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ISU Police and Iowa State's Veterans Center are among several university departments and local agencies hosting the second annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down on Tuesday, July 29, at Brookside Park in Ames. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Brookside Park's Maple Lodge. The Stand Down will provide food, clothing and vital services to anyone who is homeless or at risk of being homeless.
The two mosquito species known to transmit Chikungunya virus are exceedingly rare in Iowa, but travelers should still pay attention to new reports of disease outbreaks, according to Iowa State University entomologists. The first locally acquired cases of the virus in the United States were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.
External funding at Iowa State increased to $368.4 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's a 12.9 percent increase from the previous year's total of $326.4 million, and the second-highest total for the university.
Iowa State University researchers are targeting leafy greens in an effort to protect older adults from foodborne illnesses. Leafy greens are a common source of contamination in such outbreaks, according to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults are often most susceptible to severe illness or death.
The Veishea Task Force's final report and recommendations were delivered to Iowa State University President Steven Leath the afternoon of July 11. President Leath will review the report and announce his decision with respect to the recommendations by early August. The task force report is available here.
The Iowa African-American Hall of Fame, housed in Iowa State's Black Cultural Center, will induct three new members and award scholarships to two Iowa students on Aug. 1 in Des Moines. Tickets to the reception and banquet are available by calling Rose Wilbanks at 515-294-1909.
Research conducted at Iowa State University is dispelling myths about the practice of breeding pigs to improve feed efficiency, a measurement of how well swine convert the feed they consume into mass. The research has the potential to help pork producers save money and lower prices for consumers.
A team of ISU graduate students topped 98 universities from 28 countries to capture first place in the 15th annual Data Mining Cup. The winner was announced July 2 in Berlin. It is the first time a U.S. team has won. A leading European data mining company sponsors the intelligent-data analysis competition for universities "to identify the best up-and-coming data miners." Teams had six weeks to develop a solution for a data mining problem about optimal return prognosis.
Iowa State landscape architecture students create decompression area for employees of new prison for women
As a follow up to their outdoor classroom project for offenders last summer at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, ISU landscape architecture students and their professor are designing and building an outdoor decompression area specifically for correctional officers and staff. It's part of the ICIW's $68 million modernization and expansion. Working as paid interns, the students are getting a design-build experience like no other
After a slow start to mosquito season, floods may boost population, according to Iowa State entomologists
The next few weeks could bring a rise in mosquito populations as floodwaters recede across the state, a pair of Iowa State University entomologists warned this week. Recent flooding in Iowa could leave behind plenty of standing water, which is prime real estate for mosquitoes to lay eggs.