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Wednesday, February 10

Doug Jacobson

Iowa State challenges students to turn back cyber attacks, keep lights on, water running

Teams of students will work eight straight hours to protect a simulated city's power and water utilities from cyber attackers. The competition will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in Room 1313 of Iowa State’s Coover Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Team of Iowa State researchers in the lab

New Iowa State research holds promise for diabetics with vitamin D deficiency

A simple change in diet could boost vitamin D levels for millions of Americans suffering from Type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Iowa State University. The team of researchers found diabetic rats fed an egg-based diet had higher concentrations of vitamin D, improved blood glucose levels and gained less weight.

Zengyi Shao and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier at Iowa State University

Iowa State engineers develop hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon

Iowa State's Zengyi Shao and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier are combining the tools of biology and chemistry to create new biorenewable products. Their hybrid conversion technology is featured on the cover of the Feb. 12 issue of the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

Craig Anderson

Media stereotypes fuel support for anti-Muslim action, new research shows

Iowa State University researchers found a link between negative media stories about Muslims and support for military action and restrictions against Muslims. The research, published in the journal Communication Research, was designed to gauge the influence of media coverage portraying Muslims as terrorists.

Ravindra Singh in his laboratory at Iowa State University

Iowa State University researchers link ‘housekeeping’ gene with male infertility

ISU researchers have found evidence that a “housekeeping” gene present in every cell of the body may have a link to male infertility. The results of the study suggest that deficiency of the SMN gene could have different effects in males and females.

Illustration of an airplane, several drones and several rovers gathering data from a farm field.

Presidential research initiative builds, advances four big data research teams

The Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research in Data Driven Science is advancing the work of four new research teams. Two teams have won research support to launch projects in digital agriculture and intelligent text analysis; two teams have won development support for proposals in sustainable cities and combining data platforms. Another round of presidential research awards is expected to be announced in February.

Wes Moore

RESCHEDULED: Moore to present ISU's Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series keynote Feb. 11

The Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series keynote address by Wes Moore has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

Ming-Chen Hsu is developing a computational toolkit to improve the engineering designs of machines.

Iowa State engineer models heart valves, wind turbines for better designs, performance

Iowa State's Ming-Chen Hsu and his research group are developing computer modeling technologies that help engineers design better machines. The models are being applied to wind turbines, artificial hearts and gas turbines. Hsu said the models can save time and money by replacing the production and study of prototypes.