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Dec. 9 Yiannopoulos event is not university-sponsored

Milo Yiannopoulos, writer for the conservative Breitbart News, will speak at a public, ticketed event at Iowa State University's Memorial Union on Friday, Dec. 9. His appearance has been arranged and funded by an organization unaffiliated with Iowa State. The event is part of a nationwide college tour. It is not sponsored by Iowa State, and the university does not support or condone Yiannopoulos' message or tactics.

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Iowa State University researchers detail what makes costly ruminant bacteria so infectious

An Iowa State University veterinary research team has discovered the specific genetic mutations that make Campylobacter jejuni such a virulent strain of bacteria in ruminant animals such as sheep and cattle. The research could lead to a vaccine or new ways to control the bacteria.

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Teaching students to lead without saying a word

Whether it’s directing a high school pep band or a world-class orchestra, it's up to the conductor to lead and set the tone for a piece, all without uttering a word. There are proper gestures and cues to master, but Jacob Harrison doesn't want his students to get so caught up in technique that they forget to take risks with the music. 

Auriel Willette

Gene mutation linked to early onset of Parkinson’s disease in Caucasians

A defect in a gene that produces dopamine in the brain appears to accelerate the onset of Parkinson’s disease, according to new research from Iowa State University. The effect is particularly dramatic for young-to-middle-age adults. 

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Iowa State University scientists explore environmental advantages of horticultural bioplastics

Bioplastic may offer gardeners a more sustainable alternative to petroleum-based pots and flats, according to Iowa State University research. Although more expensive to manufacture than conventional plastics, bioplastics someday may grow beyond a niche market, said ISU experts.

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AAAS honors six Iowa State researchers for distinguished work advancing science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is honoring six Iowa State University researchers for their distinguished work advancing science or its applications. The researchers are part of this year's class of 391 AAAS fellows.

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‘Good Girls Revolt’ author to discuss political and workplace environment for women

A former news magazine editor who helped change the role of women in journalism will visit Iowa State University as the fall 2016 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. Lynn Povich, the first female senior editor at Newsweek magazine and former editor-in-chief of Working Woman magazine, will present “The Good Girls Revolt: Women, Work and Politics” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

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Change Agent: Angela Shaw

Angela Shaw uses her microbiology background to make U.S. fruit and vegetable production safer.

Eve Syrkin Wurtele

ISU scientist receives NSF grant to study origins and functions of orphan genes in corn and other crops

An ISU scientist is leading an effort to study orphan genes in crop species. The research, supported by a National Science Foundation grant, could lead to breeding and engineering crop varieties that better meet the nutritional needs of humans and are more resistant to stress.

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ISU researchers want to break down language barriers with math and text messages

Getting parents engaged in their child’s classroom isn’t easy when mom and dad don’t speak English. That’s why two researchers in Iowa State University’s School of Education are working to overcome language barriers with text messages that kindergarten teachers can send home to parents.

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