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Thursday, July 19

Megan Sweere

Iowa State alumna finds startup success from CYstarters program

Megan Sweere is now working full-time on the startup business she founded two years ago as a senior at Iowa State. She says it never would have happened without CYstarters, a 10-week summer accelerator for student startups run out of the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.

Iowa State study: air pollution negatively associated with U.S. national park visitation

Poor air quality may influence how many visitors travel to U.S. national parks, according to a new study. The researchers matched air pollution data to monthly park visitation statistics at 33 of the most heavily visited national parks and found that visitation responds most to ozone during months with poor air quality.

Jennifer Newman, an associate professor of math, is building a tool to help detect hidden messages in digital photos. The research is part of the federally supported Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence based at Iowa State. Larger ph

Iowa State attracts record in external funding for fourth year in a row

Iowa State University attracted a record $509.2 million in external funding for fiscal year 2018. That's a $5.6 million jump from the previous year's $503.6 million. The latest fiscal year's total includes $245.8 million to support research projects across campus.

Students working in CyBIZ Lab

CyBIZ Lab expands to offer graduate students industry experience

Many Iowa State University graduate students follow the path toward academia, but a number of students pursue careers in business and industry. That is why Iowa State’s CyBIZ Lab and Graduate College are expanding opportunities for graduate students to work on short-term projects with businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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.