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February 20, 2019

SoJung Lee receives funding for rural community development research: SoJung Lee, assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, received $25,000 from North Central Regional Center for Rural Development funded by the USDA. The funding will be used to study the impact of volunteers on community festivals and development. Twelve rural festivals in Iowa, Michigan, and Kansas will be studied to identify how volunteers influence community sustainability, how demographics affect the impact of volunteers on a rural community, and to create a festival volunteer training toolkit.
For more information, contact SoJung Lee in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-8990 or

February 18, 2019

Suzanne Bartholomae receives funding for rural healthcare research: Suzanne Bartholomae, assistant professor in human development and family studies and state extension specialist in family finance, received $3,385 from the University of Wisconsin Madison. The funding will be used to conduct focus groups with nurses in rural healthcare. The project explores the integration of financial capability services in rural healthcare delivery to help support patients’ abilities to cover ongoing medical expenses, thereby improving financial and health outcomes. The project goal is to enhance the capacity of rural communities and extension educators across the region by integrating healthcare professionals’ perspectives into the development of tools, resources, and programs that support the integration of financial capability support services, by identifying effective partnership strategies, and by leveraging new opportunities for cost recovery.
For more information, contact Suzanne Bartholomae in human development and family studies at 515-294-9528 or

February 11, 2019

The Conversation gives faculty another way to publish articles and share expertise on a range of topics: The Conversation website uses essays written by academics to provide insight on a range of topics, letting faculty reach a broader audience and gain more visibility. Faculty from various departments at Iowa State have published work on the website over the past six months, with topics including political science, sociology, interior design and more. More».
For more information, contact Sarah Nusser at 294-1785 or

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