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Friday, May 29 2015

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Three ISU architecture student projects are among 10 winners in national AIA competition

Projects by three teams of Iowa State architecture graduate students were selected winners in the AIA COTE Top 10 for Students. More than 400 students from 38 schools participated in the national competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and ViewGlass. The 10 winning projects were displayed at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. 


Iowa State University researchers discover surprisingly wide variation across species in genetic systems that influence aging

A new Iowa State University study focusing on insulin signaling uncovered surprising genetic diversity across reptiles, birds and mammals. Scientists previously assumed the process remained much the same throughout the animal kingdom, but the new research shows that the genetic pathways in reptiles evolved to include protein forms not observed in mammals.

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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.