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Monday, February 8 2016

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.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Holocaust survivor will share her story at Iowa State on Feb. 8

Author and holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan will speak at Iowa State on Monday, Feb. 8. "Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story" will be at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.


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.

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.