News Service

Wednesday, December 7

Bea during war

Iowa State University design faculty member brings mother's Holocaust story to school stages

Deborah Pappenheimer's book, “My Broken Doll: A memoir of survival of the Vichy Regime,” is the story of her mother, who was relocated nearly 20 times before the age of 15 as a hidden Jewish child during World War II. The book has been adapted for the stage and will be performed in a dozen schools across Nebraska, and at the Nebraska High School Thespian Convention in Lincoln in January. Pappenheimer is a senior lecturer in the College of Design.

Alan Wanamaker in his Iowa State lab.

Iowa State scientist uses clam shells to help build 1,000-year record of ocean climate

Just like trees have growth rings that scientists can study for clues about past growing conditions, clam shells have growth increments that offer clues about past ocean conditions. Scientists -- including Iowa State's Alan Wanamaker -- have sorted and studied thousands of clam shells to build a 1,000-year record of ocean conditions at a spot just off North Iceland. That record tells scientists that ocean variability played an active role in driving the major climate changes before the industrial revolution. But that changed with industrialization. The scientists' findings were just published online by the journal Nature Communications.

Dec. 9 Yiannopoulos event canceled

Organizers of the Milo Yiannopoulos event scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, have canceled his appearance following a meeting with ISU's Memorial Union, police and risk management staff. Organizers expressed concern about the ability to fund necessary event security by Friday. University officials offered to reschedule the event to allow the group more time to secure funding. The group declined, citing Yiannopoulos' future availability.

An image of Campylobacter jejuni under a microscope

Iowa State University researchers detail what makes costly ruminant bacteria so infectious

An Iowa State University veterinary research team has discovered the specific genetic mutations that make Campylobacter jejuni such a virulent strain of bacteria in ruminant animals such as sheep and cattle. The research could lead to a vaccine or new ways to control the bacteria.

Student conducting in class

Teaching students to lead without saying a word

Whether it’s directing a high school pep band or a world-class orchestra, it's up to the conductor to lead and set the tone for a piece, all without uttering a word. There are proper gestures and cues to master, but Jacob Harrison doesn't want his students to get so caught up in technique that they forget to take risks with the music. 

Auriel Willette

Gene mutation linked to early onset of Parkinson’s disease in Caucasians

A defect in a gene that produces dopamine in the brain appears to accelerate the onset of Parkinson’s disease, according to new research from Iowa State University. The effect is particularly dramatic for young-to-middle-age adults.