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Tuesday, May 26

Business district in Columbus Junction

Sense of community slipping in small town Iowa

A new survey of residents in 99 Iowa towns offers a snapshot of how these communities have changed over the past 20 years. While a majority of residents describe their community as safe and friendly, Iowa State University researchers found attitudes about certain amenities and the level of community involvement have declined.

Head shot of Alicia Carriquiry

Iowa State to be home to a new, $20 million national center for forensic science

Iowa State University will be the home of a national Forensic Science Center of Excellence. The National Institute of Standards and Technology just awarded a five-year, up to $20 million grant to establish the center. Alicia Carriquiry, an Iowa State statistician and Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, will lead the center. The center will also include researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the University of California, Irvine and the University of Virginia.

Auriel Willette

Proteins may slow memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s

Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking Iowa State University study. Auriel Willette, a researcher in food science and human nutrition, found evidence that an elevated presence of a protein called neuronal pentraxin-2 may slow cognitive decline and reduce brain atrophy in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Iowa State researcher Megan Gilligan

Estrangement likely when adult child does not share mother’s values, Iowa State study finds

There is a strong bond between mothers and children that when severed is often the result of a difference in values. That is the finding of a new Iowa State University study published online in the Journal of Marriage and Family. Megan Gilligan, lead author and an assistant professor of human development and family studies, says mother and adult child estrangement is more common than most people might think.

Tyler Broich and Phillip Molnar pose with the space mining robot as it is being built.

Cyclone Space Mining pushing to remain a leader at NASA competition

These are all-out days and nights for the student-engineers of Cyclone Space Mining. They're preparing for NASA's May 18-22 contest for student-designed and student-built mining robots. They've had a good run at the Kennedy Space Center the past three years and are looking to continue that success and innovation.


Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators

The Cyclone Power Pullers emphasized operator convenience in the quarter-scale tractor they designed and built to enter into a competition this month.

Indianola students exercising in the gym

Iowa State researchers expand SWITCH to build comprehensive approach to school wellness

An Iowa State University research team is working with elementary schools to improve academic outcomes through SWITCH – a program aimed at getting children to “switch what they do, view and chew.” The team received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and test school-based components designed specifically for physical education classes, lunchroom nutrition and the regular classroom.

Lyden mug

Iowa State graduating senior styles her own future in fashion

When Brenna Lyden accessorizes her cap and gown with “sky-high heels and lots of jewelry” to cross the commencement stage, everything is just as it should be. She's graduating with a degree in apparel, merchandising and design with minors in journalism and entrepreneurship. Her fashion blog and styling business are thriving. Her U-Haul is packed. And a signed contract for a coveted job as a buyer for Nordstrom Inc. is tucked safely in the back pocket of her skinny jeans. 


Members of the Iowa State Baja SAE Team around their off-road racer.

Iowa State’s Baja racing team slowed in first race, ready to regain off-road speed

The student-engineers of the Iowa State Baja SAE Team are working to build on a top-20 finish at a recent competition in Alabama. They're confident they have a car that's durable and fast enough to move up the rankings. They'll race again May 27-30 in Oregon.