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Allie Duwenhoegger lets a young girl listen to her heartbeat during a study abroad experience near Kingston, Jamaica. The experience deepened Duwenhoegger’s understanding of patient care. Photo by Ryan Riley.Duwenhoegger driven by strong desire to help others, both overseas and on campus

Allie Duwenhoegger knows the importance of building relationships through her work. She takes ample opportunities to give of herself — both at Iowa State and around the world.

Auriel Willette (right), an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition; and Joseph Webb, a graduate research assistant, found on average that Caucasians with one bad version of guanosine triphosphate cyclohydrolase-1, or the GCH1 gene, developed Parkinson’s symptoms five years earlier, and had a 23 percent increased risk for the disease. Photo by Ryan Riley.Gene mutation linked to early onset of Parkinson’s disease in Caucasians

A defect in a gene that produces dopamine in the brain appears to accelerate the onset of Parkinson’s disease, according to new research from Iowa State University. The effect is particularly dramatic for people under age 50.

Carmen Flagge (left) leads Connect Four, a learning community that connects College of Human Sciences students of color with one another and builds a smaller community within the larger Iowa State community. Photo by Ryan Riley.
Creating a space where students can be themselves

For students of color at Iowa State University, multicultural program offices are both a resource and a place to call home.

Iowa State University scholars, largely from the School of Education in Lagomarcino Hall, are this week showcasing their research at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State shares research about higher education policy and practice

Iowa State University scholars are this week sharing their research about higher education policy and practice at a meeting of the nation’s premier association for such research.

Twenty-one researchers, largely from the School of Education, are showcasing their work at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference, today through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The association is a scholarly society with 2,000 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study.

Iowa State graduate student April Elisha Stanley will exhibit a green jacket entitled \"Irish Roots\" and a blue ensemble called \"Paisley Impressions” at this year’s International Textile and Apparel Association conference. Contributed photo.
Iowa State top presenter at international textile and apparel conference

Iowa State University apparel, merchandising, and design students and faculty will this week present the most scholarly activities at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)’s annual conference for the sixth consecutive year.

Matt Rowling (right), an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, mentors undergraduates like Carter Reed (left) in his research lab. Photo by Ryan Riley.Faculty pair research, relationships to bring about student success

Matt Rowling is more than a teacher — he’s also a tour guide, leading students along on their Iowa State adventure.

“I want my students to realize that I’ve been in their shoes — I’ve been as confused as they are sometimes,” said Rowling, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition. “We’re going to learn together.”

Leaders of Iowa State University and Fu Jen Catholic University sign an agreement that will create new opportunities for apparel, merchandising, and design students. Photo by Ryan Riley.New agreement sets up exchange with Taiwan university

Iowa State University will have new opportunities for students in apparel, merchandising, and design to study in Taiwan and to learn from Taiwanese students who will travel here, under a new agreement with Fu Jen Catholic University.

Amy Raymond (middle) is a peer mentor for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers, one of more than 80 learning communities at Iowa State that help first-year college students succeed. Photo by Ryan Riley.Learning communities key to Iowa State student success

On an 1,813-acre campus with 36,660 students, Iowa State University manages to provide an experience that’s uniquely personal to each student.

Key to that experience is being part of a “learning community,” which is a group aimed at helping first-year college students succeed. More than 70 percent of first-year students — including 75 percent of first-year students of color — participate in learning communities at Iowa State.

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. He traveled twice to Scotland for his research on kiltmaking. Contributed photo by Juliana Guglielmi/Philadelphia University.
Doctoral student takes his Iowa State experience to Scotland

Iowa State University offers an increasing number of opportunities to take part in the ISU student experience — even from afar.

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its new hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. The program allowed Loranger to take most of his classes from his home on the East Coast, but come to Ames for summer classes.

Savana Stangeland and other peer mentors and freshmen of the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers learning community make reading fun for children at a Bookland event. File photo by Ryan Riley.Literacy outreach event provides future teachers a way to give back

From their very first year on campus, Iowa State University students participate in real-world experiences and service learning projects that allow them to give back to the community.

Bookland, an outreach project by the School of Education, inspires families to read at home with their children.