Recent Submissions

  • Taking a Bite Out of Consumer Food Waste in Des Moines, Iowa 

    Yost, Kerri; McKay, Megan; Brown, Nicole; Orstad, Paul (2015-05)
    In America, 40% of the food produced is ultimately thrown away, which is economically and environmentally detrimental. Our essay outlines the issue from a national standpoint to the local level, providing an examination ...
  • Is a National Policy for Paid Parental Leave Possible in the United States? 

    Harbour, Angela; Owens, Traci; Shultz, Rochelle; Weime, Nicolas (2015-05)
    The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was created in 1993 to address social and economic changes in the American family structure. This provision provided new parents with the opportunity to take up to twelve unpaid weeks ...
  • Polk County Juvenile Drug Court: Recommendations for the Future 

    Floyd, Jerry; Mills, Robyn; Mason, Sheila; Feilmeyer, John Mark; Gookin, Eric (2015-05)
    Polk County Juvenile Drug Court (“PCJDC”) has been operating since 2001, and has built a solid reputation within the state by addressing juvenile offenders with accompanying substance abuse problems. This paper examines ...
  • Expanding Production of Cannabis in Iowa 

    DeWall, Christine; Gjelhaug, Emily; Highland, Tanner; Netley, Jared; Wilson, Lisa (2015-05)
    Following passage of Senate Bill 2360 “Medical Cannabidiol Act” in Iowa, possession of Cannabidiol Oil become legal for patients who suffered from intractable epilepsy. The law became effective July 1, 2014, however, ...
  • Labor and Management Relations: Historical Perspectives and Current Trends 

    Degni, Eli K.; Johnson, Christopher T.; Sterbenz Filby, Christine L.; Stineman, Brian M. (2015-05)
    Over the last 125 years, labor unions and management in the United States have had working relationships that have ranged from positive to co-existence to adversarial. In recent decades, declines in union membership, ...
  • Place-Based Strategies to Improve Access to Health Care in Rural Iowa 

    Bradke, Megan; Gadbois, Natalie; Kaseke, Munashe; Koerber, Natalie; O'Shaughnessy, Amy (2015-05)
    Sustaining the viability of rural communities depends largely upon citizens’ access to high-quality healthcare, and in tandem, citizens’ access to high-quality healthcare depends upon the success of the community as a ...
  • Music Education in Iowa Public Schools 

    Bhimanadham, Narmada Neerja; Choe, Justine; Huspen, Dina; Piper, Shari (2015-05)
    Our paper discusses the status of music education programs in Iowa public schools. Music programs are often the first to be cut when school districts have financial difficulties. Therefore, we conducted further research ...
  • It’s Not Brain Science… Or Is It? How Early Second Language Learning Can Impact Future Achievement 

    Allen, Terry; Evans, Rachel; Hupp, Eric; Passman, Becky (2015-05)
    We live in a global economy, yet U.S. citizens lag far behind in the knowledge of other countries’ languages, cultures, customs, geographies and peoples. Equipping the next generation with foreign language skills as well ...