News Service

Friday, January 17

  • Diverse cropping systems don’t increase carbon storage compared to corn-soybean rotations

    Diversified crop rotations protect water quality and have other environmental benefits, but recent experiments show that farms can’t rely on such rotations to improve carbon storage in the soil. The findings contradict widely held expectations that the extensive root systems of perennials and cover crops would deposit carbon in soils.

  • Signs of economic recovery, but Iowa’s job growth lags behind nation

    In the decade since the Great Recession, Iowa’s job rate has grown by 7.1%, according to a new employment analysis. Dave Swenson, an associate scientist of economics at Iowa State University who conducted the study, says much of the growth occurred in metropolitan counties.

  • Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championships: Students build better cities, crowd cheers

    The state’s best teams of FIRST® LEGO® Leaguers – 120 of them – will demonstrate their robot, research and thinking skills during the annual Iowa championships this weekend, Jan. 18 and 19, at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering.

  • Innovative mindset takes Iowa State student on the ride of his life

    Charlie Wickham loved roller coasters as a child – but he didn’t want to ride them. He finally hopped on one at 10 years old. Now a senior in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, Wickham has ridden 250 roller coasters around the world, and his knack for designing rides and networking has given him a front-row seat to the amusement park industry.

  • Nobel Prize winner to discuss benefits of GMOs in Iowa State lecture

    Sir Richard Roberts, an English biochemist and molecular biologist who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work helping to discover gene splicing, will deliver a lecture Jan. 21 at Iowa State University about the importance of GMOs.

  • Recognize MLK Jr. at Iowa State, Ames events throughout January

    To honor Martin Luther King Jr. this month, hear from a leading antiracist scholar, listen to a campanile carillon concert honoring Dr. King and celebrate his legacy at the annual community birthday celebration at Ames Middle School.

  • Engineers develop “chameleon metals” that change surfaces in response to heat

    Martin Thuo and his research group have found a way to use heat to predictably and precisely change the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal. It's like a chameleon changing skin color in response to its environment. And so Thuo and his team are calling the technology "chameleon metals."

  • ISU researchers pave the way to make prairie strips eligible option for federal conservation program

    Prairie strips are now an eligible and recognized practice under the federal Conservation Reserve Program, which grants farmers a yearly rental payment for taking environmentally sensitive acres out of production and establishing conservation practices on the land. Iowa State University scientists, who pioneered much of the research on prairie strips over the last decade, helped develop the USDA policy.

  • Study examines biomarkers, economic factors that may increase risk for cognitive decline

    An image of your retina may help Iowa State University researchers determine your risk for Alzheimer’s disease even before other symptoms are detectable. The researchers received a National Institute on Aging grant to collect retinal images, along with cognitive measurements and data on economic and social factors to determine if this information can identify risk for Alzheimer’s disease. 

  • Study of cardiac muscles in flies might help you keep your heart young

    Iowa State University scientists restored the function of heart muscles in aging fruit flies, according to a newly published study. The genetic complex identified in the research could lead to new treatments for heart disease in humans.

  • ISU experts available to discuss Iowa caucuses

    As the Democratic candidates make their final push before the Iowa caucuses, Iowa State University experts are available to discuss campaign strategy, caucus history, the economy and more. 

  • Researchers create nanoscale sensors to better see how high pressure affects materials

    Iowa State University's Valery Levitas is a co-author of two papers published within weeks by the high-profile journal Science. Levitas specializes in experimental testing and computational modeling of high-pressure mechanics, physics and mechanochemistry.

  • Stability at the top, growing opposition to Bloomberg, Steyer

    The top tier of Democratic presidential candidates remains relatively unchanged in the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll, and the second tier candidates show no signs of a breakthrough. In fact, poll organizer Dave Peterson says there is growing opposition to candidates at the bottom of the second tier.