Three students working together at a table to build a bionic hand
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Students from life sciences and engineering majors 'nerded out' last semester to build a bionic hand.
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Rebekah Sletten

Young Alum of the Month

Rebekah Sletten ('19 ag business, international ag) found her passion for agriculture at a young age. As a student at Iowa State, she was involved with the student leadership team for what is now called Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (formerly the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative). She says this experience has now come full circle for her as she serves as public affairs manager for America's Cultivation Corridor.

Innovation in Action

Arti Singh kneeling in a mung bean field, holding a mung bean plant and a red binder. She is wearing a white, button-up shirt and a wide-brimmed straw hat.

Researchers look at breeding mung bean for plant-based protein market

Iowa State plant breeders and researchers are working to develop new varieties of mung bean suited for the plant-based protein market. The “unsung mung” is a drought tolerant, nitrogen fixing legume that can be used as a plant-based protein source and is currently used in numerous edible food products around the world.