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Saturday, March 17

Adam Barb

Iowa State University researchers uncover clues to the human immune system from blood donor scraps

Iowa State University researchers found a way to gain new insight into the human immune system by studying material left over after blood donations.  The results, published recently in a peer-reviewed journal, illuminate the process of how the human body fights off harmful bacteria.

Javier Vela in his chemistry lab

Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to synthesize semiconductors

Javier Vela of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has worked with two of his graduate students to synthesize a new material for semiconductors. The chemists think the material will work well in solar cells, but without the toxicity, scarcity or costs of other semiconductors. They report their discovery in a paper recently published online by the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Winona LaDuke

Native rights activist will talk food security, environmental justice at Iowa State

Winona LaDuke, an environmentalist and human rights activist who has worked for years to secure rights for Native Americans, will discuss food security and environmental justice March 28 at Iowa State University.

Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke speaking on the “Me Too” movement March 26 at Iowa State

Tarana Burke’s simple statement two decades ago – “Me, too” – became a rallying cry last year, launching a global movement to hold sexual abusers and harassers accountable and give a voice to the survivors. Now, that movement is coming to Iowa State University.

Rosina Bierbaum

Environmental science and policy collide in upcoming Iowa State lecture

Rosina Bierbaum, professor of natural resources and environment at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, is at the forefront of examining how environmental science and policy intersect over climate change. This month, Bierbaum is coming to Iowa State University to discuss her research and career.

Forehand and Hunt

Iowa State architecture team wins award for use of masonry to cool buildings

An innovative way to cool buildings using 3D-printed ceramics has earned an Iowa State University architecture team an award in masonry design and construction in the inaugural Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition. 

Alberto Passalacqua with Iowa State's autothermal pyrolysis pilot plant

Engineers developing tools to understand, scale up autothermal production of bio-oil

Iowa State University engineers have developed a process called autothermal pyrolysis that breaks down biomass for fuel and fertilizer. A recently announced grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office will support studies of the process, including development of models and design tools that could help reduce the risk of scaling up the technology for commercial use.

Sugam Sharma and research team discussing e-Hunger prototype

Software aims to reduce food waste by helping those in need

An Iowa State University research team is testing a new online tool to provide food to those in need by reducing food waste. 

Nancy Rabalais

Researcher speaking at Iowa State about effects of Gulf of Mexico dead zone on marine life

Nancy Rabalais has dedicated more than three decades to researching and bringing national attention to growing ecosystem concerns in the Gulf of Mexico. She will speak about her research in an upcoming lecture at Iowa State.

ISU commencement

Two undergraduate commencement ceremonies will maintain tradition, shorten events

Iowa State will hold two undergraduate commencement ceremonies on the same day -- Saturday, May 5 -- in an effort to maintain the traditions graduates expect, yet make the events shorter and more convenient for guests joining in the celebration.

Nurse consulting patient in exam room

Iowa State’s nursing program receives final approval, begins enrollment

Iowa State University is now enrolling students in the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The program, administered by the food science and human nutrition department, received approval from the Higher Learning Commission Feb. 20 – the final step in the approval process. The RN-BSN program is designed for registered nurses to advance their nursing career.