Monday, May 29
Lessons from blockbusters to help teams adapt
Co-authors of a new paper argue that negative emotions – if leveraged in the right way – can help teams adapt. They make their case by dissecting scenes from three blockbuster movies, each of which represent a different type of team and threat.
Engineers building tools to improve quality, production of disease-fighting cells
Nigel Reuel and two of his doctoral students – Yee Chan and Sakib Ferdous – are developing advanced tools for cell manufacturing that could improve the cost and availability of therapeutic cells capable of fighting diseases such as cancers, heart disease, lupus and other autoimmune diseases.
More than 4,600 Iowa State students to graduate this spring
Iowa State University will honor an estimated 4,681 spring graduates with a series of commencement ceremonies on May 11-13. The six undergraduate colleges also will honor their graduating students at their own convocations and receptions on Friday or on Saturday morning.
Sleep-tracker study finds fatigued officers struggle with investigations
New research suggests investigative law enforcement officers have a harder time focusing on their work and managing their emotions on days when they're more fatigued. They also face greater difficulty establishing rapport with interviewees.
NSF awards Iowa researchers $20 million to build advanced biomanufacturing capacity
The National Science Foundation's program to build research capacity across the country has awarded a five-year, $20 million grant to support Iowa researchers working to make the state a leader in advanced biomanufacturing. The researchers will use microbes and other biological systems to produce plastics for 3D printing, fibers for flexible and rigid materials and proteins for medical diagnostics and therapeutics.
Two Iowa State faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences
Two Iowa State University faculty members – Jonathan Wendel and Dan Shechtman – are among the 143 scholars elected this year to the National Academy of Sciences, a prestigious honor that recognizes contributions to scientific research.
Cancer diagnosis doesn’t delay graduation for ISU veterinary student
No one would have blamed Maia Farber had she taken a leave of absence from her veterinary coursework after she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2021, but she was determined to pursue her dream of becoming a small-animal surgeon. At the conclusion of this semester, that dream will come true.
Graduating ISU student turns disasters into stepping stones toward growth
Amanda Zoe Hernandez Rodriguez has survived hurricanes, earthquakes and a pandemic, and she’s learned to view those cataclysmic events as growth opportunities. After earning a degree in supply chain management from Iowa State, she’s set her sights on a bright future in her home of Puerto Rico.
Cybersickness more likely to affect women, ongoing research to understand why
An interdisciplinary team of Iowa State researchers find women experience cybersickness with virtual reality headsets more often than men. Their ongoing work explores why this difference exists and methods to help people adapt.