|Helping parents understand BMI may lead to positive changes in childhood obesity|
Schools are taking a proactive approach to get students to move more and improve their eating habits. But it takes a team effort at both school and home to make a difference, said Greg Welk, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University.
|Doctoral student aims to improve accommodations in STEM education|
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.
|Positive parenting produces lasting effects at biological level|
Parents getting under a teen’s skin? It isn’t always a bad thing. When parenting is positive, it can have a lasting effect.
That’s according to Elizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff, an associate professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State University and the primary author of a newly released paper in the journal Developmental Science.
“Positive parenting and a safe and supportive environment sets a person up for years,” Shirtcliff said. “What parents do matters long-term — across a lot of different outcomes. They are actively shaping who their children are at a biological, and maybe even cellular, level.”
|Iowa State research shows power of father figures for building views of husband’s role|
New research from Iowa State University shows that black men build their perceptions of a husband’s role from a variety of experiences and examples.
“Fathers are not working in isolation to raise and rear their children,” said Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies. “Boys exist in a complex network.”
|Iowa State professor to lead ‘transformative’ NSF project|
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.
|Study suggests gym membership to improve health, exercise|
If your New Year’s resolution was to exercise more in 2017, chances are you’ve already given up or you’re on the verge of doing so. To reach your goal, you may want to consider joining a gym, based on the results of a new study from a team of Iowa State University researchers.
|Iowa State shines at international gathering of science teacher educators|
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.
|New biomarker predicts Alzheimer’s Disease and link to diabetes|
An enzyme found in the fluid around the brain and spine is giving researchers a snapshot of what happens inside the minds of Alzheimer’s patients and how that relates to cognitive decline.
|ISU students selected as finalists in major baking competition|
A team of three graduate students will be heading to Chicago in February to showcase their proposal for a new bakery food product.
|Iowa State researcher joins effort to prevent online harassment|
The prevalence of online harassment is well documented. In the U.S. alone, approximately 140 million people were affected by online harassment, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center study.