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Iowa State engages Iowans with new Human Sciences research

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is launching two new research projects in northern Iowa. One will build literacy and STEM skills in children, while the other will use singing training to improve quality of life for Iowans with Parkinson’s disease.

The two proposals have been selected for funding through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program, a partnership of ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences. This new program funds research projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit Iowans, their families and communities.


Iowa State expands international opportunities in hospitality and event management

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SoJung Lee is expanding international opportunities for students in hospitality and event management.

Lee, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management at Iowa State University, was the chief administrative officer of this year’s conference of the Korea America Hospitality and Tourism Educators & Industry Professionals Association (KAHTEA), held April 21 and 22 in Las Vegas.


Student plans dance party for people with Parkinson’s disease

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For Alison Brinkman, a recent Iowa State University graduate in kinesiology and health, helping people with Parkinson’s disease is personal.

“My grandma passed away from Parkinson’s when I was 10,” she said.

So when the music and movement outreach program developed by Elizabeth Stegemöller and Ann Smiley-Oyen — which uses music to improve movement and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease — came to a close this year, Brinkman was determined to make it a family affair.


Iowa State places second in national food product competition

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A healthy dessert invented by eight Iowa State University students took second place in a national food product competition.

“Beyond the Bar” is a frozen yogurt sandwich containing vanilla matcha green tea-flavored frozen Greek yogurt with a chocolate swirl, in between two oat blend honey granola wafers. It combines sweet-tooth satisfaction, natural energy enhancers, and nutrients.


Passion for helping others evolves over place and time

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Alyssa Randall has a passion for helping people.

As a senior research and development engineer for General Mills in Minneapolis, she reformulated seven flavors of Yoplait Greek yogurt and made them more to consumers’ liking. She also implemented more than $2.5 million in cost savings and production efficiencies.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, she found a way to make a difference while living for a few years in Istanbul, Turkey. She worked for Artisans Lane, a social purpose company that employs low-income women to create handicrafts sold in the United States and Europe.


Presentations triple at Bald Eagle and Panda Virtual Conference

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Nearly three times as many students will present research at this year’s Bald Eagle and Panda U.S.-China Culture Exchange Virtual Conference, organized and coordinated by Iowa State University.


Nothing bland about this event

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Vegetable-mango gazpacho. Crunchy sweet potato cereal. A frozen dessert-on-a-stick containing coconut cream, multiple fruit juices, chia seeds and chocolate chips. Mango snack sticks with a habanero-cashew dip. Such were the offerings at this spring's new foods showcase, hosted May 2 by students in FSHN 412.


Apps win top prizes at 2016 Entrepreneurship Showcase

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Technology was the big winner at this year’s College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase, with two of the top awards going to ideas for apps for mobile devices.


Burt named fellow by the National Academy of Education

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Brian Burt will soon be among an elite group of scholars considered the strongest education researchers in the field.

Burt, an assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education, is a recipient of the 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, which supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research.


Reducing biases in science and mathematics education

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Human scientists at Iowa State University are using research to show that students learn best when teachers interact with them in ways that recognize their cultural and social identities as positive assets in the classroom.


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