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Iowa State University research links racial discrimination, depression

Racial discrimination in the neighborhood can make a person more prone to clinical depression, according to newly published research from Iowa State University.

Empowering Spanish speakers through food safety training

As assistant manager of Las Flores restaurant in Iowa Falls, Vanessa Orozco knows food preparation is vital in ensuring the success of her restaurant.

“Learning how to manage food so you don’t make customers ill is important,” she said.

Orozco obtained her food safety certification by enrolling in ServSafe, a food safety course offered by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach in English and Spanish.

Iowa State University works to help Main Street thrive

A new business called Mustard Seed Revival — part coffee shop, part vintage goods — just opened Saturday in Jewell, a bedroom community just north of Ames with a population of 1,215.

The opening is refreshing in this community that has seen its share of Main Street businesses come and go — in the effort to compete with discount mega chains like Walmart, and online giants such as Amazon.

Kinesiology faculty, students spark conversation about diversity

Iowa State University faculty and students in kinesiology — dedicated to promoting physical activity, health and well-being — say they recognize diversity is sometimes lacking in their field. They’re working to address the issue.

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.

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

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.

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

Museum exhibit explores clothing worn by Midwest LGBTQIA+ individuals

Some like to appear more masculine. Others prefer a more feminine look.

But regardless of their preference, some Midwest women who identify themselves as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and other) say they’ve struggled over the years with what to wear and how they are perceived.

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.