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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service

Lee builds resiliency among aging Iowans through relationship research, outreach

Jeong Eun “Jel” Lee is leveraging the power of relationships to help individuals age well.

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.

College of Human Sciences and departmental scholarship recipients recognized

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences celebrated student scholarship recipients and donors on Oct. 13 at the annual scholarship recognition event in the Scheman Building. 

White named an inaugural fellow of International Carotenoid Society

Wendy White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, has been named an inaugural fellow of the International Carotenoid Society.

Pitchford breaks barriers to exercise for youth with developmental disabilities

Andy Pitchford is improving the lives of youth with developmental disabilities by enhancing their physical activity inside and outside the classroom.

“I’ve always wanted to provide a public good for the people participating in my research,” said Pitchford, a new assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University. “Whether it’s learning about their body composition and health through DXA scan results, or riding a bicycle for the first time, it’s about picking up something they didn’t have before they participated in an intervention.”