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Monday, November 19 2018

A microscope image of a schistosome, a parasitic worm

Newly sequenced genomes of parasitic worms could speed development of new treatments, according to Iowa State University biomedical research

An international team of scientists, including an ISU biomedical researcher, conducted genomic studies of 81 worm species, including 45 that had never been sequenced before, and documented nearly a million new genes. The research might identify promising targets for new medical treatments to combat parasitic worms, a major global threat to human and animal health.

Election Day 2018

Expert political panel will analyze midterms, look to the future

The political ads have disappeared, but many questions remain about what comes next in American politics. A panel of experts will discuss November’s midterm election results and what the future may hold.

Ju-Yeon Lee portrait

Quality of sellers critical to growth, revenues for online platforms

Online shopping platforms have changed the way we shop for everything from household items to holiday gifts. The success of an online platforms depends on its ability to pair buyers and sellers and remove low-quality sellers, according to new Iowa State University research.

Manimaran and Sourabh Bhattacharya are using game theory to help protect the power grid from cyberattacks.

Engineers use game theory to quantify threats of cyberattacks on power grid

Iowa State's Manimaran Govindarasu and Sourabh Bhattacharya are turning to game theory to help quantify threats of cyberattacks on the power grid. They're also developing cybersecurity tools that could help protect the grid and could be adapted to other cyber-physical infrastructure such as oil, natural gas and transportation systems. Their research is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Austin Stewart

Change Agent: Austin Stewart

Austin Stewart’s passion for building and supporting community, and how art weaves through it all, has led him across America – including his pilgrimage with a monk 13 years ago. Today, the assistant professor of art and visual culture splits his time between teaching digital media in Iowa State’s College of Design and revamping a former feed mill and warehouse on Ames’ west side.

Weight machine

Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn’t take much

Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new Iowa State University study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. The results show benefits of strength training are independent of running, walking or other aerobic activity.

People singing in a group session for Parkinson's disease

Singing may reduce stress, improve motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease

Singing may provide benefits beyond improving respiratory and swallow control in people with Parkinson’s disease, according to new data from Iowa State University researchers. The results from the pilot study revealed improvements in mood and motor symptoms, as well as reduced physiological indicators of stress. Researchers say the improvements among singing participants are similar to benefits of taking medication.