Initiative takes advantage of existing data to solve community problems

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Iowa State University researchers are lending their expertise to help Iowa communities access and analyze solutions to some of the problems these communities have been facing. The team is part of a three-state Coordinated Innovation Network of land-grant universities working to expand the Data Science for Public Good program, developed by the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute.

Study examines biomarkers, economic factors that may increase risk for cognitive decline

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An image of your retina may help Iowa State University researchers determine your risk for Alzheimer’s disease even before other symptoms are detectable. Tricia Neppl, associate professor of human development and family studies, is co-leading this project.

Changes in the immune system explain why belly fat is bad for thinking

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Research led by assistant professor in food science and human nutrition Auriel Willette links intellectual decline to changes in the immune system and the body's ratio of fat to muscle.

Grant to improve firefighters and first responders’ protective gloves

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A team of Iowa State University researchers is working to improve the currently thick, bulky, and limited-dexterity protectant gloves for firefighters and first responders. This $1.5 million grant will help the research team in bettering the function of personal protective equipment.

New tenured and tenure-track faculty for 2019-20 announced

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Eleven outstanding scholars joined the tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences for the 2019-20 academic year.

Brewed coffee grounds offer sustainable clothing dye

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Iowa State University researchers have found a natural way to add color to clothing using the leftover grounds from your daily cup of coffee. The textile industry uses more than 2 million tons of chemicals and synthetic dyes annually, which is why researchers are interested in finding sustainable alternatives.

ISU research explores why more women are drinking

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An Iowa State research team that includes assistant professor of human development and family studies Cassandra Dorius dispels myths about women's alcohol consumption and points out important mental and physical health issues linked to alcohol use.

Endocannabinoid and exercise research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

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A team of researchers, including Jacob Meyer, assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State, looked into how the body's endocannabinoids (naturally-occurring cannabinoid molecules and their receptors) and exercise can help alleviate depression and its symptoms. Their findings were published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 

Jennifer Margrett named interim associate dean for research and graduate education

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Jennifer Margrett has been named interim associate dean for research and graduate education in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences, effective August 1.

Family experience influences diabetes risk, management for African Americans

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African American families are more at risk for Type 2 diabetes. A team of CHS researchers dug deep into the family dynamics of 20 African American families to identify factors that may put them at more risk, and how to better manage the disease in the future.