Research news

SoJung Lee receives funding for rural community development research
SoJung Lee, assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, received $25,000 from North Central Regional Center for Rural Development funded by the USDA. The funding will be used to study the impact of volunteers on community festivals and development. Twelve rural festivals in Iowa, Michigan, and Kansas will be studied to identify how volunteers influence community sustainability, how demographics affect the impact of volunteers on a rural community, and to create a festival volunteer training toolkit.

Raise the visibility of your research by establishing a CHS individual faculty research webpage
As the College of Human Sciences aims to increase communication about scholarly research, faculty now have the opportunity to establish a website that focuses on their research work. Sites may focus on an individual researcher's work or a research team's work. Review some of the new sites or request yours now.

Telin Chung receives award for digital presence research
Telin Chung, along with AESHM research team Linda Niehm, Jessica Hurst, Ann Marie Fiore, and Rebecca Liang, received $3,696 from the Direct Selling Education Foundation to study how a direct selling company's digital presence influences the sale performances of its representatives in digital and non-digital channels. This proposed study will help DS companies make informed decisions when prioritizing their digital strategies based on their goals, company size, and characteristics of salesforce, and pair the right media with specific audiences and provide targeted supporting functions. Indirectly, this study may help increase the opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs (e.g., women) to gain business knowledge and skills by engaging in direct selling businesses.

Consider applying for Helen LeBaron Hilton funds of up to $2500 per special project
The Helen LeBaron Hilton Fund supports a wide variety of projects that promote leadership, philosophy, and service. Human Sciences Extension and Outreach program specialists are encouraged to apply by October 15, as are students, faculty, and staff in food science and human nutrition; human development and family studies; or apparel, events, and hospitality management.

New tenured/tenure-track faculty announcedAs the new academic year begins, the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences announces four tenure-track faculty members who have joined the faculty in 2018. 

All aiming to expand human potential and improve people's lives, their expertise ranges from educational technology to safe food packaging to sustainable functional apparel to how genes are expressed and effect disease.

Learn how to get more exposure for your research through The Conversation

An information session for College of Human Sciences researchers and scholars will be held at 11 a.m.-12
30 p.m., August 30 in the LeBaron Conference Room, 1009 LeBaron Hall, on the The Conversation" team's approach and communications platform for communicating research-based knowledge to the public. Iowa State University has recently begun working with The Conversation, an independent news and commentary website that draws expertise from academics whose essays are edited by journalists. Recent Iowa State University essays have run in Smithsonian Magazine and Science Alert. Potential authors and who would consider publishing essays about their expertise for broad distribution are encouraged to attend. Register online.

Plan to attend NSF I-CORP information session, August 29
The vice president for research office invites College of Human Sciences faculty members to an information session on I-CORPS, at 1 p.m., August 29, in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. I-CORP is an initiative designed to transition National Science Foundation-funded research from the laboratory into a marketplace product. Iowa State became an NSF I-Corps Site in the fall of 2017. Thirty Iowa State University teams will be selected each year through a competitive process to participate in I-CORPS and receive industry exposure, entrepreneurial training, advice, resources, networking opportunities, and infrastructure for exploring commercialization opportunities.

Big data helps reveal use of hashtags in political consumerismAs social media increasingly becomes a vehicle for people to express their praise and discontent, an Iowa State University researcher is using big data to explore how hashtags play a role in the promotion of consumer decisions for ethical or political reasons.

SoJung Lee receives funding for research with the Club Managers Association of America
SoJung Lee, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, is awarded $2,500 from The Club Foundation to continue research focused on understanding the role of club members’ perceived value and psychological ownership to build membership satisfaction and loyalty. Using the concept of psychological ownership toward the club, Lee will measure club members’ behaviors, which will assist clubs in better retaining and creating loyal members in the club industry. Lee is the first faculty member to receive two awards from The Club foundation after previously receiving an award in 2016 as well.

Eric Olson, Lena Jeong receive funding, Gabrielle Evans to receive scholarship for research on reducing food waste
Assistant professors Eric D. Olson and EunHa "Lena" Jeong in apparel, events, and hospitality management and student Gabrielle Evans received $15,000 from the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management Foundation for their research project titled, “Using Advertising Message Framing to Reduce Food Waste and Convention and Events.” As part of this research project, student Gabrielle Evans will receive a $7,500 scholarship. The research team will employ The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom as a research setting as part of the research project.