January 16, 2020

Donna Winham receives funding for study on glycemic response to black bean pasta combinations in adults: Donna Winham, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, received $64,096 award from the USDA Pulse Crop Health Initiative for her research project. Winham studied the glycemic effects of 100 percent black bean pasta milled by different processes and whole black beans. The study was conducted with adults who have normal glucose levels. Data analysis for glucose, insulin, satiety, and gastrointestinal effects of these foods is in process.
For more information, contact Donna Winham in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-5040 or

January 15, 2020

Melha Mellata awarded funding for foodborne Listeria research: Melha Mellata, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, received $77,550 for a one-year project funded by the Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). The DMI portion of the funding is subcontracted through the University of Minnesota. The funding will be received in three amounts, Dr. Mellata has already received the first $24,675. The project focuses on evaluating cold plasma technology to eliminate Listeria bacteria in cheese, without affecting the food quality. The Listeria bacteria is the cause of the disease listeriosis which can severely affect those with weakened immune systems, such as newborns or older adults. Mellata’s research will contribute to lowering the rate of listeriosis infections in the general population.
For more information, contact Melha Mellata in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-9220 or

January 13, 2020

Rosemary Perez receives grant to study historically white graduate colleges’ inclusion and diversity efforts: Rosemary Perez, an assistant professor in the school of education, obtained $20,475 in funding from the Spencer Foundation. Perez will use the funds to study the work of graduate colleges who work to advance their equity, diversity, and inclusion in predominantly white institutions. This study will illuminate how graduate colleges respond to public policies that constrain their efforts to support minoritized students’ access and success.
For more information, contact Rosemary Perez in the School of Education at 515-294-4447 or

Matthew Rowling and Joseph Webb receive award to examine how eating whole eggs across the lifespan impacts the brain: Matthew Rowling, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, and his graduate student Joseph Webb, received $22,000 from the Egg Nutrition Center to support research examining how egg consumption contributes to health across the lifespan and prevention of chronic disease. This research is focused on examining if egg consumption modifies inflammation in the brain, as well as determining if eating eggs affects memory function. Their overall goal will be to understand how eating eggs affects memory and gene expression in the prefrontal cortex of the brain in young, middle-aged, and aged populations.
For more information, contact Matthew Rowling in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-9105 or

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