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Friday, February 21

  • It’s a crime, but for meth cooks it’s also a job

    The motivation to start cooking meth is often driven by addiction, but a new study takes a closer look at the reasons cooks engage in this criminal behavior and come to see it as a job. Iowa State University researchers say the work offers insight into the world of meth production, which can help with the development of prevention and rehabilitation efforts.

  • Three-time Kilimanjaro hiker will address body acceptance at Iowa State

    Gain a better understanding of body image and eating disorder issues during a week of events at Iowa State University, including a lecture by plus-sized author, public speaker and adventurer Kara Richardson Whitely, who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro three times.

  • Chemists use mass spectrometry tools to determine age of fingerprints

    Chemists at Iowa State may have solved a puzzle of forensic science: How do you determine the age of a fingerprint? The chemists used mass spectrometry tools to analyze fingerprints and found clues in the fatty oils within the prints. More study is needed, but they believe they're on the path to developing a fingerprint-aging technique that could potentially tie a suspect to a crime scene.

  • Power of photojournalism seen in early 20th century exposé on Chicago meat industry

    A 1905 story not only prompted massive reforms in U.S. food and public health policy and inspired Upton Sinclair’s widely popular novel “The Jungle.” It was also one of the first examples of the power of photojournalism, as uncovered in a recent Iowa State University study.

  • Initiative takes advantage of existing data to solve community problems

    Solutions to some of the problems Iowa communities are facing may be found in the data towns and cities already collect, but lack the resources to access and analyze. Iowa State University researchers are lending their expertise to help communities tap into that information. 

  • Erin Brockovich will deliver sustainability keynote at Iowa State

    Erin Brockovich, who was propelled into a household name on the heels of the Oscar-winning biopic starring Julia Roberts, is delivering the keynote lecture for the 11th annual ISU Symposium on. Sustainability.

  • Pursuing Ph.D., Ecuadorian immigrant works to improve lives of immigrants through policy

    Twenty years after leaving Ecuador during its economic crisis, Maria B. Alcívar-Zúñiga learned she had received a prestigious national award recognizing her leadership, academic accomplishments and community work empowering Latinx youth and families in Iowa. Next stop: finishing her dissertation at Iowa State University.

  • Heat trapped in urban areas tricks trees into thinking spring has arrived earlier

    Satellite data of 85 U.S. cities shows plants begin turning green earlier in the spring in urban areas than in surrounding rural areas. It’s a symptom of the way cities trap heat, a phenomenon known as the “heat-island effect,” according to a recently published study.

  • 77-year-old amateur astronomer helps reveal rare galaxy double nucleus

    Iowa State astronomers have revealed that a well-known, nearby galaxy has a rare double-nucleus structure. Their paper reporting the discovery is now online and has been accepted for publication by the Astrophysical Journal. First author of the paper is Allen Lawrence, a 77 -year-old who went back to school to study astronomy after retiring from a long career as an electrical engineer.

  • Celebrate Black History Month at Iowa State

    A variety of events are planned to celebrate Black History Month throughout February at Iowa State University and in Ames.

  • Major NSF-sponsored grant will help researchers discover ways to improve urban sustainability

    A new $2.5 million grant will help an interdisciplinary team of researchers analyze innovative approaches to improving urban sustainability. The team will study various approaches to bolstering local food production in Des Moines and the surrounding area and how those approaches could affect nutrition, waste and environmental impacts.

  • Students, Iowa State police join forces to design new police gear

    Iowa State University industrial design students are collaborating with the ISU Police Department to examine the issues police officers face with their uniforms, gear and vehicles – and what designers can do to help solve those problems.