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Monday, January 15 2018

Dave Andersen

Millennials will soon dethrone boomers as largest voting bloc

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. 

A huge crowd of students and their supporters gather for the Iowa FIRST LEGO® League State Championships.

The Iowa FIRST LEGO® League State Championships: crowds, bright minds and robots

Students all over the state are preparing for the Iowa FIRST LEGO® League State Championships Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14, at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering.

ISU 4U Promise logo

First ISU 4U cohort applying for fall 2018 admission

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.

Mariah Watson

Jan. 18 lecture will tackle freedom of expression on college campuses

The first lecture of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series is set for Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. “Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation” will be held in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Mariah Watson, former student government president at the University of California, Davis; and Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, will discuss First Amendment rights and the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses.

Iowa lake with an algal bloom

Iowa State University researchers receive EPA grant to study harmful algal blooms in Iowa lakes

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.

Celebrate the life, service of Martin Luther King Jr. in January

Civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored at Iowa State University and in the Ames community throughout the month of January. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 15, a university holiday.

A corn leaf with plant tattoo sensors attached to the underside.

Engineers make wearable sensors for plants, enabling measurements of water use in crops

Iowa State's Liang Dong is leading development of graphene-based, sensors-on-tape that can be attached to plants and can provide data to researchers and farmers about water use in crops. The technology could have many other applications, including sensors for biomedical diagnostics, for checking the structural integrity of buildings, for monitoring the environment and, with modifications, for testing crops for diseases or pesticides.

Douglas Gentile portrait

WHO gaming addiction classification an important step for treatment, says ISU prof

The World Health Organization has classified video game addiction as a mental health disorder. Iowa State professor Douglas Gentile says the WHO's decision is an important step in getting people the help they need.