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Jose Vargas

Author of 'My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant' will speak Oct. 20

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who wrote a groundbreaking 2011 essay for The New York Times Magazine that revealed and chronicled his life as an undocumented immigrant, will speak at Iowa State Tuesday, Oct. 20. He will discuss his life before and after that trailblazing essay in his presentation, “Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant." It will be at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. His talk is free and open to the public. 

Jim Cochran stands in front of the ATLAS Detector in Europe.

Change Agent: Jim Cochran

Iowa State's Jim Cochran is helping to oversee the U.S. contribution to ATLAS, one of the huge particle detectors at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. It's a busy job at the biggest particle accelerator on the planet.

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Iowa State University agronomist explores the genetics that allow hybrid plants to perform better than parents

A new ISU study of sorghum explores the genetics of heterosis, the process by which hybrid plants perform better than the parent varieties used to create them.

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Parents influence children’s play of violent video games, according to Iowa State study

Parents who are more anxious and emotional can impact the amount of violent video games their children play, according to new consumer research from Iowa State University. Researchers found that parents who were more warm and restrictive were successful in limiting children’s play of violent video games. However, highly emotional and anxious parents had the opposite effect – their children played more.

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Creator and co-host of NPR's 'Radiolab' will speak Oct. 19

While working at New York's public radio station WNYC, Jad Abumrad began tinkering with an idea for a new kind of radio program. His idea evolved into one of NPR's most popular shows today – the Peabody Award-winning "Radiolab." MacArthur Fellow Abumrad will discuss how the negative feelings experienced during the creative process can propel us forward in a talk at Iowa State. "Radiolab: Gut Churn" will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

2015 World Food Prize Laureate will present Iowa State's Borlaug Lecture Oct. 12

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, named the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate for his work as founder and chairperson of the world's largest anti-poverty organization, will present Iowa State's Norman Borlaug Lecture, “Empowering the Poor in the Fight against Hunger,” at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture at 7 p.m. in the South Ballroom. Undergraduate and graduate students will present posters on their research on world food issues. The lecture and poster session are free and open to the public.

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Iowa State landscape architecture students win national award for women's prison project

An Iowa State University landscape architecture student project has won the Community Service Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA). The national award honors the ongoing project at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, Iowa, led by Assistant Professor Julie Stevens. The entry, "Landscapes of Justice: Redefining the Prison Environment," focused on work completed in 2013 and 2014. Iowa State's is one of four awards of excellence presented in six categories. A total of 23 student awards were selected from more than 327 entries representing 84 schools. The ASLA awards recognize the top work of landscape architecture students in the United States and around the world.

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Mobile apps and online reviews influence consumer behavior

Mobile apps are changing the way brands connect with consumers and have the potential to boost a company’s bottom line. According to a new Iowa State University study, there is a direct link between app use and purchase activity – the more engaging the app, the more customers will spend. In a related study, researchers also examine the effect of negative online reviews.  

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Birds spread infections at feeders, according to ISU research

Diseases may spread faster in birds that visit bird feeders frequently, according to new research from an Iowa State University ecologist. But researchers cautioned against removing backyard bird feeders, even in light of the findings, because of the overall health benefits they provide for birds.

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New Iowa State research: Human activity affecting microbes in soil

New research from an Iowa State University ecologist shows that agricultural inputs such as nitrogen and phosphorous alter soil microbial communities, which may have unintended environmental consequences.

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