Thursday, July 19 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.