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Students compete during an Iowa State Cyber Defense Competition.

Iowa State cyber-security playground named finalist for R&D 100 Award

A cyber-security playground developed at Iowa State is one of the finalists for this year's R&D 100 Awards, dubbed the "Oscars of invention." The ISERink technology can be used for cyber defense competitions, university classes, research projects and industry training. The software is available to other universities, colleges, community colleges and government agencies for free.


Michael Fosberg will present autobiographical one-man play on race and identity Sept. 8

Michael Fosberg grew up in a working class family thinking he was white. After all, his biological mother was white. His adoptive father was white.  But at the age of 34, he learned his biological father was a black man. This life-changing event led to a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Fosberg will present his autobiographical, one-man play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Memorial Union Great Hall at Iowa State University. His unique presentation, "Incognito: On Race, Identity and Self Discovery," will be followed by a discussion about the meaning of race and identity and the importance of embracing diversity.

Yuko Sato holding a white leghorn layer chicken

Change Agent: Yuko Sato

Yuko Sato had to hit the ground running as the new extension poultry veterinarian at Iowa State.

Chris Rademacher

Cases of Senecavirus A at pork processing plants underscore importance of vigilance, according to Iowa State University veterinarian

Cases of Senecavirus A confirmed at a pair of Iowa pork processing plants should remind producers to remain on the lookout for vesicles, or blisters, on their pigs, according to an Iowa State University veterinarian.

Ayana the rhino in her pen at Blank Park Zoo

For ISU veterinarian and vet students, an endangered black rhino’s pregnancy is a (very) big deal

An Iowa State University veterinarian looks ahead to the first ever rhino birth at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.

Jigang Wang head shot

Iowa State physicists win W.M. Keck Foundation grant to develop nanoscope

Iowa State's Jigang Wang is leading an effort to develop a new kind of microscope called a "nanoscope." The new tool will allow researchers to study materials at scales that are ultrafast, ultrasmall and at very low frequencies. That could help researchers discover and manipulate materials and material functions. The W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles is supporting the project with a three-year, $1.3 million grant.

Ravindra Singh in his lab at Iowa State University

Iowa State University scientists locate possible therapy target for spinal muscular atrophy

Alu elements, or short stretches of DNA found only in primates, may hold the key to a potential new therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, according to new ISU research.

Clayton Anderson during a 2007 space walk at the International Space Station.

Astronaut Clayton Anderson set to help students understand ‘operational thinking’

Astronaut Clayton Anderson is helping organize and teach the third Spaceflight Operations Workshop at Iowa State University. By using astronaut-training exercises such as scuba lessons, teambuilding activities, flight simulations and skydiving, Anderson hopes the workshop will teach 12 students to think operationally. He says that's a necessity for engineers designing spacesuits -- and for engineers designing tractors, bulldozers or passenger cars.

Team PrISUm team photo

Team PrISUm finishes nearly 2,000 miles of racing in seventh, wins two achievement awards

Team PrISUm finished an up-and-down American Solar Challenge in seventh place. Judges recognized the team for overcoming adversity and for making the best of a failed brake test. The team also won two big achievement awards. And, there were countless lessons learned on the long road from Ohio to South Dakota.

Team PrISUm charging its solar car at Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska.

Cloud cover slows Team PrISUm, team has to haul Phaëton 2 to Scotts Bluff

Team PrISUm -- as did some of its competitors -- struggled to make speed and distance under Nebraska's cloudy skies on Friday. The team made it more than halfway to the day's stage stop, but was at risk of draining Phaëton 2's battery pack. So the team's students loaded up the car and hauled it the rest of the way. The eight-day race ends Saturday at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.

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