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New Iowa State STEM camp aims to excite children about learning

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Fifty-two incoming fifth- and sixth-graders will next week engage in hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the first-ever STEM InCYte Camp at Iowa State University.


International designers to lead weeklong workshop at Iowa State

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Two internationally renowned guest designers will come to Iowa State University this week as part of a weeklong fashion and textile design workshop funded in part by a National Endowment for the Arts grant.


Read outside the box to keep students learning during summer months, says ISU professor

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It was not unusual for Emily Hayden to spend the first three or four weeks of a new school year re-acquainting her students with material they had learned the previous year. That’s typically how long it would take to overcome the learning students lost during three months of summer vacation.


Renovated labs provide researchers with critical space for advancements

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State-of-the-art facilities are key to Iowa State staying on the cutting edge of changing national trends that require the integration of research, technology, and hands-on experiences.


Emotional toll from mass trauma can disrupt children’s sense of competence

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Traumatic events can have a profound effect on communities. Whether it is a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or tornado, the aftermath can have lasting effects, especially on children.


Family history of Alzheimer’s may alter metabolic gene that increases risk for disease

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A new Iowa State University study may have identified the link that explains years of conflicting research over a mitochondrial gene and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Auriel Willette, an ISU assistant professor of food science and human nutrition who led the study, says the researcher who initially discovered the gene, TOMM40 (Translocase of Outer Mitochondrial Membrane–40kD), found it increased the risk for Alzheimer’s. However, when multiple studies failed to replicate the results, many researchers dismissed the findings, Willette said.

Not convinced the gene was a total bust, Willette decided to look at other factors that may be contributing to the mixed results.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.


Pinpointing exercise’s positive effects on human health

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What started as a $25,000 College of Human Sciences seed grant in 2014 has evolved into a body of research poised to change the nation’s exercise habits. Duck-chul “DC” Lee, an assistant professor in kinesiology, studies physical activity. He aims to improve the effectiveness of exercise for better health and longer lives.


Students to showcase jacket with solar panels that charge electronics

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An Iowa State University team of apparel and engineering students will next week showcase a hiking jacket that uses solar energy to charge electronic devices at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C.


How Pokémon GO can help students build stronger communication skills

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Technology continues to change the way students learn and engage with their peers, parents and community. That is why Emily Howell, an assistant professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education, is working with teachers to develop new ways to incorporate digital tools in the classroom, including playing games such as Pokémon GO.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.


New GRAMMY Museum grant will boost Iowa State’s Parkinson’s disease research

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 8, 2017) — The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program announced today that more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 14 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Research projects include an Iowa State University study that will investigate the effects of group singing therapy on people with Parkinson's disease. 


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