Tuesday, July 28 2015
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.
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.
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 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.
Iowa State analysis of national FITNESSGRAM data reveals needs for improvement in youth fitness
A new Iowa State University study provides a snapshot of physical fitness levels for U.S. schoolchildren in grades first through 12th. Researchers analyzing data collected nationally through the NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM Partnership Project found that fitness levels sharply declined as students got older. The study is published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Iowa State study finds it’s not what you do, but how you get yourself to exercise that matters
Developing any habit—good or bad—starts with a routine, and exercise is no exception. The trick is making exercise a habit that is hard to break. According to a new Iowa State University study, that may be easier to accomplish by focusing on cues that make going for a run or to the gym automatic.
Industry to follow Disney’s lead on selfie sticks, says Iowa State professor
The decision to ban selfie sticks at all Disney theme parks is one that Iowa State assistant professor Eric D. Olson expects other amusement parks and entertainment venues will soon start implementing if they haven’t already made such a move. Zlatan Krizan, an associate professor of pyschology, says It’s important to recognize the role of technology when trying to understand the fascination with the selfie trend.
Team PrISUm confident of quick laps at this month’s Formula Sun Grand Prix
The students of Team PrISUm are preparing their solar racing car for this month's Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Formula 1 track in Austin, Texas. The team is confident its car, Phaëton, can turn some very fast laps.
New research outlines potential for ‘slow money’ in local food and sustainable agriculture
Recently published research from Iowa State University shines a spotlight on the “slow money” movement, which seeks to match locally produced and environmentally friendly food and artisanal products and services with fresh capital investment.