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Doctoral student aims to improve accommodations in STEM education

School of Education doctoral student Ashley Nashleanas will explore how high school math teachers nationwide accommodate students with blindness and low vision when using graphics in their teaching. Photos by Ryan Riley.

Ashley Nashleanas didn’t have a model or rule book to follow while growing up blind in the small northwest Iowa town of Hinton. Braille helped her to read textbooks in school, but graphics in math and science lessons were often just — missing.

Iowa State professor to lead ‘transformative’ NSF project

Brian Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education, will receive the NSF CAREER award, the National Science Foundation’s most esteemed recognition for junior faculty members conducting scientific research. Photos by Ryan Riley.

An Iowa State University faculty member will receive the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s most esteemed recognition for junior faculty members conducting scientific research.

Brian Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education, is the recipient of a five-year, $569,702 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award, which supports early career development activities of teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

The grant will support Burt’s research on leveraging learning and engineering identity to broaden participation of black males in colleges of engineering.

Iowa State shines at international gathering of science teacher educators

School of Education professors Michael Clough and Joanne Olson will receive the national Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers award at the Association for Science Teacher Education international conference in Des Moines. The conference is co-chaired by Olson. File photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Iowa State University will showcase its expertise and leadership in science teacher education at a gathering this week of 500 science teacher educators from across the nation and world.

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) will hold its 2017 international conference, Jan. 12 to 14 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. It’s a chance for those who prepare science teachers — from colleges both big and small — to network, present scholarly papers and posters, and attend professional development workshops aimed at informing their work and improving the preparation of science teachers.

Iowa State shares research about higher education policy and practice

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 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.

Research to drive systemic change in STEM diversity

Sarah Rodriguez, Lorenzo Baber, and Mary Darrow are among School of Education faculty and staff leading research on National Science Foundation grants aimed at improving diversity in STEM. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Iowa State University is a leader in bringing more diversity to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) — not only through outreach, partnerships, scholarships, and conferences, but also with research aimed at systemic change across colleges in the Midwest and nationwide.

School of Education faculty and staff members Sarah Rodriguez, Lorenzo Baber, Brian Burt, Mary Darrow, Rosemary Perez, and Mari Kemis will for the next five years lead the research components of four National Science Foundation grants totalling $11.6 million, all aimed at increasing diversity in STEM.

Fourth-graders design boats as part of STEM lesson from Iowa State

About 100 Gilbert Intermediate School fourth-graders came Friday to Iowa State University to see if the boats they designed using new software would float across the Forker Building pool carrying freight. Photo by Lynn Campbell.

About 100 Gilbert Intermediate School fourth-graders came Friday to Iowa State University to see if the boats they designed using new software would float across the Forker Building pool carrying freight.

They made the boats out of foam, plastic, and wood using the math and science concepts, engineering design processes, and technologies they learned about over the past 4 ½ weeks from Christa Jackson and Mollie Appelgate, two assistant professors in the School of Education.

Hayden works to crack code for better reading comprehension, teacher preparation

Emily Hayden, a new School of Education assistant professor of literacy education, works to improve student literacy and strengthen teacher preparation. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Emily Hayden, a new assistant professor of literacy education in the School of Education at Iowa State University, has two driving passions: improving student literacy and strengthening teacher preparation.

The eastern Nebraska native — who serves as one of the newest members of the Iowa Reading Research Center’s Advisory Council — taught for nearly two decades in K-12 classrooms before entering higher education, kindling a desire to decode the mysteries of reading.

Science Bound celebrates 25 years of academic excellence

Victor, Natasha, Becky, and Thomas Gomez are siblings attending Iowa State University through Science Bound. Photo By Christopher Gannon.

As much as Becky Gomez loved math and science as a kid, she never really connected her favorite subjects with what she might want to do when she grew up. Even when her mom encouraged her to join Science Bound, Becky says she initially thought it was just something fun to do after school.

New Iowa State professor examines impact of exercise on the brain

Peter Clark, an assistant professor in nutritional science who swam competitively in college, applies his love of physical activity to his psychological studies. He researches how nutritional, physical, and physiological changes in the brain impact behavior. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Exercise and the human brain have always fascinated Peter Clark.

Clark, a new assistant professor in nutritional science at Iowa State University, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology while winning medals for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s swim team. He swam competitively from the time he was 10 years old, through college.

Iowa State places second in national food product competition

Iowa State University students created a nutritious frozen yogurt sandwich that placed second in the 2016 National Dairy Council new product competition. Contributed photo.

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.