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Decision to remove artificial ingredients a challenge, says Iowa State professor

Several major food companies have announced plans to remove artificial ingredients from their products within the next few years. It’s a move driven by consumer demand and one that will be a challenge for the industry, says Lester Wilson, University Professor of food science and human nutrition. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Several major food companies have announced plans to remove artificial ingredients, such as color and flavor, from their products within the next few years.

It’s a move driven by consumer demand and one that will be a challenge for the industry, says Lester Wilson, University Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

First Dean’s Faculty Fellowship supports crucial food safety research

Byron Brehm-Stecher, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, is the first faculty member to be named a Dean’s Faculty Fellow, an honor that will support his research in food safety. Photo by Blake Lanser.

A new College of Human Sciences fellowship will support efforts to detect and eliminate foodborne pathogens like salmonella and listeria.

College of Human Sciences supports students during unpaid internships

Katie Davis, a senior in child, adult, and family services, is interning at the Volunteer Center of Story County this summer. She is one of 21 students who received a College of Human Sciences scholarship for unpaid interns and student teachers. Photo by Blake Lanser.

New scholarships are reducing the financial stress for some Iowa State University College of Human Sciences students with unpaid internships and allowing them to focus on learning this summer.

Change agent: Amy Popillion

Amy Popillion wants her students to see the positive that can come from poor choices and bad situations in life. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

The future Amy Popillion envisioned as a kid growing up in small town Iowa could not be more different than the life she is living today.

Iowa State professor fashions leading book’s newest edition

Sara Marcketti, an associate professor of apparel, merchandising, and design, co-authored the newest edition of Survey of Historic Costume, a leading text used by more than 200 institutions worldwide. Photo by Blake Lanser.

For Sara Marcketti, the best part of co-authoring the newest edition of Survey of Historic Costume wasn’t the distinction of writing one of her field’s most widely used textbooks.

Book aims to help young children understand the hurt of name-calling

Iowa State University alumna Joyce Knock (center) of Windsor Heights reads her newly published book, “I am not dumb and I am not a stinky butt,” to a group of children. Contributed photo.

When children first see the title of Joyce Knock’s book, “I am not dumb and I am not a stinky butt,” they often roll backwards in laughter.

But as the message of the anti-bullying book sets in, many admit to having their own experiences being teased and called names.

International student-teaching program adds new locations

Future educators at Iowa State University can now student teach in Taiwan and Germany in addition to placements in Norway (pictured), Ecuador, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, and Poland. Contributed photo.

Future educators at Iowa State University can now student teach in Taiwan and Germany in addition to placements in Ecuador, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, and Poland.

Iowa State students help people with disabilities get up on two wheels

Iowa State kinesiology student Ciara McCarty, left, volunteered at an iCan Bike camp in Fresno, California last summer. She’s one of four students bringing the camp to Iowa next week. Contributed photo.

Riding a bicycle can increase a person’s self esteem and confidence.

It can improve physical fitness, mental health, and overall quality of life. It can also spur positive changes in family dynamics, create opportunities for inclusion, and provide a person with an independent means of transportation.

But people with special needs can face challenges in mastering this skill.

That’s why four Iowa State University kinesiology students and recent graduates — Katie Cook, Ciara McCarty, Jeff Robson, and Jenna Ham — are bringing the national iCan Bike camp to Ames next week. It’s the first of its kind in Iowa. The five-day camp teaches people with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle.

Proteins may slow memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s

Auriel Willette, a researcher in food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, found evidence that an elevated presence of a protein called neuronal pentraxin-2 may slow cognitive decline and reduce brain atrophy in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Photo by Blake Lanser.

Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking Iowa State University study.

Auriel Willette, a researcher in food science and human nutrition, found evidence that an elevated presence of a protein called neuronal pentraxin-2 may slow cognitive decline and reduce brain atrophy in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Estrangement likely when adult child does not share mother’s values, Iowa State study finds

Megan Gilligan studies parent and adult child relationships. Her latest study found estrangement between a mother and child is more common than people might think and is often the result of a difference in values. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

There is a strong bond between mothers and children that when severed is often the result of a difference in values. That is the finding of a new study published online in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

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