Iowa State researchers leading initiatives to improve rural health

More than a million Iowans are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or a stroke simply because they live in a rural area. National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 aims to reduce the gap in rural and urban health outcomes – something Iowa State University researchers Sarah Francis, Kimberly Greder, and Jennifer Margrett are directly and indirectly doing through their research and ISU Extension and Outreach initiatives.

Iowa State begins providing financial education to Meskwaki Nation

With care and attention given to learning the culture, building relationships, and developing trust, Iowa State University has over the past year begun to offer research-based financial education classes to residents of the Meskwaki Nation in Tama.

Consumers may not recognize costs, consequences of demand for ‘clean’ food

Eating “clean” is all about avoiding foods with additives, preservatives or other chemicals on the label, but Iowa State University professors Ruth MacDonald and Ruth Litchfield warn of the consequences in terms of food waste, safety and cost.

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Sparking conversations and awareness to bring about change

Iowa State University faculty members are working with Ames students, teachers, and administrators to help the school district address academic achievement gaps and other racial disparities — creating a more inclusive environment through research, conversations, training, and awareness.

Iowa State partners with third-graders to stage ‘maker theater’

Ames, Iowa — Third-graders at Edwards Elementary School on Friday combined lessons in literacy and geometry to stage a theater using sets and scripts developed with the help of Iowa State University students.

Researcher finds further evidence that fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggies

A new study led by Wendy White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, shows that eating salad with added fat in the form of soybean oil promotes the absorption of eight different micronutrients that promote human health. Conversely, eating the same salad without the added oil lessens the likelihood that the body will absorb the nutrients.

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Improving teaching and learning in large lecture classes

As a college student, Michael Brown recalls sitting in those large lecture classes that everyone is required to take.

“When I took those classes, I did terribly in them,” he said. “I like math. I use statistics extensively in my research. But I did terribly in the first college stats class I took because I felt lost amidst the hundreds of students in the room.”  

Today, as a new assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education, Brown is working to transform that model.

High-intensity workouts send the wrong message, says Iowa State professor

As high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, has grown in popularity, so has the debate over whether it is an effective public health solution. Kinesiology professor Panteleimon "Paddy" Ekkekakis says the workouts are not sustainable for the majority of people who are trying to lose weight and move more.

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Iowa State professor’s book about critical theory selected as critics’ choice

An Iowa State University professor is receiving top accolades for writing a book that provides a historical look at the intersection of education, social justice, and radical political movements.

New professor specializes in serving students with emotional and behavioral disabilities

With a background in international relations and a master’s degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, Soo Ahn was recruited to work with federal intelligence agencies in Washington, D.C.