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Sunday, July 15

Karen Kedrowski head shot

New Catt Center director appointed

Iowa State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named Karen M. Kedrowski as director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. Kedrowski will succeed Dianne Bystrom, who will retire in August after serving as the Catt Center’s director for 22 years.

Nanoparticles

Medical researchers, engineers look to nanovaccines to fight pancreatic cancer

A research team led by Iowa State's Balaji Narasimhan and affiliated with the Nanovcaccine Institute based at Iowa State is studying nanovaccines for treating pancreatic cancer. There are no screening tests or early warning signs for the disease and so the cancer has often spread when it is found. When that's the case, current treatments are rarely effective. The researchers say nanovaccines could generate a response in pancreatic cancer. Their study is supported by a $2.67 million grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Mosquitoes being examined under a miscrocope

ISU Medical Entomology Laboratory monitoring brisk start to mosquito season

The Medical Entomology Laboratory at Iowa State University has tracked mosquito populations in the state since 1968. Lab personnel employ a range of traps to collect and catalog as many as 200,000 mosquitoes every year. This summer’s mosquito season began with a bang but has since calmed down.

Screen shot of Cassandra Dorius

Decision to live together negatively affects wealth accumulation

Living together is often a first step before marriage, or for a growing number of millennials, an alternative to tying the knot. Money or debt can be a common reason for this decision, but there are long-term financial implications to cohabitation, according to research from Iowa State and Kansas State universities.

José Rosa

Crisis can force re-evaluation and derail efforts to reach goals

Setbacks are to be expected when pursuing a goal, whether you are trying to lose weight or save money. The challenge is getting back on track and not giving up after a difficulty or crisis, says an Iowa State marketing professor working on practical ways to help people stick to health-related goals.

Ryan True

Accountability sessions give ISU student startups time to set benchmarks, course-correct

A key component of CYstarters is its weekly accountability sessions, giving the student participants an opportunity to discuss what they’ve worked on the past week, their plans for the upcoming week and their “pains and gains.” The startups receive valuable input from CYstarters staff, mentors and their peers.

Floating islands

Floating islands project expands on water quality research to study pollinator plants

The sustainable environments interdisciplinary graduate program’s floating islands research project has returned to Iowa State University’s Lake LaVerne for the first summer since 2015. While the project still measures nutrient uptake from the water, this year’s research adds pollinator plants to determine if floating islands could also help threatened insects such as bees and butterflies.

WHO ‘gaming disorder’ classification opens door for treatment

The World Health Organization’s classification of video game addiction as a mental health disorder is a significant step toward getting people the help they need, said Douglas Gentile, an Iowa State University professor of psychology and expert on video games and addiction.