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Viruses and aphids that help crops? ISU scientists think it may be possible

Iowa State University scientists are contributing to a multi-institutional effort to help corn stand up to stress brought on by drought and disease by using viruses and aphids to activate desirable traits. It’s speculative research that could yield new insight into how viruses, insects and plants interact.

Statement from SVP Harmon regarding racist social media post

Iowa State University Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Martino Harmon has issued this statement in light of a social media post containing a racial slur.

Quote: the solar eclipse

“If you've never experienced a total eclipse, you must go to see totality. And, if you have seen a total eclipse, you surely must want to see another one and so must go see totality. Staying in Ames to witness just a 95 percent event is the equivalent of reading an online recipe for Kraft macaroni and cheese - compared with a totality experience that is more like a three-course dinner cooked for you, personally, by Gordon Ramsay.”

Steve Kawaler, professor of physics and astronomy


Dawn Sweet and Christian Meissner standing near TV monitor with video from study

Detecting a concealed weapon or threat is not easy, even for experienced police officers

Terrorist attacks and bombings at concerts, sporting events and airports underscore the need for accurate and reliable threat detection. However, the likelihood of a police officer identifying someone concealing a gun or bomb is only slightly better than chance, according to new research from Iowa State University.

Anupam Sharma and his research team in Howe Hall's anechoic chamber for studying aeroacoustics.

Engineer looks to owl wings for bio-inspired ideas for quieter aircraft, wind turbines

Iowa State's Anupam Sharma is running high-powered computer simulations to learn exactly how owl wings manipulate air flow, pressure and turbulence to create silent flight. He and his research partners hope their studies will produce practical ideas for making ultraquiet aircraft and wind turbines.

Interim President Benjamin Allen

President Allen outlines five-year Iowa State University tuition plan

Interim President Benjamin Allen presented a plan to the Iowa Board of Regents Tuition Task Force on Aug. 9 that would increase resident undergraduate tuition by 7 percent in each of the next five years. If approved by the regents, that would add $522 to the base tuition starting in fall 2018, and gradually rise to $684 more per year by fall 2022. The proposal also recommended a 4 percent increase for nonresident undergraduates and differential adjustments for students majoring in engineering, business and some science, technology and experiential learning programs that have a higher cost of delivery.

grassland featuring nonnative plants

New study from Iowa State University biologist tracks nonnative plant species in timing of grassland green-up

The introduction of exotic, nonnative plant species to U.S. grasslands has led to changes in prairie phenology, or the timing of season changes. A new study from an ISU scientist details the magnitude of those changes.

Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson works with a student during this year's Spaceflight Operations Workshop.

Fourth Spaceflight Ops Workshop launches students on path to operational thinking

Iowa State's fourth Spaceflight Operations Workshop is challenging 12 students physically and mentally -- all with the goal of helping them to learn to think like an operator. Clayton Anderson, a retired astronaut and Iowa State graduate, says that's a valuable perspective for astronauts, engineers and even classroom teachers.

A bar graph shows the marked decline over 20 years of the overwintering monarch butterfly population in Mexico

Saving the monarch butterfly: Iowa State University biologist explains census discrepancy

New research from an ISU biologist provides an explanation for why citizen scientists taking censuses of monarch butterfly populations didn’t note the same drops in population recorded in Mexico, where the monarchs spend their winters. The research supports previous studies suggesting that an increase in available milkweed could help the monarch population rebound.

Clients singing in Parkinson's music therapy class

Festival highlights benefits of music for people with Parkinson’s disease

Hosting a music festival is something Elizabeth Stegemöller has wanted to do since starting a music therapy class for people with Parkinson's disease. The festival will not only highlight her clients' musical talents, but celebrate the strength they have built through song. 
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