Saturday, December 2 2006
Iowa State student and his new computer program go south
ISU graduate student Joshua Reed is in Antarctica taking part in an international project studying environmental changes in the region. The computer programmer is helping to map core samples electronically with a program he created.
Iowa State researchers developing software to improve colon exams
Two Iowa State University computer scientists are developing image-analysis software and related hardware that will measure the quality of colonoscopy procedures. Their goal is better procedures and better health for patients.
ISU sociologist explores modern American stepfamily in new book
Iowa State Assistant Professor of Sociology Susan Stewart analyzes the modern American stepfamily in her new book, "Brave New Stepfamilies: Diverse Paths Toward Stepfamily Living," which will be published in December by Sage Publications.
Veishea 2007: 'A Timeless Tradition'
Veishea's executive board has announced the theme of the April 16-22, 2007 event: "A Timeless Tradition." Next spring's Veishea celebration also marks the official kickoff of Iowa State University's 150th birthday, or sesquicentennial.
ISU prof co-authored national video game report card, sees mixed results
ISU Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile co-authored the 11th Annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card announced today in Washington, D.C. Gentile is director of research for the Minneapolis-based National Institute on Media and the Family, which issued the report.
Feeling lonely? ISU prof recommends forgetting ghosts of Christmas past
Dan Russell, a professor of human development and family studies and a researcher with ISU's Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, has been studying loneliness since the early 1980s. He provides some tips on how individuals can cope with or overcome loneliness at the holidays.
Chizik is new ISU football coach
Gene Chizik, the assistant head coach at the University of Texas whose resume includes a national championship with the Longhorns and league championships in three different Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conferences, is the new head football coach at Iowa State.
Nonnecke honored for teaching
Horticulture professor Gail Nonnecke is one of only two people to receive the annual USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. The national award, which encompasses all the food and agricultural disciplines, honors teaching quality, philosophy, methodology and service to the profession and students.
Every winter is a crash course in driving across snow and ice
Now is the time to drive extra carefully when the forecast calls for snow. A paper by researchers at Iowa State University's Center for Transportation Research and Education reports that the rate of winter weather crashes on Iowa's primary roads is highest in November. The rate plummets as drivers relearn winter driving skills.
ISU prof sees Christian privilege in public schools, offers advice for religious equity
Warren Blumenfeld, an assistant professor of multicultural and international curriculum studies at Iowa State, authored an article titled "Christian Privilege and the Promotion of 'Secular' and Not-So 'Secular' Mainline Christianity in Public Schooling and in the Larger Society," for a professional journal. It documents examples of Christian privilege -- including celebration of Christian holidays -- and offers guidelines for bringing about more religious equity.
Transition to college is made easier with Iowa State 'star'
Iowa State University's Jennifer Farrell is one of five admissions counselors nationwide to receive the "Rising Star Award" from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
Iowa State-based transportation center to focus on safety
Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa are working together to establish a transportation center supported by $3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The center will support research aimed at developing tools so departments of transportation can consider safety when planning and managing roadways.