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January 23, 2020

Gregory Welk receives contract for research on the effective promotion of physical activity in youths: Gregory Welk, professor in kinesiology, received $12,000 from the Cooper Institute for a project aimed at promoting physical activity in K-12 schools’ physical education programs. The focus of this project is on the utilization of the Youth Activity Profile (YAP) tool developed by his lab. The YAP is an online instrument that helps youths learn about their physical activity behaviors, and the summary data helps schools to evaluate profiles of their students.
For more information, contact Gregory Welk in kinesiology at 515-294-3583 or

Jeong Eun Lee awarded grant for research on intergenerational care in custodial families: Jeong Eun Lee, assistant professor in human development and family studies, received $87,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for her five-year project. She will help ISU Human Science Extension and Outreach implement an evidence-based program, “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)” for custodial grandparents and their grandchildren. As there has been an increasing need for a program dedicated to custodial grand-families, the ACT program will provide tools and skill sets these families will benefit from, helping custodial grand-families cultivate psychological flexibility and develop caring and supportive family relationships.
For more information, contact Jeong Eun Lee in human development and family studies at 515-294-1884 or

Sarah Francis receives funding for work with Fresh Conversations program: Sarah Francis, associate professor in food science and human nutrition, was awarded $39,719 from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to continue working collaboratively with the Fresh Conversations program. Fresh Conversations is an Iowan program created by the IDPH to bolster healthy aging and independence through discussion of current nutrition. Francis’s work will help ensure that Fresh Conversations is adhering to the Health Belief Model. She is in the process of conducting a statewide program evaluation.
For more information, contact Sarah Francis in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-1456 or

January 16, 2020

Donna Winham receives funding for study on glycemic response to black bean pasta combinations in adults: Donna Winham, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, received $64,096 award from the USDA Pulse Crop Health Initiative for her research project. Winham studied the glycemic effects of 100 percent black bean pasta milled by different processes and whole black beans. The study was conducted with adults who have normal glucose levels. Data analysis for glucose, insulin, satiety, and gastrointestinal effects of these foods is in process.
For more information, contact Donna Winham in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-5040 or

January 15, 2020

Melha Mellata awarded funding for foodborne Listeria research: Melha Mellata, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, received $77,550 for a one-year project funded by the Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). The DMI portion of the funding is subcontracted through the University of Minnesota. The funding will be received in three amounts, Dr. Mellata has already received the first $24,675. The project focuses on evaluating cold plasma technology to eliminate Listeria bacteria in cheese, without affecting the food quality. The Listeria bacteria is the cause of the disease listeriosis which can severely affect those with weakened immune systems, such as newborns or older adults. Mellata’s research will contribute to lowering the rate of listeriosis infections in the general population.
For more information, contact Melha Mellata in food science and human nutrition at 515-294-9220 or

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