Key Initiatives

Changes needed to help Latina/o students succeed in developmental education courses

A disproportionate number of Latina/o students who take developmental education courses never pass and advance to college-level courses. That's why Erin Doran, an assistant professor of education, has developed a framework to better serve Latina/o students needing extra preparation.

Iowa State University to offer internships campuswide to young adults with disabilities

Iowa State University will this year expand a program that helps young adults with disabilities gain hands-on work experience — continuing the university’s leadership with an international program that hasn’t seen many internship sites in higher education.

First ISU 4U cohort applying for fall 2018 admission

Denisse San Elias was in the eighth grade when Iowa State University made a promise to her and every student at King and Moulton elementary schools in Des Moines. Five years later and now a senior at East High, San Elias is realizing the significance of that promise. She is part of the first cohort of ISU 4U Promise students who will attend Iowa State in the fall. So far, 15 have been accepted. A majority of the 22 eligible students, including San Elias, qualify for a 100 percent tuition award.

Alternative breaks offer opportunity for service learning

A future teacher, dietitian, and event planner in the College of Human Sciences who have a passion for helping others are among 17 students from Iowa State University who spent part of their winter break assisting those in need.

Sanders, Woods to be featured in 2018 calendar

Two women in human sciences will be featured in a calendar recognizing their leadership and the positive differences they’ve made at Iowa State University.

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.

See the complete story by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

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.

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.