Iowa State University Cyclones join elementary students for some ExerCYse

An Iowa State University outreach program is boosting kids’ physical activity during the cold winter months.

ExerCYse Time, led by Iowa State’s ExerCYse is Medicine club, provides exercise events in a fun, safe environment for students ages 5 to 12. Since spring 2017, the events have expanded from the Forker Building gym on campus to off-campus, into Ames schools. This year’s events run through early March. Youth do not need to be from an Ames school to participate.

Rossmann Manatt awardee strives to provide research experiences to students

They say it’s never too early to begin gaining research experience, and that is just what Kevin Schalinske provides in his lab for not only graduate students, but undergraduates, as well.

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A Cyclone heads to the Super Bowl

When Super Bowl LII is played next Sunday in Minnesota, Iowa State University alumnus Jordan Pierce will have a front-row seat.

But the 2015 graduate in athletic training won’t be sitting much. As an athletic training intern with the New England Patriots sports medicine staff, he’ll be at the center of the action, helping players to stay healthy and prevent injuries.

New faculty member brings microRNA gene research experience to Iowa State

She once thought fruit flies were just annoying little bugs, but now Elizabeth McNeill spends her time studying them as part of her research.

McNeill joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as an assistant professor earlier this month. Having earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Iowa State in 2002, McNeill said she appreciated the dedication faculty members had toward students while she was an undergraduate and knew she wanted to return to campus as a professional.

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Iowa State University research sheds light on trends in male alcohol use

A new study from Iowa State University researchers in human development and family studies reveals the impact of parent communication on alcohol use among male adolescents.

Olivia Diggs, lead author of the study and a human development and family studies graduate student who received a Ruth and Vincent Mahoney Student Opportunity Fund Scholarship, said the research highlights that parents have an influence throughout their children’s lifetimes.

Iowa State researcher continues search for cause of Alzheimer’s

Dr. Auriel Willette and his team of researchers are continuing their look into how obesity-related problems are linked to metabolism and diabetes.

The outcomes of their latest research, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, point to a new biomarker, insulin-like growth factor binding protein 2 (IGFBP-2), and how it may play a role in a person’s likelihood to develop Alzheimer’s disease. IGFBP-2 helps to regulate energy metabolism by affecting blood glucose levels.

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College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 300 graduating students in a series of events on Dec. 15 and 16. 

Baker shapes student learning through studies in motivation

Amanda Baker is motivated by motivation.

The new assistant professor in learning sciences and educational psychology in Iowa State University’s School of Education studies the ways college students engage in practices that challenge the way they think. Her research in motivation adds insight to the differing levels of engagement among today’s students.

New overseas programs to help students engage in high-impact learning

Students in the College of Human Sciences will have four additional opportunities to study abroad next summer.

Apparel, events, and hospitality management will offer two programs: one in Taiwan and Japan, and another in the Czech Republic. Human development and family studies will offer a program in Denmark, and the School of Education faculty will offer a program in western Europe.

Learning two languages does not limit academic potential for Head Start students

A new Iowa State University study examined how variation in dual language status among Head Start students related to development in cognitive and academic areas. The research team led by Ji-Young Choi, an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies, found dual-language learners (DLLs) had significant growth, eventually outperforming students who only spoke English, once DLLs gained basic English proficiency. The results are published in the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.