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Study participant answering questions in Neuroscience Research Lab

Iowa State researchers test brain activity to identify cybersecurity threats

Iowa State University researchers are working to better understand internal threats to cybersecurity by getting inside the minds of employees who put their company at risk. To do that, they measured brain activity to identify what might motivate an employee to violate company policy and sell or trade sensitive information. The study found that self-control is a significant factor.

Iowa State developing nation’s first school curriculum for computer security literacy

Iowa State researchers are working to raise the computer security literacy of the state's middle school and high school students. The Iowa Staters are developing a curriculum teachers can use to help students recognize and respond to security threats such as malicious software, unsecure wireless networks and online scams. The curriculum and related materials will be free to teachers and is scheduled to be ready for the 2015-’16 school year.

Students collecting trash from the Skunk River

Iowa State University striving to make every day Earth Day

Conservation, sustainability, eco-friendly – more than just buzz words, these are principles Merry Rankin is making part of the campus culture at Iowa State University. As director of sustainability, she sees Earth Day as an opportunity to get more students, faculty and staff involved in ISU’s Live Green! Initiative.


ADVISORY: Iowa State University sources available to comment on spring planting

As spring planting begins, Iowa State University agricultural experts are available to comment on the trends and stories that will shape the upcoming growing season.

Cover of the April 7 edition of Cell Reports

Iowa State, Ames Lab scientists describe protein pumps that allow bacteria to resist drugs

Research teams led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have described the structure of two closely related protein pumps that allow bacteria to resist certain medications. The findings have just been published by Nature Communications and as the April 7 cover paper in Cell Reports.

Office for Civil Rights will make site visit to Iowa State April 20-22

Officials from the federal Office for Civil Rights will make a site visit to Iowa State April 20-22 to follow up on a complaint about ISU's handling of a sexual assault allegation made by one student against another

Chimp using tool to hunt for prey

Iowa State anthropologist finds female chimps more likely to use tools when hunting

Iowa State University anthropology professor Jill Pruetz and her research team were the first to observe savanna chimps using tools to hunt prey. Since making that discovery, Pruetz's team has observed more than 300 tool-assisted hunts and found female chimps hunt with tools more than males. 

Folk art coffin

ISU engineering students will auction Ghanaian folk art coffin to fund village dam

Iowa State engineering students hope that auctioning a rare work of folk art can help fund construction of an earthen dam for an African village. It's a painted coffin in the form of an ear of corn sculpted by Ghana's leading fantasy coffin artist, Eric Adjetey Anang, who was artist-in-residence in the art and visual culture department. The fantasy coffin will be auctioned by the ISU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-ISU) through eBay's "Giving Fund," an easily accessible auction site for nonprofit fundraising, April 20-30. All proceeds will help fund the EWB-ISU's project to engineer an earthen dam in Ullo, Ghana.

Hayhoe headshot

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe will speak at ISU April 22

Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and climate change evangelist who is also a conservative Christian will present "Climate Urgency and How Iowa Farmers and Businesses Can Take the Lead" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Hayhoe directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and is a science adviser to the Emmy award-winning documentary series "The Years of Living Dangerously." She was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2014. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Hillary Clinton announcing that she's running for president

Women’s political speeches and ads available through Catt Center archive

Hillary Clinton will speak to thousands of voters in the weeks and months ahead as she campaigns for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election. Clinton’s speeches will add to the growing collection that already exists in the Women’s Political Communication Archives created by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women & Politics at Iowa State University. To date there are nearly 2,000 speeches and political ads for more than 300 women candidates that are easily accessible through the online archives.

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