Virtual choir celebrates singing to alleviate Parkinson’s disease symptoms

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A virtual choir number sung by 170 people with Parkinson’s disease will debut live at 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday, September 8, online. The performers who sing to improve their motor symptoms — as well as stress and quality of life — were each recorded separately. The recordings were combined by a team of Iowa State University students who work in the neuromotor laboratory with Elizabeth Stegemöller, an associate professor of kinesiology.

The choir's rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love” will debut live on Music and Mind LIVE with Renée Fleming, an online series which features the acclaimed singer in conversation with scientists and practitioners who work at the intersection of music, neuroscience, and healthcare.  The event can be viewed from the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Facebook page, during the debut or any time after.

Jacob Meyer featured for advice on light activity and sleep in Iowa State University’s News Service article

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Jacob Meyer, assistant professor in kinesiology, was featured in Iowa State University's News Service article; encourages people to participate in light physical activity to break up long periods of sedentary time, as well as maintaining healthy sleep patterns.

Iowa State University students making STEM learning enjoyable for children of all ages

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Iowa State University students taking The Teaching of Science (EDUC 449), or Teaching Science in the Primary Grades (EDUC 439), with Sara Nelson, extension program specialist in the school of education, are developing eight Checkout STEM kits. These kits provide children and their families with hands-on learning experiences about topics within the technology, engineering, mathematics and literacy fields.

School of Education implements ‘design thinking’ modules to stimulate innovation

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Learning technologies students in the School of Education are using “design thinking” to instill an entrepreneurial mindset into their teaching. New learning modules recently implemented in their classrooms — which involve a process of empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and testing — encourage future teachers to use innovative problem solving in classrooms using technology.

Brian Burt cited as Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

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Brian Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University, has been named an Emerging Scholar, a distinction bestowed by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, for his research to improve the experience of Black men in STEM programs and graduate students in education.

Sketchnoting pushes students to learn, retain information differently — particularly in STEM

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As students learn sketchnoting — a new method of note-taking — Ann Gansemer-Topf, an associate professor in the School of Education, studies what they learn from the novel note-taking approach.

Iowa State part of $10 million effort to encourage a diverse faculty in STEM fields

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Iowa State researchers are part of a national alliance that won a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The alliance will develop programs that increase the diversity and effectiveness of faculty teaching science, technology, engineering, and math. Iowa State's part of the project focuses on working with community colleges to recruit and prepare a diverse group of graduate students for teaching careers at community colleges.

Iowa State University’s Science Bound program honored for inspiring STEM

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The Science Bound program at Iowa State University was honored for inspiring and encouraging a new generation of underrepresented students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — STEM.

Checking out STEM at the local library

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Ames families can soon go to the library to check out kits made by Iowa State University students that contain hands-on activities aimed at teaching young children more about science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and literacy.

Experience of black doctoral students underscores need to increase diversity in STEM fields

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The danger and risk of riding out a storm is symbolic of the decision black men make to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. They do so knowing they will face challenges, but the barriers described by black men who shared their experiences as part of a six-year study show how race was a greater obstacle than they expected.