Virtual choir celebrates singing to alleviate Parkinson’s disease symptoms

A virtual choir number sung by 170 people with Parkinson’s disease will debut live at 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday, September 8, online. The performers who sing to improve their motor symptoms — as well as stress and quality of life — were each recorded separately. The recordings were combined by a team of Iowa State University students who work in the neuromotor laboratory with Elizabeth Stegemöller, an associate professor of kinesiology.

The choir's rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love” will debut live on Music and Mind LIVE with Renée Fleming, an online series which features the acclaimed singer in conversation with scientists and practitioners who work at the intersection of music, neuroscience, and healthcare.  The event can be viewed from the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Facebook page, during the debut or any time after.

Instructors will be flexible

No power? No internet? No Problem. If your ability to attend class online has been impacted by last week’s storms, don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructors and let them know.

Iowa State University alumna LuJing Johnson receives Fulbright

Iowa State University alumna LuJing (Lulu) Johnson has been named a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Finalist.  As a Fulbrighter, Johnson will serve as an English teaching assistant in South Korea, beginning in January 2021.

Jarrel Johnson named 2020 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow for education inclusion research

Jarrel Johnson, a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Iowa State University, has received a prestigious $27,500 fellowship to support his research on inclusion of queer and trans* students at public historically black colleges and universities. 

Johnson has been named a Dissertation Fellow by the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation. The highly competitive program aims to identify and support the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education.

Jolly reappointed as Human Sciences dean

Laura Dunn Jolly, dean of the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences (CHS), has been reappointed to a second five-year term.

Neuroscientist and music therapist Elizabeth Stegemöller named Rossmann Manatt Scholar

Elizabeth Stegemöller, who has developed a virtual singing program for rural residents with Parkinson's disease, is the 2020 Rossmann Manatt Scholar in the College of Human Sciences. Singing mitigates several symptoms of the disease.

Do you know this chicken?

If this chicken rings a bell for you, Lynn Knipe would like to know.chicken-parts-Lynn-Knipe

Iowa Board of Regents proposes $55 million College of Human Sciences building project

A project to replace LeBaron Hall and renovate portions of MacKay Hall is Iowa State University's top capital priority for the 2020 legislative session. The $55 million project will feature flexible state-of-the-art spaces for high-impact learning, teaching, and outreach.

USDA Grant Will Support Farm Stress Assistance Regional Project

With a $480,000 grant from USDA, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and partners in seven north central states will provide stress assistance programs to support people engaged in farming, ranching and other agriculture-related occupations.

"Our first goal is to develop a network of resources, trainings and connections to help farmers and ranchers know where to turn for help dealing with stress," said David Brown, David Brown, a behavioral health specialist in ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach who is working with other state principal investigators to lead this regional project.

Brewed coffee grounds offer sustainable clothing dye

Iowa State University researchers have found a natural way to add color to clothing using the leftover grounds from your daily cup of coffee.

The textile industry uses more than 2 million tons of chemicals and synthetic dyes annually, which is why researchers are interested in finding sustainable alternatives. Changhyun “Lyon” Nam, a graduate student in apparel, merchandising, and design, said his coffee habit inspired him to experiment with the grounds.