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Wednesday, January 28 2015


Iowa State University research: G-quadruplexes in corn genome may control stress response

A research team including Iowa State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel has identified genetic structures in corn that may shed light on how crops respond to floods and other environmental stresses.


Kepler astronomers discover ancient star with five Earth-size planets

Iowa State's Steve Kawaler is part of an international team that used data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft to find an 11.2 billion-year-old star with at least five Earth-size planets. The discovery tells astronomers that Earth-size planets have been forming for most of the history of the universe. And that, according to a paper just published by The Astrophysical Journal, leaves “open the possibility for the existence of ancient life in the Galaxy."


Stellar astronomers answer question posed by citizen scientists: ‘What are yellowballs?’

Citizen scientists wanted to know: What are the yellow objects on these infrared images from the Spitzer Space Telescope? The team of astronomers working with Milky Way Project -- a project that asks volunteers to study Spitzer images for patterns showing star formation -- decided to take a closer look. Iowa State's Charles Kerton and other astronomers report in The Astrophysical Journal that the so-called "yellowballs" are part of the development of massive stars.

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ISU will host 'Honor and Sacrifice' documentary and filmmaker Feb. 17

Japanese American Ray Matsumoto was an internment camp detainee when he enlisted in the U.S. military during World War II. While his brothers fought for Japan, he became a decorated hero. His story is told in a powerful, award-winning documentary. Iowa State will host a showing of the film and a panel discussion with the filmmaker during "Honor and Sacrifice: Remembering a Japanese-American Hero" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Memorial Union Great Hall.


Iowa State University veterinary researcher studies potential therapy for hydrogen sulfide poisoning

Iowa State University research is investigating the long-term neurological damage caused by hydrogen sulfide poisoning, a threat to both humans and animals that can originate from sources as varied as swamps to industrial processes to manure pits. The research has implications for human health, veterinary medicine and national security.

Students participate in global food challenge

Iowa State students part of global challenge to reduce food insecurity

Two Iowa State University undergrads want to be part of the solution to end world hunger. It’s a daunting task considering that it will take a 70 percent increase in food production by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population. The students will spend the next semester working on solutions to achieve food security as part of the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security fellowship.

ISU study of Facebook impact on GPA

ISU professor says Facebook not to blame for negative impact on grades

It may not come as a surprise that the more time college students, particularly freshmen, spend on Facebook, the more their grades suffer. In his latest study, Reynol Junco, an associate professor of education at Iowa State University, found that while freshman struggle to balance their use, social media is less of a problem for upper classmen. The difference relates to self-regulation.

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The Underground Girls of Kabul author will speak at Iowa State Feb. 5

Jenny Nordberg, a New York-based investigative reporter whose work revealed the Afghani practice of bacha posh — raising girls as boys — will present "The Underground Girls of Kabul" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Her talk is part of the university's World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security. It is free and open to the public.