015

Human development and family studies assistant professor receives grant to study later adulthood: ​Tricia Neppl, assistant professor in human development and family studies, received a $355,954 grant from the University of Georgia to examine couples and families as they transition to retirement in later adulthood. This study will assess health, financial, and relationship changes over time. It will also look at how genetics interact with the environment to influence health and close relationships.
For more information, contact Tricia Neppl in human development and family studies at 515-294-8502 or tneppl@iastate.edu.

March 2, 2015

Bob Bosselman receives grant to study menu labeling: Bob Bosselman, professor and chair in apparel, events, and hospitality management, received $18,666 from Gachon University in Seoul, South Korea to work on a collaborative menu labeling project. Bosselman and a team from Gachon University will interview industry experts and consumers in both the United States and South Korea to discuss menus and determine the most acceptable formats for menu labeling.
For more information, contact Robert Bosselman in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-8550 or drbob@iastate.edu.

February 23, 2015

School of Education's Brian Burt receives grant to study black men in engineering in the State of Iowa: Brian Burt, assistant professor in the School of Education, received a $10,400 seed grant from the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research in Iowa. With this grant, Burt will examine black men in engineering graduate programs. He will focus on students' educational experiences, including the relationships that influence their persistence in engineering. The implications of this research can help make colleges of engineering more supportive for underrepresented populations, which will in part help to broaden participation in engineering. The National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research in Iowa provides support for key bioenergy-related research areas at Iowa’s Regents Institutions, while establishing partnerships with the state’s community colleges, private colleges, school districts, government agencies and industries. The ultimate program mission is to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States. More».
For more information, contact Brian Burt in the School of Education at 515-294-4466 or burt@iastate.edu.

School of Education's EunJin Bang, Kristina Tank, and Manali Sheth receive Innovative Teaching Grant: The School of Education's EunJin Bang, Kristina Tank, and Manali Sheth received an Innovative Teaching Grant to establish consistencies in STEM teaching practices in School of Education courses. This grant will allow the team to use innovative teaching tools that identify key science teaching practices, develop models to integrate STEM disciplines, and implement these models into School of Education science methods and science competency courses.
For more information, contact EunJin Bang in the School of Education at 515-294-7371 or ejbang@iastate.edu.

Matt Rowling receives collaborative seed grant to fund Type 2 diabetes research:Associate professor in food science and human nutrition Matt Rowling received a collaborative seed grant to support research that will determine how resistant starch, a low glycemic index carbohydrate, protects against kidney failure and the loss of nutrients during the progression of Type 2 diabetes.
For more information, contact Matt Rowling in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-9105 or mrowling@iastate.edu.

February 16, 2015

School of Education's Katy Swalwell, Denise Schmidt-Crawford, and Clyciane Michelini receive grant for Teaching and Learning Iowa History course: Katy Swalwell, Denise Schmidt-Crawford, and Clyciane Michelini of the School of Education received an Innovative Teaching Grant to create an online course called Teaching and Learning in Iowa History. This course gives future and current K-12 educators the chance to learn about social justice and multicultural themes in Iowa history as well as prepare to engage with K-12 student about these topics in the best ways possible.
For more information, contact Katy Swalwell in the School of Education at 515-294-4511 or swalwell@iastate.edu.

Iowa State faculty work to increase financial literacy through game-based learning: The School of Education's Larysa Nadolny along with Human development and family studies' Kelly Carnine, Jonathan Fox, Clinton Gudmunson, Amelia Karraker, Jeanna Nation, Suzanne Bartholomae, and Cynthia Fletcher received an Innovative Teaching Grant to use game-based learning in Iowa State's Personal Finance and Young Adulthood course. In redesigning this course to include game-playing, the research team hopes to increase student engagement, attract new students, and increase financial literacy.
For more information, contact Jonathan Fox in human development and family studies at 515-294-6993 or jjfox@iastate.edu.

Eojina Kim and Rebecca Tang awarded Helen LeBaron Hilton funds: Eojina Kim, a Ph.D. student in apparel, events, and hospitality management, and Rebecca Tang, an assistant professor in AESHM, were awarded Helen LeBaron Hilton funds for their proposal that identifies how consumers respond to different formats of menu labeling. The Helen LeBaron Hilton Fund supports community service, leadership, and balanced quality of life. Emphasis of the work supported by this fund is expected to have a positive impact on human welfare.
For more information, contact Anthony Santiago in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-7042 or ads@iastate.edu.

Faculty and staff can attend research summit to learn strategies that capitalize on internal college funding opportunities: The College of Human Sciences Research Summit will be held on March 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 0331 Palmer Building. This summit will present the outcomes of the college's internal research grant program as well as share successful strategies for capitalizing on internal college funding. College faculty and staff Matt Rowling, Amy Hutchison, Doreen Chung, Elizabeth Stegemoller, and Christine Maynard will be featured. RSVP must be made electronically via Outlook calendar invitation by Feb. 27. Space is limited. Please note: For faculty and staff only.
For more information, contact Carla Peterson in administration at 515-294-7804 or carlapet@iastate.edu.

February 9, 2015

College of Human Sciences faculty receive grant to use virtual worlds to prepare future educators: Christa Jackson, Mollie Appelgate, Larysa Nadolny, Gale Seiler, and Manali Sheth in the School of Education received an Innovative Teaching Grant to use a virtual worlds course to prepare pre-service teachers to teach mathematics and science in culturally responsive ways. In using a virtual school populated by students of diverse social identities, the course will provide future educators the opportunity to "authentically" experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds and enact equitable teaching practices. The ideas and practices introduced through this will be incorporated in Iowa State's Multicultural Foundations of Schools and Society, Teaching Children Mathematics, and Teaching of Science courses.
For more information, contact Christa Jackson at 515-294-4519 or jacksonc@iastate.edu.

Human development and family studies professor receives $20,217 to examine adolescent development: Elizabeth Shirtcliff received $85,218 from The University of Pittsburgh to examine how pubertal maturation influences adolescent development. Shirtcliff will focus on how biomarkers of pubertal maturation, such as testosterone, influence adolescent behavior and neurobiology. The study is designed to shed light on mechanisms that place some adolescents are at risk for mental health problems.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Shirtcliff in human development and family studies at 515-294-3677 or birdie@iastate.edu.

Jane Todey, Kevin Randall, and Cathy Hockaday receive Helen Lebaron Hilton Funding: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Jane Todey, Kevin Randall, and Cathy Hockaday were awarded funding for their proposal to develop a multi-media/video tool that promotes Iowa State Extension and Outreach's Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14. The Strengthening Families program promotes positive impact by bringing families closer together and building skills that foster a balanced quality of life, along with positive outcomes for youth. The Helen LeBaron Hilton Fund supports community service, leadership and balanced quality of life. The emphasis of the work supported by this fund is to have a positive impact on human welfare.
For more information, contact Anthony Santiago in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-7042 or ads@iastate.edu.

February 2, 2015

Lesia Oesterreich receives $117,937 for work with the I-Consult Program: Lesia Oesterreich, Human Science Extension and Outreach specialist, received $117,937 for work with the I-Consult Program. This program provides training and support for Iowa Early Care and Education Consultants. Instruction, portfolio review, and supervised observation are used to help consultants meet consultation competencies recognized by Early Childhood Iowa. An I-Consult Consultant Credential and a Mentor Credential are also included as part of the program.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

Katherine Richardson Bruna receives collaborative seed grant to fund Design Dialogues project:Katherine Richardson Bruna, associate professor in the School of Education and Director of the ISU 4U Promise, received a collaborative seed grant to fund Design Dialogues. Design Dialogues is a sequence of design-based planning conversations among groups of Latino and African-American youth and families in Des Moines facilitated by Iowa State University's faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Extension and Outreach, and Community and Regional Planning. The purpose of these conversations is to identify issues of importance related to Latino and African-American educational experiences that will assist Iowa State in understanding and developing in- and out-of-school activities that enhance educational opportunity while also identifying assets in the community that that can inform ongoing work related to multiple Des Moines-based ISU efforts.
For more information, contact Katherine Richardson Bruna in the School of Education at 515-294-4144 or krbruna@iastate.edu.

Sara Marcketti, Craig Ogilvie, and Holly Bender receive grant to support Center for Integrated Research, Teaching and Learning:Apparel, events, and hospitality management's Sara Marcketti was third author with Iowa State's Craig Ogilvie and Holly Bender to an award of $43,100. This award will fund teaching-as-research projects and increase Center for Integrated Research, Teaching and Learning practitioners at Iowa State University. The Center for Integrated Research, Teaching and Learning is a National Science Foundation Center for Learning and Teaching in 22 higher education schools that uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences.
For more information, contact Sara Marcketti in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7393 or sbb@iastate.edu.

January 26, 2015

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist Lesia Oesterreich receives grant for staff orientation program: Lesia Oesterreich, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist, received $161,323 in funding for the New Staff Orientation (NSO) Program. This program provides new center and preschool teachers a full, program-based orientation that can be initiated immediately, on-site, and with center director supervision and input. The program includes fast-paced, 15-minute videos demonstrating best practice and uses onsite activities and assignments to extend learning and help teachers practice new skills.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

School of Education's Constance Beecher partners with Washington State University: Constance Beecher, assistant professor in the School of Education, received $14,586 to work with Washington State University and eastern Washington school districts to evaluate and refine the new assessment system called TSGold. Through this evaluation, the research team hopes to find out if TSGold allows for adequate assessment of literacy skills development for kindergarteners and if extra training and support enable teachers to use TSGold more effectively. More».
For more information, contact Connie Beecher in the School of Education at 515-294-4512 or cbeecher@iastate.edu.

January 19, 2015

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist receives $261,320 to train early care and education professionals:Lesia Oesterreich received a $261,320 award to support the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale Training Program. This program teaches early care and education professionals how to use a nationally recognized assessment tool to self-assess the quality of their child care or preschool program learning environments. Participants of the program use this information to develop short and long term goals to improve the quality of early care and education for young children.
For more information, contact lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

Food science and human nutrition professor receives funding for the Wellness and Independence through Nutrition Program: Sarah Francis received a $44,870 award from the Iowa Department of Human Services to fund the Wellness and Independence through Nutrition Program. This funding will help the program, which is offered in 31 Iowa counties, promote food assistance to Iowans 50 years and older. More».
For more information, contact Sarah Francis in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-1456 or slfranci@iastate.edu.

January 12, 2015

Lesia Oesterreich receives funding to work on Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale Assessment Project:Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist Lesia Oesterreich received a $274,507 award to assess the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale. This assessment project helps Iowa early care and education programs participating in the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS). Assessments examine health and safety, daily routines, learning environments, adult-child interactions, and parent relationships. Assessors provide written feedback to support quality program improvements.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

Linda Hagedorn and Liang Tang receive $100,000 to begin new cultural center in Harbin, China: The College of Human Sciences' Linda Hagedorn and Liang Tang as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Arne Hallam received a $100,000 grant to begin a new cultural center at Harbin University of Science and Technology in Harbin, China. The new cultural center will be equipped with American books, movies, games, and other cultural artifacts. The center will also host English instruction and discussion of American culture. The project with Harbin also includes an agreement with Iowa State University to establish a 2+2+2 program that will allow students in specific majors to come to Iowa State after two years of study at Harbin.
For more information, contact Linda Hagedorn in administration at 515-294-5746 or lindah@iastate.edu.

January 5, 2015

Sarah Francis receives $114,682 to evaluate diabetes nutrition education program: Sarah Francis, professor in food science and human nutrition, received a National Institute of Food and Agriculture Rural Health and Safety Education Grant of $114,682 to evaluate a community-based Extension-delivered diabetes nutrition education program called Latinos Living Well. This culturally-relevant program is for rural-residing Latinos. The program will be conducted by Human Sciences Extension Specialists in Nutrition and Health in 10 rural Iowa counties over the next year.
For more information, contact Sarah Francis in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-1456 or slfranci@iastate.edu.

College of Human Sciences' Linda Hagedorn and Liang Tang continue work with Henan Normal University in China: The College of Human Sciences' Linda Hagedorn and Liang Tang and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Arne Hallam received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to continue and extend work with Henan Normal University in Xinxiang, China. So far, collaboration with Henan Normal University has helped Iowa State maintain a Cultural Center on the Xinxiang campus as well as create an annual virtual conference called the Bald Eagle and Panda Conference. The goal of this current and future work is to further understandings and peace between the two countries.
For more information, contact Linda Hagedorn in administration at 515-294-5746 or lindah@iastate.edu.

December 15, 2014

Food science and human nutrition's Matthew Rowling, Kevin Schalinske, and Samantha Jones receive $76,000 from the Egg Nutrition Center to research egg consumption: Matthew Rowling and Kevin Schalinske, both professors, and Samantha Jones, graduate student, received a $76,000 award from the Egg Nutrition Center to research consumption of eggs. The research group will study if consuming whole eggs will prove to be beneficial in the management of irritable bowel disease. So far, the group has found that consuming whole egg can prevent vitamin D deficiency in type 2 diabetes.
For more information, contact Samantha Jones in food science and human nutrition at 630-768-4266 or skj@iastate.edu.

Angela Shaw, Catherine Strohbehn, and Linda Naeve develop online food safety modules: Angela Shaw, professor in food science and human nutrition; Catherine Strohbehn, professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management; and Linda Naeve of ISU Extension and Outreach received a $24,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture to minimize food safety risk at farmers markets. To do this, the research team is developing four online modules about specific food safety practices and policies to educate both farmers’ market vendors and farmers’ market managers. Each module will include knowledge quizzes, reflective questions, and resource guides.
For more information, contact Angela Shaw in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-0868 or angelaml@iastate.edu.

December 8, 2014

Robin Galloway receives grant to evaluate implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports system: The School of Education's Robin Galloway received $65,515 from the Iowa Department of Education to serve as the primary investigator in an evaluation of the statewide implementation of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) process. More than 500 schools at K-12 levels now implement the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports process in Iowa. As part of the work, Galloway also serves on the Iowa Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports State Leadership Team.​ Beth Callen, graduate student assists with the data analysis.
For more information, contact Robin Galloway in the School of Education at 641-430-1508 or rgal@iastate.edu.

Jonathan Fox and Suzanne Bartholomae continue evaluation of Financial Capability Network: Jonathan Fox, professor in human development and family studies, and Suzanne Bartholomae, specialist in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, received a $9,000 award from the United Way of Central Iowa. This award will fund the continuation of an evaluation of the Financial Capability Network’s strategies to increase low-income families’ access to mainstream financial services and to improve their financial management behavior.
For more information, contact Suzanne Bartholomae in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-9528 or suzanneb@iastate.edu.

School of Education's Amy Hutchison to evaluate Iowa's intensive summer reading programs: Amy Hutchison received an $80,000 award from the Iowa Reading Research Center to examine existing initiatives, funding sources, policies, and partnerships related to intensive summer reading programs in Iowa. The work will help form standards that will be created to guide the development of required summer programs for students who exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading.
For more information, contact Amy Hutchison in the School of Education at 515-294-1952 or amyhutch@iastate.edu.

November 30, 2014

Strengthening the Professoriate at ISU workshop on Dec. 8: Strengthening the Professoriate at ISU (SP@ISU) is hosting a workshop intended to educate current and future faculty of opportunities available as simple extensions of their work or in collaboration with programs on campus. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Sun Room of Memorial Union. More».
For more information, contact Courtney Giese at 952-380-3626 or cgiese@iastate.edu.

College of Human Science's Catherine Strohbehn works with research team to test damaged berries: Catherine Strohbehen, extension specialist and professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, along with a team of Iowa State researchers, received a $40,258 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture project to identify processing potential for damaged berries. This project will test recipes including the berries for quality, safety and readiness for retail foodservice markets. The team of researchers includes faculty and extension staff from Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Sciences
For more information, contact Catherine Strohbehn in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-3527 or Cstrohbe@iastate.edu.

Janet Melby and Gong-Soog Hong receive grant to help increase efficacy of paternity establishment processes: Janet Melby and Gong-Soog Hong of human development and family studies received a $131,626 award from the Iowa Department of Human Services to continue their “Mapping the Future of Paternity Establishment Through Geographic Information Systems" work on paternity establishment. This grant will support services that include analysis of data to devise, evaluate, and report on efforts to increase the efficacy of paternity establishment processes in Iowa.
For more information, contact Janet Melby in human development and family studies at 515-294-6392 or jmelby@iastate.edu.

November 26, 2014

Sign up for 1-day course on sponsored funding for new ISU faculty researchers: Reserve your seat for a course designed for faculty who are new to sponsored funding at ISU, offered Jan. 15 by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Learn about campus resources and best practices for navigating the proposal submission process and managing your research program at Iowa State. More».
For more information, contact Sue Shipitalo at Iowa State University at 515-294-4933.

November 18, 2014

ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, West Virginia University Extension Service receive $2 million to help youth reduce likelihood of addiction, dropout rates: The initiative, which is funded by the Children, Youth and Families at Risk program, teaches middle school youth the skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary for leading fulfilling and contributing lives. A five-year study will take place in two counties in West Virginia and Iowa. The counties will be selected at a later date. More».
For more information, contact Debra Sellers in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-2312 or dsellers@iastate.edu.

November 17, 2014

Professors Byron Brehm-Stecher, Stephanie Clark, and Rebecca Cademartiri receive award from Midwest Dairy Association: Professors Byron Brehm-Stecher, Stephanie Clark, and Rebecca Cademartiri received a $31,408 award from the Midwest Dairy Association for a project that will adapt methods for low-cost, paper-based diagnostics for testing in dairy applications. This project will help ensure the safety and quality of dairy products in both the plant and in the field by creating compact, inexpensive, and shelf-stable tests for foodborne pathogens in dairy products. Food science and human nutrition graduate student Stephanie Hice will also be working on this project
For more information, contact Byron Brehm-Stecher in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-3011 or byron@iastate.edu.

Human development and family studies' Janet Melby and Gong-Soog Hong receive award to establish AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children program: Janet Melby and Gong-Soog Hong received a $119,000 award from the Iowa Department of Human Services to Services to match funds received from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service to establish an AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children program. The program will build capacity and community-based programming in underserved rural and high-poverty urban areas in Iowa.
For more information, contact Janet Melby in human development and family studies at 515-294-6392 or jmelby@iastate.edu.

November 10, 2014

Young-A Lee and her research team begin phase II of sustainable product development project: Apparel, events, and hospitality management professors Young-A Lee and Chunhui Xiang, along with a team of researchers, have received a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for phase II of their sustainable product development. The team will be working on an optimal solution to develop apparel products using the biodegradable cellulose-based composite materials that they developed during phase I of their project. The team of researchers include Iowa State's Zhiyou Wen in food science and human nutrition and Samy Madbouly in material science and engineering.
For more information, contact Young-A Lee in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-1121 or ylee@iastate.edu.

School of Education's Mari Kemis receives grant for STEM project: Mari Kemis received a $29,700 grant from the University of Northern Iowa to fund components of an Iowa STEM Monitoring Project. This project will track statewide indicators related to teacher preparation and professional development in STEM subjects. It will also evaluate the STEM scale-up programs that annually involve over 100,000 students in Iowa's K-12 schools. This grant is part of a collaborative effort between the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at UNI and the Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE) to support the Iowa STEM Initiative.
For more information, contact Mari Kemis in the School of Education at 515-294-9452 or mrkemis@iastate.edu.

November 3, 2014

Catherine Strohbehn and Susan Arendt begin study on milk preference: Two AESHM professors received a $23,846 award from the University of Southern Mississippi to study milk preferences of elementary and junior high school students. They will work as one of six teams in the U.S.to provide a national view of how student preference impacts milk selection in schools.
For more information, contact Susan W. Arendt in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7575 or sarendt@iastate.edu.

Suzanne Hendrich receives grant to study dietary fibers: Suzanne Hendrich, professor in food science and human nutrition, received a $23,454 grant from the Grain Processing Corporation to test corn bran and other dietary fibers for their effects on blood glucose and hunger response after eating breakfast bars containing the fibers. This study will further establish which types of dietary fibers might be best for helping people feel full longer.
For more information, contact Suzanne Hendrich in food science and human nutrition at shendric@iastate.edu.

October 27, 2014

Seeking participants ages 60+ in study about faster vs. slower weight lifting: Warren Franke and Davis Englund in the Department of Kinesiology are recruiting people who are at least 60 years of age to participate in a research study assessing whether resistance training (weight lifting) at faster speeds is more effective than resistance training at slower speeds. Participants will complete 8 weeks of resistance training for the thigh muscles. Muscle biopsies of the thigh will be performed both before and at the conclusion of the training period. Participants will also be encouraged to attend a familiarization session 3-7 days before the start of the training period in order to become comfortable with the training program and environment. Compensation for participating is valued at $190 and includes 2 semesters of membership in The Exercise Clinic as well as a fitness assessment. More».
For more information, contact Warren Franke in kinesiology at 515-294-8257 or wfranke@iastate.edu.

October 20, 2014

Iowa State University researchers aim to bridge "word gap": Carla Peterson and Connie Beecher will serve on collaborative work groups that will develop ways to provide young children with language experiences that lead to more successful outcomes. The project was announced at a White House event focused on efforts to close the "30 million word gap," a phrase that refers to the difference in the number of words some children from poverty backgrounds hear by age 4, compared to those heard by some more affluent children. The gap contributes to an ever-growing disparity in children’s vocabulary and early literacy skills once they are in school. Peterson is a professor of human development and family studies; Beecher is an assistant professor of education and a family literacy extension state specialist. More».
For more information, contact Carla Peterson in human development and family studies at 515-294-7804 or carlapet@iastate.edu.

October 6, 2014

Janet Melby receives grant to study communication between parents with an infant with a heart defect: Human development and family studies professor Janet Melby was awarded $23,208 to work with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the American Heart Association to study parent communication for feeding an infant with a heart defect. The purpose of this study will be to learn how feasible it is for parents expecting a baby with a heart defect to use a program to support them in communicating with each other for their baby’s care.
For more information, contact Janet Melby in human development and family studies at 515-294-6392 or jmelby@iastate.edu.

September 29, 2014

Dates changed for research grants: The due dates for the College of Human Sciences' internally funded research grants have been changed. Information about each grant can be found on the CHS Grants and Funding webpage. More».
For more information, contact Sarah Carlson in the College of Human Sciences at 515-294-0211 or scarlson@iastate.edu.

Elizabeth Shirtcliff, professor in human development and family studies, begins project to assess maturation and stress hormones in children reaching puberty: Shirtcliff received more than $200,000 from the University of California-Berkeley to assess biomarkers in Mexican-American children reaching puberty. Biomarkers measure maturation and stress hormones to see which changes can add vulnerability for risky decision-making during this life transition. This project is an ongoing collaboration with Julianna Deardorff and the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas at the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health as well as the Stress Physiology Investigative Team.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Shirtcliff in human development and family studies at 515-294-6316 or birdie@iastate.edu.

Kinesiology professor Greg Welk to study self-reported physical activity in youths:Greg Welk was awarded $421,463 by the National Cancer Institute to study youth physical activity by evaluating the reliability and validity of the Youth Activity Profile, an online resource that helps kids report how much physical activity they get at school and at home. This new study will determine whether the calibration algorithms hold when administered with online tools and in different regions and seasons. The calibration of online versions will facilitate broader adoption in school-based applications, including the FITNESSGRAM youth fitness program.
For more information, contact Greg Welk in kinesiology at 515-294-35 or gwelk@iastate.edu.

September 22, 2014

Human development and family studies professor Tricia Neppl awarded $47,959 to study human characteristics: Tricia Neppl received a grant from the University of California, Davis to evaluate genetic and environmental influences of personal characteristics to see which are associated with important developmental outcomes that relate to occupational attainment, satisfaction of close relationships, academic failure, emotional distress, antisocial behaviors, and substance use and abuse.
For more information, contact Tricia Neppl in human development and family studies at 515-294-8502 or tneppl@iastate.edu.

Tong Wang, professor in food science and human nutrition, will commercialize soybean oil-based waxes: Tong Wang received $90,194 to fund the commercialization of biodegradable soybean oil-based waxes that could potentially be used as coatings in the paper and packaging industry. These waxes behave like petroleum paraffin wax, but are biodegradable. The award comes from the United Soybean Board. More».
For more information, contact Tong Wang in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-5448 or tongwang@iastate.edu.

Zhiyou Wen, professor in food science and human nutrition, receives grant from National Science Foundation: Zhiyou Wen accepted a $5,000 grant to study how microalgae produces oil and lipids. This study will help to further fuel refinery.
For more information, contact Zhiyou Wen in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-0426 or wenz@iastate.edu.

Ten participants sought for free exercise and blood pressure study: Researchers in the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab are looking for men and women to participate in an exercise study that will look at benefits of different exercises on cardiovascular risk factors like body composition, blood pressure, blood lipids, and blood glucose levels. Each participant will receive eight weeks of access to new exercise equipment through Fitness and Health Testing as well as personal training from staff. Those interested must be 45‐74 years old, non-smoking, at risk for high blood pressure, not on hypertension medication, and overweight or obese. There is a $40 incentive for participation. The study begins Thursday, Oct. 2. More».
For more information, contact Nathan Meier in kinesiology at 515-451-1643 or kinesiologyresearch@gmail.com.

September 15, 2014

Juntos team receives $93,750 to promote college access and affordability: HDFS associate professor Kim Greder, HSEO program specialist Barbara Woods, and SOE associate professor Katherine Richardson Bruna received a grant for a project called Juntos: Together for a Better Education and Success for At-Risk Youth in Iowa Communities. The project provides family-based learning around completion of high school, college preparation, the college application process, and avenues for financial aid for youth historically excluded from higher education. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. $93,750 has been awarded for the first year of the project.
For more information, contact Katherine Richardson Bruna in the School of Education at 515-294-4144 or krbruna@iastate.edu.

Anne Foegen receives Institute of Education Sciences grant to monitor students in algebra:School of Education professor Dr. Anne Foegen received the final year of funding from the Institute of Education Sciences for the Algebra Screening and Progress Monitoring project. This 4-year, $1.6 million project is a collaborative effort with the University of Missouri-Columbia and teachers and high school students in three states to develop and refine brief assessments to monitor student progress in algebra.
For more information, contact Anne Foegen in the School of Education at 515-294-8373 or afoegen@iastate.edu.

Food science and human nutrition professor Sarah Francis receives award from Polk County to educate those 60 and older about nutrition:Sarah Francis received $30,148 for The Nutrition Education With Seniors You Can Use Program. The program is newsletter-based and provided to those age 60 and older with nutrition education. The newsletter is distributed at the food distribution center in Polk County, through Senior Services, and during Commodity Supplemental Food Program outreach activities.
For more information, contact Sarah Francis in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-1456 or slfranci@iastate.edu.

September 8, 2014

Professor funded to explore impact of resistant starches: Diane Birt, professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition, was awarded $20,000 to host an international symposium exploring research on the development and chemistry of dietary digestion-resistant starches, its incorporation into human foods, and its impacts on the risk of prevalent chronic health conditions like cancer, diabetes, and obesity. More».
For more information, contact Diane Birt in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-9873 or dbirt@iastate.edu.

Volunteers needed for study on dietary fat: Researchers from food science and human nutrition are currently inviting women and men to participate in a study to investigate the effect of dietary fat in endotoxemia. They are looking for 18-40 year olds that are non-smokers, not on medications that affect digestion, have a BMI between 19.9 and 24.9, maintain a stable weight, and not allergic to wheat, diary or nuts. Participants will receive $200 as compensation.
For more information, contact Visha Arumugam in food science and human nutrition at arumugam@iastate.edu.

Runners needed for product testing: Researchers in kinesiology are looking for men and women to participate in a product testing of running shoes. Participants need to comfortably fit in men's shoe size 8.5, 9.5 or 10.5 or women's shoe size 9.5, 10.5 and be able to run on a treadmill for a few minutes in each shoe type. The testing will take 45 minutes and participants will be compensated $10 for their time. Contact Liz (ehageman@iastate.edu) if interested.
For more information, contact Liz Boyer in kinesiology at ehageman@iastate.edu.

SOE associate professor receives funding for cyberlearning research: Ana-Paula Correia, an associate professor in the School of Education, received a grant of $21,830 from the National Science Foundation for a project called, "Building a Cyberlearning Research Program-An Early Career Symposium." The symposium will be held Nov. 4-5 in Jacksonville, Fla. It aims to assist doctoral students and early-career faculty by mentoring them and helping them to develop cyberlearning research agendas. The symposium also aims to create a community of researchers committed to designing the next generation of learning technologies, and increasing the understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments. More».
For more information, contact Ana-Paula Correia in the School of Education at 515-294-9376 or acorreia@iastate.edu.

American cultural center in China receives additional support: The American cultural center at Henan Normal University in Xinxiang, China will receive an additional $50,000 from the U.S. Department of State and the American Embassy in Beijing. One of the main activities supported by the grant will be the second annual Bald Eagle-Panda international online conference. This project is the result of a collaboration between Iowa State's Linda Serra Hagedorn, Rebecca Tang, and Arne Hallam. More».
For more information, contact Linda Hagedorn in administration at 515-294-5746 or lindah@iastate.edu.

September 2, 2014

Participants sought for family survey project: Researchers in kinesiology are seeking parents with children in grades 1-3 to complete two online surveys that assess child and family home behaviors. The survey will ask about physical activity, nutrition, and sleep habits. The surveys will only take between five and 10 minutes each, and participants will be eligible for a $50 Hy-Vee gift card. More».
For more information, contact Karissa Peyer in kinesiology at 515-294-2953 or kpeyer@iastate.edu.

Study of biorenewable commercialization supported: Associate professor Young-Jin Lee received $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to study how to speed up the chemical process and get biorenewable materials to the market more quickly.
For more information, contact Young-Jin Lee at 515-294-1235 or yjlee@iastate.edu.

August 25, 2014

Project to benefit Iowa at-risk youth receives USDA-NIFA support: A project to increase high school and college graduation rates among at-risk youth has received five years of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The project is designed to help at-risk youth successfully graduate high school, complete college entrance exams, gain academic skills, and attend workshops to boost self-confidence and life skills. The project, "Juntos: Together for a Better Education and Success for At-Risk Youth in Iowa Communities," is expected to serve 150 youth in the communities of Des Moines and Muscatine. USDA-NIFA will fund the project $673,500 over five years. Leading the project are Kimberly Greder, human development and family studies; Barbara Woods, human sciences extension and outreach; and Katie Bruner, school of education. More».
For more information, contact Kimberly Greder in human development and family studies at 515-294-5906 or kgreder@iastate.edu.

August 14, 2014

Participants sought for exercise study: Researchers in kinesiology are seeking people between 45 and 74 years of age to participate in an 8-week exercise intervention study. Participants must be non-smokers who are overweight or obese, have been inactive for the past three months, and at risk for high blood pressure. The study will investigate the effects of exercise training on the major risk factors for a heart attack or stroke. A $40 cash incentive will be provided. Contact Nathan Meier, kinesiologyresearch@gmail.com if interested. Include your phone number and the best time to reach you. (ISU IRB #1: 14-330. Approved Date: 8 August 2014; Expiration Date: 14 July 2016)
For more information, contact Duck-chul Lee in kinesiology at 515-294-8042 or dclee@iastate.edu.

August 11, 2014

School of Education's Barbara Licklider on team that wins $2.4 million from National Science Foundation: Licklider is co-principal investigator on the Scholarship for Service project, also called Cybercorp. More».
For more information, contact Barbara Licklider in the School of Education at 515-294-1276 or blicklid@iastate.edu.

Iowa State's Joanne Olson, Anne Estapa win $4.5 million grant to enhance STEM education: Iowa State University and Des Moines Public Schools have won a $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance teacher education and improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in elementary schools. More».
For more information, contact Joanne Olson in the School of Education at 515-294-3315 or jkolson@iastate.edu.

June 24, 2014

JCTP spring 2014 issue released: The editorial board of the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis has released eight manuscripts for spring 2014. Each manuscript highlights the theme, Food Systems and Social Justice. All manuscripts contribute to new conceptual understanding of food systems, sustainable agriculture, workers' rights and nutritional inequities in education, sustainability, health, and policy. More».
For more information, contact Emily Logan in the College of Human Sciences at 813-285-9267 or hsnews1@iastate.edu.

May 6, 2014

Milk shelf life research funded: Stephanie Clark (PI) and Stephanie Jung, both associate professors in food science and human nutrition, receive $21,000 from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to research the feasibility of using ultrasounds in high-temperature, short-time processing for extended shelf life milk.
For more information, contact Stephanie Clark in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-7346 or milkmade@iastate.edu.

Milk study funded: Stephanie Clark, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, receives $7,500 from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to research consumer perceptions, preferences, and behaviors with milk during experimental auctions.
For more information, contact Stephanie Clark in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-7346 or milkmade@iastate.edu.

April 22, 2014

Project funded to study activity monitors: Gregory Welk, a professor in kinesiology, receives $21,272 from BodyMedia, Inc. to evaluate the company's two new commercial physical activity monitors for use in clinical and behavior change research.
For more information, contact Gregory Welk in kinesiology at 515-294-3583 or gwelk@iastate.edu.

Exercise response study funded: Panteleimon Ekkekakis, an associate professor in kinesiology, and Zachary Zenko, a graduate student, receive $5,000 from the Center for Advanced Hindsight to study how pleasure/displeasure responses during exercise shape people's predictions about how future exercise will feel, and their subsequent physical activity behavior.
For more information, contact Panteleimon Ekkekakis in kinesiology at 515-294-8766 or ekkekaki@iastate.edu.

Iron supplement study funded: Manju Reddy, a professor in food science and human nutrition, receives $29,635 from North Dakota Sky to study iron absorption from an iron-rich supplement in humans and rats.
For more information, contact Manju Reddy in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-2024 or mbreddy@iastate.edu.

Milk protein study funded: Stephanie Clark, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, receives $15,783 from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to study the application and evaluation of modified milk protein concentrates in high-protein nutrition bars.
For more information, contact Stephanie Clark in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-7346 or milkmade@iastate.edu.

Longitudinal study of regional fitness patterns funded: Gregory Welk, a professor in kinesiology, receives $99,523 from the Cooper Institute for the Texas FITNESSGRAM project, which will provide a comprehensive evaluation of the patterns and changes in health-related physical fitness among youth in Texas.
For more information, contact Gregory Welk in kinesiology at 515-294-3583 or gwelk@iastate.edu.

April 14, 2014

Data breach hotline funded: Margaret Van Ginkel, a program coordinator with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, receives $4,500 from the Iowa Department of Human Services for hotline services to help Iowans affected by a data breach
For more information, contact Margaret Van Ginkel in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-727-0656 or vangin@iastate.edu.

April 7, 2014

Fat composition study funded: James Hollis, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, is co-investigator on grant to investigate the mechanisms by which dietary fat composition modulates intestinal epithelial function, edotoxin permeability and postprandial endotoxemia.
For more information, contact James Hollis in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-9567 or jhollis@iastate.edu.

April 2, 2014

Seeking participants for cardiovascular research study: Warren Franke and Braden Everding in kinesiology are recruiting people who are at least 22 years of age to participate in a research study assessing the effects of sleep and shiftwork on cardiovascular disease risk in the law enforcement population. The purpose of this study is to determine the associations between shiftwork, sleep quality, and a number of cardiovascular disease risk factors compared to otherwise-similar civilians. The civilian group is essential to this study as it will allow the researchers to have a control group for comparison. Participants will meet with Franke or Everding for half an hour and complete a questionnaire. You will also have your risk factors for heart disease assessed by having your blood drawn as well as your height, weight and blood pressure measured. Participation is voluntary. The benefit is getting a complete cardiovascular disease risk factor assessment.
For more information, contact Braden Everding or Warren Franke in kinesiology at braden@iastate.edu or wfranke@iastate.edu.

March 31, 2014

Study funded to strengthen financial stability of Iowans: Jonathan Fox (PI), a professor in human development and family studies, and Suzanne Bartholomae, a human sciences extension specialist, receive $42,000 from the United Way for an evaluation of the Financial Capability Network for the United Way of Central Iowa.
For more information, contact Jonathan Fox in human development and family studies at 515-294-6993 or jjfox@iastate.edu.

Education research funded: Assistant Director Mari Kemis (PI), Assistant Professor Soko Starobin, and Assistant Scientist Arlene Delamora, all from the School of Education, receive $140,000 from the Eastern Iowa Community College District to provide data related to implementation of an engineering technology program.
For more information, contact Mari Kemis in the School of Education at 515-294-9452 or mrkemis@iastate.edu.

March 25, 2014

Record number of CHS students to participate in undergraduate research symposium: The following students will present their research at the 2014 Symposium on Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression: Hanna Hoch, apparel, merchandising, and design; Tillie Loeffelholz, kinesiology and health; Joseph Sevcik, kinesiology and health; David Harper, kinesiology and health; Kelly Grapentine, dietetics; Ann Heuer, dietetics; Kylie Thompson, dietetics; Dana Pralle, dietetics; Kelsey Upah, dietetics; Reed Faldet, kinesiology; Elizabeth Fry, kinesiology and health; Vemala Devi Balakrishnan, dietetics; Rachel Devick, kinesiology; Nolan Gall, kinesiology and health; and Paul Hibbing, kinesiology and health. More».
For more information, contact Dana Schumacher at Iowa State University at 515-294-4371 or dschumac@iastate.edu.

Participate in pie study: Ken Prusa and Chris Fedler in food science and human nutrition are recruiting panelists at least 18 years of age to participate in a research study on the sensory characteristics of three samples of French silk and three samples of apple pie. All products have come from a commercial manufacturing facility. If you agree to participate you will be asked to attend a test session that will take approximately 30 minutes. Participants will receive a $5 honorarium. The study will be conducted in room 1126 of Human Nutritional Sciences Building from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Appointments are required and previous participants in this study are welcome to participate again.
For more information, contact Chris Fedler in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-4321 or cfedler@iastate.edu.

March 24, 2014

Seeking participants for research study on ice cream dessert with peanut butter cookie dough pieces: The food product development team in food science and human nutrition is recruiting panelists over the age of 18 to participate in a research study on the sensory characteristics and acceptability of an ice cream dessert. If you agree to participate you will be asked to attend one test session that will take approximately 15 minutes. There will only be one sample. The study will be conducted anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. this Wednesday, March 26 in Room 1126 of the Human Nutritional Sciences Building.
For more information, contact Stephanie Clark, Molly Paterson, or Lily Benner in food science and human nutrition at milkmade@iastate.edu, mollypat@iastate.edu, or lcbenner@iastate.edu.

Effort funded to reach Iowa's uninsured: Suzanne Bartholomae, a human sciences extension specialist, receives $183,427 from the Iowa Department of Commerce to mobilize Iowa State Extension and Outreach community partnerships to inform and instruct Iowa's uninsured.
For more information, contact Suzanne Bartholomae in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-9528 or suzanneb@iastate.edu.

Kinesiology student Nolan Gall to participate in Research in the Capitol: Gall, a senior majoring in kinesiology and health, is among 21 Iowa State undergraduates who will present their research 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 1 in the rotunda of the state Capitol. Gall's research project is entitled "Public knowledge of the federal physical activity guidelines." His research mentor is Panteleimon Ekkekakis, an associate professor in kinesiology. More».
For more information, contact Dana Schumacher at 515-294-4371 or dschumac@iastate.edu.

Proposals due April 8 for Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities: The deadline for proposals for panels, breakout sessions, creative submissions, and posters for the 2014 national conference hosted by Iowa State University has been extended to April 8. The conference will be held Nov. 5-8. The alliance, known as a2ru for short, is a partnership of almost 30 institutions committed to the expansion of the arts in research universities and ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs, and creative practice. More».
For more information, contact Lauren Fretz at lfretz@umich.edu.

March 10, 2014

Egg study funded: Tong Wang, a professor in food science and human nutrition, is a co-investigator on a $75,048 grant from the American Egg Board to compare the environmental footprint of U.S. eggs with other plant and animal food sources.
For more information, contact Tong Wang in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-5448 or tongwang@iastate.edu.

March 4, 2014

Participants needed for cupcake study: Ken Prusa and Chris Fedler in food science and human nutrition are recruiting panelists at least 18 years of age to participate in a research study on the sensory characteristics of white and chocolate cupcakes. All products have come from a commercial manufacturing facility. If you agree to participate you will be asked to attend a test session that will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants will receive a $5 honorarium. The study will be conducted in room 1126 of Human Nutritional Sciences Building from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Appointments are required.
For more information, contact Chris Fedler in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-4321 or cfedler@iastate.edu.

February 28, 2014

Robert Reason among authors receiving $15,000 Miller Faculty Fellowship award: Reason, an associate professor in the School of Education, is among five professors that received the funding for a proposal called "Show Them the Data: A Strategy to Improve Engagement and Enhance Student Learning Outcomes in STEM Classrooms" More».
For more information, contact Robert Reason in the School of Education at 515-294-6216 or rreason@iastate.edu.

February 27, 2014

Seeking participants for a study on solar-powered clothing: You are invited to participate in a research study, Acceptance of solar powered clothing: Comparative analysis between Gen Y and Baby Boomers, by completing a 10-minute survey. The study examines consumer attitudes and purchase intentions toward solar-powered clothing. You can participate in this research only if you are born between the years 1946 and 1964 (age 50 to 68 as of 2014). As an appreciation for your time, you can enter a drawing of 3 $15 Caribou Coffee gift cards. More».
For more information, contact Chanmi Hwang or Eulanda Sanders in apparel, events, and hospitality management at chanmih@iastate.edu or sanderse@iastate.edu.

February 25, 2014

Ann Smiley-Oyen, Cassandra Dorius, and Sarah Bickelhaupt are part of the team that has been awarded the Miller Faculty Fellowship: The fellowship, awarded for the amount of $14,760, has been funded under the proposal "Team-Based Learning Outcomes: Developing a Survey Instrument to Evaluate Student Motivation and Beliefs About Learning." Smiley-Oyen is an associate professor in kinesiology, Dorius is an assistant professor in human development and family studies and Bickelhaupt is a graduate student in human development and family studies.
For more information, contact Matthew Leimkuehler in administration at 515-294-9424 or hswriter@iastate.edu.

February 24, 2014

Participants needed for pie study: Ken Prusa and Chris Fedler in food science and human nutrition are recruiting panelists at least 18 years of age to participate in a research study on the sensory characteristics of three samples of French silk and three samples of apple pie. All products have come from a commercial manufacturing facility. If you agree to participate you will be asked to attend a test session that will take approximately 30 minutes. Participants will receive a $5 honorarium. The study will be conducted in room 1126 of Human Nutritional Sciences Building from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Appointments are required.
For more information, contact Chris Fedler in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-4321 or cfedler@iastate.edu.

February 10, 2014

Funds provided for early childhood program: Lesia Oesterreich, an extension specialist, receives $113,362 from the Iowa Department of Human Services for the I-Consult Early Childhood Consultation Training program.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

February 4, 2014

Funds provided for child care program: Lesia Oesterreich, an extension specialist, receives $117,500 from the Iowa Department of Human Services for the Better Kid Care/New Staff Orientation program.
For more information, contact Lesia Oesterreich in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-0363 or loesterr@iastate.edu.

Nutrition training study funded: Spyridoula Vazou, an assistant professor in kinesiology, receives a $43,861 Team Nutrition Training Grant from the Iowa Department of Education.
For more information, contact Spyridoula Vazou in kinesiology at 515-294-8677 or svazou@iastate.edu.

Study funded for shaken baby syndrome awareness: Margaret Van Ginkel, a human sciences outreach specialist, receives a $9,310 MCH Healthy Families Grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health to purchase and assemble kits shaken baby syndrome education in high school health classes.
For more information, contact Margaret Van Ginkel in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-727-0656 or vangin@iastate.edu.

January 28, 2014

Participants needed for croissant and cupcake study: Ken Prusa and Chris Fedler in food science and human nutrition are recruiting panelists at least 18 years of age to participate in a research study on the sensory characteristics of three samples of croissants and three samples of gourmet cupakes. All products have come from a commercial manufacturing facility. If you agree to participate you will be asked to attend a test session that will take approximately 30 minutes. There will be 6 samples. There will be no names on the ballot. The study will be conducted in room 1126 of Human Nutritional Sciences Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.
For more information, contact Chris Fedler in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-4321 or cfedler@iastate.edu.

January 27, 2014

Research workshops: A series of brief research workshops open to all ISU faculty members will begin Friday, Feb. 14. The workshops are hosted by the College of Design and the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. More».
For more information, contact Sandra Norvell at 515-294-1594 or snorvell@iastate.edu.

Research funded to study approach to child protection cases: Janet Melby (PI), the director of child welfare research and training and Tricia Neppl, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, receive $24,000 from the Iowa Department of Human Services to research and evaluate Iowa's approach to coordinated assessment in complex child protective cases.
For more information, contact Janet Melby in human development and family studies at 515-294-6392 or jmelby@iastate.edu.

Study funded to educate African plant breeders: Ana-Paula Correia, an associate professor in the School of Education, is a co-investigator on a $1,643,817 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to educate applied plant breeders with master of science programs in Africa.
For more information, contact Ana-Paula Correia in the School of Education at 515-294-9376 or acorreia@iastate.edu.

January 21, 2014

Study funded to develop home visitor system: Kim Greder, an associate professor in human development and family studies and human sciences extension and outreach, receives $144,148 from the Iowa Department of Public Health to develop a virtual home visitor system for low-risk families with young children.
For more information, contact Kim Greder in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at 515-294-5906 or kgreder@iastate.edu.

January 16, 2014

Runners needed for research study: Study seeks males and females 18 to 55 years old who run at least 10 miles a week and have not switched foot-strike styles within the past two years. Participants will go to the biomechanics lab at 178N Forker Building and run on the treadmill three times at a self-selected speed for eight minutes, separated by rest. It will take less than an hour. Participants will be compensated $10. Pregnant women, runners with injuries, and those who have had lower extremity surgery cannot participate.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Boyer in kinesiology at ehageman@iastate.edu.

January 14, 2014

Parkinson's disease research funded: Elizabeth Stegemoller, an assistant professor in kinesiology, receives $24,995 from Massachusetts General Hospital to study the effects of singing on speech and swallowing abilities in Parkinson's disease patients
For more information, contact Elizabeth Stegemoller in kinesiology at 515-294-5966 or esteg@iastate.edu.

January 6, 2014

Study funded for peanut butter research: Nuria Acevedo, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, receives $40,000 from ConAgra Foods to characterize the fat crystalline structures of peanut butter.
For more information, contact Nuria Acevedo in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-5962 or nacevedo@iastate.edu.