Sunday, January 21
New grant will allow Iowa State University scientists to help chart corn genomes, better understand traits
ISU scientists will contribute to a new effort to sequence the genomes of 26 lines of corn, which will allow plant breeders to get a better handle on the vast genetic diversity present in the crop. The research is funded by a National Science Foundation grant and is led by the University of Georgia.
A disproportionate number of Latina/o students who take developmental education courses never pass and advance to college-level courses. That's why Erin Doran, an assistant professor of education, has developed a framework to better serve Latina/o students needing extra preparation.
Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer recognized nationally for his efforts to fight racial and economic inequalities in America’s criminal justice system, will speak in the Memorial Union Great Hall on Jan. 29. Stevenson is the author of the award-winning 2014 memoir “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.”
Dave Andersen sees a significant political shift on the horizon as millennials surpass baby boomers as the largest voting generation. Baby boomers have dominated political issues for the past 40 years and fundamentally are a different generation in many ways, said Andersen, an assistant professor of political science.
Denisse San Elias was in the eighth grade when Iowa State University made a promise to her and every student at King and Moulton elementary schools in Des Moines. Five years later and now a senior at East High, San Elias is realizing the significance of that promise. San Elias is part of the first cohort of ISU 4U Promise students who will attend Iowa State in the fall.
A new grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will allow ISU scientists to develop new tools to predict and combat harmful algal blooms, a growing threat to human and animal health in Iowa’s lakes. Cyanobacteria, which have the ability to produce toxic byproducts, can grow quickly and form blooms that discolor lake water, typically in warm, shallow surface water during the summer months.