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Tuesday, July 28 2015

Student and offender

Iowa State students and incarcerated women grow thriving vegetable garden and more at prison

Improbable teams of students and incarcerated women continue to transform acres of barren prison yard into a beautiful, bountiful landscape full of life — and now food. The ongoing partnership between Iowa State University's Department of Landscape Architecture and the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville is in its third year of providing hands-on learning experiences to students and offenders alike. The students discover the pitfalls and rewards of putting their designs into practice, while the offenders gain meaningful vocational and life skills.

Auriel Willette Portrait

Insulin resistance increases risk for Alzheimer’s disease, new Iowa State study finds

An Iowa State University study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, found a strong association between insulin resistance and memory function decline, increasing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Auriel Willette, a research scientist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, says insulin resistance is common in people who are obese, pre-diabetic or have Type 2 diabetes.

Diagnostician looks at tree sample through a microscope

ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic seeks to be “emergency room” for plants

Have questions about insect pests or sick plants? Try the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.

Iowa African-American Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

The Iowa African-American Hall of Fame will induct three new members on Aug. 7. Dr. Julius S. Conner, Dr. Ruth White and Georgine Crowe Morris (deceased) will be recognized at a reception and banquet starting at 5 p.m. at The Meadows Event and Conference Center, Altoona. Tickets are $50 and can be reserved by contacting Rose Wilbanks at 515-294-1909.

Iowa State engineers study dual-rotor wind turbines

Iowa State attracts a record $424.9 million in external funding for fiscal year 2015

Iowa State University attracted a record $424.9 million in external funding during the fiscal year that ended June 30. The jump in external funding includes a $44 million increase over the previous year from the Iowa State University Foundation and a $14 million increase from federal agencies. The previous record was $388.2 million in fiscal year 2010.