Investing in sustainability helps dietetic interns decrease food waste

Erin Bergquist, associate professor of teaching in the Dietetic Internship Program, helps dietetic interns understand food waste and how to decrease it. Sustainability is a major aspect of all rotations dietetic interns complete, an effort led by Bergquist and recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Champion Site for the Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems Curriculum. 

In encouraging sustainability and teaching about sustainable food systems, dietetic interns focus on ensuring access to safe and nutritious food for all. 

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SPIT lab continues to expand research on puberty, hair analysis

While puberty is something that everyone experiences, there is little explanation for how those changes affect one's physical and mental health. The Stress Physiology Investigative Team (SPIT) Laboratory at Iowa State is working to understand these changes through hair sample analysis, as well as understand these changes in understudied populations. 

“Puberty is a normal process, but how you go through puberty can really set your life off on a different trajectory,” said Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, associate professor of human development and family studies and director of the SPIT lab. “There are risks for early development including anxiety, depression, social problems and physical health problems, such as cancer.”

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Moderate muscle strength shows decreased risk for type 2 diabetes, research shows

Of the 30 million Americans who have diabetes, 90 to 95 percent of them have type 2 diabetes. However, new research shows that increasing muscle strength might be a way to decrease risk of type 2 diabetes. 

In a study conducted by DC Lee, associate professor of kinesiology, and Angelique Brellenthin, postdoctoral researcher in kinesiology, moderate muscle mass was found to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by 32 percent in the 4,500 adults surveyed. Lee says that while even the smallest amount of resistance can decrease risk of type 2 diabetes. 

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‘We’re creating experiences’: how The Meeting Room prepares event planners for the future

Iowa State University’s event management program was ranked No. 1 in the nation by in 2018, and the demand for event planners is expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With this projected  growth and increasing importance of technology in today’s world, the event management program has opened up a new lab space to introduce students to the wide variety of technologies used in the field today.

The Meeting Room is helping students use the latest technology effectively and confidently in event and meeting settings. Since the event management program emphasizes  integrating technology into the curriculum, the idea for the space continued to gain momentum until the department turned 1052 LeBaron Hall into the events lab.

The lab space houses technologies that are used in the event management industry, like six virtual reality headsets (to aid with virtual tours of event locations), sound and lighting equipment, a TV that can be used for video conferencing, wireless connectivity to displays for ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (known as BYOD) , and furniture that accommodates people working on group projects and doing collaborative work.

“[Technology] continues to evolve, and we want to provide students with cutting-edge tools,” said Ken Tsai, assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management. “We look at trends in the industry and seek funding to integrate technology into the curriculum.”

Students also use the space for specific classes. Some of those classes include EVENT 212X - Digital Production in Event Management, which focuses on the use and application of Adobe software, EVENT 471 - Special Events Coordination, which utilizes the sound and lighting equipment in the lab, and EVENT 277X - Introduction to Digital Promotion in Event Management, a class dedicated to event technology and social media marketing in the industry. 

“We’re creating experiences,” said Suzanne Gauch, program coordinator and lecturer in apparel, events and hospitality management. “As technology progresses, we want students to be equipped with the technology of the future.”

The lab is also used by the Event Management Club and is open to any student or faculty member. By utilizing the tools the Meeting Room has to offer, students are learning skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace, gaining a skill set that employers value, and are prepared to compete in a global market after graduation.

“[Iowa State] is one of a few schools that have this space,” said Eric D. Olson, program director and assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management. 

During the spring semester, the department wants to continue to bring the latest event design technologies into The Meeting Room. Other goals for the semester include continuing to partner with event management courses, clubs, and projects and incorporating undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research into the lab space.

Not only does the space give students the confidence to use the lab’s technology, it gives them the confidence and experience to step out into a leadership role — and enjoy themselves while learning.

“[Students] have to take a selfie when they’re in the room,” Gauch said. “Everyone who comes into the Meeting Room has a great experience.”

The Meeting Room is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Project SEARCH continues to expand across Iowa State’s campus

Project SEARCH, a national internship program implemented in 2016, has expanded to 15 sites on campus to provide work experience for people with disabilities. Interns help university officials in different departments complete tasks ranging from data entry and inventory to sorting and maintenance.

The program began in the College of Human Sciences through a partnership with The Arc of Story County, a nonprofit organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the first two years, four interns were selected, which then increased to 10 this fall in an expansion all across campus. Next school year, 14 intern spots will be available. 

"[Project SEARCH] has changed the environment and culture at each one of these units," said Linda Lind, senior lecturer in the School of Education and Project SEARCH faculty liaison. "These people are making such a big change, and it is heartwarming."

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Jenny Junker awarded $35,000 scholarship at YMA gala in New York City

At the YMA gala in New York City on Jan. 10, six Iowa State students were honored and awarded scholarships from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. One of those six students took home the evening's highest honor. 

Haley Haskell applies learning technologies skills in unexpected places

Haley Haskell has made one thing clear: she has no intention becoming a physical education teacher. However, being placed into a physical education class for her learning technologies minor practicum opened her eyes to the numerous ways that technology can help teachers across all disciplines.

A senior in elementary education and graduate of North High School in Des Moines, Haskell had seen her high school transition into using the one-to-one method, where every students gets their own laptop, tablet or other piece of technology. She had also noticed that the teachers at her school lacked the skills to use the technology effectively in their classrooms.

“I knew I wanted to be a teacher and I didn’t want to be in a school that’s one-to-one and not use it effectively,” Haskell said.

This desire to effectively use technology in teaching is the reason Haley decided to pursue a learning technologies minor. The only minor offered in the School of Education, the learning technologies program is a 16-credit minor where students learn how to use and integrate technology into their classrooms. One of the courses is the CI 280B practicum, where students complete 24 hours of field experience in a classroom.

“The minor is primarily [chosen by] elementary education, early childhood education, and secondary education students,” said Denise Crawford, assistant professor of education and director of the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching. “It’s pretty much a pre-K through grade 12 [teacher-education] minor.”

For her practicum, Haley was placed in a physical education class at St. Cecilia, a private school in Ames. The instructor for the class, Sally Shaver DuBois, a lecturer of kinesiology, received her master’s degree from Iowa State and reached out to the program about finding a student to help out in her class.

“I’ve done some technology things in my physical education classes,” Shaver DuBois said. “I had some ideas and let her [Haley] choose what she wanted to try. We worked together on some projects and I just let her figure out the technology.”

One of the projects that Haskell worked on in Shaver DuBois’s class was using a video delay app to film students working on volleyball skills. Haskell noticed that students weren’t seeing the small mistakes they were making, and filming them offered an opportunity for students to analyze their skills and make improvements based on the video footage they were seeing.

This use of the video delays, along with the use of GIFs and videos for warm-ups have given Shaver DuBois a jump on using technology in new ways, as well as changing up her style of teaching.

“It changes my instruction up a little bit and I can engage the kids in a different way,” Shaver DuBois said.

Next semester, Haskell will be student teaching in a triad with a cooperating teacher and an engineering graduate student so she can get to know the standards for teaching engineering in area schools. Her experience at St. Cecilia has helped her develop her skills and shown her the different ways to incorporate technology across elementary school curriculums. Although Haskell focused on physical education for her practicum, she will apply those concepts to other aspects of elementary education.

“This shows Haley’s versatile thinking on how technology can be used across the pre-K through 6th grade curriculum,” Crawford said.

Branstad scholarship recipients discuss education with state leaders

The Iowa State University School of Education Branstad scholars met with Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday. The students, all elementary education majors, had lunch with the state leaders and ISU School of Education director Marlene Strathe, and discussed their career goals. The group also discussed academic preparation, Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, and the state’s Early Literacy Implementation program.

The 4-year Branstad Scholarship is awarded by the School of Education to one incoming freshman every fall.

Board of Regents approves Doctorate of Education program to start fall 2019

The Iowa Board of Regents has approved the proposed Doctorate of Education program in the School of Education.

The newly approved, 54-credit program aims to prepare educational leaders who can support educational opportunities for all students in education systems from preschool through doctoral education, or “P-20” education. Students who complete the program will be prepared to work as superintendents in preK-12 school districts and as leaders at community colleges or state departments of education as well as in other educational development agencies, such as 4-H and education-centered community non-profit organizations. The degree program will offer two professional tracks so students will focus specifically on community college leadership or on more broadly on P-20 systems-level leadership, according to the official program request.

School of Education faculty members who prepare teachers and leaders to work in higher education and their colleagues who prepare professionals to work in preschools through senior high schools worked together to design the new Ed.D. program.

“The Ed.D program allows us to extend our long-standing commitment to preparing community college leaders while recalibrating the academic experience towards a scholar-practitioner model fully grounded in educational equity,” said Lorenzo Baber, associate professor and division head of higher education in the School of Education. “The collaboration with our colleagues in the division of teaching, learning, leadership and policy represents a movement away from traditional silos in education and towards an integrated P-20 vision.”

Isaac Gottesman, associate professor and division head of teaching, learning, leadership and policy in the School of Education, said “the new degree will enable us to prepare educational leaders who think in systematic ways about the entire P-20 continuum, including the extremely important transitions from P-12 to post-secondary education that often get lost when P-12 and higher education are thought about separately.”

The Doctorate of Education program will be a “cohort-based” program, where program participants will study as a group throughout the three-year, eight-semester degree program. The cohort model is designed to promote a shared learning experience for students, foster development of their professional networks, and encourage dialogue among the emerging leaders that cross arbitrary segmentation within the educational system. Students will also study over two summers. They will finish by writing a dissertation that addresses a “complex problem of practice” within the field of education.

“Building leaders that have knowledge and networks across educational systems has the potential to transform student experiences, institutions, and communities,” Baber said. “This is an exciting development not just for Iowa State University, but for the future of public education across the state and region.” 

“The Ed.D. is a renewal of ISU’s commitment to leading the state and region in the preparation of the next generation of educational leaders,” Gottesman said.

The first cohort will start classes in August 2019. Information about application for the program and deadlines will be available on the School of Education website by Monday, December 3, 2018.

Singing may reduce stress, improve motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease

The results from a recent pilot study done by Iowa State researchers shows that singing may lead to improvements in mood and motor function for people with Parkinson's disease. While the data is only preliminary, assistant professor of kinesiology Elizabeth Stegemöller says that the improvements made from singing are similar to improvements made when taking medication. 

The study, conducted by Stegemöller, Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, associate professor of human development and family studies, and graduate student in kinesiology Andrew Zaman, is one of the first to examine how singing affects heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels in people with Parkinson's. The heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels of 17 participants were taken before the singing session, and participants expressed feelings of sadness, anxiety, happiness, and anger. After the singing session, all three levels were reduced. 

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