Antioxidant SOD1 puts up fight, loses battle against toxic tau protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease

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New research may explain why an antioxidant that protects the brain is also associated with deterioration in areas susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. The antioxidant, superoxide dismutase or SOD1, improves cognition, but an Iowa State University research team found SOD1’s protective benefits dramatically weaken when levels of tau proteins – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease – increase.

Tera Jordan’s article on declining divorce rate published by The Conversation

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Tera Jordan, associate professor in HDFS, wrote an article published by The Conversation about the decreasing rate of divorce in the U.S.

Surface Design Association highlights Ruth E. Carter visit to Iowa State

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Surface Design Association published an article about the visit of Ruth E. Carter, the Academy Award winning costume designer, to Iowa State and the impact her presentation had on attendees.

Iowa State University joins Carnegie Project to transform education doctorate

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The Iowa State University School of Education has joined the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a consortium of leading universities that are working together to improve professional preparation in education at the highest level.

Reason named College of Human Sciences associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs

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Robert Reason, a professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University, has been named associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Human Sciences.

SPIT lab continues to expand research on puberty, hair analysis

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The Stress Physiological Investigative Team (SPIT) Laboratory is working to develop an understanding of the changes that occur during puberty, as well as reasons why there is a lack of research on puberty in understudied populations.

Moderate muscle strength shows decreased risk for type 2 diabetes, research shows

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A recent research study by DC Lee, associate professor of kinesiology, shows that moderate muscle strength can lead to decreased risk for type 2 diabetes in adults.

Mission Inclusion promotes curriculum that examines inclusion, equity, representation

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What Iowa State University faculty and staff learned from the first yearlong "Mission Inclusion" seminar in 2017-18, and how they are going to alter their approaches going forward.

Giving high school students the tools to question classic literature

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Generations of students have read Shakespeare and Hemingway for high school literature class and Jeanne Dyches, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education, would like students to question that tradition. Assigning these texts without questioning issues of race or gender may exclude students who do not see themselves in the text, and make them feel their voices are not valued, she said.

Fulbright Specialist from Iowa State evaluates drug prevention education in Malaysia

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Cathy Hockaday spent a month in Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia, reviewing family and school-based prevention programs and developing a plan for monitoring and evaluating the country’s drug prevention education.

Hockaday coordinates the “Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14,” an effective drug prevention program from ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach that has been implemented in more than 25 countries since 1993.