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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.

Change Agent: Dave Swenson

Dave Swenson with several of his medals and map of race locations

Finishing a marathon is a goal that once accomplished is enough for most runners. Others see it as just the beginning. Dave Swenson is one of the others.

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.

Leslie lecturing

C-SPAN'S American History TV to feature Leslie's lecture on Chicago skyscrapers

Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture Thomas Leslie traces the skyscraper's creation as complex connections between Chicago's economics, technology and politics during a lecture broadcast on C-SPAN's American History TV. The program will air at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, May 23 on C-SPAN 3.

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.

Graduation photo

Iowa State commencement events set for Friday and Saturday

An estimated 4,365 Iowa State students will become alumni this weekend when they receive their diplomas at one of three commencement ceremonies. This is an increase of about 340 graduating students over last spring.

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.

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. 


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